The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is currently recruiting two or more new volunteer board members as well as new committee members. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in development and fundraising, and/or planning and executing auctions and other large-scale events. We will also be looking for applicants interested in moving into leadership positions on the board.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer board member, please submit a letter of interest and resume by November 20, 2013 to

Separately, you are invited to attend open SASF board meetings on September 11, 2013 and November 13, 2013. The meetings will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the 49th-floor boardroom at Perkins Coie, 1201 3rd Avenue in downtown Seattle. (Paid on-site parking is available in the building garage.) Please reserve a spot at either meeting by contacting us at

Finally, please save the date for a meet-and-greet event for all potential new candidates, to be held December 4, 2013. Location and time will be provided in early November.

Board member availabilities

Specifically, we are seeking the following positions:

Development Board Member
We are seeking a board member with development and fundraising expertise. This member will lead or serve on the Development Committee, which is responsible for spearheading fundraising efforts in support of SASF. Fundraising efforts include short-term programs such as an online donation email campaign, the annual auction, and soliciting donations from existing and potential donors. The Committee also establishes gift acceptance protocols, receipting policies and gift distribution policies within SASF.

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • 3 or more years’ professional experience with individual fundraising efforts, including direct mail and major gift solicitations.
  • Ability to identify prospective donors from within the current constituency as well as create and implement strategies for donor acquisition.
  • Knowledge of fundraising cultivation and stewardship practices including gift acknowledgement and receipting standards.

Auction Board Member
We are also seeking a board member with experience in planning and executing auctions and other large-scale fundraising events. This member will lead the Auction Committee, which is responsible for managing SASF’s annual auction. The auction is SASF’s major fundraising event; the auction raised $83,000 in its first year, and over $114,000 last year.

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Previous production experience with midsize to large-scale events
  • High-level organizational skills; ability to multi-task and coordinate multiple groups of people
  • Auction procurement management and organizational experience a bonus

Responsibilities of all board members

  • Be prepared and willing to contribute time, money and other resources.
  • Generously contribute expertise (e.g., marketing, lobbying, accounting, legal, etc.) to further the aims of the organization.
  • Participate fully on board committees as assigned. Each board member will serve on at least one committee.
  • Attend meetings, read necessary documents in advance and be prepared to discuss the issues at hand.
  • Attend committee meetings, where key issues are discussed, analyzed and resolved. (Recommendations for board action are formulated at the committee level.)
  • Advocate on behalf of the organization and be an informed board member.
  • Ensure compliance with regulations and accrediting bodies.
  • Fully understand your legal and fiduciary obligations and carefully carry out your responsibilities in policy approval, fundraising and financial management.
  • Provide input into the strategic plan and monitor the organization’s progress towards achieving established goals.
  • Recruit, hire and monitor the work of the Executive Director (when a director is hired). The Executive Director is an employee of the board and as such is required to implement policy.

Skills and abilities of all board members

  • Ability to listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, and work well with people individually and in a group.
  • Willingness to prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, and open doors in the community.
  • Willingness to develop skills you may not already possess, such as cultivating and soliciting funds, cultivating and recruiting board members and other volunteers, reading and understanding financial statements, and learning more about the substantive program area of the organization.
  • Ability to demonstrate honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views; a friendly, responsive and patient approach; community-building skills; personal integrity; a developed sense of values; concern for our organization’s development; and a sense of humor.

Benefits of board membership

  • Contribute to a cause you care about in a high-impact way. Serving on the board of an organization gives you the leverage to really make a difference.
  • Gain important skills. Board members are expected to actively participate in strategic planning, financial management and fundraising.
  • Expand your network. Your fellow board members, the staff of our organization, and its funders, donors and clients will considerably expand your personal and professional network.

Special considerations

  • Please be prepared to commit to a term of three years. Board members may serve two consecutive terms and return to the board after a one-year absence.
  • Please recognize that this is a volunteer opportunity; board members do not receive financial compensation for their board duties other than reimbursement for board-related expenses.