Ruminate is seeking new volunteer board members for our board of directors. Board members can serve from any location. In your statement of interest letter, please tell us about your experience and background as well as why you think you'd be a good fit for the Ruminate board of directors. If you know your Enneagram type and your StrengthsFinder top five strengths, please include that info as well.
Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you know someone you think would be a good fit for Ruminate's board.
We strongly encourage people of color, women, LBGTQ folks, formerly incarcerated, and differently-abled people to apply.
About our board:
Our board's gift, service, and function is to lovingly oversee and
support Ruminate's finances and fundraising efforts from a holistic and
contemplative posture. Together, our board members will live out the
invitation they are asking of our donors by investing resources God has given
them—their energy, prayers, and money—in the work of Ruminate to which we've
been called. We join Henri Nouwen in understanding fundraising as a place where “those who need money and those who can give money meet on the common ground of God’s love."
practical level, the board lives this out together by holding Ruminate in their
prayer life, participating in board meetings twice a year (can be done
remotely), participating in quarterly email check-ins, working on smaller
fundraising committees, and by making an annual personal financial contribution
to Ruminate at a level that is meaningful to them. We also invite our board
members to gather for an annual retreat—a time to grow and be nourished
together. Board members serve for a three-year term with a one-time option to
On an organizational level, our board helps us integrate our contemplative
spiritual approach into the organizational context, including our finances and
the function of our board. We are cultivating methods and processes that create
a mindful, attentive, curious, compassionate, and listening organization that is
more effective in serving our community, and this is also true for our
On an individual level, we're looking for board members who are passionate
about our contemplative mission to help readers encounter stories and art that
awaken their hearts by growing more compassion, curiosity, and creativity in
their lives. We are working toward building a board whose diversity of thought,
ideas, life experience, and skills broadly reflects our readers, artists, and
patrons. The ideal board candidate is inspired by the sensibility and spirit of
our publication and understands that Ruminate is more than just another arts
magazine and that this is more than just another nonprofit board.
- Commitment to Ruminate's mission
- Informed, available, and engaged
- Personally practicing Ruminate's mission of living awake with more compassion, curiosity and creativity
- Previous nonprofit or board experience a plus