The purpose of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Board selection process is to identify board members who will effectively, efficiently and enthusiastically raise money to support the mission and vision of the Foundation.
Each year, the Academy Foundation Nominating Committee will identify individuals who have the necessary characteristics to advance the Academy Foundation as a governing, fundraising and grant making entity. The number one criterion given strong consideration is an individual’s ability to raise money and to personally support the Academy Foundation financially. The gap analysis will also serve as a supporting document in the identification of candidates.
The Nominating Committee should enlist the support of both the Academy and Academy Foundation Boards and others to provide names of prospective candidates. Nominations should indicate qualifications for the position.
Identification of Candidates
The Academy Foundation Nominating Committee will meet during the third quarter of each fiscal year. Their charge will be to:
- Identify a pool of candidates based on giving history, giving capacity analytics and past involvement with the Foundation.
- Prioritize candidates who have:
- Access to major gift donors
- Connections to industry and other funding sources
- Positions of influence related to Academy Foundation priorities
- Diverse range of volunteer expertise
- Past experience on Academy Foundation or other charitable organizations’ Boards
- Prior fundraising and development experience
- Interview potential candidates to gage interest, assess capacity and comfort in asking others for money.
- Recommend Officer Positions.
The Academy Foundation Nominating Committee consists of the Immediate Past-Chair, a Past Chair and one additional Academy Member, including, but not limited to, a major donor, past Academy Nominating Committee Member or past Academy Foundation Board Member. The Academy Foundation Executive Director and Senior Director serve as the staff liaisons to this committee. The Immediate Past-Chair serves as the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Approval of Candidates
During its spring Board call, the Academy Foundation Board will review the Nominating Committee recommendations, along with Officer Positions. Information regarding how the nominees meet the qualifications should be presented, along with the needs assessment grid indicating how the nominees fit within the Academy Foundation Board. The Academy Foundation Board is to, accept by consensus or majority or oppose the nominees brought forth by the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee may choose not to fill all positions, but must have the minimum number as per the bylaws, which would provide the option to identify additional candidates as they emerge throughout the year.
The Academy Foundation will keep a list of potential candidates for future consideration that will be provided to the following year’s Nominating Committee. Alternative opportunities for getting these individuals involved will be identified.
Ideal Academy Foundation Board Member
Be recognized within the Academy/organization or the food and nutrition industry, scientific or academic communities. Name recognition and influence go a long way in attracting support.
Have demonstrated strong financial commitment to the Academy Foundation and profession through a lifetime of contributions to the art and science of dietetics will qualify an individual for serious consideration.
History of Giving
Be donor and fund raiser. The appropriate candidate will have demonstrated their willingness to provide personal financial support before accepting the challenge of board service.
Comfort in the Ask
Be an individual who is comfortable asking colleagues, peers friends and neighbors for financial contributions. Individuals who have previously served on the Academy Foundation or other charitable organization’s boards may be particularly skilled at this qualification.
Access to Dollars
Have access to funding sources that align with the work of the Academy Foundation that enable the Academy Foundation to continue offering programs that support our members and benefit the public.
Embraces the Mission
Enthusiastically embrace the mission of the Academy Foundation to advance public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of registered dietitians nutritionists and the vision that we all eat right. They will join the commitment to the expressed strategic direction of the Second Century vision.
Balance on the Board
Enhance the reach and effectiveness of the Academy Foundation. Board candidates should represent a diverse population and /or a unique practice area that complement the existing board composition. They will serve as a magnet to attract and retain a diverse donor base that will further enhance the effectiveness of out fund raising and grant making.
Put the Academy Foundation first. The right individual has everything to gain by serving on the Academy Foundation Board. He or she should make a meaningful contribution to the profession and impact the nutritional health of the public. Putting the Academy Foundation first should be the only agenda and that political and personal ambition be set aside for the duration of service. This person will serve as a champion for the Academy Foundation and Academy at the local and national level.
Brings no conflicting interests to the table.
Characteristic of an Ideal Chair
In addition to those characteristics outlined above, an ideal chair would:
- Have a broad interest in the Academy Foundation and understand the intersection of its relationship with all other aspects of the Academy and profession.
- Exhibit leadership skills.
- Possess the ability to communicate both internally to Academy members and externally to outside audiences.