We are seeking expressions of interest from people who share our aspiration to build a vital community for everyone to join our board of directors.
At The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, we mobilize knowledge, assets and relationships to improve quality of life in the City and County of Peterborough, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation. We work with community builders to leverage sustainable resources that address the challenges and opportunities facing our region now and in the future.
Since making our first grant in 2011, the Community Foundation has invested more than $4 million dollars in charitable organizations serving our local communities. With an ambitious goal of deepening the impact of community philanthropy in our region, the Foundation is currently focusing on supporting a just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, adopting a gender-sensitive approach to philanthropy and grantmaking, and engaging the critical work of integrating an anti-racist lens into our policies and programs.
We are seeking expressions of interest from people who have the capacity, energy and spirit to join our board and work collaboratively with our executive team to advance the strategic goals of the organization.
Attributes of a board member
We’re looking for people who embody a commitment to community building in all that they do. We know that this commitment can take many forms and that sometimes the most qualified leaders are those that are least likely to put their hands up for leadership opportunities. Included below are a set of attributes that we feel would make for a strong addition to our board, regardless of age, past education or experience.
- A growth mindset, with the tendency to lean toward future oriented, big picture thinking and problem solving
- Interest in learning about and participating in non-profit governance, including strategic decision making, policy work, networking and operational fundraising
- Comfort leading and participating in difficult conversations, and finding opportunities for growth through collaboration and consensus building
- Openness to exploring the role of philanthropy and charities in creating systems of fairness, justice and equity
In addition to these general attributes, we are also seeking to welcome individuals who may have experience in the fields of finance, human resources or fundraising, and those with a strong understanding of issues and opportunities in our local region.
As an organization committed to nurturing governance structures that reflect the diversity of our community, we will prioritize expressions of interest from people with Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTTQ+ and intersectional identities, and we welcome expressions of interest from people of all class backgrounds.
Commitments & Expectations
- Board terms begin/renew at the Annual General Meeting (June of each year) and directors are elected to serve a three-year term. Directors may serve up to two consecutive terms.
- The board of directors meets between 6 and 10 times per year. Board members are also expected to contribute to committees and other ad-hoc projects. Time commitments run an average of 5-7 hours per month.
- New board members are expected to participate in an orientation program, which will include group activities as well as online learning. All board members have access to ongoing learning and development opportunities.
- All board members are expected to contribute to the operational fundraising of the organization, which may include a personal donation, supporting outreach initiatives, or thanking donors.
- Each board member has a legal responsibility to participate actively in making decisions on behalf of the organization and to exercise their best judgment while doing so.
If you’re keen to contribute to building a vital community as a member of our board of directors, please take a few minutes to express your interest by filling out this online form.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 705-740-2347.