The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation is actively seeking new Directors to join the Board. We encourage Eyre Peninsula residents to consider joining our existing Directors in helping the Foundation reach its full potential. Amongst other criteria, we would particularly welcome a wide geographic spread of Directors across Eyre Peninsula to ensure that Board discussions include a broad range of local perspectives, but that should not discourage interested Lower EP residents from becoming involved as well.
From the Foundation’s Governance Manual:
“The nature of a Board’s membership is critical to the role and function of a community foundation. EPCF Board members need to know and understand the Eyre Peninsula community very well. They should understand the needs and challenges faced by both the rural and township sectors of the Eyre Peninsula and have empathy for the diverse range of proposals that may be suggested to move the community forward.
“Ideally, Board members will be visionary, lateral thinkers and ‘movers and shakers’ in their own right and be willing to embrace unconventional strategies if they are needed for the long term betterment of the community. Importantly, Board members should be committed to philanthropy as a means of providing sustainable community benefits.
“Board membership involves considerable responsibility. Board members have the normal fiduciary duties of company directors and are ultimately accountable for the financial and overall performance of the organisation. The directors of the EPCF Board must therefore be independent of influence and have the highest possible levels of integrity and ethical conduct.”
The Board must comply with the ATO requirements for a majority of “responsible persons” as directors. Nominations are encouraged from those meeting any of the criteria below. Other nominations may be considered, but priority must be given to those meeting the ATO requirements. The “responsible persons” criteria are:
- School principals, judges, magistrates, justices of the peace, clerks of the court, religious practitioners, doctors, dentists and legal professions, mayors, councillors, town clerks and members of parliament.
- Marriage celebrants, nurses, pharmacists, bailiffs, bank officers or officers of a building society or credit union with 5 or more continuous years of service.
- Individuals who are accepted as having a degree of responsibility to the community as a whole are known to a broad section of the community because they perform a public function or they belong to a professional body which has a professional code of ethics and rules of conduct.
- Government employees with 5 or more years of continuous service.
- Teachers employed on a full-time basis at a school or tertiary education institution.
- Individuals who have received formal recognition from the Government for their services to the community (for example, Order of Australia or Imperial honours recipients).
The nomination form can be downloaded here:
We recommend the ACNC Guide for Board Members to those who would like more information about nominating for Director.