Become a Board Member

Summary of Position

The Board of Directors governs and carries out the mission of Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. Board members are fiscally, legally, and morally responsible for the organization.

Fiscal Responsibility

It is the duty of each board member to know the budget and take an active part in budget planning and oversight. The board is responsible for ensuring adequate resources, managing resources effectively, and providing support with fundraising efforts. Board members are expected to support the agency with an annual financial gift at a level that is significant to them.

Legal Responsibility

Each member of the board is legally responsible for the organization. Board members are expected to understand their legal responsibilities and oversee and evaluate organizational policies and procedures. The board of directors ensures that agency operations are in compliance with law and accepts full responsibility for all conditions, strategies, and policies that govern programs.

Moral Responsibility

It is the duty of each board member to know, understand, and be committed to the mission of the organization. Each board member is expected to govern, plan, and take action based on that mission in its entirety. The board of directors ensures effective organizational planning, determines and monitors organization progress, makes sure policies and procedures are in place, and assesses the need for services.

Committee Responsibilities

In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, board members are expected to work with a small group of people on at least one board committee to accomplish tasks and carry out the agency’s strategic initiatives. Consistent attendance at committee meetings is expected of all board members.

The committees are:

  • Executive
  • Grants Review
  • Strategic Planning
  • Finance

Time Commitment

Length of commitment: 3-year term from January 1st, 2021 – December 31st, 2023.

Estimate of total hours: At least 5 hours per month, or 60 hours per year, for three years. Board members must attend bi-monthly board meetings and participate on at least one board committee. Members can expect to spend at least 1-3 hours a month in meetings and several hours outside of meetings completing committee tasks and reviewing meeting materials.

Scheduling: Board of Directors meetings take place on the third Monday of every other month from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM at varying locations. (Please note that meetings are currently being held virtually due to COVID-19 and will continue so until further notice.) Committee meetings are monthly and scheduled by committee chairs. Additional work will need to be completed between meetings.


Applicants must be 18 or older and meet the following qualifications:

  • People of color encouraged to apply
  • Previous board experience preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Positive and professional attitude
  • Expertise appropriate to one or more of OYH’s committee areas of Fund Development, Finance, Outreach, Events, or Grant Review
  • Experience increasing an organization’s local impact
  • Experience increasing an organization’s visibility
  • Experience in identifying new funding sources
  • Commitment to volunteering for at least 5 hours per month for three years
  • Knowledgeable or eager to learn about Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless
  • Knowledgeable or eager to learn about hunger and homelessness in Minnesota
  • Resident of Greater Minnesota


Board members are part of a statewide movement to end hunger and homelessness. This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge, skills, and work with a dedicated group of people. Join this group of hard-working and passionate people who are working together to improve lives across the state of Minnesota.

selection Process

1. Email a letter of interest and resume to Kathy Mahoney, Office Manager.

2. Meet with a board member for an interview

3. Observe the Board of Directors meeting on Monday, October 19th (A recording of a prior board meeting is also available upon request).

4. Election of new members will occur on Monday, December 21st

5. Attend a group orientation to learn about OYH and the issues of hunger and homelessness

6. Attend MAP for Nonprofits’ Board Boot Camp training

7. Regularly attend and participate at meetings of the Board of Directors and at least one committee for three years. Committee membership can be changed during your term.

Contact Information

Sabrina Spangler, OYH Board Vice President 



122 Franklin Avenue West
Suite 610
Minneapolis, MN 55404
[email protected]

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