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Consider Becoming A Trustee

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Heartfelt

Water's essence is life.

You can have 10,000 people without  purpose...you can not have 10,000 people without Water.

AWT's board is deeply devoted to the service of LIFE.

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Global Impact

Ennobling hydrological cycles is an-going process .  This is not an event for you, but a conscious  decision to persevere within an unfolding process to make a lasting difference.

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Journey of Self Discovery

As a member of the American Water Trust, you can look forward to continuous insights and education into the nature of Water,  as well as support for radiant personal health and intracellular hydration.

Becoming a Trustee

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Board Overview

1. LEGAL

This section describes the legal standards which guide all actions taken by the Board of Trustees in the management and oversight of AWT

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2. ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

This section describes the fundamental responsibilities providing AWT with sound governance, fiduciary and strategic oversight and direction, for assuring financial integrity and solvency and for establishing procedures to safeguard AWT from fraud and risk.

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3. BEST PRACTICES

This section describes AWT's Strategy, Programs and Services, Policies and Procedures and Ethics. These ensure the dynamics for achieving targeted results are in place for broad action programs or specific tribal projects.  

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4. BOARD
EXECUTIVE PARTNERSHIPS

This section shows The Board of Trustees for AWT will forge working relationships grounded in mutual respect and supported by clarity of roles, expectations and open communication.  The mantra of these relationships is based on:

 

TRANSPARENCY - STANDARDIZATION FOR RESOLVING ISSUES - MEASUREMENT FOR WHAT IS BEING MANAGED 

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1. LEGAL

DUTY OF CARE: Requires Trustees to discharge duties in good faith, and with prudent care. AWT Trustees Board Members are to exercise conscientiousness in all activities related to their role as board members and are commited to participate in the work of the Board. 

The DUTY OF CARE is carried out by:

  1. Attending board and committee meetings.

  2. Carefully preparing for meetings in advance.

  3. Reviewing financial reports and other critical information regularly.

  4. Exercising independent judgment.

  5. Requesting information needed for decision-making.

  6. Making sure federal, state and specific industry filing requirements are met.

  7. Acting in good faith when decision-making.

  8. Delegating day to day business duties.​

 

DUTY OF LOYALTY: Requires Trustees to act in the interest of AWT rather than their own personal interests or the interests some other person or organization.  The DUTY OF LOYALTY is carried out by:

1. Adhering to the conflict of interest policy.

2. Disclosing all conflicts of interest.

3. Avoiding the use of the organization's opportunities for personal gain.

4. Maintaining confidentiality of information held by AWT.

DUTY OF OBEDIENCE:  Requires Trustees to make decisions in accordance with the mission of AWT, to uphold its bylaws, policies, and functions, and to not act in a way that is inconsistent  with the central goals of the AWT.  DUTY OF OBEDIENCE  is carried out by:

  1. Ensuring compliance with all reporting requirements.

  2. Examining all legal and governing documents.

  3. Making decisions within the scope of the mission and the law.

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2. ROLES
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RESPONSIBILITIES

Roles & Responsibilities

In addition to the Duties of Care, Loyalty and Obedience, which all Board of Trustee members share, certain members have additional duties.  As in most organizations, leadership positions are created within the Board of Trustees to assure that responsibilities are fulfilled.

OFFICERS

  • PRESIDENT:  The President is responsible for leading the Board in practices of good governance.  Not only does this individual set the tone for the rest of the Board, he or she is usually a highly visible representative of AWT within the community.  A variety of talents are needed to ensure a strong working relationship with the Executive Director, as well as a role model and motivator for other board members.  The President generally appoints board committee and task force / project chairs, presides over board meetings, and often serves as a spokesperson for the AWT.

  • VICE-PRESIDENT:  The Vice-President generally offers support to the President and substitute leadership when needed.  Often the Vice-President will take on some special projects such as heading a task force.

  • SECRETARY:  The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that accurate minutes of the Board of Trustee meetings are kept.  The Secretary creates the minutes.

  • TREASURER:  The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing the financial operations and assuring that board members have the information they need to be effective fiscal stewards of the AWT.  Often this means regularly reviewing financial statements and assisting in preparing and presenting the AWT's  budget to the full Board of Trustees.

3. BEST PRACTICES

Best Practices
Polluted Water
TO PROVIDE WATER QUALITY METRICS AND SOLUTIONS

throughout the Americas through scalable programs

BASED ON PHILOSOPHICAL AND EXECUTABLE EDUCATION AND IMPLEMENTATION

of PhaseI, II, and III technologies

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WITH THE IDEA OF PROVIDING A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF WATER

and its relationships with all living systems

FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF HEALTH OF THE PLANET

and economical decentralized growth.

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"The water of life, the first medicine of the world, is so precious to every living thing that grows, breathes and lives. The water is the female blood of Mother Earth that brings life. A woman brings children in this world through water of the womb, she then cleans her children with water, cooks and feeds them with water. She plants and waters her gardens. The trees that grow and provide air need water. Water is life and as we say Mni Wiconi - Water of Life! We will continue to stand for the water so that we may live."

