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Prospera Institute

Holmes Library, 180 Main St, Andover, MA 01810

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Our board We are a group of diverse individuals that believe in the mission of Aaron's Presents. We believe that every child, every human being, has something positive to give to the world. We believe that when children are given the permission, knowledge and resources needed to plan out and execute their ideas, their actions can have a substantive, positive impact on others in unique ways because of their stage in life. Children naturally have the desire to think of and help others, but need to be given age-appropriate opportunities and education to do so effectively. We believe that by enabling kids to experience firsthand what it feels like to impact others’ lives for good, and by making it as memorable, meaningful and fun as possible, we can cement traits like empathy, generosity and a sense of purpose from an early age. These traits are being shown by more and more research to lead to all kinds of successful and positive life outcomes.
Position Aaron's Presents: Board of Directors Position Description

Mission - Inspiring kids to give of themselves for the good of the world.

Who we are
Aaron’s Presents is a youth development organization that provides the mentoring, resources (up to $500 worth of supplies) and logistical help needed by young children (8th grade and below) to carry out an idea they have that positively impacts at least one other person or animal, or the environment. We seek to provide a rare opportunity that, combined with positive adult support, empowers children to practice, feel and experience our core values in a safe, non-competitive, child-initiated and age-appropriate way that is accessible to each child, regardless of individual circumstances, skill and knowledge levels, available resources or adult support. After they have experienced making this impact, Aaron’s Presents then seeks to support their future development as engaged, compassionate and contributing members of society with a variety of growth opportunities.

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The Board will support the work of Aaron's Presents and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by Executive Director (Leah Okimoto), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as she develops and implements the strategic plan;

  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics;

  • Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings;

  • Approving annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities;

  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED*

  • Assisting the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members;

  • Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out;

  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments;

  • Representing Aaron's Presents to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization;

  • Ensuring Aaron's Presents commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities that it serves.


Board Members will consider Aaron's Presents a philanthropic priority.  Since 100% Board Member participation is a metric used by many philanthropic foundations, organizations and individuals, Aaron's Presents expects every Board Member to make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity. There is no minimum amount.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Professional experience with leadership in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector;

  • A commitment to and understanding of Aaron's Presents’ beneficiaries and work;

  • Diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals;

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for the goals of Aaron's Presents.


Service on the Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.
Desired skills
When Quarterly
Where Virtually (at the moment). Pre-COVID-19, we met in Lowell/Andover area.
Commitment 1 to 3 hours/month
Donation Organization strives for 100% board giving, but have no strict guidelines around financial contributions.
Requirements We are always looking for the right candidate to supplement the Board as a whole, as well as the various committees that each of us serve on, in conducting mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by Executive Director (Leah Okimoto), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.
On-boarding We provide an onboarding meeting with existing members of the Board prior to a new member attending their first meeting. We also provide ongoing assistance to new Board members to help them get up to speed as quickly as possible.
Our mission

Our mission is catalyzed through research, education and social
action; engaging Latino, Black and Indigenous communities in efforts that
advance racial health equity.

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