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Joining our 15-member Board is an opportunity to play an instrumental role in the work that we do through a combination of partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding. Members are closely involved in our efforts and serve as stewards of the Foundation’s financial assets.

The nominating committee for the Board is our Community Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC identifies, screens, and nominates individuals, and the current Board then elects its members from among those nominated.

Click here to download the full application.

Applications must be postmarked, faxed, or emailed by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019.

Application Guidelines

In selecting directors, there is special consideration to ensuring that the Board collectively has experience in all of the qualification areas mentioned below. A guiding principle of the selection process is that the Board represents the gender, racial, cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the MFH region.


The MFH Board has 15 members. Directors serve without pay for terms of three years and can be re-nominated for a second three-year term. The terms of five Board members expire each year.


Serving on the Board requires a significant time commitment. Board meetings are the third Thursday of January, March, June, July, September, and December, usually at the MFH offices in St. Louis. Regular attendance is expected. All directors serve on one or more Board committees, many of which meet regularly, in person or by conference call.

Conflict of Interest

The Foundation benefits from the knowledge Board, CAC, and employees have about the range of issues of interest to the Foundation and its target population. Nevertheless, service to the Foundation carries with it a requirement of loyalty and fidelity to the Foundation. It is the expectation that, for this role, directors put aside personal agendas in support of our work and our best interests.

Number of Candidates

Each year the CAC may nominate no more than 25 candidates to fill expiring terms. In December, the Board elects five individuals from those nominated. The new directors attend their first meeting in January. This year, there are five open Board seats, with two incumbents eligible to apply.


Applicants must complete the application and submit it along with a CV/resume and two to three letters of recommendation by Friday, August 9, 2019. The CAC will review applicant responses and select candidates for personal interviews in early September.

Director Qualifications

  1. Each director must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the MFH service area.
  2. Each Director must have:
    • Expertise, education, or experience in one or more of the following areas: provision of health care; asset management and investment strategy; philanthropic administration; or public health care
    • Demonstrated ability to contribute perspective in one or more of the following areas: health care access for the poor and uninsured; affordable care for the poor and uninsured; health promotion in underserved communities; health care quality and outcome improvement; health needs of women, children, disabled, elderly, low income, ethnic, and cultural minorities; health education; or general issues of public health
    • Demonstrated core leadership attributes
    • A recognized reputation for integrity and competence
    • Demonstrated ability to understand and appreciate the role and responsibility of a public health care philanthropic foundation and the need to balance various constituency requirements
    • Demonstrated personal interest in and concern for public health and a commitment to accomplishing MFH’s overall mission, purpose, and goals
    • Demonstrated ability to devote the time necessary to fulfill Board responsibilities and regularly attend meetings
  3. No Director shall be a compensated officer, agent, or employee of any federal or state governmental authority whatsoever, excepting those of state institutions of higher education.

Those who meet the above criteria and would like to be considered for the MFH Board of Directors should complete and submit the 2020 application, a CV/resume, and two to three letters of recommendation. (Recommendation letters are not accepted from MFH Board, CAC, or staff.)

For questions contact:
Kathleen Holmes, Program Director
(314) 345-5572