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:

  • 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 smaller events or support other fundraising activities.
  • 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.
  • IT, providing technological support for the foundation’s website, fundraising and donor management software, account and email management, and the internal Office 365 for Nonprofits site. Knowlegde of database analytics, and experience in implementing multi-channel social and digital campaigns.

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

About the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation

SASF is a 501(c)(3) organization and our purpose is to enrich and enhance the lives of animals cared for by the Seattle Animal Shelter. Our priority is to raise additional funds to help support the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS) in its mission to foster caring relationships between people and animals.

SASF provides funding to support the many services and programs of SAS. Some examples include:

  • Dog kennel renovations which allow for a calmer, healthier space for both animals and adopters.
  • A complete renovation of SAS’s cat and critter areas (completed December 2015), which allows for more flexible space for the cats and critters.
  • Construction of a new SAS Meet and Greet Room allowing animals to meet potential adopters in a quiet indoor space.
  • A veterinarian clinic room to allow for onsite veterinary assessments and treatments.
  • Quality-of-life improvements for all SAS animals.
  • Adoption underwriting to help animals find their forever homes faster.
  • Training and supplies for foster homes and in-shelter volunteers.
  • Spay and neuter assistance for pets in low income families.

Through innovative community events, outreach programs, and volunteer opportunities, we help SAS fund creative solutions for immediate needs, pioneer new programs, and build on what the City already provides. We are helping to place the nation’s most pet-friendly city on the leading edge of humane animal advocacy. We hope you will join us!

Additional information about SASF can be found on our website,

Board Member Specifics

Responsibilities of Board Members:

  • Attend all Board meetings (1 per month), and the annual Board meeting and occasional teleconferences
  • Chair one Board committee or serve as a key contributing member on two committees.
  • Maintain knowledge of the organization and personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Attend and support SASF’s major fundraising auction and events.
  • Current weekly time commitment is approximately 5-10 hours

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 ability to significantly impact 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, the staff of our organization, and its funders, donors, and clients will considerably expand your personal and professional network.

Board Members serve three-year terms. Board Members may serve two consecutive terms and return to the Board after a one-year absence.

The SASF is an all volunteer-run organization, and this is a volunteer opportunity. Board Members will not receive monetary compensation for their board duties other than reimbursement for Board-related expenses.

Applying to the Board

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Board Member, please submit a letter of interest and resume to by January 31, 2017.

We would also like to invite you to an open SASF Board meeting on January 11, 2017. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please email The meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at the Seattle Animal Shelter (2061 15th Avenue W). Street parking is available.

We expect to interview potential new candidates on February 8, 2017. The location and time of this session will be provided to eligible applicants in early February.