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Board Standing Committees

Advancement Committee: The purposes of this committee are (a) to seek philanthropic support for Pendle Hill programs; (b) to support staff in planning and execution of strategies and to engage and involved Board members; (c) to review annual fundraising goals for the operating budget, working cooperatively with the staff; (d) to recommend and review policies to govern raising funds; and (e) to identify and help recruit volunteers, in consultation with staff, to assist in contacting donors, Friends meetings, and like-minded groups.

Education Committee: The purposes of this committee are (a) to consider and recommend outreach, educational, and social action priorities in relation to the needs of the Religious Society of Friends, outside events, new opportunities, and best use of Pendle Hill’s resources; (b) to support and encourage staff; (c) to monitor progress in reaching strategic objectives and keeping to the timetable; (d) to help staff set criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the educational programs and the outreach to the Religious Society of Friends and wider communities; (e) to keep the Board informed about the educational programs and outreach activities through periodic reports and minutes; and (f) to raise policy issues and bring recommendations for Board action.

Finance Committee: The purposes of this committee are (a) to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of Pendle Hill operations; (b) to oversee the capital budget and operating budget, and to present these budgets to the Board; (c) to oversee and report on the accomplishment of an annual audit by an external entity; (d) to establish appropriate investment policies and oversee the investments of the corporation; (e) to create other necessary policies to govern financial matters; and (f) to work closely with the Advancement Committee in planning for contributed income and special fundraising campaigns.

Governance and Nominating Committee: The purposes of this committee are (a) to generate a pool of possible Board nominees with identified gifts and talents that will benefit the governance of Pendle Hill; (b) to identify particular needs of the Board at any given time and seek out appropriate candidates; (c) to consider the need for diversity of all kinds on the Board and seek out appropriate candidates to fulfill this goal; (d) to create an ongoing program of training for all Board members to include matters of Quaker process, concerns for racial justice, tools for strategic planning and effective governance, and other topics designated by the Board; (e) to provide for ongoing self-evaluation of the Board as a whole and by members themselves; and (f) to propose members of standing and ad hoc committees of the Board, including non-Board members; (g) to nominate officers for the Board and clerks for standing and ad hoc committees. The Governance and Nominating Committee is encouraged to invite the executive director to support and participate in its work. The committee undertakes an annual review of the governance manual for needed updates and additions. Board and at-large committee members are welcome to suggest changes to both policies and other content.

Executive Committee: Executive Committee members serve concurrently with their other committee assignments. The purposes of this committee are (a) to think about the well-being and well-functioning of Pendle Hill; (b) to make suggestions and proposals to the Board; (c) to provide advice and counsel to the Clerk of the Board, the Board, and the Executive Director; and (d) when so delegated by the Board, to act on behalf of the Board when it is not in session. The Executive Committee works to be as transparent as possible, and the committee’s agenda is circulated to the full Board prior to its meetings. Any decisions made by the Executive Committee are immediately reported to the Board.