Application to join the Board of Directors
If you are passionate about reproductive health, rights, and justice, joining the New River Abortion Access Fund Board of Directors is a great way to get involved and gain leadership experience. Prior board experience is not required.
The deadline to apply is May 1, 2021. The position start date is July 1, 2021.
The New River Abortion Access Fund (NRAAF) is a 501(c)3 reproductive justice organization based in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds. NRAAF operates a confidential helpline that provides financial assistance, transportation, and lodging to low-income abortion patients in Southwest Virginia.
NRAAF is an all-volunteer organization with a working board. Each member of the board is responsible for a specific role in the organization's operations. You can expect to spend several hours each week on various projects, 15-20 hours/month. This includes self-directed remote work and frequent communication via email and Slack. Board members must attend remote monthly meetings and serve on or lead at least one committee/workgroup. Board meetings are currently held on Sunday evenings (typically the 2nd Sunday of every month) for up to 2 hours.
An initial two-year commitment is required. Directors are given the option to remain on the board for an additional year or renew their term, and may serve up to 3 consecutive terms.
NRAAF is committed to inclusion and equity, and seeks to build a diverse board. We center the voices of those who are most affected by these issues and look to them for leadership. Women of color, LGBTQ folks, young people, low-income people, rural Appalachia/SWVA locals, and people who have had abortions are strongly encouraged to apply. Board members must be willing to work within reproductive justice and anti-oppressive frameworks and actively engage in ongoing learning about these frameworks.
Learn more about NRAAF at
Board Member Responsibilities
- Knowledge of the organization's mission, vision, values, programs, policies, and needs
- Development and oversight of governance and operational policies and procedures
- Ensure values and mission are reflected in operations and programs
- Engage in strategic planning
- Ensure fiduciary responsibilities are met
- Ensure the organization complies with legal requirements
- Approve and monitor the annual budget, financial reports, and Form 990
- Monitor and evaluate abortion funding and practical support programs
- Prepare for meetings by reviewing the agenda and supporting documentation
- Attend and participate in monthly board and committee meetings and special events
- Follow through on all tasks committed to at meetings
- Respond to regular emails from other board members and volunteers
- Actively serve on or lead at least one committee or workgroup
- Actively participate in fundraising through personal contributions and/or by generating support
- Participate in the annual Fund-a-Thon and other fundraising events
- Make a meaningful annual financial contribution
- Select and evaluate staff, interns, and volunteers, as needed
- Complete intake training and at least two intake shifts per year
- Commit to either a two-year or three-year term, with the option to renew
- Promote the organization within the local community
- Participate in public speaking opportunities and media interviews
- Attend trainings, conferences, summits, networking opportunities, and reproductive/social justice events
City, State, and Zip Code
What are your preferred pronouns?
Examples: she/her, he/him, they/them
Are you from Southwest Virginia originally? If not, where are you from?
What organization do you currently work with?
Which roles(s) are you applying for?
Select the board member role(s) that you are most interested in.
Fundraising Coordinator: The fundraising co-coordinators will lead the fundraising team, develop and implement the annual fundraising plan, and be responsible for donor cultivation and management.
Outreach & Communications Coordinator: The outreach & communications co-coordinators will lead the communications team; be responsible for media relations, media strategy, and community outreach; and write, edit, and approve communications documents as needed.
Intake Coordinator: The intake co-coordinators will lead the intake team, train and manage intake volunteers, provide intake support, and oversee day-to-day operations on the helpline.
Practical Support Coordinator: The practical support coordinator will join the intake team, train and manage practical support volunteers, and secure transportation and lodging for our clients.
Social Media Coordinator: The social media coordinator will manage all social media platforms, develop an editorial calendar, create content, and manage and approve social media content and graphics from volunteers on the communications team.
Which committee/workgroup interests you?
Select all that apply. Most of the work will take place within the following teams. Board members must actively serve on at least one committee or workgroup.
Finance - Oversee the organization's day-to-day finances and annual budget
Fundraising - Grassroots fundraising events and activities, grow and maintain donor database, develop and implement annual fundraising plan, solicit donations, research prospects, handle event planning and logistics.
Communications - Design and create social media content, manage social media accounts, write blog posts and newsletters, community outreach/tabling, media relations, and other communications.
Intake - Oversee day-to-day operations of the helpline. Intake volunteers respond to requests for funding on the helpline and financial assistance and practical support to callers.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your interest in abortion access, and why you're interested in joining the board of directors.
Do you have prior nonprofit board experience, or experience working for another reproductive health/rights/justice organization? If so, tell us more about it.
We are committed to a reproductive justice framework in our work. What does reproductive justice mean to you? How would you work to uplift reproductive justice within our organization?
Have you had an abortion or received funding from an abortion fund?
What lived experience and values do you have that would make you an asset to the board?
How comfortable are you with soliciting donations and discussing abortion with your friends or family?
What skills, areas of expertise, or interest do you bring to the board?
Select all that apply.
Social Media Marketing
Major donors/Donor stewardship
Direct mail fundraising
Has had an abortion
Has faced major intersecting barriers to access reproductive health services
Has experience with being low income or generational poverty
Has lived in or lives in a rural area
Has lived experience as a person of color
Has lived experience as an LGBTQIA+ individual
I'm here to develop new skills and areas of knowledge!
Career or relevant experience.
Select all that apply.
Allied political group connection (specify)
Allied social group connection (specify)
For-profit program staff
Nonprofit program staff
Local business owner
Legal - attorney
Legal - legislative
Please provide additional information for any selections above. You may also send a PDF of your current resume or CV to
Board members stay connected through monthly meeting attendance, committee work, events, and frequent communication via email and Slack. Do you have the time and resources to be an active member of the board? (15-20 hours/month)
If you are not elected to serve on the board, would you like to volunteer as a non-board member?
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Questions about demographics are optional.
What language(s) do you speak?
Do you identify as working-class/low-income?
Are you living with a disability?
Are you neurodivergent?
Do you identify as transgender?
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