Title: Board Member
Accountable to: Board of Directors
Term: Three year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms
Board governance is a process of providing leadership, direction and accountability. Active
Governance is imperative to the success of the YWCA Hamilton Association. To be an effective
Governing Board, members are expected to provide strategic leadership by setting direction, making policy decisions, overseeing and monitoring organizational performance, and above all, accountability for the YWCA Hamilton.
Members of the Association Board have three fundamental duties including: Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty and Duty of Obedience.
Duty of Care
The duty of care requires members of the YWCA Hamilton Board of Directors to apprise themselves of all available information before taking appropriate action. Board members should strive to exercise judgment that prudent persons would exhibit in making informed decisions in the best interest of YWCA Hamilton. In addition, board members should actively participate in board meetings where important decisions are to be made.
Duty of Loyalty
The duty of loyalty requires members of the YWCA Hamilton Board of Directors to act in good faith and work in a manner that is in the best interest of YWCA Hamilton, not the member personally. Board members should disclose situations which may present potential conflict with YWCA Hamilton’s mission. Also, Board members should remove themselves from situations when they as individuals have a conflict of interest,
Duty of Obedience
The duty of obedience requires members of YWCA Hamilton Board of Directors to be
dedicated to the mission, goals and purpose of YWCA Hamilton. Board members should comply with federal and state laws, rules and regulations, as well as YWCA Hamilton’s bylaws and policies.
- Be informed about the organization’s mission, goals, policies, and programs.
- Attend the Association board meetings, committee meetings, board retreats, planning sessions and the Annual Meeting.
- Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
- Serve on at least one YWCA Hamilton Standing Committees.
- Fulfill the YWCA Hamilton annual "give/get" requirement of at least $1000.
- Financially support YWCA Hamilton’s fundraising programs to the best of his/her ability.
- Contribute to at least one major fundraising event by:
- Working on an event committee
- Giving a financial contribution to the event
- Securing funds or services for the event
- Assists in developing a strong fundraising program within the Association.
- Network for the Association in the community and continually seek new resources for YWCA Hamilton.
- Identify new volunteer leadership by suggesting candidates for the Association’s board and committees.
- Make certain that all Association decisions are made with consideration to YWCA Hamilton’s best interest.
- Support YWCA Hamilton’s Government Relations efforts at the Association level.
- Ensure that the Association follows and supports YWCA USA Bylaws and rules, regulations and policies.
- Become a member of the YWCA Hamilton and renew on an annual basis.
- Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field.
- Follow the Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethic’s policies.
- Refrain from making special requests of the staff.
- Resource Development / Management
- Grant Writing / Research
- Donor Management
- Customer Acquisition
- Community Outreach
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Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18