Volunteer Opportunity

President and Board Member

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Bootstrap Villages | Chicago, IL

Bootstrap Villages

Published 15 days ago

Start Date

July 1, 2019

Time Commitment

A few hours per month


One-time only

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:

1. Goal setting

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.

  • Leading the organization’s planning processes
  • Developing, implementing, monitoring, and assessing:
  • the organization’s programs (including their impact)
  • sound and compliant financial management practices (including budgeting)
  • sound and compliant fundraising practices
  • Ensuring the organization’s activities are compliant and in furtherance of its mission
  • Championing the organization and advocating its mission to internal and external stakeholders
  • Ensuring effective external communications about the organization and its mission, priorities, importance, programs, and activities
  • Ensuring legal compliance (including all required filings) and sound risk management practices

2. Assessment and evaluation

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.

  • Encourages commitment and cooperation from each volunteer Board Member
  • Leading, managing, and developing the organization’s volunteers and culture
  • Developing, informing, and supporting the board to carry out their governance functions
  • Keeping informed and the organization’s leadership informed of significant developments and changes in the internal and external environment

3. Fundraising

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.

  • Develop and maintain beneficial relationships with donors, supporters, collaborators, allies, vendors, and other stakeholders
  • Work with the Board in cultivating and soliciting major foundation grants and individual gifts
  • give a meaningful personal financial donation annually

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:

  • Perform complex analyses showing perceptions about the programs within the organization
  • Management and interpersonal skills
  • Recognizing data
  • Helping other volunteers across the organization

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.


  1. As an officer of the Board, this position does not receive a salary. It is a volunteer role.
  2. You will have the ability to influence and guide a non-profit in it's early stages.
  3. Work with passionate, dedicated, and willing to learn volunteers.
  4. The opportunity to build a lasting, physical contribution to the affordable housing issues our country faces.

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…

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Chicago, IL