We offer exciting and challenging opportunities for our members to become more involved in the foundation if they wish, but there is no pressure to do so. The foundation understands that its members are busy women.
Everychild works with a contracted professional grant consultant but has no paid staff, so the work done by our volunteers is critical to our success. All members are welcome to join any committee. No specific educational or professional background is required. We provide training on each committee, and we value a diversity of experience, perspectives and backgrounds – it’s part of what makes us so effective.
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Three important committees work together toward awarding and overseeing the yearly grants.
Grant Outreach Committee
This group contacts agencies that we have initially determined are eligible to propose a project for an annual grant. If an agency is interested and meets our criteria, committee members work with its representatives to prepare a Letter of Inquiry, the first step in our grant application process. Membership on this committee is limited to those who have already served on the Grant Screening Board.
Grant Screening Board
The Grant Screening Board offers members the opportunity to work with other women in a challenging, educational, and collegial environment. Its members act as foundation staff, performing the essential function of analyzing each applicant agency and its project for our members. Its goal is to narrow the applicant pool to the two candidates whose projects best address the critical unmet needs of children in that grant year. The Board works with a professional grant consultant who provides training and generally lends her expertise. The Grant Screening Board typically has a maximum of 20 members in addition to Executive Board officers.
Grant Monitoring Committee
This committee is responsible for monitoring the post-award status of funded projects. Under the terms of our grant agreements with recipient agencies, members of this committee typically visit the projects twice a year over the first several years to assure that the projects are being implemented appropriately. These site visits are also an invaluable means of maintaining an ongoing relationship between our members and past grant recipients.
Policy and Activism Committee
The Policy and Activism Committee offers the opportunity for Everychild members to educate themselves on specific children’s issues, receive advocacy training and act as a voice on behalf of at-risk local children by advocating for local or legislative changes. Membership is open to all who wish to learn or become involved in children’s advocacy and no prior advocacy, or policy experience is required. The committee typically meets monthly. Workshops and other events are scheduled separately.
The goal of the Membership Committee is to recruit and maintain membership in the foundation. For those interested in joining, it hosts informational coffees at members’ homes. These provide opportunities for them to meet members of our executive board in a casual setting to learn more about the Everychild Foundation experience.
The committee also organizes the Nancy M. Daly Salon Series. Everychild members and their guests are invited to these evening events throughout the year featuring guest speakers about issues facing children in our community and other important topics. The purpose of the salons is to provide members the opportunity to become better informed about potential issues. The committee selects topics and speakers and publicizes and organizes the events. The salon series is named after Nancy M. Daly, an activist on children’s issues and member of the Everychild Advisory Board, who passed away in 2009.
The Communications Committee produces the yearly Everychild Foundation Newsletter, maintains the Everychild website, and creates public relations materials related to the Everychild grants, public policy and the salon series. The committee also maintains the membership roster. We are always looking for member volunteers who enjoy writing, social media, design and website management.