We love our board members and it is time to start recruiting for 2024!
Our board is beginning the annual process of cultivating potential board members to serve for the upcoming term, January 2024 to December 2026. Over the summer, the Board Governance Committee will review names of people interested in being considered for the board and will begin interviews.
Serving as a board member is a commitment of time and resources, but it is also a rewarding way to get involved in Creation Care! Our current board is a dynamic and diverse set of leaders who are deeply committed to the mission of IPC to heal the Chesapeake and its communities. They see the value in engaging the faith community, and are comfortable with faith messaging and contexts. We also try to have fun together -- retreats, outings, learning together and building camaraderie.
The key responsibilities for board members are to oversee the strategic direction of IPC and ensure financial transparency and integrity of the organization. Board members attend regular board meetings, make financial gifts, assist with fundraising, and serve as officers or on committees. They also help connect the staff to key partners, agency leaders, and legislators, to help advance IPC's work. All board members serve for an initial 3-year term, and can be invited for a second term.
To nominate someone to be considered, please complete this interest form. This is not a commitment, just an expression of interest. The Governance Committee will then review your background and if you are a match for what they are looking for next year, they will reach out to get to know you further. Feel free to forward this to people in your network who you think might be a good fit.
What skills and backgrounds are we looking for?
Some of the backgrounds we are prioritizing in 2024 are listed below. You do not need to have trained, academic or professional skills in specific areas; lived experience is welcome.
- Financial/Accounting or experience serving as a financial officer for an organization/congregation
- Lived experience with environmental injustice
- Human Resources management
Curious about board member responsibilities?
Specific responsibilities of Board members include:
- Attend 6 board meetings per year. Half of the meetings are in-person, and could be anywhere in Maryland or Lancaster, PA. Board meetings typically last 2 hours.
- Attend 1 all-day retreat with the rest of the board and staff.
- Serve on at least one committee. Currently the committees include: Finance, Governance, Development/Communications, and Advocacy. Committee meetings are typically held virtually.
- Make a personal contribution and participate in our annual appeal by asking family/friends to support IPC. We do not have a minimum giving requirement.
- The estimated time commitment is 10 hours per month for general board members and more if you serve as a committee chair.
Can I participate without being a full board member?
There are less demanding roles for volunteers on some of our committees. This could be a way to learn more about our board and organization, contribute to planning and strategic thinking, and attend periodical committee meetings virtually without the expectation of regular board meeting and retreat attendance. If you are interested in volunteering on one of the committees, please email Jodi Rose at [email protected].
Thank you for considering this opportunity to serve and honor God’s creation.
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