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Guide for Prospective Board Members

A Guide for Prospective Board Members of the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

The Hillsdale Neighborhood Association (HNA) is organized to provide a balanced and open process by which all residents can involve themselves in neighborhood affairs by sharing information and ideas in a courteous and respectful manner and by organizing for the betterment of the community.

The HNA enables the neighborhood to express a vision for itself and the Board member’s principal role is stewardship of that vision. Proper nonprofit stewardship requires:

  • Active participation with an open mind
  • A clear understanding of the organization’s programs, people, resources and mission
  • Focus on the mission to ensure the organization’s assets are applied to that mission
  • Familiarity with the organization’s articles of incorporation and its bylaws
  • The ability to make informed decisions based on one’s knowledge and experience, relying on information from committees, volunteers, advisors, and staff
  • A practical understanding of the three-pronged duties of trust, willingness, and ability to evolve and grow an organization in step with current trends and needs
  • The ability to carry out other duties, such as maintaining good records and controls, safeguarding and ensuring compliance with current governing documents and local, city, state and federal requirements

Specific expectations for HNA Board service also include:

  • Willingness to discover, develop, maintain and advocate a vision which is informed by outreach activities and reflects the current needs of the neighborhood
  • Commitment to fostering inclusiveness, maintaining neighborhood goodwill, and sustaining positive and productive relationships with government representatives and other stakeholders
  • Ability to honor time commitments specific to HNA operations and by-laws, such as, generally: attendance at monthly Board meetings and general membership meetings (up to 4 hours), advocacy, neighborhood relations and outreach activities (up to 4 hours), and performance of other Board Member duties and activities (up to two hours).
  • Readiness to help guide neighbors through administrative process and advocacy efforts with city, state, local, and federal governments.
  • Capability either to serve as an officer or to oversee the activities of officers