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Board of Directors Roles & Responsibilities

Qualifications for the Board of Directors

  • Demonstrate leadership experience within the organization.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to represent GDROMN in a wide variety of forums; ability to be the strong “face” of GDROMN.
  • Drive and determination to make an impact.
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Entrepreneurial 
  • Passionate about rescue and the Great Dane Breed

Board of Directors

  • Always maintain a commitment to the organization’s mission, values and vision.
  • Long range planning for the organization.
  • Monitors fiscal management and maintains accountability to funders and donors.
  • Review and approve major program plans and organizational policies.
  • Ensures adequate resources are available to the organization.
  • Evaluates organizational effectiveness.
  • Support and enhance the overall operations of GDROMN.
  • Remain loyal to the organization, volunteers and other board members. While differences of opinion are sure to arise, board members should seek to keep disagreements impersonal. By practicing discretion and accepting decisions made on a majority basis, board unity and confidence will be promoted.
  • Act as a positive ambassador for GDROMN.
  • Participate actively in meetings and decision-making. All major decisions will be decided upon by a quorum vote of all members (ex. Substantial financial investments, difficult situations regarding behavioral problems, major medical issues, etc.).
  • Stay well informed about what the organization does and how it does it.
  • Remain in tune with the environment in which the organization operates.
  • Promote the organization’s purpose and programs in the community.
  • In the case of a medical emergency, the closest available board member will meet the foster at the vet if needed.
  • In the case of an emergency involving a human or severe animal aggression, all board members will be notified and the closest available board member will meet the foster at the vet or for an evaluation with a trainer if needed.
  • All board members should assist when possible with incomings, and getting them to their foster homes along with crates, dog food etc.
  • Partake in the documentation of policies and decisions to create an organizational memory.
  • When a vacancy on the board occurs, it is the responsibility of the existing members to replace the exiting member and orient the new member with the policies, roles and responsibilities and vision of the board.
  • Represent the organization to the public, especially to sources of financial support.
  • Recruitment of management-level volunteer positions
  • Plan, develop and implement organization policies (including documentation) and goals

President OPEN

  • Collaborates with other Board Members to define and articulate the organization’s vision and to develop strategies for achieving that vision
  • Gives direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives
  • Serves as primary spokesperson for the organization
  • Directs and coordinates promotion of Rescue to improve recognition in the community
  • Act as a liaison between the Rescue and the community, building relationships with peer Rescues when appropriate
  • Assures that the Rescue and its missions, programs and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to volunteers, adoptive families, and the general public
  • Develop event and fundraising strategies with Fundraising Coordinators and supports fundraising activities 
  • Oversee content, production, and distribution of all marketing and publicity materials both digital and hard copy (posters, programs, flyers, mail outs, brochures, etc.)
  • Maintains website  
  • Maintains web store and merchant account

Vice PresidentOPEN

  • Helps the President, collaborate with other board members to define and articulate the organization’s vision and to develop strategies for achieving that vision
  • Helps the president stay organized
  • Steps in when President is unable
  • Is capable of doing all Presidential duties outlined 

Treasurer: Karla,

  • Is responsible for filing of yearly 990 tax report with the IRS, and states of MN/WI
  • Provides any requested financial reports
  • Is responsible for posting Quarterly  financial P & L reports 
  • Handles filing of annual State Charity Renewal and Annual Report
  • Handles all necessary State Licensing 
  • Maintains QuickBooks (pay bills, make deposits, etc.)
  • Responsible for tax/donation letters
  • Handles filing of quarterly sales tax reports


  • Gets agenda ready for board meetings
  • Takes meeting minutes notes
  • Sends Thank You notes from donations
  • Maintains records for GDCA grants 
  • Files Paperwork (owner release, application, homecheck report, agreement, vet records) keeping files on every dog and following up to make absolutely sure all paperwork required is in each file including POS/PON, HW Test Results, Rabies, Distemper/Parvo combo, Bordetella.
  • Sends dog records to adoptive families with Adoption Package
  • Keeps track of due dates for all state licenses, insurance renewals, etc. Gives treasurer notice of due dates

Sanctuary Director: Meg,

  • Oversees Sanctuary Operations and Grounds
  • Oversees Sanctuary Staffing and Volunteers
  • Oversees Vetting for Sanctuary Dogs
  • Oversees Sanctuary Intake

Marketing & Communications DirectorOPEN

This position is responsible for coordinating resources to accomplish our fundraising and organization communication goals.

  • Oversee communications- this includes monthly newsletters in mailchimp
  • Oversee Grant Writers
  • Oversee Social Media 
  • Oversee Events 
  • Oversee Fundraising Team
  • Oversee Volunteer Coordinator