Join the Board of Directors

1000 Friends of Iowa is always looking for talented people to join our Board of Directors. We elect new members to serve three-year terms each year at our Annual Meeting or throughout the year to fill  open spots.  All applicants and nominees are considered, and we welcome your application. Read through the Board Member Responsibilities listed below and if you (or someone you know) would like to apply, please download, complete and return the Board of Directors Application Packet to:

1000 Friends of Iowa
3850 Merle Hay Road, Suite 605
Des Moines, IA 50310-1300

If you prefer to fill out and submit the application via email, you can download the packet as a Word document here. Please email the completed form as an attachment to

1000 Friends of Iowa Board Member Responsibilities

Board members are expected to attend at least three quarterly meetings, one of them our annual meeting. While not required, we encourage board members to serve on at least one committee. Frequently, committee work is conducted via email, so physical travel is not necessary.

Board members are expected to know the Organization’s Purpose, Mission, Vision, Values , Goals and Programs, and to have a general interest in some aspect of land use.

Board members may be asked to assist with various program activities in their local communities. Involvement is optional, but we encourage every board member to be our “eyes and ears” in their area. Some ways in which board members have been helpful include:

  • Hosting a house party
  • Organizing an event, such as a conference, presentation, or “Tour de Sprawl”
  • Finding a location for a set of our roadside signs
  • Helping recruit new members (and board members)
  • Holding a press conference
  • Building coalition with other local groups
  • Becoming involved in local land use issues
  • Educate decision-makers about wise land use decisions

And finally, perhaps obviously, board members must be members of the organization, preferably Founding Friends.


People United for Responsible Land Use