Board of Directors Application    

Thank you for your interest in serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana. Serving on the board is a rewarding experience and an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Completing this form will help you understand the skills and time/resource commitments of this leadership position. You may find it helpful to read through the entire application and Board Member Roles & Responsibilities before you begin filling it out.


Prospective Board Members will be required to sign a release of information so a background check can be completed. The information will remain confidential and on file at the BBBS office.

Applications are used by the Board’s Governance Committee to identify and evaluate potential board candidates. All new directors are elected by a majority vote of current board members.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest, and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. We have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves youth, ages 6 through young adulthood, in all 50 states.

The BBBS Mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 

The BBBS Vision is that all youth achieve their full potential. 

We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:

Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships

Avoidance of risky behaviors

Educational success

Governance Structure

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana is part of a national federation that includes us, the BBBS of America national office, and BBBS affiliate agencies across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana is a separate and independent 501(c)(3) organization with our own governing board and bylaws. We entered into and adhere to the Membership Affiliation Agreement (MAAs) with BBBSA and follow the BBBS Standards of Practice.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Statement

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) is an integral part of our values and mission. We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives, and experiences of all of our stakeholders, including youth, families, donors, volunteers, board members, and staff. We ensure the opportunity for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored. In the workplace, we foster an environment where all people can be their best selves. We affirm that every person [regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, marital or veteran status] has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We strive to realize the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that all voices and perspectives are heard and honored. 

Commitment to Child Safety and Youth Protection

Our #1 priority at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana is child safety and youth protection. We have a comprehensive system of youth protection to help ensure the safety of youth. This system includes policies and procedures that best protect youth, effective screening and selection of staff and volunteers, and professional monitoring of match relationships. All staff, board members, parents, volunteers, and youth are required to be trained in recognizing and responding to suspected child abuse. 

About The Board of Directors

The affairs of BBBS are managed by the Board of Directors. The primary roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors are governance, strategy, and resource development. The “governance” role requires that the Board hire and hold the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana Executive Director accountable and ensure the Board’s and BBBS to all ethical, legal, fiduciary, and regulatory requirements. The “strategy” role requires that the Board advise, review, and approve the strategic plan for BBBS, agree upon goals and monitor achievement. The “resource development” role requires that the Board set minimum “give and get'' fundraising expectations and be capable of and willing to advocate for and provide access to significant resources.


Minimum Membership Expectations

   Possess an interest in the agency’s service goals.

   Specific experience or knowledge in at least one of the following areas: Human Resources, Planning, Finance, Community Relations, or Organizational Operations.

   Representative of some aspect or segment of the population in the community.

   Within the first 60 days of service, and as required by BBBSA's Standards of Practice, complete the following onboarding courses: 

1.   Fundamentals of Youth Protection

2.   Cultural Humility Training (wither BBBSA's Justice, Equity, Diversity &         Inclusion( JEDI): An Orientation, or an equivalent)

   A willingness to expand knowledge of Board responsibilities through orientation and on-going education.

   Attend all Board meetings, including the Annual Meeting and all assigned committee meetings.

   Review minutes of the last Board meeting prior to the meeting for content, accuracy, etc.

   Determine if a report is to be made to the Board and prepare accordingly.

   Give expertise, energy, ideas, and leadership to the committee.

   Learn about the organization, support the programs of the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency, and promote BBBS within the community.

   Participate in resource development for the organization.

   Be active in Board-sponsored fundraisers.

   Utilize personal contacts, expertise, and other individual avenues to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

   Be willing to offer leadership to the organization as needed.

   Renew annually your commitment to the agency through the Board Member Self-Evaluation and signing the Board Member Statement of Understanding.


Board Member Fundraising

100% Board Giving is essential. As organizational leaders, Board Members have the responsibility of setting an example for giving and creating a culture that promotes generosity. 100% participation indicates that each board member has a strong commitment to the organization and its mission. 

Board giving has a direct impact on others supporting the organization and it’s organizational health. Appeals to donors are strengthened and more convincing if a board member can explain the reasons to support the organization and doing so annually. In addition, many foundations only contribute to organizations where every board member is a contributor. By showing that a board is fully invested, doors open to outsiders who may be willing and prepared to support the nonprofit.


It is an expectation of membership that Board members will raise (or give) a minimum of $1,000 annually. Board Members are expected to give a personal financial gift at a level that is meaningful to them and reflective of their circumstances and other commitments. Personal gift amounts are confidential. Your personal gift will be counted as a part of the “Give or Get” amount. As a part of this “Give or Get” expectation, it is expected that Board members will solicit financial or in-kind support of others for the organization.


Board giving is distinct and in addition to supporting of the agency’s special events. It is expected that Board members participate in the organization’s two special events as follows:


   Wine Women & Shoes: Sell or purchase a VIP table of 8 ($1,500), sell or purchase two Girlfriends’ Packages (4 tickets at $500) or secure a Sponsorship.

  Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Sell or purchase a table of 8 ($800) or secure a Sponsorship


Board Member Responsibilities



Planning:  Board members have three key responsibilities in this area:


1)    Setting and reviewing the organization’s mission/philosophy and goals.

2)    Planning for the organization’s future on a long-range and short-range basis.

3)    Deciding and planning which services and programs the organization provides.


Finance:  Board members have four key responsibilities in this area:


1)  Ensuring financial accountability of the organization and internal controls.

2)  Overseeing an on-going process of budget development, approval, and review.

3)  Raising funds and ensuring that adequate funds are raised to support the organization’s policies and programs.

4)  Managing and maintaining properties or investments that the organization possesses.


Community Relations: Board members have four key responsibilities in this area:


1)  Ensuring that the organization’s programs and services appropriately address community and client needs.

2)  Marketing the organization’s services and programs.

3)  On-going public relations, with the awareness that Board members are always emissaries of the organization in the community.

4)  Cooperative action, which includes occasions when the organization could or should take part in coalitions, joint fundraising, and the like.


Human Resources:  Board members have four key responsibilities in this area:


1)  Board membership, which includes the recruiting of new board members, recognizing and nurturing existing Board members, and providing existing Board members with opportunities to grow and develop as leaders.

2)  Board member’s accountability, which includes hiring and on-going annual evaluation of the Executive Director.

3)  Personnel policies, which includes providing policy guidance about salaries, benefits, and grievance procedures.

4)  Volunteer involvement, which include setting policy regarding how volunteers should be utilized, in what areas, and generally how the organization should treat, recognize, and celebrate its volunteers.


Organizational Operations:  Board members have four key responsibilities in this area:


1)    Ensuring that the organization’s administrative systems are adequate and appropriate.

2)    Ensuring that the board’s operations are adequate and appropriate.

3)    Ensuring that the organizational and legal structure is adequate and appropriate.

4)    Ensuring that the organization and its Board member meet all applicable legal requirements.

Candidate Information

Optional Information (Gender, Age, Race)
BBBS of Acadiana is required to identify Board members by ethnicity, race, gender, and age, in keeping with federal grant funding requirements. Supplying this information will also assist BBBS in evaluating its diversity plan to achieve greater diversity on its Board of Directors. Completion of this section is entirely voluntary and remains confidential. BBBS of Acadiana does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, familial or marital status, pregnancy, age, veteran status, military status, national origin, or any other legally-protected status in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and ordinances.

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Skills, Interests, and Experience

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2024 Board Calendar

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 - Regular Meeting

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Optional Social to Follow

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 -  Regular Meeting
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 4, 2024 - Regular Meeting
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 11, 2024 - Regular Meeting & Board/Staff Holiday Party
5:30 - 8:30 pm