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Board Member Openings for 2023

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ORGANIZATION: German-American Heritage Museum

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GAHF, a national not-for-profit educational foundation working on behalf of all Americans of German-speaking ancestry, is looking for board members!

German-Americans have a long and proud history in the United States dating all the way back to 1607 and the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. Approximately 120 years ago, they were the predominant group in the country with Little Germanies everywhere and New York City being the world’s third largest German-speaking city - after Berlin and Vienna. Entire communities, spreading from Pennsylvania to the Midwest and all the way to rural Texas, consisted almost exclusively of German immigrants and their children. Names like famous piano maker Steinway, whose first products were made by Heinrich Steinweg, Boeing, company founder Bill Boing was the son of a German immigrant, Henry John Heinz, who built a fortune inventing ketchup, and many others represent some well known German-Americans whose creative spirit, dedication to hard work, and entrepreneurism helped build the United States. All German-Americans, famous or not, have left a mark, and even today, Americans of German descent still number some 45 million people, and we want to ensure that their stories are not forgotten.

The collection, recording, preservation, and exhibiting of this rich cultural legacy has been our mission, since we first opened our doors in March 2010, and we are proud to make this important aspect of American history available to audiences of all ages.

Being of German descent or speaking German is not a requirement, but you must possess passion and commitment as our board is very much hands-on. We have a very small staff, and our executive director cannot do it all. As we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2027 and plan to tie into the 250th birthday of the United States, we are especially looking for individuals with strategic planning, foundation connections and grant writing experience.

We would love to hear from you, if you have a:

  • Proven track record in an executive leadership role.
  • Previous board experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the organization and the relevant industry.
  • Sufficient time availability for board duties.
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills.
  • Interest in all things German/Austrian/Swiss American

More opportunities with German-American Heritage Museum

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About German-American Heritage Museum

Location:

719 6th Street, Washington, DC 20001, DC 20001, US

Mission Statement

The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA is an educational organization and serves as the national umbrella organization in which German-Americans work together on vital issues of common concern and promote their heritage. Its mission is to preserve and promote the heritage of Americans of German-speaking ancestry. The organization was founded in 1977 and chartered in 1978 as the United German-American Committee of the USA, Inc. (UGAC), which is an independent, tax-exempt educational not-for-profit organization. With almost 18,000 members throughout the United States, the GAHF continuously strives to add programs and services which nationally highlight the contributions and achievements of its ethnic group. The programs center on the premise that the they must include all ages, all generations, and all German-speaking ethnic groups. As such, we continue to preserve the past while addressing the interests of younger generations.

Description

The German-American Heritage Foundation runs the German-American Heritage Museum of the USA in Washington, DC.

Our Mission
The Heritage Museum will collect, record, preserve, and exhibit this rich cultural legacy. It will be a place for continuing discussion, study, and development of ideas about Germans, Swiss and Austrians, their heritage, their values, and their future. The Heritage Museum intends to make German-American history more readily available to broader audiences and easy to comprehend for all ages, thereby fostering mutual understanding and increasing public knowledge about the rich heritage of all Americans of German descent.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Board Development
International
Arts & Culture, Board Development, International

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Washington, DC 20001

(38.91207,-77.01902)
 

SKILLS

  • Brand Development & Messaging
  • Business Development & Sales Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • 8-10 hours per month
  • Attendance of quarterly board meetings (online)

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