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Advisory Council FAQ
Are you interested in joining the Coalition's Advisory Council? We're always in need of guidance and expertise from advisors around the world to support our programs and operations. Please review the frequently asked questions below to learn more about this vital role.
What is the Advisory Council?
The Advisory Council is an informal body that provides non-binding strategic advice and support to the Humane Education Coalition. It is made up of a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which augment the knowledge and skills of the Board of Directors in order to more effectively guide the organization. The Advisory Council does not have any formal legal or fiduciary responsibility or governing function within the organization but is instead assembled to give advice and support. The Advisory Council gives greater flexibility in structure and management compared to the Board of Directors.
Who serves on the Advisory Council?
Accomplished experts offering innovative advice and dynamic perspectives, including attorneys, corporate leaders, financial advisors, nonprofit professionals, academic leaders, accountants, public officials, entrepreneurs, knowledgeable community members, and other influential professionals.
What are the benefits of an Advisory Council?
Provides a means for involving people who are willing to give critical assistance but have limited time
Provides a means for involving people who would have been good candidates for the Board of Directors, but who are currently unable to serve at the Board level
Provides a way to keep critical supporters connected to the organization
Creates a direct link to important professional and technical expertise
Energizes advisors as ambassadors for the Coalition and its global audience
Recognizes individuals for their distinguished service
Assists in efforts to increase philanthropic support
Enlists help from others without enlarging the governing Board
What are the essential functions of an Advisory Council?
The Advisory Council does not have any legal authority; therefore, all responsibilities are assigned at the discretion of the Board of Directors and at the availability and interests of the advisors. Advisors may take part in any of the following:
Share their skills and knowledge by providing professional expertise to help the Coalition implement its goals and objectives
Connect the organization to national or international resources, colleagues, and peers
Share their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives
Assist the Coalition leadership with program or initiative creation and planning by providing advice concerning the design and plans
Provide an independent, unbiased sounding board to the Board of Directors
Offer assistance with the development of organizational policies and procedures
Provide advice for the Coalition’s public relations and marketing activities
Provide philanthropic support or assistance with donor development and fundraising activities
Review the Coalition’s annual budget and forecasts and provide input and recommendations
Serve on Coalition committees, such as the Bloom Grants or Humane Summit committee
Assist with other specific ongoing and/or short-term organizational needs
What are the expectations of an Advisor?
Serving as an advisor can be as flexible as needed for the individual. There is no set schedule, amount of time, or term length required to be an advisor. Typically, advisors act annually in some significant way to support the Coalition’s mission (e.g., expert advice, door opening, fundraising, etc.). Advisors allow the Coalition to publicize their name and participation on the council, on the website and in publications as necessary. They are encouraged to participate in Coalition events, meetings, and other gatherings. Advisors keep informed about the Coalition’s plans, activities, and needs. They are also welcome to attend Board meetings in a nonvoting capacity.
Ready to become an Advisor? Contact us for next steps.