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We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

2019 Friend of CASA Award

The Friend of CASA Award was to have been presented in March during our 2020 Reverse Your Luck fundraising gala in Yankton. Because of the outbreak of Covid-19, that fundraiser was cancelled, and along with it we had to postpone the Friend of CASA Award announcement.

We kept waiting for a time when Southeast CASA was having “something special” so that we could incorporate this award presentation. The pandemic put a stop to any large events, so we used the Nov. 12th Open House at our new office location to make the Friend of CASA Award presentation to Janet Stark of ALC Event Design.

“Janet has graciously assisted Southeast CASA with each of its gala events since we began hosting them in 2015. Whenever we asked for her help, she was quick to say “Yes!” Because of Janet’s generosity, not only did our events look first-rate, but Southeast CASA was able to raise more funds to provide CASA advocacy for local children who had been abused or severely neglected. All of our current and past board members join the Southeast CASA staff and volunteers in thanking Janet for her invaluable support for the CASA kids,” Said Sherri Rodgers-Conti during the presentation of the award.

Office Relocation Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Southeast CASA has moved! Our offices are now at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton.

We celebrated our new office location with an Open House and ribbon cutting on Nov. 12, 2020. The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and some of our board members and agency partners were on hand to see the new office and conduct the ribbon cutting. Thanks to those who attended!

L to R in photo above: Tyler Buckman, Daisey Kamback, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Jesse Bailey, Kaye O'Neal, Emily Monier, and Sara Livingston.

Our New Yankton Office Location

Southeast CASA is now located at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton, just west of Mozak's Flooring at 15th and Broadway Ave.

 

2018 Friend of CASA Award

At the 2019 "Reverse Your Luck" fundraising gala, Tom Andera was recognized as the first "Friend of CASA" award recipient. Tom is the owner of Andera Bookkeeping and Tax Services in Yankton. He has been assisting Southeast CASA with its payroll processing since 2011. Because of Tom's invaluable assistance, Southeast CASA is able to help more abused and neglected children in our area. Thanks for all you do for the CASA kids, Tom!

  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major Sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home

    Annual sponsor

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

What it Takes to Be a Nonprofit Board Member

What it Takes to Be a Nonprofit Board Member

You’ve volunteered your time, and you’ve donated yearly. Despite your heavy involvement in the organization, you’re ready for something more. You’ve dipped your toes into the nonprofit world, but now it’s time to full-on swim. Before jumping in, you understandably want to know what’s in the water. We’re talking, of course, about joining a nonprofit board of directors.

Joining a board of directors is the logical next step to increasing your involvement with an organization. However, many don’t know exactly what that means or what it takes to be a part of a board. Together, let’s explore what goes into serving a nonprofit and sitting on their board of directors to see if it could be the right fit for you.

 

What Is a Nonprofit Board?

Every 501(c)3 organization is required to have a board of directors. That board helps to govern and oversee the operations of the organization. Members of the board are involved in voting on important decisions related to the nonprofit’s future, as well as fundraising and providing leadership and guidance.

 

Who Can Be on a Board? 

The IRS requires that each nonprofit organization have at least three board members. However, many boards are made up of more members. Often, board members are chosen by a selection committee made up of people close to the organization. That means if you’re looking to be involved with a 501(c)3’s board of directors, it’s important to familiarize yourself with those close to the organization. You’ll also want to demonstrate your passion and involvement with the cause through past volunteer and giving experience.

 

What is Expected on a Nonprofit Board?

Above all else, an organization’s board members are expected to have a passion for the cause. While serving looks great on a resume, that shouldn’t be the driving motivation.

Giving your time is another expectation. Time commitment can vary depending on the organization. At a minimum, a board member needs to meet at least once per year in-person, although most boards involve quarterly or even monthly meetings. 

Board members are also expected to financially contribute, although that doesn’t mean you have to be made of money to serve on a board. Any type of contribution is helpful, no matter how big or small. Many organizations would like to  say that 100% of their board members are donors, which could mean any amount. In addition, one of your biggest goals on a board is to help draw interest in the organization by attracting additional donors and volunteers. You would be expected to leverage your network and even help call upon strangers to explain the cause. Board members are advocates for the organization in all aspects.  

 

What Would I Get Out of Being a Board Member?

Being on a nonprofit board is a big commitment, but it is incredibly fulfilling if it’s the right fit. Because you are pouring more of yourself into the organization, you’ll likely be more invested in the success. While being a resume builder shouldn’t be the sole reason you’re serving on the board, it is an added perk. Above all, you’ll make new connections and have the opportunity to make a lasting impact. 

 

If you’re ready to take the next step with an organization, consider speaking with the executive director about developing a path to join the board. Even if there are no available seats today, there will undoubtedly be more openings in the future. Giving back your time as a board member is a fulfilling way to help make a difference for a cause that you love.

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