There’s a seat at our table – Join our Board of Directors!

We are currently recruiting four individuals to join our Board who will be elected at our Annual General Meeting on May 27, 2021. We also have community member positions available on our Board Committees (Finance, Audit & Risk, Human Resources and Governance).

We are committed to having our Board and committees represent our community. We welcome and encourage the broad range of experiences, skills and knowledge that applicants with diverse abilities, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ethnicity bring. It is expected that Directors will champion anti-racism/anti-oppression, diversity, equity and inclusion and apply this lens to their work.

About Us
United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is championing a shared responsibility for social good.  We play a pivotal role helping kids be all they can be, moving people from poverty to possibility and creating strong communities. With the help of many volunteers, United Way raises funds year-round, including the largest annual fundraising campaign in Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin. Those community donations are put to work to meet emerging and existing social needs in order to improve lives and build community. This is done by facilitating ongoing engagement in our community to identify pressing social issues and leading credible collective strategies to impact those issues.

Making real and lasting change requires the contributions, expertise, and commitment of everyone in our community – including our Board of Directors – and now is an exciting time to be part of that change. We know that the social issues facing our community are challenging. We also know that the ways that people want to connect to make a difference in their community are changing. Working on our Board of Directors and committees, you will help us adapt to meet these needs as we elevate our role as a catalyst for change in Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin.

Board of Directors Positions
The Board of Directors has a governance mandate and is responsible for ensuring the United Way’s mission and strategic plan are achieved. Board members are responsible for:

• Providing strategic leadership to United Way, including but not limited to:
– establishing the long-term direction and vision,
– monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the strategic plan,
– overseeing the financial health of the organization, and
– providing business and personal insights to inform major organizational decisions.

• Acting as a positive and passionate ambassador for United Way both in the board room and out in the community.

• Keeping informed about the organization, its issues, and its connection to the community through active participation.

• Supporting activities within the annual fundraising strategy, as appropriate, and make an annual personal financial contribution at a level commensurate with your financial means.

Although applications are welcome from all interested individuals we particularly welcome applications from individuals with the following attributes:
• Lived experience as a member of the Black, Indigenous or other racialized communities
• Individuals who live and/or work in Dufferin or Wellington County
• Financial management / accounting expertise
• Board leadership experience
• Interested that are interested in taking on a leadership role in the future (Treasurer, Vice-President and President)
• Public & media relations
• Granting; Community investment and impact

Time Commitment
Board members hold a two-year term, renewable up to four times. During that term, board members are expected to:
• Attend monthly board meetings. Meetings take place the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm. Currently board meetings are virtual but once it is safe to do so, meetings will be held in person but the option to participate virtually.

• Participate on one United Way committee (Finance, Audit & Risk, Human Resources, Governance and the Community Impact Committee). Between Board meetings, members are asked to actively work on their committee projects to ensure activities are proceeding according to schedules.

• Attend United Way special events and fundraisers and represent United Way at community events.

• Total time commitment of approximately 4-6 hours a month plus meeting preparation time.


Committee Positions
Board Committees support the Board of Directors with the governance and oversight of the organization. These committees include the Finance, Audit and Risk, Human Resources and Governance. To find out more about the responsibilities and time commitment of these committees please see their Terms of Reference.


How to Apply
If you are interested in applying to be become a Board or committee member, please fill out an application form and send a copy of your resume (if you have one) to by March 31. Your application will be reviewed by our Governance Committee and we will be in touch with next steps.

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