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On June 29, 2019, the National Board of Directors unanimously approved changes to the NABA National Bylaws which impacted the way in which National Officers and At Large National Directors are elected.


To implement the appropriate process changes, the
NABA National Governance Committee has been working with NABA HQ staff, legal counsel, and our audit firm and the Nominations and Elections committee chairperson to draft a revised National Nomination and Election Charter, Policy and Process Guide to align our organizational documents, streamline for best practices, and address governance issues.




NOMINATIONS


OFFICIAL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 - 2022 NATIONAL & REGIONAL BOARD TERMS

OPEN: November 21, 2019    |   CLOSE: December 9, 2019



Nominations will be accepted for the following two-year positions:  

 
  National Board of Directors 
National Officer – Chairman
National Officer – Vice Chairman
National Officer – Treasurer
National Officer – Secretary
National Director – Six (6) positions
National Director, Central Region President
National Director, Eastern Region President

Central Region Leadership
Vice President 
Secretary 
Treasurer 
 
Eastern Region Leadership 
Vice President 
Secretary 
Treasurer
      Nominations & Elections
FY20 Key Dates & Deadline

  ►  Nominations Open: 11/21/19

  ►  Deadlines for Candidates &
        Voters to Join/Renew: 12/02/19*

  ►  Nominations Close: 12/09/19
  ►  Voting Period Opens: 01/20/20
  ►  Voting Period Closes: 01/31/20


* Additional time provided to accommodate awareness of new "member in good standing" date/ determination
 
Resource Documents
      
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  ►  Candidate Qualifications
  ►  Leadership Attributes 

  ►  Resume Guidance
 










 


ELECTIONS


MEMBER ELECTION OF REGIONAL PRESIDENTS & LEADERSHIP FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 - 2022

OPEN: January 20, 2020    |   CLOSE: January 31, 2020, 2019



As a part of the 06/29/19 National Bylaws update, there were two key revisions that impact NABA's election processes and procedures:

  1. Election of Directors and Officers - Vacancies on the National Board for Officers and At-large Directors will be filled via a proposed slate, developed and presented by the Nominations and Elections (N&E) Committee and submitted to the National Board for approval/ratification and appointment. This means members will no longer vote in annual elections of National Officers and At-large Directors. Members will continue to vote, however, in their respective regions for the annual election of regional officers, including the Regional President who holds a seat on the National Board of Directors.
  2. Definition of "Good Standing" for the Purposes of Voting - In consideration of our rolling anniversary membership renewal cycle, what was formerly established as the "Date of Record or Member in Good Standing Date" (previously determined by the Board as October 31) will now be specified as a member who is "paid for sixty (60) calendar days preceding the official vote." Since the exact date of annual elections may vary from year to year, the "60-day" rule provides greater year-over-year consistency for the number of days prior to the election that one must be a member.
 

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The NABA National Board of Directors officially
approved and adopted the proposed changes
by unanimous vote on June 29, 2019


Click to view the 2019 Revised Bylaws
Click to read the summary of changes and FAQs

 


While most of the changes to the bylaws were administrative in nature – aligning governing documents with existing practices – there were two (2) revisions to the bylaws that directly impacted the National Nomination and Election Process:
 

Election of Directors and Officers
Cross Reference(s)
  • 2015 Bylaws: Article 3.2
  • 2019 Bylaws: Article 4.8, 5.2 (a), 5.3
Practice Change(s)
  • proposed slate developed and presented by the Nominations and Elections (N&E) Committee and submitted to the National Board for approval/ratification and appointment
  • Addition of new National Director position, “Outside Director” which will be filled by appointment of the Chairman, as reviewed by the N&E Committee
Material Impact(s)
  • Members will no longer vote in annual elections of National Officers and At-large Directors
  • Members will continue to vote in their respective regions for the annual election of regional officers, including the Regional President position which holds a seat on the National Board of Directors
  • Board of Director composition may now include non-accounting professionals to bring unique expertise and perspectives to the table (total number of directors unchanged)

Definition of “Good Standing” for the Purposes of Voting
Cross Reference(s)
  • 2015 Bylaws: Article 1.7, 2.4
  • 2019 Bylaws: Article 4.5 (a)
Practice Change(s)
  • In consideration of the rolling anniversary membership renewal cycle, what was formerly established as the “Date of Record” (determined annually by the Board as October 31) is now specified as being paid for sixty (60) calendar days preceding the official vote”
Material Impact(s)
  • Because the precise date of elections may vary from year to year, the “60-day” rule provides greater year-over-year consistency for the number of days prior to the election
  • Ensures membership continuity of membership for eligible voters – renewal gaps during the 60-day period will disqualify a voter from eligibility


If you have any questions about these changes, you are encouraged to review the FAQs below. Should your question not be addressed in the FAQs, there is a link at the bottom of the page for you to submit your question(s) to the Governance Committee.
 

