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Board of Directors FAQ

Minimum requirements for boards members are:

  • Board members are residents of the counties of: Benton, Sherburne or Stearns County
  • Board members are representatives of some aspect of the population in the community – low-income representatives, public officials, or representative of private organizations
  • Board members have interest in the agency’s mission
  • Board members have specific experience and/or knowledge in at least one element including administration, finance, personnel, program development, public relations, or communications.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of Tri-County Action Program, Inc. The board sets the overall policy and goals which are then carried out by staff.

The board meets on the third Thursday of specific months at the Waite Park Tri-CAP office at 5:30 pm. Meetings usually last two hours. In addition, there are some committee meetings and a few special events which board members attend. Meetings also have the option of meeting remotely via Zoom.

Absolutely! We provide a basic orientation session for all new board members. Board training is ongoing and provided as needed and requested. We provide board members with the information they need to know about the agency. Finally, board members are always welcome to call or make an appointment with the Executive Director to go over any aspect about the agency.

Board members are volunteer and not paid a salary. However, we do pay a stipend, travel cost, and responsible expenses incurred in the performance of board duties.

Even through member do not receive a salary, there are many benefits to being on our board including: It is an excellent way to help your community; You will develop or enhance your skills in budgeting, management, supervision, and many other areas; and You will be working with some of the most interesting people in our community.

Meetings are important and the board members are there to conduct business. They are also interesting and fun. The board members are professional, but, at the same time, relaxed and casual. The best way to see what we mean is to attend a board meeting yourself. If you are interested in observing the board in action, reach out to our Executive Director to learn about an upcoming meeting.
Most of our board members are unable to make every meeting. They are busy, active people! However, we ask our members to attend as many meeting as possible. As part of the governing body of the agency, you are very important to us.
  • Being a Tri-CAP board member is an excellent way to assist in helping identify and address need in your communities.
  • You will receive opportunities to develop and enhance your skills and leadership.
  • You will establish working relationships and partnerships with other public and private agencies and programs.
  • You will be involved with rewarding work to keep poverty issues in the hearts and minds of community partners, decision-makers, donors, and volunteers.