The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is currently recruiting new volunteer Board Members. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  • Development and Fundraising—including individual fundraising efforts, such as direct mail and major gift solicitations, creating and implementing strategies for donor acquisition, and knowledge of fundraising cultivation and stewardship practices.
  • Auction and Events—including planning and executing auctions and other large-scale fundraising events, managing and participating in procurement activities, and partnering with local businesses to co-host events or support other fundraising activities.
  • Non-profit Finance—including developing an operational budget, tracking and reporting income and expenditures to a budget, providing monthly reporting, and overseeing required legal filings.

We will also be looking for applicants interested in moving into leadership positions on the Board.

About Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation

SASF is a 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to enrich and enhance the lives of animals cared for by the Seattle Animal Shelter. Through innovative community events, outreach programs and volunteer opportunities, we help the Shelter fund creative solutions for immediate needs, pioneer new programs and build on what the City already provides for the Shelter’s current successes. We are helping to place the nation’s most pet-friendly city on the leading edge of humane animal advocacy. We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about SASF.

Responsibilities of Board Members

  • Attend all board meetings (1 per month).
  • Chair one board committee, or serve as a key contributing member on two committees.
  • Maintain knowledge of the organization and a personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Board members serve terms of three years. Members may serve two consecutive terms and return to the board after a one-year absence.
  • Current weekly time commitment is approximately 5-10 hours.

Please note that this is a volunteer opportunity. Board members will not receive monetary compensation for their board duties other than reimbursement for board-related expenses.

Benefits of Board Membership

  • Contribute to a cause you care about in a high-impact way. Serving on the board of the organization gives you the ability to positively affect the lives of Seattle’s animals.
  • Gain important skills. Board members are expected to actively participate in strategic planning, financial management and fundraising.
  • Bring your existing expertise and gain new knowledge through your board experience.
  • Expand your network. Your fellow board members and our donors, sponsors and community partners will considerably expand your personal and professional network.

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Board Member, please submit a letter of interest and resume to by January 31, 2015.

You are also invited to attend an open SASF Board meeting on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the upstairs conference room at the Seattle Animal Shelter (2061 15th Avenue W). Street parking is available. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please email

Potential new candidates will be interviewed February 11, 2015. (Date subject to change.) The location and time of this session will be provided to eligible applicants in early February.