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Organization Name: Arapahoe Philharmonic
Contact: John Leininger
Contact Info: email@example.com
Skills Required: Founded in 1953 by T. Gordon Parks, the Arapahoe Philharmonic has served the cultural needs of the Denver metro area for over 60 years. Music Director Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. assumed leadership of the orchestra in 1993 and led the ensemble through a period of dynamic musical growth and community outreach. The Arapahoe Philharmonic is a full symphony orchestra with 75+ performing members. Our musicians are volunteers, playing for the love of music, with a core of compensated principal players to support the excellence of performance. The orchestra’s repertoire includes the greatest names in classical music, as well as those of more recent times and new works written for the orchestra.
Board members also participate in working committees that manage the organization’s operational and educational efforts. These committees include: Executive, Nominating, Finance, Marketing, Education, and Fundraising. Members bring a variety of talents used to advise and participate in organizational business.
Typical skills and experience valuable to the Board include: advertising, marketing, accounting, financial, fundraising, information technology, education, media connections/public relations, business/community or political connections, legal, nonprofit administration, board experience, human resources, and management/operations.
Skills Required: The expectations of our board members is to understand and have a desire to be a part of our mission. With that understanding, board members are asked to provide their expert time to the organization, personal financial commitment and corporate support when possible.
Skills Required: Our Board meets on a monthly basis and has 3 committees that also meet monthly. We ask that Board members bring their expertise and a commitment to expand our awareness and support throughout the metro Denver community.
Organization Name: Blue Bear Foundation
Contact: Paris Londre
Contact Info: PLondre@bluebeartax.com
Skills Required: We are a new nonprofit whose mission is to increase the representation of minorities in the fields of accounting and finance. We will achieve this by providing financial assistance for education to both minority and veteran women. We believe helping this under-served population will make a difference, even if the difference is small. Please visit our website for more information at www.bluebearfoundation.com.
Purpose: The Blue Bear Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. These purposes include:
Mission: The Blue Bear Foundation will increase the representation of minorities in the fields of accounting and finance.
Organization Name: The Children’s Treehouse Foundation
Contact: Denis Murray
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skills Required: Areas of expertise we are hoping to bring to the Board:
Our future plans include expanding our program offerings to include a Teen Program and a Parent Program, to expand the resource and support capabilities of our website and to have CLIMB® deployed on a system-wide basis in large hospital systems. A Board member’s commitment looks like this:
We are looking for people to join our board who are passionate about our mission and are willing to actively contribute to our organization.
Skills Required: By being on the Board of Directors of Colorado I Have A Dream (CIHAD), you are expressing a belief that all children should be given equal educational opportunities. You are joining an organization that is committed to assuring that Denver’s most underserved youth have a chance to live their dreams through a 12-year program of mentoring, academic assistance, life-skills development, cultural enrichment and partial scholarships for higher education or vocational training.
The Board of CIHAD meets approximately six time a year. Committee meetings are scheduled periodically as dictated by the work of the committee. Your active participation is vital to a productive and rewarding experience as a Board member. Your attendance at Board and committee meetings is essential for the organization to realize its objectives.
The Board of CIHAD has adopted the commitments outlined below as general expectation for service on the Board. Each category of activity or responsibility is followed by specific expectations or commitments that illustrate the character of that activity. These are aspirational goals that each Board member should strive to meet in her or his unique way.
Each Board member should have an understanding and appreciation of the importance of the mission and vision of CIHAD. Board members should also help promote the mission of CIHAD in community outreach efforts.
The Board’s advocacy role is critical. The public’s understanding and support of educational opportunities for all children is a central premise of CIHAD. By working with under-served children in a variety of school settings, our organization is striving to help assure that all youth have the tools for educational success. By providing scholarship assistance for higher education or vocational training after high school, we are helping to assure that the American Dream is available to all.
The opportunity to share the mission of CIHAD and to illustrate its success through stories of Dreamer successes are essential to meeting the long-term goals of CIHAD. Outreach to friends and associates in our social circles, our work circles and our political connections is critical to advancing the cause of equal educational opportunities and the funding of our organization.
Key to the success of CIHAD is fundraising. Our programs require adequate financing to assure their stability and sustainability over the long term. We require an annual gift from all Board members, recognizing that such a gift varies in amount by the personal situation of each Board member. In addition to such a gift demonstrating the commitment to CIHAD, it enables the organization to report 100% Board participation, as many donors and funding organizations look at the level of Board giving as a means to measure those organizations that are successfully supported and well managed.
Each Board member is expected to help with the development efforts of CIHAD. Gift solicitation can be a positive and rewarding experience, especially with the support and guidance of the staff of CIHAD. Assisting in locating summer employment internships for Dreamers is also essential to the success of the program. The staff will help each Board member to understand the wide variety of personal involvement options that are possible in fundraising efforts.
The strength of any organization is directly related to the strength of the membership of its board of directors. Recruitment of new Board members is the responsibility of each Board member. Recruiting prospective Board members involves identifying intelligent, talented, dedicated, hardworking, influential, warm and caring individuals. This is not an easy task but is essential for the long-term health of CIHAD.
Description of Organization: Edge of Seven is a young, vibrant, growing nonprofit focused on girls education in southeast Asia and East Africa. We’re proud of our commitment to our seven principles of international development: Build Capacity, Transfer Power, Play on Strengths, Leverage, Focus on Generations, Collaborate, Learn). Our mission is to support sustainable development initiatives that create access to education and economic opportunities for girls, women, and rural developing communities across the globe. Our work in Nepal post earth-quakes has accelerated significantly as we address the significant needs of school-based infrastructure (schools, water supplies and toilets) to ensure that girls have the facilities they need to attend and succeed in school.
