Chair

The Chair of Flying Kites’ Board of Directors provides overall leadership to the Board of Director and serves as the primary point of contact for Flying Kites’ Executive Director on behalf of the Board. In addition to the duties and responsibilities of being a Member of the Board of Directors, the Chair must, but is not limited to, provide the following: 

  • Act as the executive officer for Flying Kites
  • Set the agenda for all Flying Kites Board meetings
  • Preside over all Flying Kites Board meetings
  • Be a spokesperson for Flying Kites
  • Coordinate setting goals for Flying Kites’ Executive Director
  • Lead performance evaluations for Flying Kites’ Executive Director
  • Be the primary contact on behalf of the Board to the Executive Director
  • Oversee searches for Flying Kites’ Executive Director 
  • Oversee the formation, performance, and dissolution of Board committees 
  • Serve as head of the Executive Committee
  • Serve as ex-officio member for all Board sub-committees

 

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is a standing committee permanently chaired by the Board Chair and is focused on managing the affairs of the Board, supporting the Executive Director on the day-to-day needs of Flying Kites, and leading personnel searches, as needed. In addition to the duties and responsibilities of being a Member of the Board of Directors, the Directors of the Executive Committee must, but are not limited to, provide the following: 

  • Approve the agenda for Board Meetings as set by the Chair
  • Handle disciplinary matters of Members and senior staff
  • Accept and request resignations as appropriate
  • Handle legal affairs
  • Provide day-to-day support for the Executive Director
  • Approve the Executive Director’s job description, goals, performance review and salary
  • Lead searches for senior staff
  • Liaison with the Advisory Board 
  • Regularly meet with the chairs of the Committees
  • Approve any ad hoc committees
  • Approve the dissolution of any committees

 

Treasurer

The Treasurer of Flying Kites’ Board of Directors manages the Board’s reviews of and actions related to Flying Kites’ financial responsibilities. In addition to the duties and responsibilities of being a Member of the Board of Directors, the Treasurer must, but is not limited to, provide the following: 

  • Read, understand, and interpret financial reports and statements and communicate findings to the Board
  • Serve as Vice Chair in the absence of the Chair
  • Chair the Finance Committee
  • Review and approve Flying Kites’ annual IRS 990 filing
  • Review and approve Flying Kites’ annual audit
  • Hold second signature authority on behalf of the Board for all appropriate financial matters
  • Serve as a resource to Flying Kites’ staff on financial matters
  • Recommend policy or procedural changes for more efficient financial management
  • Review budgets initially prepared the staff
  • Advise the Executive Director on financial priorities
  • Approve the budget prior to full Board review
  • Report to the Board any financial irregularities, concerns, and opportunities
  • Recommend financial guidelines to the Board
  • Review account balances
  • Oversee short and long-term investment

 

Secretary

The Secretary of Flying Kites’ Board of Directors maintains the Board’s records and ensures their accuracy and safety, calls for and organizes Board meetings, ensures Flying Kites is operating in accordance with its bylaws, and is responsible for the effective governance of the Organization. In addition to the duties and responsibilities of being a Member of the Board of Directors, the Secretary must, but is not limited to, provide the following: 

  • Prepare and maintain minutes and records for all Board meetings. 
  • Verify the accuracy of Board meeting minutes, and circulate the minutes to all Directors. 
  • Schedule Board meetings.
  • Certify all official documents for Flying Kites.
  • Maintain custody and ensure the safety of all Organization records.

 

Development Committee

The Development Committee of the Board of Directors is an ad hoc committee formed in response to an event of Flying Kites and by a vote of the full Board to be formed. The Events Committee is chaired by a Director selected by a vote of the full Board and is focused on overseeing the execution of a discrete Flying Kites event. In addition to the duties and responsibilities of being a Member of the Board of Directors, the Directors of the Events Committee must, but are not limited to, provide the following: 

  • Set fundraising goals for events and campaigns
  • Solicit donations and shepherd donors
  • Identify new donors
  • Approve budgets for events
  • Assign tasks to other Directors related to fundraising and events
  • Assist staff with logistics for events and campaigns
  • Host and attend regular donor cultivation events

 

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors is a standing committee chaired by a Director selected through a vote of the full Board and is focused on overseeing the nomination and on-boarding of Directors to Flying Kites. In addition to the duties and responsibilities of being a Member of the Board of Directors, the Directors of the Nominating Committee must, but are not limited to, provide the following: 

  • Accept nomination to the Board
  • Meet with prospective Directors
  • Recommend candidates to the Board 
  • Handle on-boarding of new Directors including resume collection, non-disclosure agreement, conflict of interest agreements, and contact information
  • Conduct orientation sessions for new Directors
  • Organize training sessions for the Board 
  • Manage Committee assignment nominations and voting 
  • Manage Advisory Board nominations and voting 

 

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee of the Board of Directors is a standing committee chaired by a Director selected through a vote of the full Board and is focused on overseeing the nomination and on-boarding of Directors to Flying Kites. In addition to the duties and responsibilities of being a Member of the Board of Directors, the Directors of the Marketing Committee must, but are not limited to, provide the following: 

  • Advise the Executive Director on matters related to marketing
  • Ensure marketing and public relations material is consistent with the brand and messaging of the organization
  • Develop strategies to promote Flying Kites' mission and attract new donors and volunteers
  • Solicit opportunities for press and sponsorship

 

Program Committee

The Program Committee of the Board of Directors is a standing committee chaired by a Director selected through a vote of the full Board and is focused on overseeing the nomination and on-boarding of Directors to Flying Kites. In addition to the duties and responsibilities of being a Member of the Board of Directors, the Directors of the Program Committee must, but are not limited to, provide the following: 

  • Consult with Executive Director on matters relating to implementing mission and delivering services
  • Strategize on how to improve operations in Kenya, support program staff and spend effectively
  • Assist in developing on-going monitoring and evaluation of services in Kenya
  • Be available to consult and advise on urgent matters related to programs in Kenya
  • Supervise, at a high-level, Capital Campaign activities