Expectations for Alumni Association Chapter Volunteers
Our most successful alumni chapter boards are deeply committed to advancing the goals and programs of the chapter, become intimately involved in alumni programs, enthusiastically support the institution, and work faithfully to obtain the support and participation of others. This is generally accomplished through the following volunteer expectations.
I. Association Membership
The CSUN Alumni Association is a due’s paying organization. It is expected that chapter board members become annual or lifetime dues paying members of the chapter throughout their tenure on the board. It is also expected that chapter executive board members assist the chapter in growing its membership base by informing others about the benefits of Alumni Association membership.
II. Meeting Attendance
Chapters generally hold executive board meetings every eight weeks, or 4-6 times per year to set the agenda and plan the calendar of chapter activities. It is expected that board members attend most of these meetings. It is expected that volunteers RSVP in a timely manner to the meeting host.
III. Committee Assignments
To forward the business of the chapter in a timely and organized manner, it is expected that chapter board members hold an office or serve on at least one committee during their term. Committee assignments will be made at the beginning of the term by the president and can change throughout service on the board as necessary and appropriate to interests and time availability of volunteers.
IV. Program Attendance
As a member of the chapter board, visibility is key in achieving the mission of the chapter and the university. It is important to actively participate in the programs and events sponsored by the chapter. In addition to chapter activities, volunteers are encouraged to attend programs and events sponsored by the general Alumni Association.Boar d members can also assist the chapter by advertising programs or selling event tickets to friends and business associates.
There is a variety of ways in which board members can bring value to the chapter through their personal and business connections. Board members can achieve this by serving as goodwill ambassadors for the chapter in the community. Board members can also create meaningful connections with alumni and within the community that helps to forward the chapter agenda, build membership, audiences and community participation. It is expected that board members respect, uphold and support the strategic mission of the chapter and Cal State Northridge.
VI. Financial Contributions
Beyond the annual membership fee, there is no additional expected financial contribution on behalf of a volunteer. If a volunteer is inclined to make a contribution, we greatly appreciate the additional support. The contribution may be designated to a strategic program sponsored by the alumni chapter, designated to a specific academic department or program or just available to support the annual strategic initiatives of the university.
IV. Updated Biographical Information
Executive board members shall submit updated biographical and contact information as requested on an annual basis by the Chapter president