Board Application Introduction

We are excited that you are interested in serving on the board of directors of the Innocence Project of Florida. Before you complete the following application, please read:

By serving on the board of IPF, you will make a profound difference in many lives. You will help:

  1. Restore freedom to a wrongfully convicted person,

  2. Reunite families devastated by the wrongful imprisonment,

  3. Rebuild the lives of those proven innocent and released, and

  4. Reform the criminal justice system so innocent people are not sent to prison.

We are looking for passionate individuals who will work to grow the organization, through your time, talent and treasures. The application contains multiple parts, including your thoughts about our critical work.

Click here to submit an inquiry about joining our board. 

Board of Directors Term of Service

The Board of Directors, as a whole and individually, played key roles in the formation and growth of the organization, and provided innumerable support for each exoneration and advocacy reform success. IPF’s Board of Directors consists of twenty-four (24) elected members.  Each board member shall serve one three-year term, and is eligible for re-election for one additional three-year term. Past Chairs are permanent members of the board and are not counted toward the maximum number of elected board members. Directors and Officers receive no compensation for their service.

 

Board Responsibilities

The overall purpose of a governing Board of Directors is to provide organizational leadership, direction, and oversight, accept and act on the legal corporate authority given them to govern, and maximize the organization’s ability to achieve its mission. Each individual member of the board must:

  1. Commit to knowing, understanding, and actively supporting the mission of the Innocence Project of Florida and being an advocate for the organization.

  2. Prepare for and participate in the annual board meeting, quarterly board conference calls, and committee assignments.
    Provide oversight of and evaluate organizational policies and procedures.

  3. Provide input for the evaluation of the executive director.

  4. Participate in the governance, strategic planning and implementation of the strategic plan to achieve the mission of the organization.

The board also has key roles and responsibilities in the fundraising process, both as a group and individually, including:

  1. Giving an annual financial gift to IPF that is personally meaningful.

  2. Being personally involved in fund raising on behalf of IPF.

  3. Consider sponsoring or committing to fill one full table at the awards celebration, Steppin’ Out with the Innocence Project of Florida.

  4. Participating in IPF events by attending and inviting others.

 

Give or Get Policy

Board members are asked to make IPF a priority in their personal giving. Board members are encouraged to be involved in fundraising by contacting their friends and business associates in efforts to gain their support of IPF financially and otherwise, by soliciting funds when appropriate, by serving on fundraising committees, and by attending fundraising events.

 

Every board member is expected to annually make a financial donation to IPF that is personally meaningful. The definition of “meaningful” is left to the discretion of the board member; nonetheless, each board member should donate some amount; and

 

Each board member is encouraged to generate a minimum of $5,000 in contributions to IPF on an annual basis, including personal giving and donations from friends and business associates within the context of fundraising events or otherwise. This expectation may be met through a combination of mechanisms, including but not limited to:

  • Personally serving as an event sponsorships;

  • Recruiting new event sponsorships;

  • Obtaining silent auction items;

  • Selling advertisements in the event program;

  • Obtaining gift(s) from your church, synagogue, civic and/or professional associations;

  • Getting a matching gift from your employer;

  • Hosting an Innocence Awareness Party in your home or business, asking your guests to make a financial contribution to IPF;

  • Identifying, cultivating, and personally participating in meetings with prospects in which they are asked to make a gift to IPF; and

  • Asking your family and friends to make a donation to IPF in lieu of birthday gifts.

 

Board Inquiry

 

Fraud Alert: We have heard that there are people who fraudulently represent themselves as working for the Innocence Project of Florida, promising legal representation in exchange for money. These people do not work for the Innocence Project of Florida. If you believe you have been contacted by such a person, please contact us. The Innocence Project of Florida provides all legal representation for free. While we rely on charitable donations to support our work, we never solicit money for our services from our clients.

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