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Fox Valley Literacy Council Board Member Expectations

Work to accomplish the Fox Valley Literacy Council mission: “Fox Valley Literacy Council shares the power of learning to transform lives and enrich the community” by implementing strategic plan and other initiatives, by putting a structure in place that facilitates smooth transitions with future board members, and by actively seeking and acting on feedback.


Maintain confidentiality of the Board’s executive sessions and speak for the Board or Fox Valley Literacy Council only when authorized to do so.

Avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest that might embarrass the Board or Fox Valley Literacy Council, disclose any potential conflicts to the Board in a timely fashion.

Never accept (nor offer) favors or gifts from (or to) anyone doing business with Fox Valley Literacy Council.

Fund Raising

Make an annual gift to Fox Valley Literacy Council according to personal means and with the realization of the leadership role the board must play in fund development.

Promote community support and involvement for Fox Valley Literacy Council’s fund- raising events.

Promote organization in your circle of influence to raise awareness. 

Create an “elevator speech” to use in the community when speaking of the mission and fundraising goals of the organization. 

General and Meeting Expectations

Attend all board meetings, read all materials prior to the meeting, engage in discussions and support decisions reached by the Board.

Participate fully in fundraising events, committee meetings, task force meetings, retreat(s), community events, any board recruitment opportunities. 

Provide feedback and insight on Executive Director and staff performance as requested by Personnel Committee.

Engage in learning opportunities by enrolling in tutor training, in-services, ambassador training, and community-based training.

Promote the mission, purpose, programming, goals, and policies of the Fox Valley Literacy Council in the community to raise awareness and increase donor base.

Continue to learn about the Fox Valley Literacy Council’s operation, culture, staff, and other members of the Board.

Faithfully read and understand Fox Valley Literacy Council’s financial statements and otherwise help the Board fulfill its fiduciary responsibility. 

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