Frailty Myths Board and Board Members
Frailty Myths Mission:
Frailty Myths is a non-profit premised on a transformative idea: Every day we work to smash the myth that women, trans, and gender non conforming folks are frail and weak. Our one-of-a-kind workshops use experiential hands-on education methods that include woodworking, sailing, and self/community reliance to create empowering and life changing experiences for women, trans, and gender non-conforming folks. Through these workshops, participants develop strategies to dispel the myth of frailty, work to create positive change in their lives, grow confidence, and embrace leadership roles in their communities. Our curriculum works to dismantle oppressive systems while participants learn how to build healthy, sustainable ones both internally and externally: from confronting insecurity to constructing composts bins. Each workshop is part of our mission to build a more just and loving world.
At Frailty Myths, we prioritize creating a community for people of color, LGBT, and low income communities. Since our first workshop in Oct of 2016, nearly 1000 people have participated in our workshops, with more than half of our participants identifying as people of color and members of the LGBT community. Almost half of our participants (43%) make less than $30,000 per year. Our community workshops are free and we remain dedicated to the premise that no one will be turned away from a Frailty Myths workshop because of a lack of funds.
The Frailty Myths Board of Directors (from here on referred to as “The Board”) will support the mission of Frailty Myths and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While the day-to-day operations of Frailty Myths are led by the Frailty Myths Executive Officers Teams (from here on referred to as “The Executive Team”), the Board/Executive Team relationship is a key partnership in the overall operation of Frailty Myths. Appropriate involvement by the Board is critical, needed, and expected for the long-term success of Frailty Myths.
The Board is a working board. We currently do not have paid staff. As such, the health and progress of the organization is dependent on board members’ contributions to the operations.
The specific responsibilities for this Board Member position is as following:
Beyond individual philanthropic support as a Frailty Myths Board Member, this Fundraising/Development Board Member position requires an expertise and priority in nonprofit fundraising. As a Board Member, you will:
Play a leading role in guiding Frailty Myths in pursuing Fundraising activities and opportunities in California and around the United States.
Guide and support fellow board members in pursuit of fundraising opportunities.
Develop, implement, and monitor fundraising strategy and generate reports to measure sucess
Discuss issues involving the short-term and long-term fundraising vision of Frailty Myths with the Executive Officers Team.
Chair the Development/Fundraising Committee
Work closely with the Treasurer to ensure financial health of the organization
Leadership, Governance, and Oversight:
As a Frailty Myths Board Member, overall leadership and vision are key traits and necessary for the success of Frailty Myths. As a Board Member, you will:
Be a partner with the Executive Team in achieving the organization’s core goals and mission.
Serve as a trusted advisor to the Executive Team as they develop and implement Frailty Myths’ core strategic mission.
Provide leadership to the Board of Directors, who sets policy and to whom the Executive Team are accountable.
Assist the Executive Team and the Board President in identifying and recruiting future Board Members.
Discuss issues confronting the Organization with the Executive Team.
Help guide and mediate the Board’s actions with respect to organizational priorities and governance concerns.
Represent Frailty Myths to stakeholders and act as an ambassador for Frailty Myths in the larger community we serve.
Ensure that Frailty Myths has a diverse Board of Directors and a staff that reflects the core mission of diversity and inclusion for Frailty Myths.
Board Terms and Participation:
Frailty Myths Board Members will serve a 4 year term and be eligible for reappointment for additional terms.
Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held on a monthly basis or as determined by the committee chair.
Each Board Member should expect to give a minimum average of 4-5 hours/month.
Each Board Member must serve on a minimum of 1 committee
All Frailty Myths Board Members will consider Frailty Myths a philanthropic priority and make an annual gift that reflects this priority. So that Frailty Myths can credibly solicit contributions from the community, foundations, organizations, and other venues, Frailty Myths expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that commensurates with each Board Member’s financial capacity.
The opportunity to be a Board Member of Frailty Myths is an incredible opportunity for an individual that is passionate about Frailty Myths mission and who has a track record of participation and success with board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved a proven track record of supporting working communities, communities of color, LGBT communities, and have a fundamental passion for direct-action community work.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
Previous board experience
Extensive experience with executive leadership accomplishments in community organizing, activism, philanthropy, education, or the nonprofit sector.
A commitment to and understanding of Frailty Myths participants, preferably based on expertise, to work diligently to dismantle and heal from systems of oppression
Savvy diplomatic and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Frailty Myths’ participants.
Strong sense of commitment, follow through, and accountability
Experience working in a dynamic environment th
Service on the Frailty Myths Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.
Current Board Members