Make an Impact. Become a Board or Committee Member.
You can volunteer for the Eden Prairie Community Foundation in a number of ways according to your time, talents and interests. Most volunteers serve on the board of directors, a standing committee, or a strategic-planning team.
The Foundation is currently looking for help in adding a diversity/inclusion lens to its work and to its relations with partner nonprofits in Eden Prairie. We’re also looking for volunteers willing to advance the Foundation’s work in the areas of affordable housing and unemployment. If you can help with either of these initiatives, please contact Executive Director Mark Weber at [email protected] for more information.
As an elected volunteer board member, you would likely serve two three-year terms and have a number of specific governing responsibilities. Those responsibilities include duties to exercise reasonable care when making decisions, complying with governing documents, and assuring the financial accountability of the organization.
You would attend monthly board meetings, serve on at least two committees, attend the Foundation’s events, make a financial contribution to the Foundation, develop funding support, contribute expertise, and represent the Foundation when out in the community.
The board is for you if share our mission, values and goals for the Eden Prairie Community Foundation. Together you would work with fellow board members to expand our programs and services – while protecting the Foundation’s assets and its legal and ethical integrity.
Are you involved in Eden Prairie and interested in making it even better? Are you willing to serve the community, and would you add passion and leadership skills to the Foundation? If so, you may well be a candidate for the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s board of directors. Please be in touch with Mark Weber, executive director, if you’d like to learn more. If you know someone who would make a great board member, feel free to download and share this overview:
Serving on a committee is a great way to support the Foundation if board service is not for you. Many of the Foundation’s committees have non-board members on them. This is a great way to learn what the Foundation is and what it does, and to give back to Eden Prairie in a meaningful way.
Some committees meet monthly; others meet just a few times per year, depending on duties. Those committees with non-board members that you can serve on include:
Grants Committee – Oversees and directs all grant-making activities, including policies, guidelines, application and selection procedures, and grant award evaluations.
Finance & Investment Committee – Monitors financial status and oversees budgeting, accounting and reporting systems; recommends and works with independent auditor in preparation of annual audit and tax returns; recommends, oversees, and directs all investment-related policies and performance reviews.
Marketing & Public Relations Committee – Oversees all media, publications, and web-related communications.
Nominating & Governance Committee – Evaluates board composition and needs; coordinates nominations and election of Board members and officers; reviews and recommends committee assignments; reviews conflict of interest, confidentiality, Board governance and other compliance issues.
Development Committee – Oversees and directs all fundraising strategy development and fundraising activities: annual giving, planned giving, Endowment Fund, and donor and designated funds. Develops and implements donor-relations strategies.
Events Committee – Oversees planning and execution of all Foundation events.
Finally, we have Strategic Plan teams working in the areas of hardship, hub (connecting nonprofits), diversity/inclusion, and increasing the Foundation’s capacity. All of these teams could use more volunteer members. Learn more about our Strategic Plan by downloading this overview:
For more information about the Foundation and its committees or teams, contact Executive Director Mark Weber at (952) 949-8499 or [email protected].