 

— Ta Mak'a Wast'e Win

Her Good Earth Woman, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard

OUR STRATEGY

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With the mission of AWT in mind, the Board of Trustees establishes broad policies and strategic direction to facilitate AWT in fulfilling its purpose.  This work is the foundation from which all other decisions flow:  goals, staffing and board composition among others.  The AWT strategy will be visited periodically and thoughtfully as part of the strategic planning process since the needs of the AWT and its beneficiaries change based on economic, tribal, social and regulatory environment.  The board ensures that the goals and objectives are established, balanced and results are tracked to inform future plans.​

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OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

  • The Board of Trustees ensures that programs are consistent with AWT's mission, that services provided are according to best practices, and that they are regularly evaluated, monitored and measured.

  • AWT Trustees recognize that some tribes will find acceptable broad action programs that resonate across tribal boundaries.  Other tribes will want to go it alone and see specific project that focused at very special needs.  Either approach is acceptable.  AWT Trustees will have the talent to scope and scale programs and projects regardless of approach.

  • AWT defines effectiveness as the Board of Trustee's management responsibility for doing the right things!

  • AWT defines efficiency as AWT's Executive leadership responsibility for doing the right things, well!

Programs and Sevices

OUR SERVICES

  • Advisory services sustainability management

  • Program Management

  • Project Management

  • Pre-planning

  • Quality Management

  • Risk Management

OUR PROGRAMS

  • Water conservation

  • Landscaping

  • Stormwater management

  • Water revitalization

  • Water education

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OUR LEGAL AND ETHICAL PRACTICES

The AWT Board of Trustees monitor's AWT adherence to all laws and regulations.  The board adopts policies and procedures to create a culture of legal and ethical standards that guide every aspect of AWT's bylaws and policies for effective governance and fiscal oversight.  The board strives for transparency in making information available in order to be held accountable to various parties.

 

AWT subscribes to the following definition of  "Ethics": 

Ethics is two things. First, ethics refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues. Ethics, for example, refers to those standards that impose the reasonable obligations to refrain from rape, stealing, murder, assault, slander, and fraud. Ethical standards also include those that enjoin virtues of honesty, compassion, and loyalty. And, ethical standards include standards relating to rights, such as the right to life, the right to freedom from injury, and the right to privacy. Such standards are adequate standards of ethics because they are supported by consistent and well-founded reasons.

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OUR FISCAL SOUNDNESS AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The AWT Board of Trustees provides strong financial oversight to safeguard AWT's accountability to its investors.  Toward this end, the AWT Board of Directors will engage in:

  • Formal budget planning.

  • Ensuring that financial controls are in place.

  • Monitoring and evaluating the financial success of all programs, projects and fund-raising activities.

  • Routinely conduct reviews of key financial statements.

  • Following a documented  process of identified IRS forms.

  • Supporting the Executive Director in obtaining adequate funding for programs, projects and special tasks.

  • Monitoring all financial assets to ensure prudent management, safekeeping and protection. 

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RISK MANAGEMENT

  • Potential risks to the AWT and its programs, projects and special tasks are carefully identified by the board.

  • The board initiates thoughtful plans and programs to mitigate risk.

  • The board creates contingency plans to ensure the uninterrupted delivery of services.

Risk Management

BOARD DEVELOPMENT AND SUCCESSION

The board creates comprehensive written policies and process for the ongoing identification and recruitment of board members whose skills, abilities and experience match the identified needs and properties of the board.  

  • It is the board's responsibilities to develop a comprehensive orientation process in order to train and engage the new board member.

  • Board Trustees are elected for a three year term that is renewable provided that the trustee remains interested and suitable for board membership. 

 

  • The board regularly assesses its own performance in fulfilling its responsibilities to the AWT and develops plans for board enhancement.

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Board Development and Succession
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CHIEF EXECUTIVE SELECTION

A key task of the board is to train, support and evaluate the Executive Director.

  • The board establishes a process to identify the leadership needs of the AWT.

  • The board conducts a thorough and profession search the Executive Director.

  • The board approves the job description for the Executive Director.

  • The board approves the process for appointing/hiring the final candidate.

  • The board adds a professional to the structure to keep the AWT running smoothly.

  • Board members should expect to provide guidance and support to the Executive Director.

  • The board must assess the Executive Director's performance annually.

  • The board offers direction to the Executive Director to increase productivity and obtaining key resources.

  • The board is responsible for establishing the compensation packaged for the Executive Director.

 

  • When the need arises, the board will terminate the Executive Director following a careful process. 

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ADEQUATE RESOURCES

  • The board ensures that the AWT has sufficient resources to implement the programs, projects and special tasks outline in its strategy to achieve its mission. 

  • The board takes responsibility for determining a development plan to raise the funds needed to run the AWT.

  • Networking, fundraising events, private donors, tribal infusion are all good tactics to help raise money.

  • The board will retain resources that can scope and scale mission critical Initiatives.

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Adequate Resources