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The LCU Fund for Women's Education is Currently Seeking Board Members

LCU Fund for Women’s Education

Board Position Announcement

About the LCU Fund for Women’s Education

The LCU Fund for Women’s Education supports women students so that they may focus more fully on their studies and obtain their degree in a field that gives back to society. We do through housing grants to low-income women students enrolled at select New York City colleges and universities who are preparing for careers in the arts, education, social work, public administration, religious leadership, criminal justice and health care. For many LCU Scholars, this housing support may mean not having to take that second or third job or not having to borrow more for living expenses. Instead, they can work fewer hours and feel less overwhelmed by the burden of paying for rent in a very expensive city. Most notably, supported students have less debt upon graduation. Their college degrees in hand, our women scholars have found meaningful employment in their chosen fields and are making a difference in the lives of others. Since launching our housing grant program in 2001, we have awarded over $11M in housing support to over 2,200 women.

The Opportunity

The LCU Fund seeks new Board members who share our commitment to ensuring that economically disadvantaged, academically promising women pursuing professions that serve the community benefit from the richly diverse higher education landscape in New York City. Moreover, we seek members who can actively work to leverage their leadership skills for the benefit of the foundation and in service of its mission.

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

Specific Commitments

  • ‚ÄčTime and dedication. Being a member of the Board of Directors will require, on average, approximately 10 hours per month.
  • Active participation and physical attendance. Board members are expected to join a minimum of 75 percent of Board meetings (about 6 per year), as well as retreats, special meetings, committee meetings (often conducted as conference calls) and special events throughout the year like our annual fundraising event. There are also opportunities to visit our grantee schools throughout the year. 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;

Based on the organizational needs of the Fund, applicants with the following professional experience and skills will be prioritized:

  • Higher Education – Experience serving in an administrative capacity at an institution of higher ed (i.e. student services, financial aid, development);
  • Philanthropy – Experience working in a private foundation in a staff / leadership capacity (i.e. program officer, grants manager, strategy officer);
  • Law – Experience as an attorney; interest and / or exposure to non-profit law and an understanding of the NYS non-profit corporation revitalization act.

The LCU Fund is committed to diversity and inclusion and having this represented 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 lcufund@gmail.com.