A Board members serves a three-year (3) term and is eligible for reappointment.

Primary Responsibilities

There are five primary responsibilities as a voting member of the NEACOL board:

  1. Develop and enforce policies for the operation of the organization;

  2. Provide audit and governance oversight including review of organizational performance;

  3. Spearhead executive level recruitment, as well as support broader membership goals;  

  4. Actively participate in fundraising while monitoring the organization’s financial health and

  5. Provide guidance of the organization future path and strategic direction.

In addition, the Board’s collective role is to provide the President the resources needed to serve the organization’s constituencies.

The Full Board’s Responsibilities

  • Policy. The Board establishes and enforces all policies including the organization’s charter and bylaws and officially adopts key operating policies and procedures. Additionally, the Board creates and updates a long-range multi-year plan for NEACOL, with membership, fundraising and project finance targets. Separately, the Board approves the Annual Operating Plan of the executive team. The Board partners with the President to ensure that Board resolutions are fulfilled and contributes to an annual performance evaluation of the President.

  • Audit & Governance. The Board is responsible for monitoring finances, approving the annual budget and changes to the budget (as specified in the bylaws), audit reports, and material business decisions/ sizable contracts. Board members must remain informed of meetings, events and any legal/fiduciary responsibilities at all times. The Board also is responsible for overseeing the project proposal process including: procurement, review, selection, awarding, and impact evaluation. The Board is responsible for continuously improving the impact from our sponsored projects over time.

  • Recruitment. The Board appoints, supports and evaluates the team of executive officers. Upon request, the Board also can support the President in the selection/staffing of Operating Committees. Additionally, the Board assists the President and board chair(s) in identifying and recruiting other Board Members. The Board also ensures NEACOL’s commitment to a diverse board and executive team that reflects the communities NEACOL serves.

  • Fundraising. The Board is responsible for securing adequate funding for NEACOL. It is expected that Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity. It is recognized that some Board members make donations in-kind related to their talents and capabilities. The Board represents NEACOL to all stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization.

Individual Board Member’s Duties

  • Attend board meetings (approximately 12-18 meetings / year) regularly with preparation and prior review of agenda issues and be willing to assume leadership roles when asked on specific project work, as needed

  • Support at least one Operating Committee as coordinated through the executive team

  • Attend special events and activities when possible, and make financial contributions as appropriate

  • Become knowledgeable about NEACOL and be an ambassador to the public

  • Maintain confidentiality of board discussions, maintain, read and approve board meeting minutes

  • Maintain and approve board minutes after each meeting


NEACOL seeks a diverse Board with select Board Members having achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members. Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of NEACOL’s beneficiaries, specifically children in Colombia;

  • A commitment to and understanding of NEACOL’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience;

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector;

  • Commitment to dedicate time to attend events and meetings and to work on projects as required

  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals; and 

  • Personal knowledge or ties with Colombia, its social needs and cultural dynamics.

  • Fundraising and people development skills and experience are a plus.

Note:  Service on NEACOL’s Board of Directors is a philanthropic endeavor without remuneration.

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