National Board of Trustees - Volunteer Position (non-paid)
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
August 3, 2018
Part Time - Experienced
Accounting, Auditing, Bookkeeping
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the leading organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s and colitis are debilitating medically incurable digestive diseases that affect 1 in 200 Americans, including 80,000 children nationwide. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and fatigue. The Foundation raises critical dollars for breakthrough research, offers a wide range of educational programs for patients and health care professionals, and provides supportive services in communities across the nation, helping patients to live more fulfilling lives. Learn more about Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation at http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is governed by a National Board comprised of up to 28 members. A member is elected for a 3-year term, renewable for another 3 years if warranted based on performance and participation. This is a volunteer (non-paid) position.
The National Board of Trustees supports the work of the Foundation by providing leadership, strategic oversight and philanthropic commitment. The Foundation is committed to creating a Board comprised of a diverse group of dynamic and influential professionals with a wide range of skills and expertise. It also provides an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about cause-related organizations and who has a track record of board and/or community leadership.
Understand and support the Foundation’s mission, and support appointed staff in carrying out that mission.
Attend all 3 National Board meetings in person (2 of which are held in NY), and actively serve on one or more Board committees.
Participate in the annual budget process, including review and approval of the budget. Participate in creating the Foundation’s Strategic Plan and support its implementation.
Approve and monitor programs and services, as appropriate. Be knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of current programs and services.
Ensure that the Foundation has the adequate financial resources that it needs. Become involved in the fundraising strategy and activities of the organization.
Comply with the National By-laws and suggest appropriate revisions to the Board Chairperson. Periodically review established Board policies and procedures.
Ensure sound risk management policies are in place.
Partner with the President/CEO and other Board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out.
Be aware of, and abide by, the statement of duties and conflict of interest policy. This responsibility applies not only to the activities of the Board Member, but also to those activities of others involved with the organization of which the Board Member may be aware.
Identify to the Governance Committee any potential board or committee members; individuals should have specific experience, skills, talents, contacts or resources, which would benefit the Foundation.
Be an ambassador for the organization.
Board Members will consider the Foundation a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority.
The Foundation expects to have 100% of Board Members make an annual personal contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.
Participate in the Major Gift program. Be a door-opener. Board Members are expected to assist in the process through their business and personal relationships.
Travel expenses related to Board activities are the responsibility of the Board Members. Hotel accommodations are paid for by the Foundation for the duration of the meeting/event.
Review grant materials.
Participate in voting on proposed Research Grants to be awarded.
Extensive professional experience with leadership accomplishments in healthcare, business, government, philanthropy, or any other industries as determined by the Governance Committee.
A commitment to and understanding of the Foundation’s mission and constituents.
The ability to foster partnerships, cultivate relationships and build consensus among diverse individuals.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of children and adults affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Serving on the National Board of Trustees is a rewarding experience. Be active and involved. Commitment and support is vital to the growth and success of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
About Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. It was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D.
Since our founding nearly five decades ago, the Foundation has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Today, we fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. In addition, our professional education workshops and programs, along with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. We are very proud that the National Institutes of Health has commended us for "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research."
Beyond research, the Foundation is collaborating with healthcare providers to improve IBD quality of care, as well... as educating, supporting, and empowering patients and their caregivers through patient-centric education and advocacy programs.
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