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AFP Governance Task Force documents

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To: AFP Chapter Presidents

From: Steve Batson, Ed.D., CFRE

Chair, AFP Governance Task Force

RE: Governance Task Force Report and Recommendations

In the fall of 2004, the AFP board of directors created a Governance Task Force charged with reviewing AFP’s current governance infrastructure and processes, and making recommendations for change where necessary. Throughout the process, we have looked to member and chapter feedback, current best practices and legal advice for guidance as the task force developed its recommendations to make AFP’s governance structure more streamlined, efficient, flexible, open and inclusive, and compliant with current nonprofit sector standards and practices.

As chair of the task force, I am pleased to present you with the recommendations that we have presented to the AFP board of directors. These recommendations are refined from earlier versions shared with you and the general membership over the past 12 months. At the summer board meetings in July the board of directors endorsed these recommendations. Ratification of the board’s approval will be necessary by the Delegate Assembly which will meet in late October.

This email contains a number of documents related to the recommendations. I would suggest that you read them in the following order:

  1. the memorandum reporting the recommendations endorsed by the board;
  2. the frequently asked questions document; and
  3. the comparison charts.

We also have included a copy of the formal resolution to be brought before the AFP board at the upcoming Delegate Assembly, a Chapter Presidents’ Council terms of reference document and a chart of the proposed districts (to save the attachment in PowerPoint format click "save as type" and select "PowerPoint"). These materials are provided to help you facilitate discussion with the rest of your chapter.

Here are the main points of the recommendations:

  • The Delegate Assembly will be restructured into a Leadership Academy. The academy will focus on education and training for chapter leaders—including those who self-identify—and will provide a significantly improved career enhancement experience for participants.
  • The composition of the board of directors will change to include district-based directors. Twelve districts will be created, and one director from each district will be elected to the board from a slate presented by the Committee on Directorship (similar to the current process). 18 directors will be at-large, two will be chair’s appointees and three will be ex-officio members. The officers of the board will continue to be elected by the board members from a committee on directorship slate.
  • All members of the board will be elected or reelected on an annual basis by a vote of the entire membership.
  • A Chapter Presidents’ Council, consisting of the presidents of each AFP chapter, will elect members of the Committee on Directorship. The presidents in each district will vote for a member and an alternate to the Committee on Directorship. In addition, one member of the council will be nominated to serve a one year term on the board of directors. The council will serve as a forum for chapter presidents to discuss issues with association leaders throughout the year.
  • The Committee on Directorship will continue to serve as the body which receives and reviews all board nominations. The committee will be responsible for developing the slate of board members that the entire AFP membership votes on.

There is a lot of information in these documents, and the recommendations are critical to the functioning of our association. Accordingly, I strongly encourage you to spend ample time reading and reviewing all of these materials with your chapter board and delegates. The recommendations make some important changes to our governance system but they are needed to ensure that our organization is compliant with best practices and has the capacity to grow effectively and efficiently in the coming years.

If you have any questions, or to schedule a meeting or call with a member of the Governance Task Force, please contact the task force at

Thank for your leadership and service to AFP.

Steve Batson, Ed.D., CFRE
AFP Governance Task Force


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