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PURPLE SPARK

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Purple Spark Advisory Board Description

Purpose
The Advisory Board serves as a critical community champion of Purple Spark. Members of the
Advisory Board share their gifts in service to our mission by providing our organization with
their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives; their
connections to local, national or international resources, colleagues or peers; their philanthropic
support or other forms of needed assistance. The Advisory Board has no governing function
within the organization.

Expectations and Responsibilities
The Board will support the work of Purple Spark and provide mission-based leadership and
strategic planning. Purple Spark Board Members are expected to...
● Act annually in some significant way to support the organization’s mission (e.g. expert
advice, door opening, funding or fundraising)
● Allow the organization to publicize their name and participation on the Board (e.g. list
name on letterhead and other communications)
● Attend meetings and special events
● Keep informed about plans, activities and needs of the organization

Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight
● Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO as s/he develops and implements Purple Spark’s
strategic plan
● Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by Purple Spark for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing
agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
● Approving Purple Spark’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
● Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the CEO
● Assisting the CEO and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
● Partnering with the CEO and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
● Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
● Representing Purple Spark to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
● Ensuring Purple Spark’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities Purple Spark serves.

Fundraising
Purple Spark Board Members will consider Purple Spark a philanthropic priority and should
make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that Purple Spark can credibly solicit contributions
from foundations, organizations, and individuals, Purple Spark expects to have 100 percent of
Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Board Terms/Participation
Purple Spark’s Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for
one additional term. Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held
in coordination with full board meetings.

Qualifications
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Purple Spark’s
mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have
achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector.
His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing
Board Members. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
● Professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in
business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
● A commitment to and understanding of Purple Spark’s beneficiaries, preferably based on
experience
● Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading,
convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
● Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Purple
Spark’s beneficiaries

Advisory Board Positions
Service on Purple Spark’s Advisory Board is without remuneration, except for administrative
support and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties. Purple Spark’s
Advisory Board will consist of:
Board Chair: Board Chair serves directly with the CEO to ensure s/he is efficiently and
effectively utilizing resources.
Senior Vice Chair: Serving directly under the chair is the vice chair. This person is often
next in line to become the chair and serves as the board’s leader when the chair is not
present, such as during official board meetings.
Vice Chair, Programs and Mission: This vice chair is responsible for evaluating the
impact of Purple Spark. S/He also helps create or supply resources to distribute to Purple
Spark’s Institutes and Academies.
Vice Chair, Development: This vice chair is responsible for creating financial and
community relationships on behalf of Purple Spark.
Board Secretary Treasurer: The secretary of the board takes meeting minutes and
distributes notes to board members. S/He keeps copies of financial and legal documents,
including bylaws, the articles of incorporation and minutes of historical meetings. The
treasurer also prepares and delivers a report at official meetings and approves the
organization’s annual tax filing.
Board Members: Board members who do not have one of the previously discussed roles
often volunteer to head committees.

More opportunities with PURPLE SPARK

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About PURPLE SPARK

Location:

1415 S VOSS RD STE 110 PMB 151, HOUSTON, TX 77057, US

Mission Statement

Purple Spark is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed at improving students’ creativity, leadership skills, growth and learning, self-determination, and sense of community through empowerment, encouragement, exposure, and life changing experiences.

Description

We make sure our students are igniting their ultraviolet potential by creating opportunities for OUR FOUR Es: empowerment, encouragement, exposure, and experiences. Please see below for our current programs.

Lux Fellows Mentor Program: Our qualified mentors are able to provide encouragement, guidance and one on one support to students that need it most. Whether a student is going through a rough area or a student is ready to launch their own business, LUX Fellows are everywhere.

The Spec Light Youth Development Program: Building the next generation does not stop once the school day is over. The "Spec" Light not only gives students the opportunity to sharpen their skills and talents, but it also showcases new ways they can engage with the community in a fun, safe space.

FireWorks Travel Rewards Program: In school field trips are becoming less and less prevalent in today's educational system. Purple Spark students are eligible to participate in FireWORKS. This program is designed to expose students to new experiences through the year.

Board Development
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approx. 5 hours per month. Our Board meets virtually twice a month, however additional meetings may be necessary around key events.

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