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Member of Board of Directors

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Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA
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Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia


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Board membership is an unpaid, volunteer position

The Board of Directors of Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) is a governing board with legal and fiduciary responsibility to the organization. Pennsylvania law requires board members to discharge duties: “... in good faith, in a manner in which he or she reasonably believes to be in the best interest of the corporation, and with such care, including reasonable inquiry, skill, and diligence as a person of ordinary prudence would use under similar circumstances.” All AVP board members are required to fulfill this legal and fiduciary obligation. The roles and responsibilities outlined below are intended to guide each current and prospective board member, and to provide an understanding of what is expected from the board above and beyond the legal requirements. 

I. Recognition of the Mission

Members of the Board of Directors are expected to understand and support AVP’s mission, serve as ambassadors for AVP, and lend advice and expertise to AVP’s Executive Director. Board members, therefore, should be familiar with the following:

  • AVP’s mission, history, programming, and strategic plan.
  • The basic staffing and structure of AVP.

II. General Oversight And Strategic Direction

Although the Board of Directors is not expected to make day-to-day operating decisions, it must perform certain critical oversight functions, in addition to those listed above:

  • Hire, support, and annually evaluate the Executive Director
  • Recruit and acclimate new members of the Board of Directors
  • Create and implement board procedures
  • Review the performance of the Board of Directors annually
  • Formulate long-term policy and make strategic decisions
  • Ensure compliance with and periodically update the organization’s bylaws
  • Provide strategic direction, which includes regular reviews of the organization’s mission, vision and values; active maintenance and delivery on strategic plans, and guidance in the areas of marketing, facilities, development, and governance
  • Provide oversight regarding legal contract and concerns
  • Advocate for and promote AVP

III. Fiscal Oversight

The Board of Directors must provide broad fiscal oversight, including the adoption of an annual budget, quarterly review of revenue and expenses, and review of tax forms and audits. Board members are expected to serve in a fiduciary capacity, utilizing their judgment and discretion for the benefit of AVP.

IV. Fundraising And Development

As a non-profit organization, fundraising and development are vital to the success of AVP. One of the most important functions of the board is to assist and oversee AVP’s fundraising efforts. Consistent with this, all board members are expected to do the following:

  • Identify and evaluate donor prospects, cultivate and solicit gifts, actively support development programs, and offer personal acknowledgments to donors and volunteers.
  • Provide leadership, contribute ideas and actively advocate for the fundraising and development efforts of the organization.
  • Make a personally significant financial gift to AVP annually. 

 

V. Length Of Terms


By agreeing to serve Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia, a member of the Board of Directors agrees to participate in one (1) three-year term. A board member may serve two (2) consecutive three-year terms for a total of six (6) years.

The Board of Directors of Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) is a governing board with legal and fiduciary responsibility to the organization. Pennsylvania law requires board members to discharge duties: “... in good faith, in a…

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  • Remote Possible
  • Part Time Schedule

Location

2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 204, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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