Get Involved

Interested in making a lasting impact at the Alano Club of Kent County? Consider joining one of our committees. A detailed overview of each committee is listed below, which includes their responsibilities.

Contact Grant Young,, for more details.

Governance and Nominating Committee

The Governance and Nominating Committee is responsible for: assessing current Board members and identifies gaps in skill sets, ethnicity, gender, age on an annual basis; tracking Board member terms and communicates with Board members annually regarding their status; creating an ongoing list of Board member prospects that fit the previously identified gaps; determining the slate of officers and presents them for nomination to the full board; presenting a slate of nominations to the Board of Directors prior; ensuring that all Board members go through training.

This committee meets monthly to keep an ongoing discussion regarding board prospects and individual members actively participate in Board recruitment. The Governance and Nominating Committee is made up of current Board President, immediate past president, incoming Board President, and at least one other Board member.

Finance Committee

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for: reviewing monthly reports and balance sheet and reporting to the full board; confirming operating budget for presentation to the full board prior to the start of the next fiscal year; confirming major expenses not in the original budget, based on staff recommendation; reviewing annual audit as prepared by auditors and presenting to the full board for approval; overseeing all investments of the organization (if there is not investment committee).

This committee meets monthly, prior to the Board Meeting. The Finance Committee is lead by the Board Treasurer, made up of one to two other board members and one to two non-board members. 

Donor Development Committee

The Donor Development Committee is charged with identifying (in partnership with the Board) donor prospects inclined to the mission, creating and developing a strategic point of entry for donor prospects, and creating cultivation paths to move donors to provide cultivated gifts.


The committee is responsible for: helping create the major gift prospect list; contributing to a plan for cultivation events and the design of these events; bringing major donor prospects through a cultivation path toward increased annual giving by bringing prospects to the organization's activities, connecting prospects to development/executive/artistic staff, helping facilitate an appropriate ask amount; encouraging the rest of the Board to participate in the process of philanthropy at their skill level.


This committee meets monthly and is made up of a chair and one to two other Board members as well as two to three community members. Members of this committee participate in cultivation activities.

Events Committee

The Events Committee is charged with working with the Donor Development Committee and the Board to implement the annual giving strategies of donor renewal, donor acquisition, and donor cultivation.

The committee is responsible for: overseeing fundraising events; actively participating in ticket sales and sponsorships for events; creating a plan for marketing and publicizing for events; managing the event details including flow, decor, food, etc.; actively encouraging full board participation in the event.

This committee meets as often as needed to execute the event to the highest potential and can be broken in sub-committees. The Events Committee should be comprised of one to two Board members on the committee but can include numerous community members as well.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for: overseeing the communications plan for the organization; providing counsel regarding communications strategies; actively seeking new ways to help the Board assist with the organization's communications, including social media.

This committee meets quarterly and is made up of one to two board members and one to two community members.

Membership Committee

A committed and continually growing membership body is a basic foundation of a vibrant organization. The membership committee will address the issues concerning individual and affiliate membership to improve retention of members and enhance relevant membership services/dues which are valued o both individual and affiliate organizational members.

The Membership Committee is responsible for: developing and implementing programs and ideas for increasing new and current membership; evaluating membership levels and benefits/value to members including business members; studying membership statistics and reasons for attrition; creating open channels of communication with the wider membership body; developing and implementing member only events; identifying members with capacity for greater giving and assign prospects; encouraging the rest of the Board to participate in the process of membership recruitment at their skill level.

This committee meets monthly and is made up of a chair and one to two other board members as well as one to two community members (business and individuals). Members of this committee participate in cultivation activities.

Contact Grant Young,, for more details.

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1020 College Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 456-5709

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