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Revolutionize Cancer Care While Building a Better World

A Fresh Chapter’s mission is to heal the emotional scars of cancer through volunteerism, meaningful travel and programs designed to reframe adversity and redefine what’s possible.

Through both international and U.S. Odyssey programs, A Fresh Chapter (AFC) empowers diverse groups of men and women to step beyond the label of cancer patient, survivor, or caregiver, and into a new world of volunteering, cultural immersion, and personal growth and development. As part of a broader framework of support, our 1-2 week volunteer travel experiences act as a catalyst for helping participants see that struggle is universal and it’s possible to heal, connect, and serve others while reclaiming your life. Our programs in the U.S., India, South Africa, Peru, and Costa Rica have contributed more than 5,000 hours of volunteer service while taking positive action against the isolation, anger, depression, fear of recurrence, or survivor guilt often created by cancer. Whether our participants have returned to work with renewed purpose, healed relationships with loved ones, committed to ongoing volunteering, or even made peace with dying, AFC is revolutionizing cancer support while building stronger families and communities and a better world.

A Fresh Chapter (Alliance Foundation) is both a Canadian non profit and a U.S. based Project in affiliation with Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a California based non-profit public charity. AFC is seeking innovative, entrepreneurially minded leaders to serve on its Board of Directors. With the right team, we will change the paradigm of post-traumatic growth while providing healing and connection to thousands of participants and the volunteer projects we serve.

Board Member Responsibilities 

The Board will provide mission-based leadership, relevant skills and expertise as well as strategic governance to AFC. While day-to-day operations are led by AFC’s CEO, the Board’s input, time, and support is pivotal to the growth of the organization. Specific responsibilities of all Board Members include:

Support

  • Understand and demonstrate a commitment to the organization’s mission and programs
  • Keep up to date with issues and trends that affect the organization
  • Volunteer 10-20 hours/month on strategic priorities/AFC projects to help further the mission
  • Consider AFC a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. In order to credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, AFC requires 100% of Board Members to make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity to give
  • Identify and obtain additional financial resources through your network and via crowd-funding, corporate partnerships, and/or fundraising events
  • Represent AFC to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Participate in a North American or International program within 18 months of joining the board

Governance

  • Approve AFC’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO as he/she develops and implements AFC’s strategic plan
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal laws (tax, reporting, finance, etc.)
  • Be part of decisions to set compensation and benefits package for the CEO
  • Attend at least four (of the five) virtual board meetings each year as well as make every effort to attend the in-person annual general meeting
  • Assist the CEO and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Ensure AFC’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities we serve
  • Adhere to state law and organization policy with regards to conflicts of interest and confidentiality

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the non profit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of A Fresh Chapter’s beneficiaries
  • Financial literacy (e.g. able to read and understand financial statements and reports, and assess the implications)
  • Savvy diplomatic skills 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 people impacted by cancer
  • A growth mindset and a willingness to participate in board orientation and continuing education
  • Ability to devote sufficient time and energy to the performance of duties
  • Strong preference will be given to applicants who have served on at least one non profit board
Specific Roles/Experience Required
  • Board Leadership: Extensive experience in a CEO/Managing Director Role with a proven track record serving on at least two non profit boards
  • Financial Management: Senior finance experience and ability to build strategic budgets, review financial statements, and design innovative funding models as well as ensure compliance.
  • Development Extensive experience in nonprofit development as well as a track record of attracting corporate sponsorship
  • Legal: Expertise in nonprofit law and a background in working with other non profits on activities ranging from supporting a 501(c)(3) application to drafting agreement with partners and advising on legal considerations
  • Administration Aptitude for synthesizing information and a willingness to ensure effective management of the organization’s records
Term

AFC Board Members will serve an initial one-year term and be eligible for reappointment for an additional two-year term. Board meetings will be held bi-monthly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.

If you are interested in exploring an opportunity to join AFC’s Board, please email CEO and Founder, Terri Wingham at terri@afreshchapter.com and include “Board of Directors, AFC” in your subject line.

Service on A Fresh Chapter’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Member’s duties.

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