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Building a Stronger NAADA

Friday, May 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Jillian StevensonAt this time of year, the NAADA board begins setting program objectives for the coming year. We do this as part of NAADA's annual planning process, as stated in our bylaws. This process was initiated by the board five years ago to ensure that each part of the organization’s structure does its job—the Board sets objectives and priorities, the committees plan activities and implement them within those Board-approved objectives and according to the priorities determined by the board, the Board approves activities and the supporting budget, staff implement activities and monitor the financial management throughout the year, and the Board reviews the success of the organization’s activities.

In these past few years, some of the major accomplishments have been:

  • creating and distributing an annual report of the organization
  • developing and implementing a training program for beginning development professionals
  • increasing contributions to the NAADA endowment and restricted funds
  • implementing a sponsor stewardship program
  • creating an honor society for implementation during NAADA's 40th anniversary next year
  • building a more inclusive, welcoming environment for new members through our buddy program and newcomer session at the annual conference
  • increasing sponsorship in support of year-round benefits to our NAADA membership

It's an exciting time to be part of NAADA, and I thank each and every member for your support. As I complete my term as president, I fill confident that I am passing along a vibrant, engaging, and financially stable organization to our next president.

Thank you to the Ewald staff and our volunteers for your contributions and leadership. It does indeed take a team to build and grow such a successful organization.

Looking forward to hosting everyone in June in Happy Valley!

Jillian Stevenson
NAADA President