Being a Trustee

QUALIFICATIONS
To qualify for the Trustee role, candidates are expected to:

• Be a resident of or leader in Grove Hall.
• Establish a respectful, non-threatening, and open environment for communication.  Possess a personality that will be welcoming to grant seekers.
• Demonstrate flexibility, critical thinking, and the ability to listen to others and ask meaningful follow up questions.
• Promote the mission of the Grove Hall Trust and its goals and objectives.
• Appreciate and understand the strengths and challenges faced by grassroots leaders.
• Understand the key issues affecting Grove Hall and an understanding and awareness of the initiatives that are happening in the area.
• Be present at all meetings, be on time, and follow through on the full Trustee commitment.
 

COMMITMENT
As a Trustee of the Grove Hall Trust, you agree to:
• Make a two-year commitment to serve in the Trustee role.
• Attend and participate in all Grove Hall Trust orientation planning sessions and Trust meetings.
• Work productively and cooperatively with the entire Grove Hall Trust as well as the committees you join.
• Conscientiously reviews grant applications. 
• Maintain objectivity regarding grant applications before the Grove Hall Trust.
• Maintain confidentiality of grant applications.
• Adhere to the Grove Hall Trust conflict of Interest Policy.
• Provide written and verbal evaluations regarding your participation as a Trustee.

 

EXPECTATIONS
Trustees are expected to:
• Attend all orientation planning sessions and Trust meetings.
• Develop the Trust’s grant application criteria and the grantmaking process including but not limited to evaluation standards and the grantmaking schedule.
• Read grant proposals.
• Rate grant proposals individually and in collaboration with your peer Trustees.
• Attend and participate in interviews with community groups seeking funding.
• Evaluate grant proposals according to the guidelines that have been developed. 
• Make funding recommendations.
• Make an annual contribution to the Trust (the amount is not important but the fact that each Trustee gives is important).
• Fundraise on behalf of the Trust to meet the 10% match on Boston Rising’s initial investment.

PROCESS FOR NOMINATING A GROVE HALL TRUSTEE

STEP ONE:  NOMINATE A RESIDENT OF GROVE HALL 
*NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS

To nominate a Trustee, please send a letter or email outlining: 

• Your name, 
• The name of the person you are nominating, and 
• The reason you recommend this person to serve as a Trustee.  

Please include the complete contact information for you and the nominee.  
This includes:  name, mailing address, telephone and/or cell numbers and e-mail address.  

STEP ONE: OUTREACH TO NOMINATED TRUSTEES
Upon receiving a letter of recommendation, Grove Hall Trustee will contact all nominees within three business days to invite nominees to a Trust meeting.

STEP TWO: IN-PERSON CONVERSATION
We anticipate conducting in-person interviews on a rolling basis
Select candidates will be asked to attend a  Trust meeting. These candidates will be carefully selected based on their  application and ability to meet the qualifications, commitments, and expectations of the role.   

STEP THREE: ANNOUNCING NEW TRUSTEES
We anticipate announcing new Trustees on a rolling basis
Sitting Trustees will select subsequent Trustees. Candidates will be carefully selected based on their ability to meet the qualifications, commitments, and expectations of the volunteer Trustee role.  

 

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