Branch Advisory boards drive the mission of the YMCA through local branch engagement with volunteers, staff, members, program participants, and donors.
Advisory Board meetings are held at least once quarterly for 60-90 minutes, typically during the workweek. Also, each advisory board member is expected to serve on a committee that would generally meet monthly for an hour. Advisory board members are also asked to attend special events throughout the year.
Typical Board Member Responsibilities
- Ensure effective planning. Boards must actively participate in an overall strategic
planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan’s goals.
- Ensure adequate financial resources. One of the board’s foremost responsibilities is to
secure adequate ongoing financial resources through Philanthropy in Action and other
fundraising vehicles for the organization to fulfill its mission.
- Enhance the organization’s public standing. The advisory board should clearly
articulate the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner
support from the community.
- Build a competent board. All advisory boards have a responsibility to articulate
prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively
evaluate their own performance.
- Support the staff. The advisory board should work in partnership to support the branch
executive by providing input to achieve assigned branch goals.
- Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to
legal standards and ethical norms.
In partnering with the Y as an advisory board member, you can feel confident your contribution will make a meaningful, lasting impact on our community and in the individual lives of many.
For more information please contact YMCA Camp Reed Executive Director, Carly “Calypso” Garras.