Serve On Our Board

Overview

Pongo is excited to announce we are recruiting applicants to join our Board of Directors. We are embarking on an ambitious phase of growth, and poised to increase our impact on the vulnerable youth we serve. Pongo welcomes candidates interested in joining a non-profit with a proven program methodology as it extends its reach, and develops the systems and infrastructure to sustain itself for decades into the future. Furthermore, we seek candidates with a commitment to Pongo’s values on racial justice and equity, and that are interested in actively supporting our work of becoming an anti-racist organization. 

Read below for information on the skills and characteristics that make an ideal candidate, and the responsibilities and expectations for board members.

If, after reviewing the description, you’re interested in applying, please reach out to us at info@pongopoetryproject.org.

The Ideal Pongo Board Member

The ideal Pongo board member will:

  • Engage robustly in board meetings
  • Serve on at least one board committee
  • Maintain a near perfect meeting attendance record
  • Contribute a personally meaningful annual gift
  • Participate actively in all fundraising efforts
  • Leverage their skills and network to drive impact
  • Use their power to advance equity and inclusion
  • Complete each elected term

Characteristics & Skills

Pongo is currently seeking candidates that possess one or more of the characteristics and skills below:

Characteristics:

  • Strategic thinker
  • Proactive
  • Generous
  • Corporate contacts
  • Collaborative

Skills:

  • Finance
  • Prior board experience
  • Clinical background
  • Experience building anti-racist organizational culture
  • Background in education
  • Pongo or Pongo-inspired writer/mentor/practitioner

Board Member Description

The board as a whole has the responsibility for governing the entire organization, for establishing and upholding the organization’s mission and vision and for preparing for the organization’s successful future. Check out a detailed description of the role and responsibilities of board members here.

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