Board Member

Website EVOLVE Family Services

Growing Families, Enriching Lives

Status: 5 to 10 hours per month to attend board meetings and occasional sub-committee meetings.

Reports to: Board Chair

Key Relationships: Board Chair, Executive Director, Committee Members, EVOLVE Staff, EVOLVE sponsors and donors.

Salary: This is an uncompensated volunteer position.


EVOLVE Family Services is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit whose core vision is a world where everyone has nurturing, permanent, and supportive familial relationships. We accomplish this by providing a full breadth of inclusive ethical programing in adoption, foster care, pregnancy support, youth services, therapeutic support and education. Our programs are supported through individual and corporate gifts, grants, earned revenue, contracted services, and special events. EVOLVE serves all of Minnesota and western Wisconsin through a child-focused lens. In many of our programs, EVOLVE works within and alongside the child welfare system. Our agency recognizes the disparities caused by structural oppression and systemic inequities and works to address and combat these.

EVOLVE expects each individual employed at EVOLVE to be actively engaged in antiracist, anti-oppressive practices. We practice intercultural communication while holding each individual accountable to continued growth, knowing that these skill developments exist on a continuum and is without end. Please see our EVOLVE’s standards of antiracism and anti-oppression here.

At EVOLVE, we believe in the power of family and work to strengthen connections and relationships in all of the child-focused services we provide. EVOLVE works to support and preserve families using a culturally responsive, collaborative and transparent approach. We understand that each situation is unique, personal, and significant, and we treat it as such. We welcome and are committed to serving all individuals and families, regardless of race, religion, age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or marital status. Our staff is dedicated to helping families throughout their process, supporting them in their transitions, and giving them tools to thrive as a family.

Read more about the services we offer, our team and clients at


EVOLVE seeks an experienced, diverse, collaborative, and active Board Member who can partner with the Executive Director, Board Chair and other Board Members to provide support and oversight in the delivery of our mission and vision. EVOLVE requests that its board members be able to offer approximately five to ten hours of their time per month in service to EVOLVE to attend board meetings, special events, occasional sub-committee meetings, and a commitment to carry out tasks for which they have volunteered. Virtual meetings are held every month, with in person meetings approximately one-two times annually at our Stillwater office or in the Hudson, Wisconsin area. Meetings are primarily being conducted virtually due to the pandemic. Additionally, all board members are expected to contribute financially to the organization at a level meaningful to them, either through their own monetary gifts or through engaging with their networks and donors to solicit monetary contributions.

  • Agency Board Expectations
    • Regular meeting attendance with active participation
    • Contributing to the development of policies and strategic plans
    • Ensuring the organization is in compliance with regulations
    • Evaluating/approving finances and high-level agency decisions
    • Participate in meaningful conversations around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and engaged in a continued DEI development plan

This job is for you if you are (a)…

  • Collaborative leader
  • Committed to Social Justice
  • Committed to practicing with an anti-racism and anti-oppressive lens
  • Excited to embrace anti-oppressive and help lead and support the agency’s advocacy in this area
  • Aligned with our CORE Values
  • Mission driven in the work of EVOLVE
  • Passionate about or have a personal connection to the work in human services, philanthropy, non-profit management, child welfare, adoption or foster care

As well as …

  • Have previous governance and non-profit Board experience
  • Experienced in and excited about fundraising
  • Experienced in non-profit management
  • Ability to work cross-culturally
  • Ability to address conflict and participate in challenging conversations
  • Interest or experience in promotion, fundraising, and grant-writing
  • Experienced in supporting and actively engaging in inclusive workplace initiatives, including diversity, inclusion and equity principles
  • Experienced in Public policy and advocacy
  • Have strong community contacts
  • Have interpersonal and intercultural skills


  • We have a building in Oak Park Heights off of Highway 36 just outside of Stillwater.


Thank you for your interest in EVOLVE board membership! Please submit a cover letter, resume, and completed Board of Directors Application to Amy Sainsbury at

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