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Trustee Position Announcement

The Northwest Fund for the Environment (NWFE) is looking for a diverse set of community leaders, innovative thinkers, and change makers who are passionate about our mission and can help guide our foundation’s direction and grantmaking into the future. As a Trustee, you will ensure that we accomplish our mission to protect and preserve the natural resources of Washington State, with a special emphasis on grantmaking to nonprofits that protect wild fish, native wildlife, natural forests, wetlands and shorelines, and preserve pure and free flowing waters. We value a diversity of lived and professional experience and aim to have a Board of Trustees that is reflective of the environmental movement, the geographic breadth of Washington State, and impacted communities. We are particularly seeking Trustees who will join us as we expand our reach, our connections, and our impact in underrepresented communities by helping us seek out new ideas, innovative grassroots programs, non-traditional approaches, and organizations that are making a difference in BIPOC communities.

As a Trustee, you will be responsible for:

  • Organizational leadership, governance, and oversight
  • Financial management of the endowment and oversight of the annual budget (Board members are not asked to fundraise)
  • Reviewing grantee applications and awarding of grants

Board, Length of Term, and Time Commitment:

  • We are a private, endowed charitable foundation.
  • We are a board of 9 – 10 volunteer Trustees.
  • All Board Members are expected to serve in leadership at some point during their tenure.
  • Trustees serve a 3-year term and are eligible for re-appointment for two additional terms.
  • There are 2 -3 full Board meetings per year plus additional committee meetings as called. 
  • Committees of the Board typically meet every two months either by phone or video conference. Each Trustee serves on at least one Committee.

**In keeping with public health guidance during the Coronavirus pandemic, board meetings are held virtually and Board members will need access to an internet capable device to participate in virtual meetings.**

As a Trustee, you can expect:

  • Professional staff support (two 0.5 FTE) for all Committee work and Board meetings.
  • A collegial environment in which you can communicate and interact with staff and fellow board members in mutual respect. 
  • Protection from liability under the Fund’s Directors and Officers Insurance coverage.
  • The satisfaction that you are contributing time and energy to protect Washington’s natural environment. 
  • Reimbursement for travel expenses to attend any in-person board meetings or committee meetings.
  • Opportunities to participate in foundation briefings on environmental and philanthropy topics.


  • Passion for the Fund’s mission and goals.
  • Creativity and openness to new opportunities to make an impact within Washington State.
  • Ability to listen well and work as a member of a team.
  • Understanding of, respect for, and/or lived experience in, communities underrepresented in the environmental movement.
  • Commitment to work in the best interests of the Fund and to honor the confidentiality of privileged or sensitive information shared as a part of Fund operations.  
  • Prior experience with nonprofit organizations, (e.g. working with, volunteering for, or serving on a board of a nonprofit) is valued but not required.   If you do have some familiarity with basic finances and nonprofit management, please note this in your application.
  • Experience with environmental issues and policies addressed by the Fund’s grantmaking programs.
  • Availability for scheduled Board meetings and ability to respond to Board communication in a timely manner.
  • Please note: In keeping with the conflict of interest policies of the NW Fund, staff of applicants and current grantees do not serve on the Board of Trustees.

To apply, please send your resume and a statement of interest that includes an explanation of how/why you meet the key qualifications, what you would bring to the NW Fund, and how you learned about this volunteer opportunity, by October 15, 2021 to:  Please put Trustee Position Search in the subject line.  All applications and any questions about this position should be submitted via email.  No phone calls please.