Board of Directors - Member at large
Volunteer Types: Administration/Office, Board Leadership, Communications and Marketing, Fundraising, Governance (Boards, Committees)
Organization types: Community and Social Services, Environmental/Animals, Public/Society Benefit
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: April 2, 2024
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We’re a small but mighty organization that helps keep pets with their families. As a registered charity, we’re looking for individuals ready to participate in our mission through our Board of Directors. While previous Board experience is an asset, we’re more focused on finding the right individuals.

You might be a good fit if:
• You love animals
• Have a general understanding of animal welfare
• Appreciate that pets are family too
• Understand that pets have a positive impact on mental health.
• Have an empathetic and non-judgemental attitude towards those living with poverty, addictions, and mental health challenges
• Recognize that poverty can be a result of many different circumstances
• Be able to commit 4-6 hours a month

We’re looking for people who have experience in:
• Charity work
• Fundraising
• Knowledge and contacts in the pet food industry (asset)
• Bookkeeping (asset)
• Board of directors (asset)

In addition, Board members must:
• Commit to a defined (renewable) term
• Be an ambassador for the Organization in the wider community
• Become familiar with the Ottawa Paw Pantry’s legal documents (articles, by-laws, etc.)
• Participate in the approval of the annual budget and take an interest in the financial well being of the Organization
• Attend quarterly Board meetings, participate in activities between meetings, and attend the Annual General Meeting
• Prepare for meetings by reading agendas, minutes, reports and other shared documents
• Participate in strategic planning and committee work
• Participate in fundraising where possible
• All Board members are encouraged to make a personal financial commitment to the Organization (but not required)

Time Commitment (approximate):
• Attend and actively participate in at least 75% of board meetings (4 board meetings annually, lasting approximately 1-2 hours in length)
• Attend and participate in the annual general meeting (approx. 1-2 hours annually)
• Attend special events such as fundraisers, when possible

Financial and Resource Development:
• Understand and monitor the organization’s financial affairs
• Identify potential donors and sponsors

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Gain experience on a board of directors Strategize the future of a small charity


Laura Lee
@Ottawa Paw Pantry
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This position would be great for: Adults
Number of Positions Available: 1
Good for people interested in: Administration/Office, Board Leadership, Communications and Marketing, Fundraising, Governance (Boards, Committees)
You will be helping with: Animals, Disadvantaged, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous persons, Homeless, LGBTQI2+, Men, Persons new to Canada, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Visible minorities or racialized persons, Women

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