FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How can I become a member of the RedRover Board of Directors?
So glad you asked! The first step is to complete our online application, which must be submitted by June 29, 2012. The application is a critical element of the selection process approved by the RedRover Board of Directors to identify new Board members who fit with the organization's strategic needs. Since the RedRover Board is a working board, the Board Development Committee will use application responses to evaluate which candidates are likely to make a unique and important contribution to the Board's work.
2. How will the Board Development Committee evaluate my application?
The Board Development Committee has established selection criteria that will be used in evaluating all applications.
3. What happens after I complete and submit the application?
The Board Development Committee will review all applications after June 29 and select candidates to interview based on selection criteria scores, followed by a Committee conference call. If you are selected for an initial interview, a member of the Board Development Committee will contact you in early July. If a second interview is required, you will be contacted to schedule that conversation as quickly as possible. All Committee interviews will be completed by August 1.
4. If I am selected for an interview with the RedRover Board of Directors, what should I expect?
Recommended candidates will be contacted in early August about a final interview with the full RedRover Board of Directors at its August 18 meeting in Sacramento. Recommended candidates have the option of appearing in-person or via Skype, whichever is most convenient. All final candidates will be contacted of the Board’s vote on Monday, August 20.
5. If I am invited to serve on the RedRover Board, when would I attend my first meeting?
All elected Directors will be invited to attend the RedRover Board November 2012 meeting, which likely will focus on strategic thinking. The first official meeting for new Directors will be January 2013.
6. What is the length of my term on the RedRover Board?
The length of a Board term is three years. For Directors selected this year, terms will begin on January 1, 2013 and end on December 31, 2015. Each member of the RedRover Board of Directors may serve a maximum of two three-year terms.
7. Where are the Board meetings held, and how frequently does the Board meet?
The Board meets four times a year at RedRover’s headquarters in Sacramento, California. Typically, meetings are held on Saturdays, six weeks after the end of each quarter (RedRover’s fiscal calendar begins January 1.). Directors are expected to attend all meetings in person, but have the option to participate via Skype or conference call for one meeting a year. The Board also will conduct three to four conference calls per year, as required.
8. Is travel to Board meetings reimbursed?
No, but travel to Board meetings may be considered tax-deductible. RedRover will send Directors in-kind acknowledgment letters upon submission of travel expense documentation.
9. Is there a minimum annual donation that is expected for RedRover Directors?
Although there is no set minimum, the expectation is for all Directors to give annually, ideally at least $250 a year. The average giving level among Directors is currently $650 a year.
10. As a member of the RedRover Board of Directors, what are my responsibilities?
RedRover’s Board of Directors is responsible for maintaining the organization’s financial accountability, which requires transparency in all financial and tax reporting. The Board is responsible for ensuring that RedRover’s assets are properly maintained, and works with management to guarantee the implementation of sound internal controls to prevent fraud. In addition, the Board monitors RedRover’s fiscal health by regularly discussing the sustainability of its business model, approving its annual operating budget, reviewing quarterly financial statements and playing an active role in the review and approval of the annual audit and IRS Form 990.
The Board is also responsible for RedRover’s legal obligations, including tax filings and observing state fundraising registration requirements. The Board direct decisions regarding all litigation brought against the organization. (See Question #12 for information about Directors and Officers Liability Insurance.) The RedRover Board also reviews and documents the compensation of the President and CEO and Chief Financial Officer, and countersigns any financial transaction over $15,000.
The Board is RedRover’s primary strategic decision-making body, acting in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, and with the advice and guidance of other staff and voluntary leaders. The Board is responsible for ensuring the effective implementation of RedRover’s strategic framework (see Question #15) over the next several years, as well as providing on-going strategic oversight of the organization’s programs to ensure they are executed in a manner consistent with RedRover’s stated mission.
11. What else will I be expected to do as a Director?
Directors are expected to serve on at least one committee or working group. Currently we have a Board Development Committee, Finance Committee, RedRover Tech Working Group (focused on RedRover’s technology strategy) and Legal Advisory Group. Efforts are underway to create a Development Strategy Working Group.
