Foundation Board Member - Position Description
Directors of the California State University, Northridge Foundation serve the University in a special and unique capacity, helping both to shape the Foundation's strategic direction and to drive the University's philanthropic initiatives. Board members:
• Advise and support the President of the University and contribute to, and endorse, the institutional vision that underlies the University's annual fund raising efforts as well as future comprehensive campaigns
• Advocate for, and help establish, a culture of philanthropy among the University's alumni, parents and community of friends as fundamental to the University's future, helping to establish fund raising as a positive and inclusive force that is central to the University's future
• Participate in developing and refining the fund raising case that supports the University's mission and vision statement
• Help establish and endorse the University's fund raising goals
• Develop a personal and extraordinary understanding of the University's highest priority needs and commit to developing the ability to communicate these priorities to potential leadership donors
• Assist development staff in the identification of potential donors, especially those with the capacity for leadership gifts of $100,000, $1,000,000 or more, and assist in the cultivation, engagement and solicitation of individuals, corporations and foundations
• Engage alumni, parents and friends, who have the financial capacity to impact the breadth and quality of the University's programs, in the life of the Foundation and University
• Host cultivation events on behalf of the University and bring guests to University events
• Make significant personal gifts annually commensurate with their resources, periodically make major gift commitments in response to high priority needs of the University in a manner consistent with CSUN as a top philanthropic priority.
• Consider including California State University, Northridge in their estate plans.
• Attend at least two-thirds of the three annual Board meetings, provide guidance, demonstrate teamwork and serve in leadership positions, undertake special assignments when asked, and actively participate in, and attend the meetings of at least on Board committee.
•Establish policies governing the financial operations of the Foundation and the management of the University's endowment and carry out other fiduciary duties