Board of Directors
The mission of Twin Cities Pride is to create experiences that bring the greater GLBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality.
The Board of Directors is democratically organized and values each of its members and their opinions. Serving on the Board is part of a philanthropic process, which involves learning, empowerment, and commitment.
The Twin Cities Pride Board of Directors sets policy for the organization; ensures that it is operated in a legal, ethical and professional manner; represents the organization in the GLBT & allied community; and assists in raising funds for continued operation and fiscal stability. Collectively, the Board has direct authority over the executive director, who works with a volunteer staff to implement the policies, programs, and fundraising plans approved by the board. While Board members do not typically have direct involvement in the planning and coordination of specific Pride events, they may be called on to assist as needed during various events. Board members must also build a working knowledge of all events in order to set governance standards that are in the best interest of the organization. All Board members report directly to the Chairman of the Board. The Board has a minimum of eleven members and a maximum of fifteen (including officers, which are elected from within the Board).
Board members serve two-‐year terms, which begin and end in line with the corporation’s fiscal calendar. If a board member is elected during a fiscal year and serves greater than 50% of the year, it will be considered the first full year of his or her term. A board member may not serve more than three consecutive terms.
The Board meets monthly and may meet more often as necessary. Board members are responsible to contact the Chairman of the Board if they are unable to attend a meeting. Missing two meetings (without necessary approval from the Chairman) will necessitate the re-‐evaluation of a Board member’s continued service. Committee work is done in separate meetings or independently and should be completed prior to each month’s Board meeting, or as directed by the committee chair and/or Chairman of the Board. Board members are expected to attend event produced by Twin Cities Pride. As the face of the organization to the community, Board members are additionally asked to participate in various activities and local events at which Twin Cities Pride wishes to be represented. These may include various charitable events, forums, and conferences. Board members may also be asked to represent Twin Cities Pride at regional, national, or international conferences.
• Attend all Board and committee meetings, special functions, and Pride events
• Understand and act in accordance with the organization’s mission statement
• Be informed about the organization’s rules of governance, services, policies, and programs
• Use sound judgment to form opinions & weigh facts when voting on issues that impact the corporation and the community
• Check Pride email regularly and respond in a timely manner to issues or questions related to the Board or to committee assignments
• Be able to engage actively and respectfully in discussion of issues prior to voting
• Review agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings
• Lead or participate in specific projects as directed by committee chairs or by the Chairman of the Board
• Be able to read, understand, and discuss financial statements and budget related documents • Support funding in advance of investment
• Give annually to Twin Cities Pride or be actively & personally involved in fundraising efforts
• Engage in funding development, strategic planning, and the creation of organizational policy
• Assist the Board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities
• Accept and demonstrate the principles of equality and diversity that characterize the GLBT & allied movement
• Maintain the highest degree of personal ethics and conduct
• Recruit and nominate others who will bring strength and diversity to the organization
• Act as a good-‐will ambassador within the community
• Keep up-‐to-‐date on issues impacting the GLBT community nationally and in the Twin Cities
• Act as a liaison with sponsors & vendors during Pride events
• Represent Pride at community events, meetings, and conferences
• Identify and connect with potential partners & donors
Board service is an excellent way to get involved with the community, build professional relationships, and gain leadership skills. All Board members participate on a strictly volunteer basis. Board members may not receive any financial compensation for their work related to Twin Cities Pride, either from the organization, vendors, or sponsors.