The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Its mission is to create the social change necessary to end sexual violence. We recognize that our role and that of the Executive Director must be separate but complimentary.
The WCASA Board is committed to reflecting the diversity of communities in Wisconsin. Members come from urban and rural areas across the state. We are a mix of community members and representatives of our membership organizations. We use our skills and experience to advance WCASA's mission and vision. The board focuses on long-term policy, not administrative detail.
Board membership is open to any person regardless of race, color, religion or creed, age, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, or marital status.
Members are elected to serve a two-year term. They are eligible to serve up to 3 terms. Currently the board must have at least 13 members and no more than 21. We accept board membership applications year-round. Previous board experience is strongly recommended. Elections are held during the 4th quarter of the coalition’s fiscal year, which ends September 30th.
The Board may appoint a vetted candidate outside of the election cycle if the board is below its minimum composition or if the organization would sooner benefit from a candidate with a valuable skill, credential, or experience.
Business meetings are currently scheduled for the second Friday of the month from 4:00-6:00 pm and are held in November, January, March, May, July, and September. Meetings are virtual with one in-person meeting held in Madison each year. The board also sponsors bi-monthly anti-racist/ anti-oppression discussions to further board member awareness and to aid in the development of policies and practices that do not promote white privilege.
Board members are expected to attend all meetings and to serve on at least one board committee (Governance, Finance, Fundraising, Membership). Committees meet monthly or bi-monthly.
The WCASA Board follow Robert’s Rules of Order.
Board Member Responsibilities
If you are interested in joining the board, please plan on devoting an average of 3 hours a month to meetings and assignments. Please allow for schedule flexibility as many of the board meetings occur during the day. Board members will be expected to serve as a public and political advocate for the mission and values of the coalition. At times this could mean speaking up for change that others are resisting. Board members are expected to financially support the coalition.