For twenty years, Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) has inspired Iowans to build stronger communities through improvement and enhancement programs. Keep Iowa Beautiful began in 2000 as a vision by former Governor, Robert D. Ray and Founder and retired Chairman of Casey’s, Donald F. Lamberti to enhance the image and appearance of the countryside and Iowa communities by improving their economic health and cultural vitality.
With the support of sponsors, donors and partners, Keep Iowa Beautiful manages and coordinates programs that provide:
- Financing and resources to enhance and improve many of Iowa’s communities;
- Educational opportunities to share information and cultivate sustainable lifestyles;
- Volunteer efforts to ensure the beauty of Iowa is maintained; and
- Scholarships and awards to encourage growth and knowledge in the field.
Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:
- determining the mission and purposes of the organization
- selecting and evaluating the performance of the executive director
- strategic and organizational planning
- ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
- fundraising and resource development
- approving and monitoring KIB programs and services
- enhancing KIB public image
Responsibilities of Individual Board Members
Each individual board member is expected to:
- know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
- faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
- serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary to advance KIB mission
- leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve KIB mission
- give a meaningful personal financial donation
- prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings
- participate fully in one or more committees
Board members are elected to serve a term of three years and are able to serve a maximum of three terms.
Expected Meeting Attendance:
- Attend regularly scheduled meetings (four quarterly in-person board meetings, one of which is the annual meeting) plus any special meetings called by the Chair.
- Serve on Board Committees and/or ad hoc or special project committee as needed.
- Attend board retreats, planning sessions, board exchanges, and development workshops.
- Attend, promote and participate in KIB special events.