Call for Nominations for Directors

Call for Nominations for Directors

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) is accepting nominations for three positions on the Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning December 1, 2020. See a description of board responsibilities below.

The Nominating Committee seeks candidates who will help ensure a diversity of perspectives representing race, culture, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, life experience, political ideology, professional skills, and organization size and type. Up to two of the open positions may be filled by nonmembers of SAFSF.

Qualified candidates must be:

  • members of the board or staff of a grantmaking, regranting or investing organization active in sustainable agriculture and/or food systems philanthropy; and
  • committed to uphold and lead with SAFSF’s core values of Collaboration, Equity, Respect, Stewardship and Integrity, and in accordance with the SAFSF Commitment to Racial Justice.

Self-nomination or nominations of other qualified candidates are welcome via the Board Nomination Form, which requires complete contact information for the nominee, nominator (if applicable), and a statement of interest describing why the nominee would make a great SAFSF Director.

Once a nomination has been submitted, SAFSF will request from each nominee:

  • a nomination acceptance form;
  • a professional bio; and
  • a letter of interest (if not self-nominated).

The Board Nomination Form must be submitted no later than Friday, September 11. The full Board will consider nominations at its Fall 2020 meeting. Questions about the nomination process should be directed to SAFSF’s Executive Director, Virginia Clarke at [email protected].

Board Responsibilities

The Board of Directors has supervision, control and direction of the affairs of SAFSF, determines its policies, carries out its purposes and budgets and disburses its funds.

Roles and ongoing activities of the board include:

  • Regularly attend virtual and in-person board meetings and respond to emails and other communications as needed.
  • Oversee the major work of SAFSF.
  • Ensure solid fiscal status and practices.
  • Approve annual budget and authorize major resource allocations.
  • Serve on at least one board committee.
  • Make policy on behalf of SAFSF.
  • Approve new members; ensure processes whereby members can provide input to SAFSF on an ongoing basis.
  • Participate in the selection and evaluation of the Executive Director.
  • Evaluate the board’s performance.

The Board generally meets four–six times annually, two of which are (ideally) in-person meetings:

  • Annual Board Retreat – February 8-10 (in-person, location varies)
  • April/May via video conference
  • June at SAFSF’s Annual Forum (informal meeting/new Directors’ welcome – location varies)
  • September/October Meeting (in-person, location varies)
  • November/December via videoconference

Board members unable to attend an in-person meeting are encouraged to join all or parts of that meeting by phone or videoconference. A small travel fund for board meetings is available to ensure the inclusion of leaders whose own budgets may require such assistance.