Welcome from President
Thank you for your interest in the work of the Foundation and for considering a position on our Board of Directors.
The Polly Klaas® Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non profit organization located in Petaluma, California. Established in 1993 in the wake of the abduction and murder of 12-year-old Polly Hannah Klaas, the Foundation has evolved into a national organization with programs designed to help families and whole communities respond to the terror that results when a child is missing, and to help prevent such tragedies from occurring.
The Polly Klaas® Foundation helps find missing children, prevents children from going missing, and promotes laws like Amber Alert that help keep children safe.
We provide all services free of charge and do not receive any government funding. Our support comes from the generosity of those who have been helped by our services, private donations and corporate sponsorships. Our national presence and reputation for distinguished service has generated a roster of thousands of online members and our website is one of the most visited by those seeking information about missing children and abduction prevention.
The Foundation's Board of Directors serves as the policy making and fundraising body of the organization. The Board meets six times a year to review the status of the agency's operations, and to make policy decisions. In addition, there are a number of committees including Finance, Fund Development, and Personnel, with ad hoc committees for Public Policy and Board Development. Each of these committees considers matters directly related to their area of responsibility and expertise. Some committees are standing committees and some meet on an as needed basis, but not less than once a year. Both Board of Directors and committee meetings last one to two hours and are scheduled in consideration of members' needs. Responsibilities of all Board members also include planning for and participation in fundraising activities and special events sponsored by the agency. Total time commitment for Directors averages two to four hours per month.
I am extremely gratified to be the President of this Foundation. Over the years we have evolved into an organization of national prominence with a solid reputation for distinctive service and visionary leadership. We are now in a position to consider new strategic options with an eye on the future needs of our constituents. I encourage you to review the Board recruitment materials below and consider participating in this effort as a member of the governing Board.
To provide us with more information about you as a prospective Board member, please complete and submit the online Interest Questionnaire.
We hope to speak with you in the near future. At that time we will provide additional information about the Foundation and try to answer any questions you may have. Again, thanks for your interest.
President, Board of Directors
Heart of the Foundation
Organization Fact Sheet
If you are interested in joining the Board, please click here to submit a statement of interest.