Joining the Board

The Northfield Area United Way welcomes Board applicants. Please read the roles and responsibilities below, and fill out the Northfield Area United Way Board Application to apply to join our board.

Email your completed application to: We will carefully consider your application.

Apply today!

Role of the Board

The United Way is the nation’s largest charity by donations received, and we’re proud to have a robust United Way in the Northfield area. Board members support the work of the Northfield Area United Way and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.

While day-to-day operations are led by the Executive Director, the Board/Executive Director relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of all Board members is both critical and expected.


  • Regularly attending board meetings and important related meetings
  • Making a serious commitment to participate actively in Board and committee work
  • Volunteering for and willingly accepting assignments, and completing them thoroughly and on time
  • Staying informed about Board matters, preparing well for meetings, and reviewing and commenting on minutes and reports
  • Getting to know other Board members and building a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus
  • Being an active participant in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts
  • Participating in fundraising for the organization
  • Making a financial donation to the organization that is significant to them and that reflects a commitment to the organization

Leadership, Governance and Oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director as s/he develops and implements Northfield Area United Way’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by Northfield Area United Way for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics
  • Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings
  • Approving Northfield Area United Way’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director
  • Assisting the Executive Director and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Partnering with the Executive Director and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Representing Northfield Area United Way to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization at events and in the community
  • Ensuring Northfield Area United Way’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities Northfield Area United Way serves

 Board terms/participation

  • Board members serve a three-year term; members may serve two consecutive terms
  • Board meetings are held bi-monthly and Board members are expected to attend all except when unavoidable conflicts exist
  • Committee meetings and additional full-Board meetings are held as needed to facilitate campaign planning and execution, and grant decision-making


  • Individuals must embrace Northfield Area United Way’s commitment to serve the local community in three areas of focus: Education, Health, and Basic Needs
  • Ideal candidates will have leadership stature in business, government, education and/or philanthropy, and a track record of community leadership
  • Board members will demonstrate skills that enable them to collaborate with and attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board members

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A commitment to and understanding of Northfield Area United Way’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Northfield Area United Way’s beneficiaries
%d bloggers like this: