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Bennett's Village

Board Opportunity
OrganizationBennett's Village
Contact Emailbennettsvillage@gmail.com
Contact Phone Number(434) 409-7426
Primary Focus AreaSpecial Needs/Disabled
Service AreasAlbemarle, Charlottesville
Year Organization Established2018
Number of Paid Staff0
Current Operating Budget$10,000
Board Meeting FrequencyOnce a month
City In Which Board Meetings Are HeldCharlottesville (via Zoom)

Desired skills, perspectives, experiences, and characteristics of new board members

Bennett’s Village is a non-profit organization working to build Central Virginia’s first truly accessible, inclusive, and multi-generational all-abilities playground in Charlottesville, Virginia – a place for ALL to play. Our current Board members are a passionate group of volunteers with skills in grant research, project management, financial analysis, accessibility best practices, non-profit service, and development work. We are ready to turn our attention from developing our organization to fundraising in order to achieve our goals. 

We are seeking additional Board members with specific backgrounds and skills to complement our existing slate. We need Board members with fundraising experience, particularly those who have experience with fundraising plans, speaking with potential sponsors, and working with capital campaigns. We are seeking members with financial and/or legal experience to assist with questions about annual audits, banking, and taxes. We are seeking Board members with grant-writing experience who can work with our team of volunteers to create, submit, and manage grant proposals.

In addition to those skill sets, we realize that our Board currently lacks diversity in racial make-up and multi-generational and disability representation. As a non-profit located in a City with a diverse, multi-racial, and variable-ability demographic, we want to ensure that all voices are heard as we create this playground as a truly inclusive space. We welcome and desire potential Board members who can provide insight from typically under-served and under-represented communities of all ages, even if they do not have one of the skill sets described above. 

As a Board Member, you will be performing the following tasks:

  • Representing and championing Bennett’s Village to your contacts, connections, and colleagues
  • Actively participating in committee work based on your skill set (Events, Marketing, Grants, Education & Outreach, and/or Financial Strategies)
  • Attending and/or participating in Bennett’s Village on-line or in-person events to the extent possible
  • Participating in monthly Board meetings
  • Providing honest and constructive opinions and insight necessary to assist with managing the organization and achieving our goal

Annual Time Commitment (including committee meetings, special events, work outside the board, etc.)

Our Board of Directors meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:45 pm. We are currently meeting via Zoom. Please contact us if you would like to be considered for the Board but cannot make that day or time.

We will be hosting several virtual and in-person fundraising events and Board members are highly encouraged, but not required, to participate. Participation may include actual event participation (in walks, auctions, fun runs, virtual challenges, etc.) or day-of volunteering.

We have five sub-committees for which we are seeking volunteer leaders. These leaders may or may not be Board members depending on availability and interest. The committees consist of Events, Marketing, Financial Strategies, Education & Outreach, and Grants. Board members may also elect to participate in these sub-committees but not be the committee chair.

Board members may also be asked to attend a meeting with a potential sponsor with whom you have a prior relationship.

Is a minimum financial contribution required?

No

Prior Board experience preferred?

No

Does the Board have term limits?

No

Does The Organization have Directors & Officer's insurance?

No

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