Skills Required: Our board members are asked to attend a monthly hour-long meeting, contribute 1-2 hours of volunteer work each month, and agree to a Give/Get of $ 1,000 annually through either direct financial support or assisting in the acquisition of financial resources. We are searching for board members who are willing to put Edge of Seven into their top three charities that they give to, attend all our events, and open doors for us in the grant-making, business, CSR or other opportunities that help support our mission.
Description of Organization: Do you have a heart for kids and positive youth development? Do you understand the importance of social and emotional development for healthy and successful futures for teens? Do you believe in the power of mentoring? If you answered yes to these three questions, you may be a fit for serving as a board member for FRIENDS FIRST.
FRIENDS FIRST is a non-profit organizations that educates and mentors youth to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships. We have been serving teens across the nation since 1993 and we serve more than 5,000 youth and parents annually. We are looking for community-minded, business professionals to help us to take our organization to the next level by serving on our Board of Directors. We have a special interest in those that may have strong connections in the community, experience or a desire to educate local politicians on issues facing our teens today and/or a heart for sustainability and fundraising.
As FRIENDS FIRST has its own widely sought after curriculum, speakers, conferences and trainings, we are most seeking someone with a strong background in small business development to help us market and grow this funding model. Board member term is 3 years, and a member may serve up to 3 consecutive terms. Our board meets quarterly face-to-face (2 hours) and monthly via conference call (1 hour). After 6 months you will be asked serve on one of our 4 main committees (Financial, Operational and Strategic Planning, Fundraising and Recruitment). You will attend 2 major annual events, participate in COLORADO GIVES DAY and reach out to your network to support FRIENDS FIRST as a part of this statewide day of giving. The average time spent serving on our board is 4 hours per month.
Of note, FRIENDS FIRST is celebrating 23 years of educating and mentoring teens throughout Colorado and across the nation with its first annual fundraising breakfast titled, “Rise & Shine with the Stars.” FRIENDS FIRST invites you to join in this exciting event to build a stronger community and opportunities for teens. The event will be held at the Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO on Tuesday, October 4th from 8:00 am – 9:30 am. Your involvement, sponsorship or donation will directly benefit FRIENDS FIRST programming for teens and their parents across Colorado. A portion of your donation is tax deductible.
To learn more about FRIENDS FIRST or this event, please visit www.friendsfirst.org
Organization Name: Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
Contact: Brenda Snyder
Contact Info: email@example.com
Purpose: In February of 2005, The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking’s (LCHT) co-founders Dr. Alejano-Steele and Amanda Finger established a Colorado chapter of the Polaris Project in response to local demand for improved statewide responses to human trafficking. Operating as Polaris Project Colorado (PPC), the organization quickly established itself as a leader in the western anti-human trafficking movement, and developed a niche within existing anti-trafficking efforts, training “first-responders” who encounter victims and survivors of trafficking; building the capacity of organizations that serve victims and work to combat human trafficking; filling information gaps through community-based research; and growing community-awareness. On February 1, 2010, Polaris Project announced their longstanding plans for the Colorado branch to transition into an independent organization, and LCHT was born.
Mission: Compel data-driven actions to end human trafficking by conducting research, training professionals and first-responders, and educating the public. For more information, please see LCHT’s website at www.combathumantrafficking.org.
Position: The working board supports the work of LCHT and provides mission-based leadership as well as strategic governance. The Board Member is a senior leader for the organization and will sit with a team of individuals responsible for operational guidance, including maintenance of the 4 ‘P’s (Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnerships) under which LCHT frames its anti-trafficking efforts. The Board Member will interact with other members of the board to ensure solid overall strategy and direction of the organization, and will report to the Board Chairperson located in Denver, Colorado. The Board Member will contribute to fundraising efforts for the organization, including but not limited to personal donation. There are currently thirteen board members including leaders in education, public corporations, small businesses and government agencies (present and past).
Key Responsibilities of Board Member:
Qualifications: This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about LCHT’s mission and who has a track record of board participation and leadership. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members. Ideal candidates will possess extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in education, human services, government, or the nonprofit sector, as well as savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships, including persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
Attributes, Experience and Skills Sought:
Board terms of participation: LCHT’s Board is a working board and the organization’s success relies board involvement and contribution. LCHT’s Board Members will serve a two-year term to be eligible for reappointment for up to four additional terms. Board meetings are currently held once a month. Board members donate their time and serve without pay. LCHT expects 100 percent of the Board members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their financial ability.
Organization Name: NextFifty Initiative
Contact: Diana McFail
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skills Required: NextFifty Initiative, a new independent Colorado grant-making foundation dedicated to the state’s vulnerable and under-served aging population has been established. Grant experience preferable but not necessary.
Please visit our website for more information at http://www.
Organization Name: Sue Miller Day of Caring for Breast Cancer Awareness
Contact: Maria Guillory-Flippen
Contact Info: Maria@dayofcaringcolorado.org
Skills Required: Each member is elected to ensure that the Sue Miller Day of Caring (DOC) meets annual financial goals and fulfills the state organization mission. The mission of the Day of Caring is to inform, empower and give hope to those affected by breast cancer.
Obligations of Board Members:
All Members Reports to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Please visit our website for more information at http://dayofcaringcolorado.org/about-us/