Serving on the Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation Board Applications

The Tri Sigma Foundation Nominating Committee is accepting applications to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. By serving on the Board, members have the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and experience in various areas that will be useful in strengthening the future of the Foundation and Tri Sigma as a whole.

Board service is a significant commitment as well as an outstanding professional opportunity. We are seeking leaders who want to make a difference within Tri Sigma and within the communities where our members live. Serving on the Board requires time and commitment; including monthly conference calls and committee work. Positions are three-year terms.

If elected to the Board of Directors, the following events are required for all Board members:
  • In-person Board of Directors Meeting, annually. This year’s meeting will be hosted on August 14-16, 2020.

  • Monthly Board of Directors Meetings, which occur via video conference on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 8 pm EST.

Nominations by others and self-nominations are accepted. The deadline for submitting a completed online application is no later than January 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.



What are the fundamental legal duties of an individual board member?

  1. Duty of Care — Each board member has a legal responsibility to participate actively in making decisions on behalf of the organization and to exercise his or her best judgment while doing so.
  2. Duty of Loyalty — Each board member must put the interests of the organization before their personal and professional interests when acting on behalf of the organization in a decision-making capacity. The organization’s needs come first.
  3. Duty of Obedience — Board members bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that the organization complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres to its mission.


What type of experience/skills should I have to serve on the Board of Directors?

  • Demonstrated leadership
    • Participates in leadership roles — e.g., Tri Sigma chapter boards or committees; and other nonprofit boards, corporate boards, civic leadership positions
  • Thinks strategically
    • Demonstrates ability and willingness to work effectively and collaboratively in a group
  • Demonstrated professionalism
    • Demonstrates a high level of personal and professional integrity, acting as a woman of character
    • Displays flexibility and open-mindedness
  • Commitment to Tri Sigma
    • Demonstrates a commitment to Tri Sigma Foundation through a history of contributions
  • Asking for Support
    • Willingness to speak about the Tri Sigma Foundation and its initiatives, including asking sisters to join you in financially supporting the organization
  • Brings diversity to the Board
    • Offers a unique experience and point of view
  • Commitment to responsibilities
    • Willingness to commit the necessary time to fulfill Tri Sigma Foundation leadership responsibilities


Are there additional steps after the application before being selected?

The Nominating Committee will conduct phone interviews with final candidates.


Is there a financial expectation for Board members?

Each Board member is expected to:

  • Make an annual unrestricted gift to the Foundation according to personal means, but no less than $1,000 in cash or equities, realizing the leadership role the board must play in fund development.
  • Pay for her own expenses associated with the in-person annual meeting.


If I am interested but have more questions before applying, who should I contact?

Meghan Paden, Foundation Executive Director at or Bonnie Rainey, Foundation Board Chair at


When will I be notified if I have been selected?

By May 31, 2020.


If I am interested in serving in the future but don’t feel ready yet to apply, what can I do to gain more experience?

The Foundation Board has a number of committees that can be a great first step in gaining experience. To learn more about Foundation volunteer opportunities email


How often do board nominations occur?

The Foundation can have a call for nominations whenever a Board vacancy needs to be filled, generally, this occurs in January each year.