LCU Fund Is Seeking Board Members

About LCU Fund

The LCU Fund for Women’s Education (LCU Fund) offsets housing costs for exceptional women scholars of limited financial means who are pursuing degrees in the arts, social services, education, health services, religious leadership and public administration at select New York City colleges and universities.

Without adequate means to support themselves, low-income students respond in ways that make them less likely to graduate — working more hours, switching to a part-time program, not buying required textbooks. By addressing the imbalance between New York City’s breadth of high-quality educational opportunities and its shortage of affordable housing, LCU Scholars tend to successfully graduate from their degree programs. For many, the LCU Fund housing grant makes all the difference.

Since 1858, the LCU Fund has helped women secure safe, affordable housing in New York City. In 2001, after the LCU Fund stopped operating its six women’s residences, it launched a program to support female students of limited means by underwriting a portion of their housing costs. Since then the LCU Fund has awarded over $14M to 2,500 students at 35 public and private institutions.

The LCU Fund is a private, non-profit foundation based in New York City.

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The Opportunity

The LCU Fund seeks new Board members who will actively work to leverage their leadership skills for the benefit of the foundation and advance the goal of mitigating housing as a barrier to college-completion for low-income scholars.

Each Board member is responsible for representing the foundation well, being an active participant in our work, serving as an ambassador; assisting with the setting of foundational policies; and ensuring the financial health of the foundation through fiscal oversight and support of fundraising efforts. In addition, Board Members serve a critical role in assisting the leadership of the foundation in making critical decisions regarding the foundation’s future.

Specific Commitments

  • Time and dedication.
    Being a member of the Board of Directors will require, on average, 10 hours per month.
  • Active participation and physical attendance.
    Board members are expected to attend Board meetings (about 6 per year), as well as retreats, special events, committee meetings (often conducted as conference calls) and grantee school site visits. Meetings generally take place in and around Manhattan.
  • Financial Support
    It is expected that each Board member will prioritize the LCU Fund in their charitable giving by contributing a minimum target of $1,250 through direct contributions, solicitation of others and sales of tickets to the annual event.

Informed by the strategic priorities of the LCU Fund, applicants with experience in marketing / writing / public relations, higher education administration or finance (investment experience a plus) will be prioritized.

The LCU Fund is committed to diversity, inclusion and broad representation on our Board.

How to Apply

Please send a current resume and letter explaining your interest and experience to Sara Espinosa, LCU Fund Executive Director at sespinosa@lcufund.org.