Board Member, David's Harp



Time Commitment

A few hours per month


11261 NE Knott St
United States


About the Organization

David’s Harp was founded in 1978 through the grassroots efforts of members of the Parkrose United Methodist Church and over 100 volunteers and mental health professionals, making it the first (and oldest) operation of its kind in Multnomah County. David’s Harp is a secular and independent nonprofit serving low- and no-income adults who have a severe and persistent mental illness.

Our mission is “to provide a friendly and peer-supportive environment in which adults with a major mental illness come together to achieve an improved quality of life and the highest possible level of independence in the community.”

We achieve this mission by providing a daytime clubhouse setting where clients are provided with socialization and skill-building activities such as art and music therapy, occupational therapy, gardening, cooking, meal-sharing, cultural events, and daily community outings. David’s Harp services reduce re-hospitalization, recidivism, and chronic homelessness among the mentally ill.

For more information about David’s Harp, please visit

Position Description & Qualifications

David’s Harp is seeking 1-2 individuals to join its Board of Directors. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about our mission and wishes to make a measurable and long-lasting impact on our shared community.

Potential candidates will: have leadership experience accompanied by demonstrated accomplishments; a natural ability for cultivating relationships; display integrity, credibility, and responsibility; and be passionate about serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Ideal candidates possess a wide range of skills and have nonprofit board experience. David’s Harp is particularly interested in individuals with a background in accounting and financial management, or communications, marketing, and public relations. Ideal candidates are visionary thinkers who have the capacity to take on projects - large and small - and see them through.

Service on David’s Harp’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except, in some cases, for costs incurred in relation to Board Members’ duties.

Responsibilities & Commitments

The time commitment for a David’s Harp Board Member is two (2) to ten (10) hours per month, dependent on upcoming events, projects, or meetings. All Board Members must attend at least 75% of scheduled board meetings (held the first Thursday evening of every other month) and special events and complete tasks as assigned or chosen.

Board Members are expected to:

Participate in fundraising activities.

Provide financial oversight and the review and approval of budgets and financial reports.

Provide program oversight and review program outcome and output data.

Make an individual contribution to David’s Harp at least annually.

Leverage personal and professional contacts to help David’s Harp increase its donor base.

Actively participate in Board meetings.

Participate in an annual Board Retreat (typically held in April or May).

Act as an advocate and ambassador for David’s Harp in public and in the community.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, Board Members will educate themselves about the mission, history, programming, and needs of David’s Harp and remain apprised of any outside trends that may affect the organization.

Board Member Benefits & Training

The many benefits of volunteering are as diverse and varied as volunteers themselves. David’s Harp’s Board of Directors have experienced the following benefits: a sense of accomplishment, increased community involvement, learning something new about yourself or your community, making new friends and networking connections, and more!

Board Members can expect:

An orientation including an introductory meeting and Board Handbook to better understand David’s Harp and its programming.

Clearly-defined roles and responsibilities for Board and staff members.

Materials provided in advance of meetings where decisions or deliberation will occur.

A calendar of Board meeting dates.

Timely and accurate financial reporting.

Updates from staff regarding major programming needs or changes in programming.

Updates from the Board Chair regarding major organizational needs or changes in operations, governance or structure.

Effective use of all meetings to respect the time of staff, volunteers, and Board members.

How To Apply

For more information on the position or applying, please contact Becky Hubbard at