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Boards and Committees

Point Foundation is driven by board and committee members passionate about expanding the impact of our organization to benefit LGBTQ students in higher education across the nation.

Point Foundation is driven by board and committee members passionate about expanding the impact of our organization to benefit LGBTQ students in higher education across the nation.

Meet Our Board Members

Discover the passionate people leading Point's mission to help LGBTQ students in colleges and universities across the United States.

Point Board Roles

Board of Directors

Board members are the fiduciaries who steer Point toward a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure Point has adequate resources to advance its mission. The primary focus of members of the Board of Directors is to assist Point’s growth through representation on a national level and active participation in outreach and fundraising efforts.

Board of Trustees

Point’s Board of Trustees is a national volunteer board, established to raise funding for and awareness of Point’s mission. Trustees engage leaders across various professions and interests to play a vital role in bringing about impactful support of Point, in conjunction with the goals and initiatives of both the organization and the Board of Directors. Membership offers volunteer opportunities for committed individuals who share an affinity with Point’s mission and the LGBTQ community.

Emeritus Board

Point’s Emeritus Board is comprised of previous Board of Directors members who served with distinction and excellence; have held a leadership role and significantly contribute to Point; engaged in volunteer and outreach activities; participated in program activities, committees, and outreach; and completed all the terms. Emeritus members are nominated and elected by the Board of Directors and are invited to participate in Board of Directors meetings as non-voting members.

Honorary Board of Directors

Point’s Honorary Board allows exemplary supporters to continue to serve Point in an advisory capacity. They are invited to attend and participate during Board of Directors meetings, but they are non-voting members.

Educational Advisory Board

Point’s Educational Advisory Board is comprised of educators, college preparation/admissions experts (high school, community college and university) and/or individuals in educational support roles (librarians, LGBTQ youth liaisons, leadership development specialists) who serve in an advisory capacity and use their expertise to further Point’s mission.

Corporate Advisory Board

Point’s Corporate Advisory Board strengthens relationships with its corporate partners through engagement on organizational initiatives and strategic discussions on the educational landscape and funding trends. This board expands Point’s mission of providing higher education to LGBTQ students while meeting our corporate partners’ philanthropic goals.

Committee Descriptions

Audit Committee

This committee assists the board in fulfilling its audit oversight responsibilities with respect to the organization's finances, records, and internal controls. The committee has a clear understanding with the outside auditors that they must maintain an open and transparent relationship with the committee and that the ultimate accountability of the outside auditors is to the board and committee.

Board Governance Committee

Maintains a seamless progression of board member recruitment which is essential to transitioning new ideas into Point Foundation’s organizational structure. The Board Governance Committee assumes this important backstage administrative role by overseeing succession, performance accountability, and board leadership training.

Nominating Subcommittee

The Board Governance Nominating Subcommittee's purpose is to nominate candidates for officer positions within the organization. The subcommittee ensures board leadership are qualified and knowledgeable people representing the best interests of the organization including skills, diversity, and community involvement. This subcommittee nominates persons held up for vote by others as to their comparative quality or value.

Development and Marketing Committee

The Development and Marketing Committee provides advice and guidance on Point Foundation’s overall comprehensive development and marketing strategy. It helps to ensure a consistent and active marketing strategy for the purposes of fundraising, awareness and branding not only to its constituents and the LGBTQ community and donors, but also the public at large. The committee members also serve as ambassadors to the board to communicate giving and awareness goals and strategies, and enlist participation in development and marketing campaigns.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

The purpose of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is to provide an advisory role, integrate initiatives, and ensure accountability on DE&I. We value individual differences and the benefits it brings to Point. It enables us to effectively grow by developing respected representation through our board members and the scholars that we serve while giving back through our personal experiences and efforts thereby adding immediate value.

Finance and Technology Committee

This committee provides financial analysis, advice, and oversight of the organization’s budget. Their responsibility is to ensure the organization is operating with the financial resources it needs to provide programs and services to the scholars. Task areas include budgeting, financial planning, and investment management, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies. The committee also focuses on leveraging technology to improve adoption, innovation, and satisfaction at Point, as well as issues concerning on-site and at-home work environments and the Point website.

Program Committee

The Program Committee provides advice and guidance on Point’s scholarship programs and associated benefits such as mentoring and leadership development programming. It helps to ensure that programming aligns with Point’s strategic priorities and enriches scholars’ educational experiences. Committee members provide input about potential speakers, programmatic partnerships, and opportunities to further enhance Point’s programs. Program committee members also encourage board participation in the selection process and engagement with the National Leadership Conference, Community College Conference, and other programming. The Program Committee includes the Selections Subcommittee.

Selections Subcommittee

The Selections Subcommittee helps to guide the annual selection procedures for all scholarship programs, with particular attention to the inclusiveness and equitability of the evaluation process. The subcommittee assists in engaging volunteers, including members of Point’s boards, to participate in the selection process.