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Our board 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.
Position Girls’ LEAP’s Board of Directors 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 Director develops personal relationships with our staff and provides guidance and help, based on their individual expertise.

 

Along with their colleagues, each Director

  • Ensures strong governance of   Girls’ LEAP, establishing the strategic direction and providing oversight to the organization

  • Reviews and approves operational plan and budget and progress against plan.

  • Assures management is adhering to sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies.

  • Makes a personally meaningful financial contribution each year and reaches a personal fundraising target for raising contributions from individuals and/or institutions.

  • Serves as ambassadors for Girls’ LEAP at special events and engages others in supporting our mission.
    Engages in one or more projects each year (individually or in a committee).

  • Participates in key processes such as hiring and managing the performance of the Executive Director(s) and sourcing, selecting and onboarding new members.


Directors attend six Board meetings each year:  three operationally focused meetings, 2 hours in length;  three strategy sessions, each 6 hours in duration; they work outside of Board meetings, individually or on committees.
Desired skills
*required
Branding, Digital Marketing, Fundraising, Legal
When 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.
Where 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.
Commitment 3 to 5 hours/month
Donation We strive for 100% board giving, but have no strict guidelines around financial contributions.
Requirements 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).
On-boarding 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.
Additional Info http://www.girlsleap.org
Our mission

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.

Causes
Children, Life Skills, Social Justice & Equality