Board Opportunities

Minnesota Communities Caring for Children

Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC), home of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota and the Minnesota Circle of Parents®, works to build healthy environments where all children thrive. Our prevention model promotes individual and community led action to end child abuse and to build the resilience of children, parents and community members in neighborhoods, towns and cities throughout Minnesota.

Strategic Goals:

The parents we work with can cope with stress, solve problems, and affect change.

The communities we work with expand leadership to advance shared learning and results-oriented decision making.

We work on shifting the public mindset from punishing parents to supporting them.

We strengthen our ability to sustain our work and scale its impact.

Annual budget: $1.6 million – Federal or State Contracts, Individual Contributions, Foundations


Minnesota Communities Caring for Children is seeking two candidates with a passion for its mission who have the following skills and experience:

  • Board governance
  • Fundraising
  • Legal
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Strategic and business planning

What We Are Looking for in Minnesota Communities Caring for Children Board Members

We created this statement to define the traits and behaviors we want to be true of every Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC) Board member. We use this to do quiet due diligence on candidates before we ever have a conversation with a candidate about Board service. We are looking for:

  • People who are great leaders. Since we do so much with leadership development, we want our Board members to exemplify effective leadership.
  • People who understand what it takes to do community change work. Either through their job or through volunteer work, we want people who understand how difficult and how complex social change can be.
  • People who have personal and professional networks that complement MCCC’s existing network, and are willing to share them with MCCC so we can expand our reach.
  • People who are able to think at the systems level, who can lift up and see the big picture on an issue rather than just operating at the tactical level.
  • Board members who can focus on governance rather than management, and leave the execution of strategy to staff.
  • Open-minded and thoughtful people who can consider issues from all perspectives, who are not ideological or entrenched in their mindset.
  • People who demonstrate cultural humility, who are open and interested in the backgrounds and perspectives of others, who continuously seek to better understand themselves and how to adapt to work and connect well with others.
  • People who are humble and can get excited about supporting the ideas and efforts of others. We are fundamentally about empowering parents and communities to lead change in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
  • People with enough Board experience and enough confidence to speak up and effectively share their perspective in a group of very smart people with some strong personalities.
  • People who have demonstrated in other civic/volunteer activities that they commit the time and effort to be a prepared and engaged Board member and are excited and ready to commit to serving on the MCCC Board.

Adapted from the Bush Foundation


  • Number of members currently: 14
  • Meeting time and frequency: Every other month
  • Meeting location: Saint Paul


  • Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours per month
  • Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member
  • Service on Committee Required: Yes
  • Length of Term: Two years
  • Renewable: Yes

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709 University Avenue West St. Paul, MN 55104


Our mission is to empower parents and communities to build supportive relationships, nurture children, and prevent child abuse and neglect.