Want to take your volunteer service to the next level? Serving on a board for a mission that you are passionate about is an impactful way to offer your time.
Let me tell you about the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA) – caretakers of the fully restored and oldest historic home in San Luis Obispo County – the Dana Adobe.
DANA was founded in 1999, is a local nonprofit and dedicated to protecting, preserving, and providing public access to the 130 acre Dana Adobe Cultural Center, while sharing the stories of early California history/Rancho era, and inspiring stewardship of our natural and cultural resources. DANA is dedicated to community-based action, advocacy and education.
In the last 20 years, DANA has raised over 9 million dollars toward land acquisition, historic restoration and the development of the Dana Adobe Cultural Center, a 130-acre park, encompassing the historic home, a nature education facility/museum, trail system, and demonstration gardens.
Our current programs and events include:

Docent program: Docent-led guided tours of the historic Dana Adobe.

Educational program: 1800 school children annually visit the Dana Adobe for hands-on – out of the classroom experiences.

Free Family Campfires: Summer evening campfire program.

Sunday Talk Series: Museum Lecture Series – open to the public.

Summer Concert Fundraisers: Concerts at the Dana Adobe.

Museum programs: Art exhibits, nature exhibits, and cultural exhibits.

Community programs: Nature Festival, Heritage Day Festival, Taste of Nipomo, Ghost tours, and a monthly hands-on program.

Board members are asked to commit to the following:
  • Join one board committee; meet monthly
  • A financial donation of an amount that is significant to the member
  • Attend major events
  • Support fundraising efforts
  • Be committed to vision and mission

(Board meetings are the first Tuesday of the month from 3:30 pm to approx 5:00 pm. Meetings are held in Nipomo.)

Our Board Committees Include:

Fund Development Committee:
Oversees development and implementation of the Fundraising Plan; identifies and solicits funds from external sources of support, working with the Development Officer if available; sometimes called Development Committee.

Public Relations/Marketing Committee:
Oversees development and implementation of the Marketing Plan, including identifying potential markets, their needs, how to meet those needs with products/services/programs, and how to promote/sell the programs. Represents the organization to the community; enhances the organization’s image, including communications with the press.

Events Committee:
Plans and coordinates major events, such as fundraising (nonprofits), team-building or planning; sometimes a subcommittee of the Fundraising Committee.