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Board Members

  • Location: Sydney Domestic Airport NSW
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Family Services
  • Suitable for
    • Skilled Volunteers
  • Type of work
    • Governance, Boards & Committees
  • Requirements

    Please submit written applications which include :
    A brief cover letter including why you are interested in being a member of our Board and information about the skills, experience and capabilities you can bring to the organisation
    A current resume
    Contact details for two referees
    Cheryl Nichols, HR Manager GG :

ABOUT THE GENEROUS AND THE GRATEFUL (GG) The Generous and the Grateful (GG) is an independent charity founded in 2017 by Carmen Platt and joined by Davida Sweeney in 2018 to address gaps in service offerings for people experiencing or at great risk of homelessness.

Our mission is to source, collate and distribute packages of furniture and whitegoods to vulnerable people through their case workers, quickly and cost effectively.

Recipients include homeless, domestic violence survivors, youth at risk and refugees.

Since its inception, GG has supported thousands of individuals, creating 460 home packages in the last year alone. GG partner with 16 casework agencies in which to access beneficiaries, enabling GG to sidestep lengthy assessment delays and act quickly, and free up resources so that these professionals may focus on the complex needs of their clients, typically this includes mental health support, financial independence, employability and education.

The stage GG are at now is to determine more innovative, modern ways to solidify its foundations, improve efficiency so that GG may then scale its impact. The team are learning as they go, but what they are certain about, is that by bringing together a range of great minds, with varied experience, and kind hearts, they have a better chance of shaping a brighter future for many.

GG needs help in securing ongoing partnerships with socially responsible corporations, actively collaborating with other NGOs to share resources and increase impact, and modelling the different options for how to scale  impact. GG currently relies on more than 50 volunteers to run operations and benefits from the support of organisations such as Herbert Smith Freehills, Payce Foundation, Goodman Foundation, Frasers Property, NSW government and the Ryde City Council. 

GG is a registered charitable organisation regulated by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), recognised as a Public Beneficiary Institution, with DGR1 status.

ABOUT THE BOARD GG is seeking to appoint TWO Non-Executive Directors committed to helping survivors to thrive with experience and expertise in the following areas: Homelessness & housing programs, activities, and networks Government relations Fundraising and business development Digital Transformation

The current Board is comprised of a group of talented professionals who are committed to helping GG meet its goals.

The priorities over the next few years are looking at overall financial sustainability especially in the area of government funding as well as ensuring GG can deliver on its existing services in a scalable and sustainable manner

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES The successful candidate with support GG to scale impact by; Attending all board meetings, discussing and voting on issues in the best interests of GG Actively participating in the development of GG’s strategic plans including business plans, marketing plans and fundraising plans. Actively participating in meetings so GG can benefit from different points of view, creative ideas and experience. Ensure all board papers reviewed ahead of meeting time and action items completed. Understanding the budget and financial/resource needs. Helping communicate and promote the aims of GG to key stakeholders. Establishing a constructive working relationship with the CEO and other board members, encouraging open and effective communication through appropriate channels. Adhering to all governance and compliance required of a registered charity and knowledge and responsibilities of a director

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES The appointed directors will need to have personal skills and values that align with the commitment of GG to serve the community with integrity and compassion. Our directors must: Be effective and empathetic communicators, who are respectful of the people we are seeking to help and understand that we do so as equals. Have a genuine interest in our aim of reducing homelessness and harm and seeking to make a personal contribution to improving welfare and connection in our society. Be prepared to leverage their networks to promote the GG mission. Have a ‘can do’ collaborative mindset with the ability to roll their sleeves up and be proactively involved at the appropriate board level. Active contribution to building the profile of GG Capacity and willingness to facilitate support from business and the community

We are seeking one board member with a background in Social Services and/or Government Relations and another with experience and strong networks in Digital Transformation.

Board roles are unpaid and require attendance at all Board meetings and at planning/strategy days