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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

Point's Board of Directors 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 in specific geographic regions. 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. 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

The primary function of Point’s Audit Committee is to assist the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the audit of the organization's books and records, and the system of internal controls that the organization has established. The Audit Committee should have a clear understanding and maintain an open and transparent relationship with the outside auditors. The ultimate accountability of the outside auditors is to the Board and Audit Committee.

Board Governance Committee

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

The Board Governance Committee contains the Nominating Subcommittee.

Nominating Subcommittee

The purpose of the Nominating Subcommittee is to oversee the nomination process for officer positions within the organization. It is imperative that officers are qualified and knowledgeable board members who represent the best interests of the organization. Key qualifications usually include skills, diversity, and community involvement. The Nominating Subcommittee’s primary purpose is to ensure nominations are held up for vote by others for their comparative quality or value.

Development and Marketing Committee

The Development and Marketing Committee advises and provides support for Point Foundation’s overall comprehensive development and marketing strategy. It helps to ensure a consistent and active 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. 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 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I). Point values individual differences and the benefits they bring to the organization. Diversity 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

The Finance and Technology Committee provides financial analysis, advice, and oversight of the organization’s budget. The committee ensures the organization is operating with the budgeted resources it needs to provide programs and services to the scholars. Typical 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 leverages technology that can improve adoption, innovation, and satisfaction for all Point constituents.

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 contains the Selections Subcommittee.

Program 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.