Overview of Organization
Pro Choice Minnesota is a grassroots organization focused on guaranteeing every person the right to make personal decisions regarding their full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. It employs approximately 15 full-time and part-time staff. The organization is comprised of both (c)(3) and (c)(4) entities which are tax designations that determine the range of Pro Choice Minnesota’s work. The two boards of directors work closely together and conduct operations via a shared services agreement.
Pro Choice Minnesota is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit social welfare organization and until October 1, 2021 is an affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Up to 21 board members oversee an operating budget of approximately $440,000. The (c)(4) entity governs the organization’s electoral work and the majority of its legislative goals.
Core components of the (c)(4)’s work include:
- Endorsing pro-choice candidates through the Political Action Committee (PAC);
- Coordinating independent expenditure activity on behalf of pro-choice incumbents and candidates throughout Minnesota; and
- Lobbying legislators on behalf of pro-choice legislation and against attacks on abortion rights.
Pro Choice Minnesota Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit organization, with 6-10 board members that oversee an operating budget of approximately $300,000. The Foundation governs the programmatic and educational work of the organization.
Core programs of the (c)(3)’s work include:
- Campus Organizing Program;
- Clinic Escort Program; and
- Community outreach on access to family planning services.
Guidelines for Board Participation
We hope that all Pro Choice Minnesota Board members benefit from their experience and time on the Board, including:
- Learning more about the political landscape in Minnesota;
- Understanding the latest threats and opportunities for reproductive health and freedom;
- Gaining experience with fundraising (events, grant writing, and personal, direct marketing);
- Becoming familiar with nonprofit budgeting, fiscal oversight, and board management; and
- Gaining skills in organizational transition and grassroots activism.
Board Member Responsibilities
Approximate average time commitment: 10 hours per month (including Board meetings).
- Commit to make a personally meaningful gift to the organization in line with board-set expectations commensurate with ability to give. Participate in organizational fundraising activities.
- Consistently attend board (approximately 10 per year) and committee meetings. Be active on one to two committees (typically meet monthly). Attend mandatory board retreat as scheduled.
- Be committed to the goals and methods of the organization. Exercise due diligence with regard to legal and financial responsibilities.
- Participate in organizational policy-making decisions, donor cultivation, organizational fundraising and strategic planning. Lend your name and personal credibility to the organization.
- Cultivation: Identify key people as potential new Pro Choice Minnesota supporters by bringing them to events and/or arranging meetings with key staff and/or other Board members. Examples of cultivation also include: sending thank you notes to major donors and marathoners, engaging with members at events, and hosting house parties/happy hours/other events.
- Program and Political Engagement: Support the mission of the organizational programs. This includes, for example, escort services at clinics, and other educational and outreach programs.
- Public Relations and Community Outreach: Act as ambassadors to the community on behalf of Pro Choice Minnesota, which may include making contacts with individuals and groups on behalf of the organization, and representing the organization at public events.
- Advisory: Provide advice in areas of expertise and act as a sounding board for the Executive Director. Examples of an advisory role are: using the strategic plan, guide the vision and activities of the organization, mentor new board members, use personal creative abilities and ideas to foster Board goals, and develop positive working relationships with the Executive Director and staff.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should complete a Nominee Application packet, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the full packet. Completed applications are due to NARAL C3 Board member Nikki Gruis Diekmann. (email@example.com) by the close of business October 17th, 2021. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors based on applicant qualifications and current Board needs.