OrganizationSexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)
Contact Emailboardpresident@saracville.org
Primary Focus AreaHealth and Safety
Service AreasAlbemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson
Year Organization Established1976
Number of Paid Staff15
Current Operating Budget1 million
Board Meeting FrequencyMonthly
City In Which Board Meetings Are HeldCharlottesville (currently via Zoom)

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

We strive for diversity in our Board of Directors and are seeking new board members of all backgrounds with skills and interests useful in managing a growing trauma-informed nonprofit organization. Fundraising, legal, or financial experience is a plus. All Board members must be dedicated to our mission of eliminating sexual violence and its impacts through education, advocacy, and support.

The Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency and is the only comprehensive rape crisis and prevention center in our area. For over 40 years, we have served individuals and communities in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. We work with child and adult survivors of all genders, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, age, economic status, education, parenthood, physical and/or mental abilities, national origin, immigration status or any other status. We also work with friends and family of survivors of any kind of sexual violence and have an active Prevention program with local schools, churches, restaurants, and other businesses.

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

SARA’s Board of Directors meets once per month and each Board member is asked to serve on one of SARA’s committees: Fundraising/Donor Engagement, Finance, or Board Development. These committees meet monthly or less frequently depending on the agency’s needs at the time. Most meetings are currently being held via Zoom, though we may have quarterly in-person meetings in the future.

Is a minimum financial contribution required?


Prior Board experience preferred?


Does the Board have term limits?


Board Term Limit

3 Years, renewable once

Additional Information

Preventing sexual violence from happening in the first place is a foundational strategy in our approach to eliminating sexual violence. In addition to SARA’s 24/7 support and ongoing counseling, SARA’s Prevention Programs aim to create cultures that prevent sexual violence through education. We also provide programs to prevent anyone in our community from becoming a perpetrator of sexual violence. Our prevention focus is on child development and social norms change. We work primarily with schools, faith communities, parents, and organizations (local businesses, restaurants, community groups, etc.).

Does The Organization have Directors & Officer's insurance?