DRAW Seeks New Board of Trustees for 2016
Would you like to be an important part of helping injured racers?
Join the DRAW Board of Trustees and make a difference!
We are accepting applications for new Board members, especially for those with the following skills: legal, finance, management, administration,
marketing, and public relations.
Every year the Board of Trustees accepts nominations for six of its twelve positions. Trustees serve a two-year term. Board members do not
have to attend all the National events, but do need to be DRAW members. Please read our Trustee Fact Sheet to learn more about the role and
responsibilities of a charity trustee. If you are interested in joining our Board, please submit an application to Ashley Yost.
Board applications must be received by October 15, 2015. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ashley Yost.
DRAW Trustees - Fact Sheet
This fact sheet is to help you understand what a trustee is and does, and what you would need to do if you wanted to become a DRAW trustee.
What is a trustee?
The charity trustees are the people responsible, under the charity's governing document, for controlling the management and administration of the charity.
Who can be a trustee?
Almost anyone can be a trustee if they are over 18 years old, and free from criminal convictions. There are several other conditions including that you
cannot be a trustee if you are in an undischarged bankruptcy or have been removed from trusteeship in the past.
Who appoints trustees?
DRAW trustees are nominated by the standing Board of Trustees, the general membership, or themselves and elected by a vote of the general
What skills are needed to be a trustee?
DRAW trustees need to be prepared to take an active part in the running of the charity and therefore need to be able – and willing - to give time to
the efficient administration of the charity and the fulfillment of its trusts. The kinds of skills which are needed in the DRAW Board of Trustees include:
legal, finance, management, administration, marketing, and public relations.
What qualifications do I need?
There are no particular qualifications or experience needed to be a DRAW trustee. However there are a number of personal qualities you should have:
-A commitment to DRAW and a passion for its work
-A willingness and the ability to devote the necessary time and effort
-Honesty and integrity
-The ability and judgment to make decisions
-The vision to take a long term view and plan for the future of DRAW
-A willingness to contribute but also to listen to the views of others
-An ability to work as part of a team
-An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of being a trustee
-A willingness to be involved in work beyond trustee meetings. ie: Committee or working groups
What sort of time commitment does it take to be a DRAW trustee?
-Attend three face to face board meetings
- Actively participate on two committees
- Actively participate in the decision process
- Represent the organization in matters related to the execution of the trust
What are a DRAW trustee's responsibilities?
Trustees are required to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to DRAW, and need always to bear in mind that their prime concern is the
interests of the charity. They cannot let their personal views or prejudices affect their conduct as trustees. They need to exercise an appropriate degree
of care in dealing with the administration of the charity. Trustees are also responsible for setting the strategic aims, objectives, and direction of the charity.
The identification of risks arising from activities undertaken and the management of identified risks are important elements in helping to ensure the
strategicaims and objectives of the charity are achieved. Trustees are responsible for ensuring that any fundraising activity carried out by or on behalf
of their charity is properly undertaken, and that all funds collected are properly accounted for.
What is my liability if I am a trustee?
If trustees act prudently, lawfully, and in accordance with their governing, document then any liabilities they incur as trustees can be met out of the
charity's resources. But if they act otherwise they may be in breach of trust and personally responsible for liabilities incurred by or on behalf of the charity,
or for making good any loss to the charity. Since trustees are acting collectively in administering a charity, they will usually be responsible collectively
(the legal term is "jointly and severally") to meet any liability to a third party, which has been incurred by them or on their behalf.
How long do I have to be a trustee for?
DRAW is looking for committed people to be involved and accept the role of Trustee. DRAW Trustees are elected to serve a two-year term. Trustees can
be elected to serve unlimited consecutive terms.
Will I get paid?
No, the DRAW trustee positions are voluntary and the trustees should not be benefiting from the organization that they are running. However, DRAW
trustees are compensated for travel to required Board meetings at the rate of $2,200.00 per year.
I am interested in becoming a DRAW Trustee, what do I do now? Obtain a Board of Trustees application from the DRAWing Attention Newsletter,
it from the drawonline.org website – www.drawonline.org. Or see attached. Send the completed application to the address indicated by the due date.