Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust

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Volunteer Overview

The mission of the Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust (“ABCLT”) is achieved through active participation of the community. ABCLT values the involvement of volunteers in helping to carry out the vision and goals that are set by the people who live in our community and are members of this organization. Volunteers help us to amplify local voices, build on our strengths, and collaborate across sectors in intentional and adaptive ways that work to achieve systemic change. Volunteers contribute their unique talents, skills, and knowledge of our community so that we remain responsive to the needs of our neighbors. Some volunteers participate in committees and help to design the policies and plans of the ABCLT. Others roll up their sleeves and help to carry out those plans…and we need an appreciate all of them. We thank every person who contributes their valuable time and talents. Please review our committees and we hope you’ll find the volunteer opportunity that is right for you!

Committees

Finance

Purpose: To provide financial oversight for the organization, including financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls.
Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Number of Members: 5-7
Term Limit: up to (3) 2-year terms

Committee Responsibilities Include:


Budgeting and Financial Planning
• Work with staff to draft and review annual budgets that integrate strategic plan objectives and initiatives.
• Approve the annual budget and recommend it to the Board of Directors for final approval.
• Monitor adherence to the budget.
• Make recommendations to the Board of Directors for long-range financial goals.
• Set short- and long-term fiscal goals to ensure organizational sustainability and success.
• Recommend external financial auditors to the board and manage the external audit process.
• Identify short- and long-term financial challenges before they become urgent issues.
• Present financial goals and proposals to the Board of Directors for determination.

Reporting and Compliance
• Review monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports and suggest adjustments as required.
• Regularly present financial reports to the Board of Directors.
• Collaborate with the Fund Development Committee to monitor progress towards annual fulfillment of fundraising goals.
• Collaborate with the Community Relations Committee to maintain a roster of active members.
• Develop and monitor appropriate financial policies and procedures to ensure the assets of the organization are protected.
• Ensure accurate and timely filings to the IRS.
• Serve as an ongoing resource and advisor to staff on financial issues.
• Collaborate with the Governance Committee to ensure that all board members receive training on understanding the organization’s finances.

Governance

Purpose: To ensure that the board governs effectively and
maintains proper board composition.
Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Number of Members: 5-7
Term Limit: up to (3) 2-year terms

Committee Responsibilities Include:


• Develop and implement a strategic board member recruitment process for identifying, cultivating, and nominating future board members.
• With input from the board, annually develop a list of competencies and demographics needed on the board. Such criteria shall include knowledge, experience, skills, expertise, and diversity which enhance the board’s ability to manage and direct the affairs and business of the organization, including the ability of committees to fulfill their duties.
• Review prospective board members’ applications and qualifications based on the competencies and demographics needed at the time to determine fit with the organization.
• Ensure board composition embraces and exemplifies the principles and core values of the organization.
• Track term expirations and maintain a succession plan for board vacancies. Upon the resignation or removal of an officer or director, recommend a candidate to fill the vacancy to the Board if required.
• Assist in recruiting non-board members to committees to add value and potentially serve as future board members.
• Develop and implement a board development plan to include methods and tools for orienting, training, educating, and evaluating the board.
• Collaborate with the Finance Committee and staff to orient board and committee members to organizational and board policies, practices, programs, finances, responsibilities, and plans for the future.
• Oversee a mentorship program where new board members are paired with a more experienced board member.
• Conduct a board self-assessment at least every two years to measure the board’s effectiveness and to identify areas for improvement and present the assessment results and recommendations to the board.
• Create an annual board calendar for approval by the full board.
• Review and monitor compliance with the organization's bylaws as well as board-approved policies and recommend changes as necessary.
• Regularly review the organization’s committee structure, including responsibilities and composition, and recommend changes as needed.

