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Position: General Steering Committee Member Position
Type: volunteer / board
Organization: Not Far From The Tree
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Membership Term:

  • 3 years
  • 5-7 hours per month

Not Far From The Tree Seeking New Steering Committee Members: Not Far From The Tree is an award-winning Toronto-based fruit picking project inspired by three things: the spirit of sharing, the desire to give back to our community, and a passion for environmentally sustainable living. We bring together volunteers and homeowners to pick fruit found in the city’s backyards, and we share it with each other and those in need.

As a project of Tides Canada, Not Far From The Tree is governed by a Steering Committee with responsibility for strategic direction, as well as overseeing fundraising, communications, operations, programming and finances. The Steering Committee also manages the Project Director’s performance. Steering Committee members are volunteers and invest about 5 to 7 hours each month.

We are seeking new members for the following roles:

General Members

We are seeking action-oriented, innovative, thoughtful individuals with a demonstrated commitment to the NFFTT’s mission and programs for the role of General Steering Committee Member. General Members may be assigned to a specific sub-committee and share the common responsibilities of all members including strategic planning, supporting fundraising and program initiatives through active participation, and overseeing and evaluating all areas of NFFTT’s work. We’re looking for collaborative people with a knack for seeing new opportunities and innovative ways to ensure long-term sustainability, build organizational capacity and productivity, and further our mission in the years ahead.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Planning & Organizational Support

  • Participate actively in SC work and setting the strategic direction of NFFTT
  • Provide advice and guidance to the project as it grows and develops
  • Volunteer for and willingly accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time
  • Act as an ambassador for the organization


  • Contribute to NFFTT’s culture of philanthropy in ways that are appropriate to your means and capacities. This may include, for example:
  • Making a proud gift of personal significance to the organization’s mission;
  • Be a personal advocate for the cause, communicate with donors to convey thanks and enthusiasm for the organization’s work;
  • Help identify prospective donors and open the door with introductions;
  • Help cultivate donors through invitations to organizational events, special picks, special events, lunch and learns, etc.;
  • When appropriate, ask donors for financial contributions to the organization
  • Ensure that the Executive Director and development staff have adequate fundraising resources and support
  • Attend public events and bring prospects and friends, including the annual City Cider event

Committee Attendance & Involvement

  • Regularly attend SC meetings and important related meetings
  • Build a collegial working relationship with other SC members and contribute to an effective team
  • Stay informed about committee matters, prepare well for meetings, and review and comment on minutes and reports
  • Actively participate in SCs annual evaluation and planning efforts

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Not Far From The Tree’s Project Director Megan Anevich at .

Not Far From The Tree is a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society. For more information, visit

Tides Canada is strongly committed to creating a diverse workplace environment and we welcome and encourage applications from the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Tides Canada will provide accommodation during all steps of the selection process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. Please advise us if you need any accommodation.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Nov 21 2019    ID: 55217