Chicago Fire Foundation Associates Board

General Info | Criteria for Membership | Responsibilities & Privileges
Committees | Benefits | How to Apply


General Info

Chicago Fire Foundation Associates Board

The Chicago Fire Foundation (CFF) Associates Board is comprised of 20-30 dynamic young professionals who are engaged in the Chicago community and share a common interest in soccer and youth development. Associates Board members act as ambassadors for the CFF by supporting events and programs and engaging other young professionals to make a difference in the local community.

The CFF Associates Board supports the CFF’s commitment to improving the quality of life throughout Chicagoland through sports-based youth development and direct-service programs.

The Chicago Fire Foundation is led by Executive Director Jessica Yavitz and the Board of Directors. The Associates Board was formed in 2016 to continue the Foundation’s reach and impact in Chicagoland.

The mission of the Chicago Fire Foundation Associates Board is to:

  • Support the Chicago Fire Foundation and Chicago Fire Soccer Club by increasing public awareness of the Club and its community outreach
  • Raise funds for CFF programming through membership and events
  • Expand reach of CFF’s development programs in Chicagoland
  • Provide networking opportunities for members
  • Participate in and volunteer at events put on by the CFF and CFSC throughout the year

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Criteria for Membership

  • Membership is reserved for individuals aged 21-40 at the time of application. Membership terms are one year with three year max terms. Memberships can be renewed annually if membership requirements are met.
  • Prospective members also should be interested in the mission and objectives of the board and have time to fulfill the responsibilities of membership.
  • Financial responsibilities include paying annual membership dues and supporting fundraising efforts.
  • Meeting requirements include quarterly board meetings and various committee meetings as needed for event planning and board operation.

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Responsibilities & Privileges

All members of the Associates Board of the Chicago Fire Foundation have the following privileges:

  • Right to vote, hold office, and propose a candidate for membership
  • Represent the Chicago Fire Foundation and Chicago Fire Soccer Club in the community
  • Invitation to attend all Associate programs and events

Meeting Requirements

  • Attend bi-monthly meetings—Members must attend a minimum of 4 out of 6 meetings with at least three being in person. Other meetings can be attended via phone if needed.
  • Attend committee meetings—Members must attend at least 75% of respective committee meetings

Committee Requirements

  • Actively participate on at least one board committee:*
    • Executive
    • Membership
    • Events and Programs
    • Sponsorship and Finance  

*Specific meeting times/frequency will be determined by committee

Financial Obligation

  • Pay $100 in annual dues by March 1 of each year—100% tax deductible

Fundraising Obligation

  • Participate in and actively raise funds for CFF events
  • Purchase a minimum of 2 tickets to at least one of the Foundation’s annual events
  • Secure monetary or in-kind donations (event sponsorship, silent auction items) OR make a donation of at least $100
    • In-kind donations (auction/raffle items) must have a total fair market value minimum of $100.
    • Donations can be made via raffle ticket, auction purchases or monetary donation.
  • Submit mailing list

Volunteer Commitment

  • Participate in at least one volunteer opportunity (P.L.A.Y.S. practices or game day, fundraising event, etc.)

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  • Executive
    • President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
  • Membership
    • Create internal directory, identify and recruit new members, plan open houses
  • Events and Programs
    • Plan/support event execution; create new events, drive and execute marketing strategies of these events (including social media)
  • Sponsorship and Finance
    • Solicitation of event sponsors and funders

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  • An official Associates Board notebook
  • Receive two (2) tickets to one Chicago Fire home game (mutually agreed upon) during the 2017 regular season
  • Gain leadership experience and professional development
  • Develop skills in event planning, fundraising and outreach
  • Network with other young professionals in Chicago who have a similar passion for philanthropy, sports and/or youth development
  • Plan and participate in local fundraising events for Chicago Fire Foundation
  • Opportunities to enjoy special privileges such as stadium tours, exclusive events, etc. 

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How To Apply

Applications are now closed for 2017. Please check back later for more details on how you can join in 2018.

Questions? Please email or call Jessica Yavitz at 708-496-6740