Urban Roots Board of Directors Application
Urban Roots is a Saint Paul organization with a mission to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation, and youth development. We cultivate youth leaders and support healthy communities on the city’s East Side through paid internship programs that provide hands-on learning and foster critical life skills around entrepreneurial thinking, resilience, and collaboration. Urban Roots’ “earn as you learn” programs are grounded in improving urban food systems, supporting and fostering connection to Saint Paul’s parks and green spaces, and promoting active living. Our three program areas are Market Garden, Cook Fresh, and Conservation.
How did you hear about us? Please be as specific as possible.
In your own words, please describe why Urban Roots is important in our community.
How are you connected to the East Side? Do you live, work, or spend time here?
Do you have any prior experience working on a board? if so, please describe.
How do you see yourself contributing to the board? What skills and experiences do you believe will be valuable in your service and why?
Urban Roots requires board members to attend a monthly board meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, 4:30-6:30 pm. Board members are also expected to serve on at least one committee. Between general body meetings, committee meetings, events, and independent work on board projects, board members should expect to donate 5-8 hours each month. Board members serve 3-year terms. Are you able to make this time commitment?
Board Members are required to join at least one committee. Please read the committee descriptions below and indicate the ones you would be interested in.
Board Development Committee-- manages board recruitment and education
Finance Committee-- manages organizational finance strategy and leads the budgeting process
Fundraising Committee-- manages board fundraising initiatives and sustainable fundraising strategy
Event Committee-- organizes annual gala event "Get to Know Your Urban Roots" and assists with strategy and organization for other events throughout the year
Communication and Marketing Committee-- manages communication strategy and supports marketing initiatives
We ask all board members to contribute an annual gift to Urban Roots at a level that is personally meaningful. Can you commit to a personally meaningful annual gift?
Please indicate which of the following skills, traits, interests, or areas of expertise you can bring to Urban Roots.
Legal knowledge or experience
Youth work or education experience
Accounting and/or finance knowledge or experience
Fundraising knowledge or experience
Event planning experience
Marketing and communications knowledge or experience
Grant writing experience
Connections to media organizations
Connections to government agencies
Connections to East Side community organizations
Connections to restaurants, markets, breweries, or gardens/farms
Connections to conservation projects
Connections to financial institutions
Connections to foundations or major donors
Knowledge of gardening
Knowlege of cooking
Knowledge of conservation and/or sustainable agriculture
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