Call for Board Members

Shunpike is Growing its Board – Consider Joining

Shunpike is expanding its Board of Directors and seeking new members with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to join our collaborative leadership team. We are seeking candidates for the Board of Directors who are strategic thinkers and community minded individuals with a passion for the arts and expertise in one or more of the following areas: business, finance,  technology, law/risk/compliance, human resources, project management or donor cultivation/development. If you are interested please reach out to Line Sandsmark, Executive Director at line@shunpike.org with your letter of interest.

Why Shunpike matters even more today than before the COVID-19 pandemic?

Washington State artists and arts organizations were among the first to face disruption and financial loss as a result of the current public health crisis. Because Shunpike exists to empower artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services, Shunpike is uniquely positioned to support arts groups struggling financially to continue operations. 

Already, Shunpike is providing back office administrative capacity to over 150 clients who are actively fundraising and running their arts businesses as programs of Shunpike. Each of Shunpike’s clients benefit from the consolidation of back office operations and assistance from Shunpike’s experienced staff, as well as access to tools and professional education opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach. Additionally, Shunpike’s 501c3 non-profit status allows each client to independently fundraise to sustain themselves and their communities. Our ‘umbrella’ qualifies groups for grants and public support, and provides tax receipts to individual donors.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and forthcoming recovery period, Shunpike will continue to serve numerous artists and arts groups across the State of Washington so they may continue to operate now and into the future. Shunpike is one of many organizations in the region playing a vital role in stabilizing the arts sector across the State of Washington, which is projected to experience losses of $135M by the end of  2020, in the Central Puget Sound area alone.

What are Shunpike’s values?

Shunpike maintains three core values and defines them in the following ways.

What is Shunpike’s mission and vision?

Shunpike empowers artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services. Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social, and economic wellbeing of Washington State.

What is it like to be a member of Shunpike’s Board of Directors?

Shunpike’s Board of Directors is a dynamic and collaborative group of people with different professional and artistic callings. The board practices open and honest communication in-line with Shunpike’s core values of equity, relevance and accessibility, and believes in the necessity of work the organization does to ensure artists have equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services. 

Each director has a connection to the arts, either as a longtime supporter, leader within the performing or visual arts sectors, or as an artist themselves. Current and past directors have worked at or are currently employed by the following companies and organizations:

  • Beneficial Bank 
  • Bentall Kennedy
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Cascadia Art Museum
  • Conservation Northwest
  • Foster Garvey
  • Kemper Development
  • Microsoft
  • MoPOP
  • Museum of Glass
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Olson Kundig
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center
  • Pressing Pictures
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Seattle University
  • Theater Schmeater
  • University of Washington
  • Vulcan Inc
  • WordFly

What makes Shunpike different from other non-profit organizations?

Shunpike’s primary business is to provide back office administrative capacity to artists of all disciplines across the State of Washington. This means that Shunpike runs and manages its own operations and programming budget in a typical fashion, while also managing the funds of over 150 arts groups who are actively fundraising and running their arts businesses as programs of Shunpike.

A cost-efficient infrastructure:

Each of these groups benefits from the consolidation of back office operations and assistance from Shunpike’s experienced staff, as well as access to tools and professional education opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach. Additionally, Shunpike’s 501c3 non-profit status allows each group of artists to independently fundraise to sustain themselves and their communities. As our tagline says: Create like an artist. Operate like a business.

What is the average financial commitment for directors of Shunpike’s board?

On average, each director gives between $2,500 – $10,000 annually through monthly or quarterly donations, employer matching and contributions during milestone fundraising activities including the annual gala, GiveBig, and the end of year campaign.

How often does the Board of Directors meet?

The full board meets with the Executive Director six times per year either in person or remotely using video or phone technology. Board meetings are typically held on a Tuesday evening. When a vote is needed between meetings the board does so via email.

Members of the Executive Committee, which includes the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and the Chair of the Equity & Diversity Committee meet monthly. Directors who serve on other committees meet as needed which is determined by the committee itself and report into the board regularly.

Weekly reports are emailed to the board and staff by the Executive Director to keep all members of the Shunpike team abreast of new developments, celebrate successes and call out challenges and new opportunities.

What professional development opportunities does the Board of Directors enjoy?

One to two times per year, the board will convene for a half or full-day retreat. Following regular business, the board is joined by the staff to participate in professionally guided workshops chosen to support the mission and the day to day work of the organization. 

Recent retreats have focused on the following topics:

  • Branding & Marketing 
  • Strategic Planning

Since 2015, every retreat includes a session focused on Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion