There are folks with wonderful skills who might be reluctant to envision themselves in a board role. You may see board members as experts with lots of experience. In fact, the boards of all-volunteer organizations are among the best places in the world to gain experience and become an expert in managing people and organizations. We’re seeking people who are enthusiastic about our mission and open to growing as an individual.
Create and sustain longer term, transitional housing solutions for the unhoused combined with career and financial education.
By establishing replicable models of new & empowering structures for rebuilding lives with education and community involvement, Bootstrap Villages will create a nationwide network of safe, healthy, and drug-free environments where people can live with dignity, learn, and get their feet back under them to walk into a brighter future. We’ll do this by staying agile in our problem solving, and coordinating with local municipalities and their specific needs for our combined interest in preventing future homelessness.
Open. A word that embodies humility, grace, and the willingness to learn. Our doors and our minds are open to those who want to shift the homeless paradigm by embracing the work necessary to change destructive attitudes and behaviors within our society, and if necessary, within ourselves.
DIGNITY: All of humanity is worthy of respect. Give them radical acceptance. Remind them of their true value and worth. Treat them not as they are, but as the person they could become.
COMMUNITY: Create environments of trust strong enough to rebuild lives. Balance privacy with cooperation. Unite with our common, deep-felt concerns about home, family, and neighborhood.
SUSTAINABILITY: In it for the long haul. Our planet and our checkbook require a mindset of continual evaluation, experimentation, and re-evaluation of solutions.
Serving as the face of Bootstrap Villages, the President is the glue that holds the organization together. During these early start-up years, you’ll need to wear many hats, including oversight of organizational finances, vision, mission, recruiting volunteers, and long-term goal setting. The three main areas of focus at this time are:
The board president leads our organization in strategic planning. In consultation with the board members, the board president sets short- and long-term goals to ensure our organization is mission-centered and outcome-oriented. The board president convenes the executive board in regular meetings and planning retreats, and monitors progress of our work and aligns it with organizational mission and goals.
The board president is responsible for tracking and evaluating the progress and completion of established goals. This usually involves a full assessment of organizational needs, reviewing financial statements, and digging deeper into community needs. Regular assessment and evaluation assists the board in long-range planning.
We rely on external fundraising to build our capacity to embark on capital and operating projects. The board president leads fundraising efforts and coordinates special finance campaigns. This often involves meeting with individual donors, seeking the support of corporate sponsorship, and tapping organizational constituents for individual donations.
Term: 1 year. This role is up for reelection every year on July 21, or at our annual meeting.
Time commitment: 20 hours per month during BSV’s start-up, capital-building phase
Qualifications: The best individual for this job will possess some or all of the following skills:
Legal commitments: Must be willing to sign our Board Member Code of Conduct, and Conflict of Interest agreements.
Annual contribution: We ask our Board Members to give an annual financial contribution that is meaningful to them.
There are folks with wonderful skills who might be reluctant to envision themselves in a board role. You may see board members as experts with lots of experience. In fact, the boards of all-volunteer organizations are among the best places in…