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Berkeley Food and Housing Project- Board Member

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Berkeley Food and Housing Project

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A few hours per month

About Berkeley Food and Housing Project

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP) has a clearly stated mission: to ease and end the crisis of homelessness in our communities.

Every program (in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Amador Counties) supports this mission and everyone who works for or on behalf of BFHP understands and is dedicated to this mission and purpose. We provide supportive services to our clients, serve meals, provide emergency shelter, and place clients into permanent housing.

Our diverse programming provides a continuum of care to accommodate a broad spectrum of specialized needs. In the past year we have provided services to 2,971 clients, served more than 40,000 meals, and assisted 1,100 homeless veterans and their families.

Position of Board Member

The Board of Directors supports the work of BFHP and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Day-to-day operations are led by BFHP’s executive director (ED) and leadership team. The Board partners with the Executive Director. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, Governance, and Oversight

● Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he implements BFHP’s strategic plan

● Regularly reviewing and updating BFHP’s strategic plan and the board’s bylaws

● Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings

● Approving BFHP’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 ED

● Assisting the ED and board president in identifying and recruiting other Board Members

● Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out

● Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments

● Representing BFHP to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization

● Ensuring BFHP’s commitment to a diverse board that reflects the communities BFHP serves

● Regularly performing board self-evaluations

● Working in good faith with staff and other board members toward achievement of BFHP’s goals

Fundraising and Philanthropic Support

● Utilizing personal networks to support the philanthropic efforts of the agency

● Participating in hosting and/or attending fundraising events

● Making direct asks of donors and foundations

● Using social media to promote the agency’s work and accomplishments

● BFHP Board Members consider BFHP a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority, at levels which are personally meaningful and impactful for the agency

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Board Terms and Participation

● Serve an initial three-year term

● Attend board and committee meetings and attend special events when possible (at least 75% of the time).

● Participate on a sub-committee and progress toward serving as committee chair or, if elected, as a board officer of BFHP


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about ending homelessness and hunger in the East Bay and Northern California and who has a track record of community leadership and/or organizing. Numerous Board candidates will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. Board Members’ leadership accomplishments then allow them to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board candidates.

Ideal candidates will have the following general qualifications:

• Extensive professional experience with significant leadership accomplishments in business, education, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector

• A commitment to and understanding of BFHP’s clients, beneficiaries, and communities, preferably based on experience

• Savvy interpersonal 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 low-income individuals and families

• Proficiency with using technological communication tools such as social media, online conferencing, and cloud services

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About Berkeley Food and Housing Project

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP) has a clearly stated mission: to ease and end the crisis of homelessness in our communities.

Every program (in Alameda…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Wheelchair Accessible


3225 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

How to Apply

If interested, please email Thank you!

If interested, please email Thank you!

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