Joining the Johnson County United Way Board of Directors

The Johnson County United Way welcomes Board applicants. Please read the roles and responsibilities below and fill out the Johnson County United Way Board Application to apply to join our board.
Email your completed application to: We will carefully consider your application.

Role of the Board

The United Way is the nation's largest charity by donations received, and we're proud to have a robust United Way in Johnson County. Board members support the work of the Johnson County United Way and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.

While the day-to-day operations are led by the Executive Director, the Board/Executive Director relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of all Board members is both critical and expected.

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  • Regularly attending Board meetings and important related meetings/events

  • Making a serious commitment to participate actively in Board and committee work

  • Volunteering for and willingly accepting assignments and completing them thoroughly and on time

  • Staying informed about Board matters, preparing well for meetings, and reviewing and commenting on minutes and reports

  • Getting to know other Board members and building a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus

  • Being an active participant in the Board's annual evaluation and planning efforts

  • Participating in fundraising for the organization

  • Making a financial donation to the organization that is meaningful to you and that reflects a commitment to the organization

Leadership, Governance, and Oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director as s/he develops and implements Johnson County United Way's strategic plan

  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by Johnson County United Way for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics

  • Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings

  • Approving Johnson County United Way's annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities

  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director

  • Assisting the Executive Director and the Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board members

  • Partnering with the Executive Director and other Board members to ensure that Board resolutions are carried out

  • Representing Johnson County United Way to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization at events and in the community

  • Ensuring Johnson County United Way's commitment to a diverse Board and staff that reflects the communities Johnson County United Way serves

Board Terms/Participation

  • Board members serve a three-year term; members may serve two consecutive terms

  • Board meetings are held monthly and Board members are expected to attend all except when unavoidable conflicts exist

  • Committee meetings and additional full-Board meetings are held as needed to facilitate campaign planning and execution and grant decision-making


  • Individuals must embrace Johnson County United Way's commitment to serve the local community in three areas of focus: Education, Health, and Basic Needs

  • Ideal candidates will have leadership stature in business, government, education, and or/philanthropy, and a track record of community leadership

  • Board members will demonstrate skills that enable them to collaborate with and attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board members

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A commitment to, and an understanding of, Johnson County United Way's beneficiaries, preferably based on experience

  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Johnson County United Way's beneficiaries

Johnson County United Way Board Member Application (.pdf)
Johnson County United Way Board Roles & Responsibilities (.pdf)