EKARI BOARD Member- Major Gifts



Start Date


Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


PO Box 18752
United States


EKARI BOARD- Major Gifts

EKARI is a community-based nonprofit tackling extreme poverty in Malawi, Africa supporting education and economic community development. Our mission is to build knowledge and skills within youth and their surrounding communities so they can lift themselves out of extreme poverty. EKARI's programs support student tuition, services outside the classroom until employment, and the jump-starting of sustainable livelihoods in the community.

The board of directors is seeking a passionate individual to join the board with a focus on major gifts. The board of directors is responsible for the ongoing review of all EKARI initiatives and making recommendations to enhance the quality and future viability of the board and committees. We are looking for someone who is Passionate about EKARI's mission, vision, and values and experienced in non-profit fundraising. Prior board experience is a plus, but not required. We are looking for someone with the ability to attend monthly board meetings and additional meetings as needed as well as the ability to volunteer up to 3-5 hours per week as a member of a working board.

Board Fundraising Responsibilities

  • Provide input to EKARI’s fundraising and marketing plans.
  • Link EKARI with new networks in various sectors (individual, corporate, foundations, grants) to increase EKARI’s visibility and expand donor base.
  • Assist Development and Communications Manager with carrying out specific tasks in the fundraising plan.

Board Member Responsibilities

  • Being a knowledgeable resource regarding the history, vision, mission, values, programs, goals, financial reports, and policies of EKARI.
  • Network and to serve as an advocate within their own communities (work, home, family, friends, etc.) by promoting the work of EKARI in order to increase EKARI’s support and donor base as well as enhance its public standing.
  • Serve as an active fundraiser in order to assure that EKARI has adequate resources to carry on its program work and to meet the challenges and opportunities necessary for expansion.
  • Advise on possible grant opportunities and other income sources.
  • Approve the annual budget and ensure that proper financial controls are in place based on proposals from Finance Committee.
  • Actively participate in the strategic planning process and monitor program goals.
  • Discuss and update as necessary the vision, mission, values of the organization.
  • Serve in a special capacity, either actively on a committee and/or in a leadership role, reflecting the Board member’s talents. Committees include: Development and Marketing, Finance, and Events.
  • Prepare for and attend board meetings on a regular basis.
  • Recruit and orient new board members.
  • Assess Executive Director’s and board’s performance.


  • 3-5 hours per week on role-specific duties
  • Serve at minimum (1) two-year term of service; board members may be reappointed for 2 additional terms of service.
  • Attend monthly board meetings and relevant committee meetings if applicable
  • Support EKARI financially. Each board member is highly encouraged to make a yearly or recurring monthly donation to EKARI. At minimum, each board member is asked to sponsor a student, sponsor a 'table’ at our annual event, and contribute (however big or small) to our year-end campaign.

What's in it for You?

  • Join our dynamic team of dedicated individuals and have your own hands-on experience in learning what it means to strengthen a community, grow a generation of empowered individuals, and build a plan to further our mission in a sustainable way.
  • Bring your talents, experience, and knowledge to the table and help us build programs that will change lives.
  • We are a collaborative group and value an innovative approach to bettering communities in a sustainable way.
  • Not only will you help us grow, hopefully you'll learn something new each time we gather.


At EKARI, we believe in the power of education to break the cycle of extreme poverty. Every person, at any age, has the right to the knowledge and skills they need to become self-sufficient - whether in a school classroom at 15 learning math or in a garden at 50 receiving agriculture training.

EKARI works to propel these ideals forward within the Phalombe District of Malawi. This is a region facing persistent inequality and is among the most difficult places in the world for young people striving for self-sufficiency. We fill a significant gap by implementing a fully-integrated and long-term approach that empowers communities alongside youth, enabling all to move up and out of poverty together. EKARI’s tuition program guarantees students can overcome the burden of high fees and costs of basic necessities through high school and higher education. Building on the tuition program, EKARI’s student support programs ensure students are equipped to succeed with a range of support outside the classroom, which continues until youth find employment. Our community programs are designed to further support EKARI students by elevating the community around them by jumpstarting sustainable livelihoods through our agriculture, adult literacy, and entrepreneurship programs.

Our ultimate goal is to enable youth and communities to thrive, with the freedom to determine their own futures

EKARI operates its programs in Phalombe, Malawi with a staff of 6 people and local board of directors. Our team in Seattle includes two staff, 7 board members, and a group of committed volunteers. They provide program leadership and fundraising support. Our annual operating budget is $225,000.




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