Board Position Details

The primary obligations of GSAFE’s board are to provide strategic oversight for the organization as well as supervision and consultation for the agency’s Staff. As a strategic board, we do not provide day-to-day governance. All members are expected to:

  • attend regular board meetings and participate fully
  • support fundraising efforts (you do not need to donate or be connected to those who could donate to be on the board)
  • make an ongoing financial contribution that is significant to you
  • serve on a standing committee, task force and/or participate in a project
  • attend the annual Celebration of Leadership event in May
  • attend the yearly board/staff retreat
  • attend the Walk/Run/Eat for Safe Schools in October
  • engage in and be open to our process of organizational learning around racial, gender, and trans-justice, youth-adult partnerships, and other topics as determined by the Board 

The average monthly time commitment is 3-10 hours, depending on your committee or task force and your level of involvement. As a youth-serving organization, all board members undergo a routine background check.

  • Board Term: 3-year term
  • Financial Contribution: Board members are required to fundraise on the organization's behalf.
  • Faith-based Organization: We are not a faith-based organization.
  • Skills: creative thinking, experience with racial and gender justice, financial skills, trust in you


GSAFE values integrity, honesty, openness, and authenticity. We are committed to youth leadership, anti-racism, and social justice and recognize we are all life-long learners and teachers. We hold ourselves accountable to the youth we serve as well as each other, our board, funders, partner organizations, and the broader community by honoring our commitments and continuously reflecting on and improving our work. We dig deep, think creatively, take on big challenges, and pride ourselves on seeing our vision become a reality. We are driven by a vision of a world free of oppression based on gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, and other identities and strive to model the world we want to exist through our everyday actions.

GSAFE increases the capacity of LGBTQ students, educators, and families to create schools in Wisconsin where all youth thrive. We do this by:

  • Developing the leadership of LGBTQ students,
  • Supporting Gay-Straight Alliances,
  • Training educational staff on creating safe and supportive school communities,
  • Advancing educational justice, and
  • Deepening racial, gender, trans*, and social justice.

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