Board of Directors - Job Description

The board of Valencia College Foundation operates as a direct support organization to Valencia College and is incorporated under Section 501(c)3 of the US Tax Code. This gives it exemption from income taxes and makes it eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. The foundation is chartered by the state of Florida. The board's responsibilities include the following four areas:

Setting policy
The Board responds to an expressed community need and decides the mission and scope of the Company in meeting that need. The Board plans for the future and is responsible for the policies that carry the Company into that future.

Overseeing foundation operations
The board is responsible for hiring the foundation president and for evaluating his or her work on an annual basis. The board works with and through foundation staff to ensure that policies are carried out in a financially, ethically and legally sound manner.

Representing the college and foundation to the community
By serving as the foundation's ambassadors to the community, board members build enthusiasm for college and foundation programs, encourage contributions and recruit new board members, advisers and supporters.

Giving to support college and foundation activities
Board members adhere to the "give and get" rule of non-profit leadership. We aspire that 100 percent of board members agree to "give" by making the foundation a personally significant contribution each year. Board members "get" by participating in foundation fund-raising efforts with corporations, foundations and individuals, and by raising monies through their individual contacts.

Job Duties

  1. Have or develop a passion for the role community colleges have in the success of Central Florida and our nation.
  2. Learn enough details about the Valencia academic, technical and/or career development programs that interest you to be an ambassador in your various communities and social groups.
  3. Financially support the students and the activities of Valencia to the best of your ability.
  4. Provide counsel to the administration on the needs of the community and workforce that could be served by our college and on improvements that could be made to existing programs.
  5. Participate in the fund-raising events sponsored by the foundation, and encourage your friends and colleagues to attend events they would enjoy.
  6. Participate in donor identification to create an unduplicated list of potential donors for annual, planned and major gifts.
  7. Commit to cultivate three to five individuals or couples each year. The cultivation can include but not be limited to:
    • Bringing them on tours of campus programs,
    • Hosting luncheons, dinners or other social gatherings where college personnel explain their programs,
    • Inviting them to special events on campus, either staged by the foundation or other parts of the college,
    • Talking to them in various social settings about the fine things that are taking place at Valencia.
  8. Ask for an annual gift from at least one community organization or business, and participate with the college president, foundation president, provosts or program directors in making a request for a major donation if and when appropriate.
  9. Attend four quarterly board luncheon meetings, one strategic planning day and possibly a half-day training on topics including planned giving.
  10. Participate on at least one committee of the board.