Join The Board That Keeps Kids Safe & Strengthens Families


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2200 Rainier Ave SSeattle, WA 98144

Serving more than 15,000 family members every year to keep kids safe.


Parent Trust for Washington Children can be a parent’s best friend. We know being a parent is hard work. So we equip families with effective and practical, research-based knowledge and tools to confidently raise their kids to be safe, healthy, and strong. From conception to college, Parent Trust serves all Washington families with a continuum of research-based, and outcome-informed programs and services

Be A Change Agent for Kids and Families

PARENT TRUST’s Board of Directors is a mission-driven body that provides strategic leadership, sets policies, secures funding, and ensures that Parent Trust operates legally, ethically and effectively. These policies provide the blueprint for our Executive Director who is responsible for their implementation as the managing director of the agency, staff and volunteers. Parent Trust’s Board has fiduciary responsibility for overseeing the agency, devising long range, strategic goals for the growth, development and security of Parent Trust, approves annual budgets, secures sustainable funds to support the agency and programs, and ensures funds are allocated responsibly.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Commit to a three-year board term.
  • Attend all Board meetings and the annual Board Retreat, and participate actively in two annual Board fundraisers: Our "KIDS Matter!" Benefit Luncheon and "A Taste of Spring" winetasting social event.
  • Serve on one Board committee and/or Task Force/Working Group, and carry out related responsibilities.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee/task force/working group meetings.
  • Understand and commit to Parent Trust’s mission, services, programs, and policies.
  • Make Parent Trust a "Top 3" philanthropic priority, and make an annual gift that is personally significant that reflects that priority.
  • Participates actively in fund development activities, including hosting a table at the fall Annual Luncheon.
  • Be a community ambassador for Parent Trust and make warm introductions for Parent Trust to your own circle(s) of influence.
  • Recommend board and committee members.
  • Follow conflict of interest, ethics and confidentiality guidelines.

What Sets You Apart?

  • A passion for and commitment to the Parent Trust’s vision, mission and goals for safe kids and strong families.
  • Proven track record of working in or directing teams and willingness to take leadership roles.
  • Experience in at least one relevant area, such as non-profit governance, fund development, advocacy, strategic planning, IT, organizational development, change/growth management, program development and expansion, finance/accounting, and law.
  • Prior board experience is highly desirable.

What Are My Time Requirements?

Members are elected to a 3-year term (renewable for two additional 3-year terms). Each Member should be prepared to invest about 10 to 15 hours per month, typically:

  • 3 hours to prepare for and attend a Board meeting (10 per year)
  • 5-6 hours for committee work (per committee)
  • 2-4 hours for special tasks, meetings, events and fund development activities, e.g. the annual Board Retreat and recruitment of Annual Luncheon guests.

Hourly commitment varies by month, depending on committee, projects and events.

What About Fundraising?

Our Board Members consider Parent Trust a "Top 3" philanthropic priority and make an annual, personally significant gift reflecting that priority. Parent Trust expects 100 percent of its Board Members to make an annual contribution commensurate with their giving capacity in order to credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, corporate sponsors, and individual donors. We ask Board Members to consider joining our "KIDS Matter!" three-year giving circle commitment of $1,000 (or more) annually; installments are available.

  • Expected fund development activities include: cultivation or recommendation of potential major donors and/or corporate partners, recruitment of Luncheon guests who are ready to support Parent Trust financially, participation in cultivation and stewardship activities.

What's In It For Me?

There are few commitments in life more important than equipping families with the tools and support to raise safe, healthy, strong children who are ready for school and life. Making your Board service meaningful, purposeful and reflective of that commitment is a top priority for Parent Trust. To help guide you on your way during your first year, new members receive orientation and trainings centered on Board roles and responsibilities, Parent Trust mission, programs and history, understanding nonprofit finance, the Board member’s role in development (fundraising), and leadership coaching.

This is your opportunity to transform your passion for healthy, safe, strong kids and families into action by joining Parent Trust’s Board of Directors. Find out more by responding to this opportunity today.

Contact Mark Buckley, Executive Director


  • Child Development
  • Youth Services
  • Business Development
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Child Welfare
  • Market Research / Analysis

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • 5 - 10 hours monthly
  • The drive and passion to improve the lives of Washington's children and families.
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