Philanthropy Chair, Cornell Club of Sacramento

Posted by Cornell Club of Sacramento on 08/12/2016

General Information

Nomination start - 04/25/2018
Nomination end - 05/31/2018
Process for Filling Position: Open (Volunteers self-identify)
Number of Seats: 1
Location: Sacramento, California 95814, United States
Eligible Constituent(s): Alumni, Parents, Friends

Summary of Position

The philanthropy chair plans the Cornell Club of Sacramento's volunteer events. This includes Cornell Cares Day plus one or two additional volunteer events the club schedules.

Cornell Interests:


Regional Clubs

Talent Expectations: Skills


Speak to Groups
It is important that the philanthropy chair is able to speak in board meetings and share ideas, suggestions and plans with the board, while creating a sense of excitement and interest through provoking ideas and plans. Although public speaking is not mandatory, it is helpful to have a comfort level in speaking to their constituents. The ability to share a clear message is important in both speaking and communicating via email.


Lead a Group
Philanthropy chairs should effectively lead the board in carrying out plans for events. Delegating tasks to the board and encouraging them to participate in various aspects of each event is important. Communication with the president and treasurer and sharing timely information on payments and contracts is crucial. It is also necessary to actively participate in the life of the club.

Build/Maintain Relationships

Engage Individuals
Philanthropy chairs should actively participate in succession planning and board opportunity discussions within their community. It is helpful to seek out members of the local community to participate and interact on another level. Actively engaging alumni, parents and friends to participate in all aspects of events could help encourage additional participation. Meeting alumni and speaking with them about opportunities to engage the local Cornell community are vital to the growth of the club.


Responsible Contact

Contact Name:
Kate Van Dalsem
Volunteer Position Title:
Associate Director, West Coast Engagement and Cornell Silicon Valley

Time Commitment

Average Time Commitment: 5-7 hrs/month
Duration: Not Applicable
Term of Office: 1 year
Number of terms in Office: Not Applicable


Hiatus Required? No hiatus required
Dues Required? No


Meeting Attendance Required? Yes

Meeting Location(s):
On Campus: No
Off Campus: Yes
Off Campus Location: Meetings held in the region.
Conference Call: Yes
Meetings per year: Monthly

Additional Attendance Requirements: Philanthropy chairs are invited to attend CALC and are encouraged to attend any other additional training opportunities available to them.

Yearly Philanthropic Expectation:

Make a gift to Cornell at a level of individual comfort

Alumni Trustee Election

Vote in the annual trustee election