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Serving on the Board of Delegates

Homestead Board of Delegates, Board of Delegates, About the Board, Structure of the Board, Board Elections

As a Board member of Homestead Community Land Trust, you will change lives and leave a legacy of affordability - permanent affordable homes - in our community.

 

Download a PDF of Information about Serving on the Board or a Board Committee click here.

For an application to serve of our Board of Delegates click here.


Community Ownership Makes Our Board Special

Homestead is a community-ownership organization and that makes our Board a little different in a great way.

Community ownership occurs when the community that benefits from assets (land, homes, cultural spaces) has democratic representation (voting) in the governance of those assets.  Community land trusts are community-ownership models: In our program households own their homes; the land under the homes is owned collectively through Homestead as a nonprofit membership organization. All homewners are voting members. Homestead’s board is accountable to the membership and the wider community.

A third of the seats on our Board of Delegates are held by homeowners in our program. Another third are general members and the last third are community members.  This structure assures that homeowners have a vital voice in our governance, that we are accountable to the community and keep homeowner-members’ perspective at the forefront of our decision-making.

 

Expectations

  • Attend Homestead’s monthly board meetings (third Wednesdays at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at 412 Maynard Ave S Suite 201, Seattle WA 98104)
  • Introduce Homestead to individuals with the capacity to support Homestead’s work financially.
  • Participate in Homestead’s advocacy, committee and fundraising work between monthly meetings
  • Place Homestead among their top philanthropic beneficiaries and make a meaningful personal gift each year.
  • Place Homestead among their top philanthropic beneficiaries and make a meaningful personal gift each year
  • Participate meaningfully in efforts to secure sponsorships, in-kind donations and individual contributions

 

Average time commitment of 4 to 6 hours per month. Members serve 3-year terms.

 

How Board Elections Work

 

Board members beginning a new term are elected in January at Homestead’s Annual meeting.

Interested applicants will submit their applications to the sitting Board of Delegates via the president or the Executive Director. From that group, the Board will nominate a slate of candidates for the membership to elect based on the skills needed on the board and the fit of the applications.

All members present at the meeting vote to fill each open seat from the pool of available candidates for any given category.  A simple majority will suffice for election of new board members.

Board members may be appointed to seats made vacant by resignations at any time during the calendar year. Appointed members complete the term of the individual who they replace on the Board.

 

Desired Skills

 

Specific skill sets we are looking for in new board members including non-profit board experience, real estate development and fundraising. Homestead is a community-based organization and strongly desires Board membership that reflects the diversity and needs of those we serve.

 

Board Training and Support

 

There is much for new board members to learn about how Homestead works.  Homestead staff provides an orientation and Board Handbook for new board members.  The orientation takes place after elections and may be combined with other activities at a Board retreat. A board member appointed mid-year will receive a specially scheduled orientation. The Board Handbook provided to new board members includes a copy of the bylaws, information about decision-making processes, and other critical information.  Homestead staff is available to assist the board in any way deemed necessary to further Homestead’s mission.

 

Homestead’s Board members are covered under our Directors and Officers insurance policy. Homestead conducts an annual audit with an outside accounting firm. Our 990 results are published annually on Guidestar https://www.guidestar.org/

 

Need Additional Information?

Please contact Executive Director, Kathleen Hosfeld

206.323.1227 Ext 113

kathleen@homesteadclt.org

 

To apply, please complete the application form found here.