Leadership Tipton County
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Board of Directors
TCF is governed by a Board of Directors who serve four-year terms
without financial compensation. No one can serve more than ten
consecutive years, but may be re-elected or appointed after a lapse of
at least one year. The names, terms, and electing or appointing
authority for the current Board may be found on the
Vision and Values page
of this website.
The Board regularly meets quarterly and makes policy decisions, approves
committee recommendations, develops strategic and operational plans, and
evaluates staff. They also individually lead and serve on operating
The role of staff is to assist volunteers with planning,
organization, development, and evaluation of all aspects of the
Foundation. The employees perform administrative duties, follow
Board-adopted policies, comply with government regulations and other
laws, communicate with Foundation grantees, vendors, and other contacts,
and recommend plans, policies, and procedural alternatives for Board or
committee decisions. Staff members help to develop meeting agendas,
monitor follow-up, prepare communications, and accomplish objectives,
all under volunteer direction.
Major committees meet quarterly, or more frequently when needed,
and include Board members as well as other members of the public who
have a particular interest or expertise in the work of that committee.
The current active committees are Finance/Investment,
and Conference Center.
Foundation plans to establish a small group of knowledgeable citizens in
each township who will meet periodically to discuss needs and
opportunities that the Foundation might
Project sub-committees are also formed to diversify volunteer
input and leadership even more, and to enable community members to take
part in the aspects of the Foundation that interest them. Active
sub-committees are currently working on
A Ducky Day in Tipton Park
(the last Sunday each August) and the growth of the
United Community Fund
Also, representatives of the incorporated nonprofit agencies will be
asked to make plans for the future of the
United Community Fund
as a means of collaborative fundraising. If they decide to go forward,
campaign and allocation committees will be organized with grassroots
involvement of more people.
People with roots, residence, or business in Tipton County are
welcome to become Foundation volunteers. Orientation meetings are
scheduled as needed and an agreement is signed by both the new volunteer
and a Foundation representative. Fundamental to every “job
description” is the commitment to make a personally significant
investment of time, talent, and treasure in a particular aspect of the
Tipton County Foundation, and encourage others to do the same.
As a Volunteer for
the Tipton County Foundation, a person has a legal and moral
responsibility to ensure that the Foundation does the best work possible
in pursuit of its goals. One must believe in the purpose and the mission
of the Foundation to serve donors, award grants, and provide community
leadership, and intend to act responsibly and prudently as its steward.
The agreement sets forth the
As part of my responsibilities
as a Volunteer:
In turn, the Foundation will be responsible to me in several ways:
- I will make a personally
significant investment of time, talent, and treasure in the Tipton
County Foundation, and encourage others to do the same.
- I will interpret the
Foundation’s work and values to the community, represent the
Foundation, and obtain information for people that I cannot answer
on my own.
- I will attend at least 75% of
the meetings, and the events related to my role.
- I will actively participate in
some TCF activities that may not be directly related to my role.
- I will act in the best interests
of the Foundation, and excuse myself from discussions and votes
where I have a conflict of interest.
- I will stay informed about what
is going on in the Foundation. I will ask questions and request
information. I will participate in and make recommendations on
issues and policies for which the Board or staff seek input.
- I will work in good faith with
staff and other Volunteers as partners towards achievement of our
goals, and maintain the confidentiality of personal information
about which I may become aware.
- If I do not fulfill these
commitments to the Foundation, I will expect a Volunteer leader to
call on me and discuss my responsibilities with me.
- I will be sent reports and updates of Foundation activities
related to my role that allow me to meet the “prudent person”
section of the law.
- Opportunities will be offered to me to discuss with the staff
and other Volunteers the Foundation’s programs, goals, activities,
and status; additionally, I can request such opportunities.
- The Foundation will help me perform my duties by keeping me
informed about issues in the nonprofit field in which we are
working, and by offering me opportunities for training and
development as a Volunteer.
- Board members and staff will respond in a straightforward
fashion to questions I have that I feel are necessary to carry out
my fiscal, legal and moral responsibilities to this Foundation.
Board members and staff will work in good faith with me towards
achievement of our goals.
- If the Foundation does not fulfill its commitments to me, I can
call on the board chairman and Foundation president to discuss these
Introduction to TCF
PowerPoint presentation about Foundation operations may be viewed on
Thursday, May 19, 2016