Fund Development

Purpose: To assist the Board in securing financial and other resources required
to carry out the organization’s mission.
Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Number of Members: 5-7
Term Limit: up to (3) 2-year terms

Committee Responsibilities Include:


• Create and implement annual and three-year fundraising plans.
• Set organizational fundraising goals to ensure short- and long-term sustainability and success.
• Research and document best practices for donor cultivation, stewardship, and retention.
• Collaborate with the Finance Committee to monitor progress towards annual fulfillment of fundraising goals and provide regular updates during board meetings.
• Craft a compelling case for support and collaborate with the Community Relations committee to inspire donors and ensure consistent messaging across the organization.
• Share the case for support and specific fundraising projects during board meetings.
• Work with individual board members to identify their respective spheres of influence.
• Match individual board members’ gifts and talents with various fundraising opportunities.
• Lead the board’s culture of gift cultivations by establishing a 100% board giving policy.
• Develop policies for the board and staff regarding gift solicitation and recognition.
• Actively assist in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects – individuals, foundations, corporations, and public sector.
• Educate donors and prospects about the benefits, value, and distinct nature of ABCLT.
• Assist staff in planning and implementing fundraising-related events, including benefits and other events designed to maintain existing donors and recruit new donors.
• Ensure that the organization has effective administrative systems to track grants and donors.
• Work with staff to thank and recognize donors.

Community Relations

Purpose: To establish meaningful connections and
increase awareness of ABCLT in the community.
Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Number of Members: 5-9
Term Limit: up to (3) 2-year terms

Committee Responsibilities Include:


• Create and implement an annual community engagement plan that welcomes our supporters and advances our mission.
• Invite and learn from people who are knowledgeable about practices of equity and inclusion with an ongoing commitment to implementing these practices.
• Offer opportunities to welcome people into the organization and make sure that they feel a sense of belonging.
• Educate the community about permanently affordable housing and ABCLT through engaging community-based activities.
• Increase awareness of ABCLT and its programs by having a presence at community events.
• Promote community involvement and coalition building in the City of Asheville and Buncombe County.
• Facilitate volunteer recruitment efforts for the organization.
• Assist in creating organizational marketing, branding, and communication plans and initiatives.
• Promote the organization’s electronic presence via website, social media, and e-newsletter.
• Assist staff in developing the organization’s brand and printed collateral.
• Maintain and build relationships with members of the press in conjunction with staff efforts.
• Collaborate with the Fund Development Committee to ensure consistent messaging.
• Create and implement membership drive plans.
• Work with staff to send out frequent and pertinent communication to members.
• Collaborate with the Finance Committee to maintain a roster of active members.
• Be ambassadors for permanently affordable housing and housing justice in Buncombe County.
• Champion ABCLT’s plans and activities to communities and stakeholders in Buncombe County.
• Generate increased awareness, dialogue, and public support for the ABCLT.

Real Estate

Purpose: To support ABCLT’s land acquisition and construction efforts
in developing permanently affordable housing.
Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Number of Members: 5-9
Term Limit: up to (3) 2-year terms

Committee Responsibilities Include:


• Create annual and three-year development plans.
• Draft construction and design standards for development.
• Identify and build relationships with developers and other nonprofits for collaboration with ABCLT.
• Educate developers about the benefits, value, and distinct nature of ABCLT.
• Review the financial feasibility, social need, community compatibility, and environmental impact of property acquisitions and major construction or rehabilitation projects including the redevelopment or recapitalization of projects already in ABCLT’s portfolio.
• Assist staff in identifying and reviewing potential sites for development.
• Keep abreast of current events impacting affordable housing in Buncombe County.
• Research and share innovative housing solutions from other CLTs and affordable housing providers.
• Evaluate proposed projects and recommend their approval or denial to the ABCLT board.
• Review ABCLT’s overall development pipeline to assure geographic, housing tenure, and affordability mix.
• Develop and recommend policies regarding real estate development to the ABCLT board.

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Membership Overview

The ABCLT is a membership-based nonprofit that is controlled by its members. All ABCLT homeowners are members, and other people in the community may also join. All general members have a say in the direction of the ABCLT through voting at the annual membership meeting.

As a general member, you will:

  • Help create and maintain housing that will remain permanently affordable.
  • Participate in meetings of the Membership. 
  • Cast 1 vote on matters properly put before the Membership.
  • Nominate and participate in the election of the Board of Directors.
  • Serve on the Board or committees, if chosen.
  • Receive notices and minutes of Membership Meetings and Annual Reports.
  • You are invited to attend trainings and events.

As a supporting member, you will:

  • Help create and maintain housing that will remain permanently affordable. 
  • Participate in meetings of the Membership. 
  • Serve on the Board or committees, if chosen.
  • Receive notices and minutes of Membership Meetings and Annual Reports.
  • You are invited to attend trainings and events.

The annual membership fee is $25/year or 2 hours of sweat equity.

To become a member, please complete online the application form on this page or you can download the PDF version and mail it in with your $25 membership fee.