Board of Directors Meeting
KEY ACTION ITEMS
campaign: All board members agree to make their pledges by
representative proposal: The board affirmed its interest in having formal
staff representation on the Personnel Committee Board, and invited staff to
choose representatives who will immediately start attending and participating
in these meetings. These representatives are asked to work with Executive and
Personnel Committees to work out the details of this representation, to be
brought back to the staff & board for approval.
newspaper proposal: The board agreed to a potential model of
"sponsorship" (outlined below).
Chris Browne &
· Red Hook Advisory Council: The proposal to establish a Red Hook Advisory Council was approved with minor amendments (see below).
The new board members (
b) The FAC Mission Statement was read.
The Board did a brief brainstorm of themes and/or names
for the new building on
e) It was agreed that minutes should be circulated shortly after the meeting.
a) Capital Campaign:
i) Board contributions: We are asking all board members to make their pledges by the end of September. So far, we only have 20% board participation. We have about 10 pledges in total so far, ranging from $100-$5,000.
ii) Lisel asked about the possibility of institutional collaborations (e.g. with local churches).
b) Kim Klein training: Kim Klein, the guru of grassroots fundraising, will be conducting a training at FAC. It will focus on helping board members and others in becoming comfortable with asking for individual donations.
Walk-a-thon for affordable housing: FAC is taking part in a walk-a-thon for
affordable housing, sponsored by Washington Mutual bank. It is a 5 mile walk on
FAC 25th Anniversary: We will hold our first 25th
Anniversary Planning Meeting on Tuesday Oct. 29, Contact
3) Organizational Issues:
Motion: Linda & Michelle nominated
Staff representative proposal: Brad presented the proposal for staff
representatives to the FAC board and personnel committee. The proposal was developed by the staff, over
a several month period, facilitated by
(1) General agreement to establish a staff representative, but numerous concerns about the details.
(2) No one person on any committee should be able, by their non-participation, to stop committee process.
(3) Specifically invite staff to name representatives to the Personnel Committee and the full board, who can then work with board to finalize details.
(4) It was recommended that we consult with a lawyer about legal implications of the proposal.
ii) Motion: The Board affirms its interest in having formal staff representation on the Personnel Committee and at the Board. We invite the staff to choose representatives who will immediately start attending and participating in Personnel and Board meetings. These representatives are asked to work with the Executive Committee and the Personnel Committee to work out the details (including the voting status and term of service) of this representation and details which will be brought back to both the Board and the staff before being finalized. Approved by acclamation. Linda and Michelle will communicate this decision to the FAC staff.
Red Hook Advisory Council: Motion: The board considered the proposal for a Red
Hook Advisory Council, developed by
Change the section allowing election of a
representative to the
ii) Advisory Council members will be elected to one-year terms.
Add wording that clarifies that the Advisory Council
operates with the parameters of FAC’s mission.
Community newspaper proposal (Chris Browne
reporting): The board discussed the
community newspaper proposal from
model might be the model of City Limits, where several not-for-profits are
"sponsors." FAC could act as a
"lead co-sponsor." We could
serve as a fiscal sponsor, suggest other organizational co-sponsors, and help
to recruit volunteers. In this model,
the newspaper's mission would have to be somewhat aligned with FAC's mission.
However, we would not be "publisher" in the sense that we
would not have any editorial control, and we would not commit fi
Motion: Board agrees by acclamation to deputize Chris
and Brad to act on our behalf to move this proposal forward.
Inside Schools.org (see package): No objections
Fiscal sponsorship of
FAC- Activist speak-out event / Planning Our Future
Reports: See Brad’s written report,
and the "Keeping our Communities Working” document, which was distributed
Two rounds of fi
ii) IDA "matched savings" program nearly ready for launch.
iii) First Source Staffing - a positive trend, with two consecutive profitable months. We are seeking a manager- see job description.
iv) Brooklyn Woods (woodworking & cabinet-making training program) - joint venture proposal with FAC is going to be considered by committee.
v) Brooklyn Networks is struggling, because telecom industry is struggling - trends are being analyzed.
BWI elected a new Bd. chair:
Fund balance is over $350,000.
Developing Justice (
i) Currently 158 participants - only 10 have been rearrested; 41 are employed thru FAC; 7 have found affordable housing thru FAC.
ii) New campaign beginning, organized by family-members of people incarcerated, seeking to change telephone bill policy of NYS Corrections, to stop charging prisoners/families a 60% surcharge.
iii) Leadership development training is underway- curriculum, which was run through one test group, is being used with a new group of participants.
Affordable Housing (
d) Displacement Free Zone (Shenetta Porter reporting)
Big win: 77 St. Mark’s Place, a 5 yr lease with only
$25 increase in rent!
Personnel Committee (
5) Executive Director’s Report
a) FAC has applied for a $1.5 million grant thru the NYS Empire Opportunity Fund, for our new building. We are holding our breath.
b) We are exploring doing more work integrating arts/culture into the new building (and perhaps the 25th anniversary). We will work with Groundswell Community Mural Project on a mural, have garden sculpture, and potentially other ways of filling the building with FAC's spirit.
c) CGNW merger: The legal work continues to go slowly, but it is at last moving forward. We are redrafting the job description for the education director.
d) Ecomat update: 7 workers on payroll at time it closed, 4 currently working; others are still in a job search. Of 26 total employees, 22 are currently employed.
e) Check out Communitystability.org to get information about the proposed anti-displacement tax credit legislation.
f) We are considering using consultant money to explore another social venture business - this one related to Developing Justice program.