Join the Board of Directors of the DMFA


The Board of Directors is the legal governing body of the Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association (DMFA) and has the fiduciary responsibility for its direction and management.


The Board receives its authority through election by the voting membership of the DMFA.


Board of Directors are elected for a term of two years unless specifically stated otherwise.


It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to manage the affairs of the DMFA as per the Bylaws and to set policy that is consistent with the mission of the organization.  This includes:

  • Ensuring adequate resources
  • Managing resources effectively
  • Determining and monitoring the programs and services of the DMFA
  • Enhancing the public image of the DMFA
  • Ensuring effective organization planning
  • Reviewing, and when necessary, reshaping long-term goals


Must have a minimum of five years experience in the direct marketing fundraising field.


  • To know the mission, goals and objectives of the DMFA, and to apply individual skills, experience and influence toward achieving them
  • To support sponsorship and membership activities to generate the income needed to carry out the work of the DMFA
  • To attend and participate in monthly meetings of the Board of Directors and events run by the DMFA
  • To attend the DMFA in-person events in either New York, Washington DC or Boston.
  • To carefully deliberate matters coming before the Board of Directors, and to act in the best interest of the organization
  • To serve on two or more committees as determined by the President and Vice President and actively implement DMFA programs
  • To help identify new volunteer leadership and to assist in their recruitment, orientation and development as needed
  • To be a current member of the DMFA


  • How many Board positions will be open this year? There will be four positions.
  • What is the nomination process? The DMFA Board nomination process includes an application review and an interview by the nominating committee. Please reference our board member requirements above. Once the new board members are selected, they are voted in at our annual membership meeting in June.
  • Where are the board meetings and events that Board Members are strongly encouraged to attend? There is a monthly board meeting online. Two – three times a year there will be an in-person board meeting in New York City. The events take place in New York, Washington DC, Boston and online.
  • What is the time commitment? Typically four to five hours per month working on various committees that support the DMFA’s mission of education and networking for fundraisers.