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The Board of Trustees for Urban Resource Institute (URI) has three broad areas of responsibility: Corporate Governance; Program Development and Support; and, Fundraising and Support Development.

The first, Corporate Governance, includes determining the mission and vision that charts the future direction of the organization. Currently, the Board of Trustees is undergoing a major strategic planning effort. We are reviewing major issues that are or will in the future have significant impact on the agency and the constituencies it serves. In addition, we are monitoring the performance of agency programs, products and services.

The second area, Program Development, means broadening the organization's base of support in the community; interacting with the community to bring new issues, opportunities and community needs to the attention of organization; maintaining accountability to the public, funders, members, and clients.

The third area, Fundraising and Support Development, includes giving personal time and money; developing donors, members, and supporters; leading and supporting fundraising campaigns and events as well as maintaining accountability to donors and funders.

Overall, the Board of Trustees help provide the oversight to the organization and its external and internal customers.

Information for Current and Prospective Board Members

Building a strong Board of Trustees requires that current and prospective Board members know what is expected of them. This form provides a summary of information for and expectations of Board members.

The URI Board is a working board, not an advisory board. Members receive no reimbursement for travel or face-to-face meetings are held in New York City area. Those on the Board believe firmly that their commitment to providing assistance to the organization’s consumers, employees, and external stakeholders for their contributions is more than adequate compensation. In addition, being a trustee can broaden one’s experience in a number of areas.

If, after reading the information below, you are interested in being considered for a Board position, please complete the Board of Trustee’s Executive Assistant ( rjordan@urinyc.org). For more information about the organization, please view the website (www.urinyc.org).

Purpose of


To provide information about what URI requires from its Board. All members are expected

to commit to the required time; participate in meetings, conference calls, etc.

Our mission

and projects

Mission: The Urban Resource Institute (URI) provides comprehensive, holistic, and supportive human services programs that empower individuals and families in the New York metropolitan area to change their lives for the better.

With our rich legacy of social service research and expertise, our deep relationships with the diverse communities we serve, and our flexible, innovative approach to program development and service delivery, we are uniquely equipped to provide solutions to the challenges affecting New York’s most vulnerable populations.

Our hands-on programs for victims of domestic violence, the developmentally disabled, and people struggling with addiction and substance abuse are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the individual, while our advocacy and community outreach initiatives advance social change and build wider visibility and support for the issues that have an impact on our clients’ quality of life and New York’s urban communities.



Travel time; attendance and participation (as active as possible) in all forms of Board and committee meetings, including execution of individual/group charges.

Term of


Board appointments will be for three years with option of one-year renewals based on a self and Board evaluation. For the present, the term of office will remain flexible.



Current schedule: Face-to-face General Board and subcommittee Meetings quarterly (time length: about 2 hours); Each trustee is expected to participate on at least two subcommittees.



Committees meet or conduct their work via face-to-face, phone or some form of technology to accomplish specified tasks by established deadlines. Participation is essential for the committees to do their work.


All Board members are expected to participate in a "give and get" policy for an annual donations to URI. In addition, trustees are expected to attend fundraising events if possible.



Board members can identify prospective Board members or individuals may nominate themselves. In either case, all prospective Board members are required to complete the Application.

Trustees’ code

of conduct

As a URI Board member, I will

  • Be committed to the mission of URI;
  • Focus my efforts on the mission of URI and strategic plan initiatives;
  • Accept the responsibility consistently of working as a productive, cooperating trustee;
  • Prepare for meetings, attend meetings, participate fully, and complete assigned or volunteered charges.


  • Budgeting
  • Reporting & Dashboards
  • Cost Analysis
  • Fundraising
  • Real Estate & Leasing
  • IT Strategy

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • 4 Quarterly General Board Meeting
  • 4-8 Quarterly Subcommittee and 1 Annual 2 day Board Retreat

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