|The Board focuses on strategic planning to ensure that our resources maximize community impact today and that we prepare for Girls’ LEAP’s future growth and success.
Each Board member develops personal relationships with our staff and provides guidance and help, based on their individual expertise.
We are committed to sustaining a racially diverse Board.
|With fellow Board members and the Executive Leadership of LEAP, our Chair ensures that the Girls’ LEAP Board establishes the organization’s strategic direction, acquires the resources we need to achieve our mission and reach our goals, and provides fiduciary oversight.
This critical role includes responsibilities for leadership, governance and fundraising in collaboration with the Executive Leadership of LEAP.
Leadership, governance, and oversight
In this area, the Chair
As a leader of our fundraising team, and in collaboration with the Executive Director(s), she
LEAP’s Board Chair will serve a three-year term, renewable for an additional term.
This is an important time for LEAP and a wonderful opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the success of LEAP’s mission. The ideal candidates will:
Service on LEAP’s board of directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to board members’ duties.
|We meet 6 times/year: 3 meetings are two-hour operational meetings focused on LEAP's program and financial performance; 3 meetings are 6-hour strategy meetings during which we develop and refine our strategic approach to key issues.
|At this time, we are meeting virtually on Zoom. Pre-COVID-19, we would meet in Boston, either at LEAP's offices or at the offices of Board members.
|We strive for 100% board giving, but have no strict guidelines around financial contributions.
|We ask that board members play an active role in governing and supporting LEAP, including engaging with the youth we serve and our community of supporters. Specifically, each member is asked to:
Ensure strong governance of Girls’ LEAP, establishing the strategic direction and providing oversight to the organization.
Review and approve operational plan and budget and progress against plan.
Assure management is adhering to sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies.
Make a personally meaningful financial contribution each year and reach a personal fundraising target for raising contributions from individuals and/or institutions.
Serve as an ambassador for Girls’ LEAP at special events and engages others in supporting our mission.
Engage in one or more projects each year (individually or in a committee).
|Our on-boarding process is engaging and interactive. We invite new members to a social gathering with Board and staff before attending their first meeting. If they haven't already, we arrange for them to attend a community program to see our work first hand. Finally, the Co-Executive Directors meet with new members to review key documents related to LEAP's governance, including our strategic plan and financial records.
To disrupt the violence that surrounds girls by amplifying their voices, emboldening their courage, and imparting critical life and self-defense skills so they can take on challenges with confidence.
Children, Life Skills, Social Justice & Equality