2020-2021 Board of Directors

Now accepting nominations for the year of July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

The New River Abortion Access Fund relies on a board of dedicated volunteers. We are seeking resourceful, connected, self-motivated individuals who are interested in an opportunity for personal and professional growth. If you are passionate about reproductive justice, serving on the board of directors is a great way to get involved and gain leadership experience. We ask for a commitment of at least two years.

Our board is a working board, and you should expect to spend a couple of hours each week on various projects. You don’t have to live in Blacksburg to be a member. Virtual methods of communication are permitted during board meetings. 

We are committed to diversity and we encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, young people, and low-income people to apply.

If you meet the criteria listed below, or know someone who does, we encourage you to apply or to nominate other qualified individuals. Please be thorough and provide as much information as possible about the candidate. Don’t worry if you don’t meet every qualification. Candidates will be evaluated on a case by case basis. We want to ensure that everyone can access leadership positions in this organization, so all levels of experience are welcome.

Questions? Contact us at board@newriverabortionfund.org.

All nominations must be submitted by June 13, 2020.

The following seats are available:

  • Secretary (Officer)
  • Treasurer (Officer)
  • Development/Fundraising (VP)
  • Communications (VP)
  • Community & Volunteer Engagement (VP)
  • Three additional board members


  • Attend and actively participate in regular board meetings
  • Commit a significant amount of time to volunteer work and events
  • Commit to a 2 year term
  • Knowledge of the organization’s mission, vision, values, programs, policies, and needs
  • Approve audit reports, budgets, and strategic business plans
  • Understand the organization’s financial affairs and ensure fiduciary responsibilities are met
  • Prepare for meetings by reviewing the agenda and supporting documentation
  • Ensure the organization complies with legal requirements
  • Actively serve on at least one committee
  • Contribute to the development of policies and strategic plans
  • Participate in the evaluation of business operations
  • Participate in fundraising activities and special events
  • Meet with potential donors and successfully solicit and steward donors
  • Strictly adhere to Conflict of Interest Policy and Nondisclosure Agreement

Attributes we look for in a candidate:

  • Representation of diverse identities, perspectives, and experiences
  • Personal commitment to the organization’s mission
  • Anyone who has had an abortion is strongly encouraged to apply
  • Specialized knowledge (accounting and financial management, organization planning and strategy, fundraising, graphic design, communications, public relations, marketing skills, etc)
  • Strong analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to apply big picture thinking
  • Ability to ask difficult questions
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Willingness to develop new skills and areas of knowledge
  • Willingness to contribute personal, professional, and financial resources
  • Coalition-building and networking skills
  • Experience and/or employment involving fundraising and development preferred, not required
  • Prior board and/or volunteer experience preferred, not required
  • Prior volunteer service preferred
  • Ability to meet in person or virtually for regular board meetings (minimum of four meetings per year)
  • Ability to contribute a significant amount of time to the organization
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office
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