2019 Bylaws Updates - Election FAQs

What were the changes made to the National election process for National At-large Directors and Officers? The primary change was to move the Association the way from the election model toward an appointment model which is becoming more of the norm for nonprofits are type and size. This would not apply to the regional leadership positions, which will still be elected by their regional membership base.
Will the changes in election/appointment process affect the way members nominate potential candidates? No. The process is essentially the same. NABA HQ will send out a call for nominations with instructions and criteria, and members will have the opportunity to submit candidates to the N&E Committee for consideration. The nomination of candidates, for Regional leaders, At-large Directors, and Officers, is the most valuable opportunity for the broader membership to have a strong voice in who the next leaders of the organization should be.
How do members find out what the criteria is for the different Board positions so they can submit appropriate candidates? The criteria for each position is included with the submission form that goes out with the call for nominations. The N&E Committee will be charged with reviewing and updating that criterion as necessary.
How will the nominations and elections committee determine the candidates for national directors and officers versus the regional leadership positions Candidates of all distinctions who are being considered to hold a seat on the National Board of Directors will be subject to the vetting and interviewing process determined by National Nominations and Elections Committee (N&EC). Here are the key differences:
national directors & officers 
  • N&EC develops a single slate of candidates for vacant positions
  • Slate was reviewed by the National Board of Directors and can either be rejected or ratified (approved)
  • if rejected, N&EC will develop a new slate of candidates for consideration
  • if ratified, slate of candidates are officially appointed to their designated board seats
regional directors (presidents)
  • N&EC develops a slate of candidates for vacant positions
  • Slate may be single, or competitive with multiple candidates for a single-seat
  • eligible voters in the applicable region will be invited to cast their electronic vote to confirm the candidate for the vacant seat(s) in their region
  • candidates with a majority vote will take the seat they have been elected to
Will the timing of the National Call for Nominations change? Not substantially. The expectation is still to initiate the call for nominations in November, closeout the nomination process in December, present the candidates for election for appointment in late January early February, and vote or ratify (as applicable) at or before the Q3 board meeting.
Why are nonprofit associations moving to this appointment model for their Board of Directors? One of the key drivers of this shift is general apathy. Unfortunately, NABA's membership is reflective of this trend in that, consistently, less than 10% of NABA’s eligible voters participate in annual elections. Annual elections that include member voting are a financial and administrative burden in the responsible use of association resources when only 150 members cast a vote. A secondary driver to this shift is the ability to fully leverage an effective succession planning model that is executed with consistency, ensuring continuity for the organization. Finally, expense is also a factor for any nonprofit conducting a large-scale member-voter election process. When a nonprofit association has to bear the expense of executing an election for 3000+ eligible voters, and only 150 engage in the process, it raises the question of whether this is a responsible use of the organization’s limited resources.
How is the independence of the N&E Committee ensured? The N&E Committee is made up of a diverse group of appointees which specifically includes a designated appointee from each region, up to three additional at-large appointees, plus the Chair of the committee. This composition ensures a balanced approach to vetting and assessing candidates for the National Board. Each committee person, including the chair, has one vote and all votes carry the same weight. Per the revised bylaws, the Chair of the N&E Committee must be a past National Board Chair, bringing the highest level of insight to the leadership of the committee.
Does the 60-day/Date of Record provision apply to the call for nominations? No. Any active/paid member may nominate another active/paid member. They do not need to have been a member for 60 days to submit a nomination. The 60-day criteria applies only to the eligibility to vote.
Do candidates need to be members for 60-days prior to being nominated? No. Nominees must simply be active/paid members at the time of nomination. They do, however, need to maintain their active /paid membership status throughout the entire process (nomination to election) and if elected, maintain their active/paid status throughout their term.
What happens if an active/paid member is nominated and selected by the N&E Committee to go on the ballot/slate, but their membership expires prior to the election/appointment? Candidates are required to maintain they are active paid status throughout the nomination an election process. Additional verification of candidates’ membership dates (versus status) will be incorporated into the N&E vetting process. If a selected candidate’s expiration date falls between the dates of nomination and election (November to February), they may be asked to renew early to avoid any lapse in membership during the process.

 


Still Have Questions?

Use the link below to submit your question to the Governance Committee.

Please note: 

1) NABA's committees are made up of volunteer members who work full-time jobs during regular office hours – it may take 7-10 days for the committee members to read, discuss and respond to your question(s)
 
2) Including your contact information with your question is optional. However, you will not receive a direct answer if you do not include your contact information

 
3) Not all questions submitted to the Governance Committee will be added to the FAQs (F = Frequent) – if a question does not seem to apply to the greater body of members or is narrow in application, your answer will come
viadirect response (if you included your contact information (see note #2)