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.
Overview
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 https://newriverabortionfund.org.
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
Name *
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Phone Number *
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Are you from Southwest Virginia originally? If not, where are you from? *
What organization do you currently work with?
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Which roles(s) are you applying for? *
Select the board member role(s) that you are most interested in.
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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.
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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? *
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Please provide additional information for any selections above. You may also send a PDF of your current resume or CV to board@newriverabortionfund.org.
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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