About Volunteer Calgary
Volunteer Calgary has been helping people get involved in their community for over half a century. We do this by:
• Promoting the value of volunteering
• Connecting people with opportunities to volunteer
• Strengthening the ability of groups and individuals to support volunteers
• Providing leadership on issues related to volunteerism
The role of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Calgary (the Board) is to govern the organization in accordance with the Bylaws and applicable laws, to establish the organization’s direction and monitor its performance.
All Board Members have a responsibility to carry out the organization’s Vision and Mission while adhering to all Policies, Procedures and By-Laws. This responsibility includes acting in manner that is consistent with its Board and organizational Policies and Procedures.
Benefits of Being on the Volunteer Calgary Board
• Become affiliated with an organization recognized provincially and nationally as an innovative and dynamic leader in the Voluntary Sector.
• Contribute to and guide the evolution and development of the Voluntary Sector in Calgary, Alberta and Canada.
• Share your skills and knowledge with an organization committed to making a difference in our community.
• Work with other dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate people.
• Gain insight into the Voluntary Sector and key community issues.
• Access a wide network of contacts and linkages to key leaders in Calgary.
• Access opportunities for personal development.
• Work with a Board committed to the Governance as Leadership model.
In meeting its purpose, Board Members will:
1. Provide strategic leadership – develop and approve the vision, mission, strategic direction, and values of Volunteer Calgary.
2. Exercise fiduciary responsibility to ensure the financial viability and sustainability of the organization and the setting of limits to minimize risks.
3. Be accountable to stakeholders.
4. Ensure development of the policy framework to guide the President & CEO in operating the organization.
5. Employ the President & CEO and evaluate his/her performance.
6. Monitor and evaluate organizational performance.
7. Determine annually the committee structure required to execute the Board Workplan.
8. Participate in fund development activities, specifically by giving your own personal gift through membership, work with staff to identify and recruit new funders and participate as appropriate, be aware of and acknowledge the organization’s key donors, participate in donor recognition and stewardship activities, and act as enterprise champions.
9. Understand and demonstrate that the Board sets policy and does not become involved in the day-to-day operations of the organization.
10. Be knowledgeable about the values, mission, programs and performance of the organization.
11. Treat any information acquired in the role as a Board member in a confidential and professional manner.
12. Act as an ambassador, promote the values and work of the organization and speak with one voice once decisions are made.
• Demonstrated passion for volunteerism.
• Past voluntary committee or board experience is an asset.
• Demonstrated competence in several key competencies which may include: leadership, fundraising, finance, human resources, communications, governance, diversity, community/volunteerism, community investment, membership and customer service, corporate or nonprofit excutive experience and strategic planning.
• Possess strengths that enable working effectively within a team.
A member of the Board of Volunteer Calgary agrees to:
1. Participate as a member of the board for a three-year term (estimated monthly time commitment is approximately 10 hours).
2. Attend Board meetings and annual planning meetings, and participate on at least one additional committee.
3. Prepare for Board and Committee meetings and contribute to the decision making process.
4. Participate in board development activities: orientation program, on-going Board development activities and individual growth and development opportunities as outlined in the Board Development policy.
5. Attend special events as individual schedule permits.
6. Demonstrate commitment to the growth and sustainability of the organization by making a personal donation through an annual membership (tax receipts will be issued).
If you are interested in becoming a Member of Volunteer Calgary's Board, please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.