|The Board of Directors of Housing Families Inc. is the governing body of the organization. Their purpose is to
set policy; hire, evaluate, and support the Chief Executive Officer (CEO); perform short term and long-term
planning; participate in fund development; and oversee the financial viability of the agency. The Board is self perpetuating
and comprised of a diverse group of persons that can meet the needs of the organization.
The structure of the Board includes a Development Committee, Education Committee, Finance Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee, Property Committee, and other Ad Hoc committees as needed.*
*Subject to change
The Development Committee nurtures a culture of philanthropy throughout
Housing Families and leads the Board’s participation in resource
development and fundraising.
The Development Committee supports Housing Families’ CEO and
Development Staff to develop the organization’s fund development plan. The
Committee proposes policies and develops plans, procedures, and schedules
for board involvement in fundraising. The Committee helps educate the
Board about the resources needed to realize the organization’s plans and
fulfill its mission. It familiarizes the Board with fundraising skills and
techniques so that they are comfortable raising money. The Committee is the
Board’s central source of information about the fundraising climate in
general, and about the status of the organization’s fundraising activities in
particular. The Committee plays a strong role in identifying, cultivating, and
approaching major donors.
The Committee asks for a minimum of one year commitment and
expectation of fundraising $25,000 per individual per year.
● Meetings will be held monthly and regular attendance is required of all
● The Committee will support Board Members in their fundraising efforts
and help them leverage their network to financially support Housing
● Actively engage in and solicit Board Members and volunteers to
engage in all major development efforts, activities, and events.
● Support the Committee Chair and Board President in ensuring that all
Board Members achieve their annual Give and Get.
● Support Housing Families’ CEO and Development Team in ensuring
that the organization’s total development program is in concert with
the organization’s strategic direction and needs.
● Support Housing Families’ CEO and Development Team in relationship
building and stewardship of prospects, donors, and community
● Develop long-term and annual fundraising plans that will generate the
funds needed to meet the organization’s fundraising goal.
● In preparation for each FY budget, the committee will advise CEO and
Finance Committee on the budget allocation for resources needed to
carry out the annual fundraising efforts
● Establish subcommittees to carry out specific fund development
activities and events as needed.
● Investigate new fundraising projects, activities, and ideas for possible
use in the future.
● Supervise the functions of the sub-committees.
● Recruit new Committee members.
|The second Tuesday of every month from 8-9am
|Hybrid: Zoom and in the Greater Malden area
|1 to 3 hours/month
|We require a specific amount of “give or get” for all board members.
-Attend at least 80% of Board meetings and Board activities. Review agenda and supporting materials prior to meetings.
-Join at least one committee and participate fully in its activities.
-Be informed about the organization's mission, services, policies, and programs.
-Participate in other Board activities, such as strategic planning and Board assessments.
-Act as an ambassador for Housing Families within your network and community:
o Attend special events.
o Introduce the organization to friends, family, and colleagues to build a cadre of supporters for Housing Families.
-Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization's field.
-Assist in the Board recruitment and nominating process.
-Responsible for hiring, evaluating, and supporting Housing Families’ CEO.
-Regularly review the organization’s mission and purpose.
-Ensure effective organizational planning. As stewards of the organization, Board
members must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in achieving
the plan’s goals.
Financial and Fiduciary responsibility:
-Ensure that the Board carries out its fiduciary responsibilities:
-Review budgets and financial statements on a regular basis. Approve the annual budget.
-Sign a conflict-of-interest statement annually and disclose all potential conflicts in advance to the Board and Development Staff.
-Serve as an ethical member of the Board in a manner that promotes the best interests of the organization.
-Incorporate core values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in decision processes; widely communicate and invest in DEIB priorities; work with HFI team to build DEIB goals as metrics for organizational and employee performance; recruit and maintain a diverse an inclusive board.
-Nurture a culture of inclusion with attention to key practices, set clear expectations for inclusive leadership behaviors, and align the mission of the organization to the broader equity issues being faced by the communities Housing Families serves.
- Exercise duty of care. 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—including determining use of the budget allocated for
-Exercise duty of loyalty. Each Board member must put the interests of the organization before their personal and professional interests when acting on behalf of the organization in a decision-making capacity.
-Exercise duty of obedience. Board members bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that
the organization complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres
to its mission.
|New Board members will take part in our onboarding program which includes a personalized engagement plan, access to our resource library in our Board portal, and one-on-one introductory meetings.
Housing Families works to end family homelessness. We provide safe, temporary shelter and quality affordable housing to homeless and at-risk families. We offer individualized supportive services to enrich children’s lives, nurture the potential of each family member, and help families maintain permanent housing.
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