Directors may be asked to make major donor thank you phone calls or send personal thank you note cards within 48 hours of notification of a donation.
Each Director is asked to complete a Commitment Form with additional options for engagement. Individual Board Directors may choose to expand RedRover’s outreach and fundraising efforts by hosting a house party, conducting a presentation, securing a corporate donation or sponsorship or asking those they know who like animals to share RedRover emails or posts, “like” our Facebook page, donate, attend an event or take some other action.
Yes. If you would like to receive a copy of our policy, please email Nicole.
13. What is RedRover’s mission, and what kinds of programs does it offer?
RedRover’s mission is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. RedRover accomplishes its mission by engaging volunteers and supporters, collaborating with others and maximizing the use of online technology. We are…
We care for animals displaced by natural disasters and help reconnect them to owners. We care for animals rescued from mass cruelty found in hoarding cases, puppy mills and other significant abuse situations.
We help children develop empathy and explore the bond between people and animals through stories and discussion. We encourage children to share information about animals, reflect on the roles of animals in their communities and determine our collective responsibilities towards them.
We provide financial assistance to pet owners and Good Samaritans to obtain urgent veterinary care. We offer financial assistance to needy owners and caretakers.
14. What is RedRover’s brand and culture?
RedRover is a soft hand and warm heart in times when animals and people are in need, crisis and pain. Our thousands of passionate volunteers, donors and supporters recognize that the world would be darker and colder without us. So they mobilize. They answer when the RedRover rally cry is called. We are about engagement… not only with each other… but also side-by-side with other animal professionals, animal groups, local officials, law enforcement, media and schools. We bring animals out of crisis and into care, and discover new ways to strengthen the common bond between people and animals.
Caring. Respected. Unwavering. Inspirational. Vigilant.
RedRover seeks to promote a culture throughout the organization that aligns with our brand attributes.
Yes. In late 2011, RedRover developed a strategic framework based on the following four priorities that will guide our endeavors over the next several years:
- RedRover as a cause: RedRover serves the "full circle" of animal welfare: building empathy for animals, protecting animals in everyday life, supporting animals needing emergent care and removing animals from harm's way.
- RedRover as a social enterprise: RedRover is not a traditional non-profit organization. We are social entrepreneurs seeking opportunities to create responsible new forms of value for our stakeholders.
- RedRover as a platform: RedRover's cause inspires a network of passionate people who love their companion animals and who want to collaborate to help all animals have wonderful lives.
- RedRover as a business: RedRover is investing in emerging technologies to build its capabilities for attracting and engaging stakeholders, growing financial resources and reducing costs.
16. Why does RedRover require a criminal background check?
In many states in which RedRover is registered to fundraise, we are often asked if any of our Directors and officers have been convicted of a crime. In addition, because our Directors and officers are ultimately responsible for financial oversight and may be representing themselves as RedRover Directors, it is important to ensure past criminal activity would not be used against the organization or present any unnecessary liability for us. All of our staff, RedRover Readers volunteers (who work directly with children) RedRover Responders team leaders and volunteer workshop facilitators complete criminal background checks. These volunteer leadership positions carry a high level of responsibility, including ensuring safety protocols are followed and paying for expenses.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The background check searches only for criminal history and does not result in the release of any information pertaining to an individual’s credit history.
17. Are Directors required to sign a Conflict of Interest policy?
Yes, RedRover Directors must sign a Conflict of Interest Policy every year. Directors work with management to maintain a high level of integrity and transparency. RedRover complies with all 20 Standards of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance and scores four out of four stars on Charity Navigator’s Accountability and Transparency Performance Metrics, which includes maintaining a document retention policy and a whistle blower policy.
If there are any questions this FAQ does not answer, please email either Jeff De Cagna FRSA FASAE, RedRover’s Board Development Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole Forsyth, RedRover’s CEO, at email@example.com.