Who We Are
Nearly a billion people live in extreme poverty and earn less than $1/day. Most of them are subsistence farmers whose farming practices have led to the deforestation of their land and the degradation of their local and global environment.
Trees for the Future (TREES) is ending deforestation, hunger and extreme poverty for farmers in developing nations. Through our “Forest Garden Approach,” we train farmers to plant and manage Forest Gardens that sustainably feed families and raise their incomes by 400%. We receive donations to implement our work in areas where we can have the greatest impact.
Since 1989, with our experience in planting nearly 180 million trees, we have demonstrated the transformative power of trees in helping smallholder farmers to break out of the poverty trap. Today, our work in East and West Africa is helping to end hunger and poverty by over ten thousand families – and soon hundreds of thousands – to grow food and promote economic independence through trees. Learn more at www.trees.org.
The Board of Directors will support the work of TREES and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance to the organization. While day-to-day operations are led by the organization’s Executive Director (ED) and implemented by staff, the Board – ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.
General Leadership, Governance and Oversight
- Serves as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director as s/he develops and implements the strategic plan
- Reviews outcomes and metrics created by TREES for evaluating its impact, and regularly measures its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviews agenda and supporting materials prior to quarterly board meetings and monthly committee meetings
- Approves TREES annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
- Contributes to an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director
- Assists the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
- Partners with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
- Serves on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
- Represents TREES to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
- Ensures TREES commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities TREES serves
Board Members will consider TREES a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that TREES can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, TREES Board of Directors has implemented a $2,000 give-or-get expectation that each Board Member will either assist the organization in acquiring new funding sources or make an annual contribution of $2,000.
Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held periodically in coordination with full board meetings. Maintaining good standing as a Board Member requires at least 50% (2/4) Board Meeting participation.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about TREES mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.
The ideal candidate will also possess the following personal and professional attributes:
- Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
- A commitment to and understanding of TREES 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 TREES beneficiaries
- Strong belief in TREES’ mission and culture.
- Ability to embody TREES’ values of Accessibility, Respect, Diversity, Learning, Possibility, Collaboration, Entrepreneurialism and Results
Service on Trees for the Future’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.