Advisory Board Rules and Guidelines
We welcome your participation on our advisory board and appreciate your interest in the Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation! In order to best further the Foundation’s mission and allow our advisors to get the most out of their connections with other advisors, we ask that you adhere to the below guidelines.
We appreciate your cooperation and happy networking!
What is an Advisor?
Advisors are non-voting volunteers who assist in furthering the mission of the Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation by attending events, posting their biographies to our website and being available to share ideas with other advisors.
There are no meetings or other commitments required of Advisors. We only ask that you remain open to engaging with other Advisors, whether at our in-person networking events or online.
Internet Etiquette and Social Media Policy
It is critical that you show proper respect for the laws governing copyright and other intellectual property and fair use or fair dealing of copyrighted material owned by others, including the Foundation’s own copyrights and brands. You should never quote more than short excerpts of someone else’s work, and always attribute such work to the original author and/or source. It is good general practice to link to others’ work rather than reproduce it as though it was your own. The Foundation reserves the right to remove any posts that, in the sole discretion of the Foundation, may violate the intellectual property rights of others immediately and without notice.
The public in general, and the Foundation’s Advisors in particular, reflect a diverse set of customs, values and points of view. Don’t say anything contradictory or in conflict with the Foundation’s website, mission or goals. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, but do so respectfully. This includes not only the obvious (no ethnic slurs, offensive comments, defamatory comments, personal insults, obscenity, etc.) but also proper consideration of privacy and of topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory – such as politics and religion. Use your best judgment and make it clear that the opinions expressed by you are yours alone and do not represent the official views of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to remove any content whatsoever from its social media pages or other websites.
Our websites are meant to help spread the messages of our Advisors and we welcome postings about other events and businesses besides our own. However, we do ask that you keep your posts relevant to the Foundation’s message and mission. The websites are not meant to be a billboard advertisement for your company but rather a place where our Advisors can connect with each other and with the Foundation without feeling pressured by advertisements. Posts that do not respect this rule will be removed without notice. The Foundation has final approval over all posts to the websites and may remove or deny approval to any posts in its sole discretion.
When making a post, make sure you understand your audience. Keep your posts relevant to the mission of the Foundation and don’t make a post unless you have something relevant and interesting to share with the group.
The following tips are not mandatory, but will contribute to safe use of social media.
• The best way to be interesting, stay out of trouble, and have fun is to write about what you know. There is a good chance of being embarrassed by a real expert, or of being boring if you write about topics you are not knowledgeable about.
• Quality matters. Use spell-check.
• If you’re not design-oriented, ask someone who is whether your blog or post looks decent, and take their advice on how to improve it.
• The speed of being able to publish your thoughts is both a great feature and a great downfall of the web. The time to edit or reflect must be self-imposed. If in doubt over a post, or if something does not feel right, either let it sit and look at it again before publishing it, or ask someone else to look at it first.
• Protect your privacy and the privacy of others. Privacy settings on social media should be monitored and set so that your information can only be accessed by those you choose. Be mindful of posting information that you would not want the public to see.
• Publication and commentary on social media carries similar obligations to any other kind of publication or commentary and could land you in trouble if you do not respect these obligations.
For more details, view our full Social Media Policy.
Protecting Advisor Information
First and foremost, always respect your contacts’ names. Make sure to get prior approval before you use a person’s name as a referral to networking with another connection. We also ask that you not share any personal or other identifying or contact information of an Advisor with any third party unless you have specific permission from that Advisor. If you are interested in contacting someone on the Advisory board, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We have many young Advisors on our advisory board, which raises special concerns about protecting their information and keeping them safe. You should never be alone with a young Advisor, especially a member of the opposite sex, for both their safety and yours. If you wish to meet with a young Advisor outside of one of our events, you may wish to speak with their parents or guardians beforehand and invite the parent or guardian along to the meeting. Make sure to meet in a public place and never in your home, unless the young Advisor is accompanied by a parent or guardian.
How to Become An Advisor
To become an advisor, simply submit your biography through our online portal. One approved, your biography will be posted to our website for access by other advisors. For more information on who will be able to access your information, see our Disclaimer.
Listing Your Advisor Status on Your Resume
You may list your position as a member of the Advisory Board on your resume or other biographical documents if you wish. If you do list your status on such documents, then you must say that you are a “Member of the Advisory Board” and NOT a Member of the Board or of the Board of Directors.
Revocation of Status of An Advisor
The Foundation reserves the right to terminate the status or privileges of any Advisor with or without notice at any time, in its sole discretion.