WCASA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of both members of the community and representatives of our membership organizations across Wisconsin. WCASA's Board Members are volunteers who use their skills and dedicate their free time toward advancing WCASA's mission to create the social change necessary to end sexual violence.
At least 50% of our board members must be from a member Sexual Assault Service Provider (SASP). Additionally, we strive to have at least half of the board be from underserved populations.
At minimum we must have 9 seats filled, with a maximum of 21 seats. Seats are generally filled through an election process, as detailed below; however, the board reserves the ability to appoint individuals to the board to fill a particular skill set or in other cases of immediate need.
Board members serve two year terms. Additionally, any offices held by board members shall be for one year.
The WCASA Board of Directors is committed to developing a Board that is representative of its membership and the diversity of communities in Wisconsin. 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.
The Board of Directors meets officially every other month: January, March, May, July, and September. The November board meeting is typically held along with the Annual Meeting of the WCASA Membership.
There are five standing committees, each of which hold their own meetings outside of board meetings.
WCASA Members are welcome to attend Board Meetings. Please contact us if interested. Agendas will be made available upon request.
Board Member Responsibilities
If you are interested in joining the board, please be aware that you must be willing to dedicate the time necessary to fulfill your obligations. The following is a list of responsibilities as laid out in the Governance Policy book:
- Set general policies governing the activities of the organization
- Assume fiduciary responsibility of WCASA
- Plan the future goals of the organization on the basis of the mission, objectives, and values of the organization in accordance with policies
- Hire, evaluate, and terminate the Executive Director
- Exercise duties in a productive and effective manner
- Serve individually and corporately as public and political advocates for the mission and activities of the organization
- Service on at least one standing committee of the Board
- Appoint chairpersons and members of standing committees
- Adhere to the WCASA Board of Directors' Job Descriptions
Board members must join one committee at minimum.
There are five standing committees on the board:
- Executive Committee: Comprised of all the Board Officers, namely the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, WoCC Liaison, and Member At-Large.
- Governance Committee: Responsible for board recruitment and composition, as well as board efficacy.
- Finance Committee: Responsible for monitoring organizational fiscal health.
- Membership Committee: This committee is responsible for planning and executing the annual meeting, as well as overseeing membership status.
- Fund Development Committee: This committee is responsible for planning and implementing fund-raising activities.
WCASA recruits for Board Members and accepts applications in the fall of the year. Once the slate of nominations has been completed, elections are held with the WCASA Membership voting during September and October. The final decisions are announced at the November Annual Meeting.
If there are openings throughout the year, Board Members may be appointed. If you are interested in becoming a Board Member please contact the Governance Committee Chair.