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Board Member: Legal Experience/Law Background - Disaster Accountability Project

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Disaster Accountability Project

Disaster Accountability Project (DAP), an organization founded after Hurricane Katrina, is seeking new Board members!

In particular, we are very interested in recruiting a new member with a background in law! We want to make sure we have a Board member with a dedicated focus on basic nonprofit/corporate compliance issues. Every Board member has fiduciary responsibilities but it helps when at least one or two members have a legal background.

DAP is the only independent watchdog of disaster relief and humanitarian aid.

We are involved in a range of advocacy to make sure preparedness works, relief is comprehensive, and recovery is responsive and accountable.

DAP's focus is both U.S. and global. We recently launched SmartResponse.org to improve the effectiveness of disaster relief and humanitarian aid by helping donors identify the groups operating locally after disasters. Localized and data-informed "how to help" lists can expedite assistance and make aid efforts more effective and transparent.

Over 400 organizations from 45+ countries have already registered on SmartResponse.org and most are sharing information.

DAP's work receives frequent media coverage:

Reuters (Nepal): http://bit.ly/DAPinReuters

Miami Herald (Haiti): http://disasteraccountability.org/critics-question-funds-raised-for-haiti/

Detroit News (Flint): http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2016/02/16/misuse-emergency-management-flint-costly-lesson/80438958/

WNYC (post-Sandy): http://www.wnyc.org/story/sandy-recovery-leans-charities-results-inconsistent/

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About Disaster Accountability Project

Location:

4402 Bestor Dr, Rockville, MD 20853, US

Mission Statement

Disaster Accountability Project saves lives and reduces suffering after disasters by maximizing the impact of preparedness, response and relief through citizen oversight and engagement, policy research and advocacy, and public education.

DAP is the leading nonprofit organization that provides long-term independent oversight of disaster management systems.

DAP engages a dedicated community to advance policy research and advocacy, promote transparency, and encourage the public to participate in oversight, community-based organizing, and discussions about disaster preparedness and relief.

Dedicated citizen oversight is necessary to ensure resources dedicated to preparedness, relief, and recovery are effectively utilized, communities are sufficiently engaged and more resilient, and best practices and lessons learned are implemented so mistakes are not repeated.

Prior to the creation of the Disaster Accountability Project (DAP), there was no dedicated, independent oversight of the agencies and organizations responsible for these critical life-saving responsibilities.

Description

We provide independent oversight and data collection in Disasters.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Board Development
Disaster Relief

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Fundraising
  • Critical Thinking
  • Networking
  • Tax Law

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • 2 hours per month (average)
  • Meetings are Quarterly, 3 by phone, 1 in person. There is a Give/Get requirement for members.

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