NALIP provides services that support a member’s professional development including programs and information. NALIP also advocates on behalf of Latino/a media makers on telecommunications issues of importance to the independent producer, and teaches mediamakers how to advocate on their own behalves. NALIP maintains a membership office in Los Angeles, California to publish the eNewsletter and produce our projects. NALIP has meeting space there and in New York for member activities. NALIP Board and Staff members travel to member chapters and regions to support activities and festivals, workshops or other media convocations. NALIP Staff also cultivate member benefits and discounts available nationally and regionally, and update that list at http://www.nalip.org/ under Membership.
NALIP maintains a website at http://www.nalip.org/ that continues to expand as a resource of information on events, opportunities, jobs and, eventually, video resumes and seminar recordings. LMRG records may be updated at the website starting Spring 2006, including current credits and contact information for NALIP members. Chapters each have webpages at the national website for local announcements and activities. Chapters also have regional listservs for the dissemination of information.
NALIP has members in 27 states, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Spain. NALIP members work as digital makers, writers, producers, directors and performers, executives, agents and all key crew positions, publicity and casting, composing and production services. Members are students, educators and advocates. Some are emerging and young professionals; many are mid-career or senior professionals. NALIP supports English-language Latino media as well as Spanish work. Our membership is evenly divided between men and women, most are college educated and many are 20-35 years old. Members work in documentaries and public television, broadcast and network television, independent and Hollywood features, plus digital media, mobile media and community-based media projects.
NALIP prides itself on open communication with membership and transparency in our processes. All Board of Directors and Staff contact information is available on the website, or by emailing email@example.com.
NALIP holds an annual Town Hall Meeting during the national Conference: members are invited to bring issues, recommendations, and appreciations to that forum. All Board and staff members attend and take notes of all comments to incorporate into future action plans or Conference agendas.
NALIP Staff and Board raised the funds necessary to maintain NALIP’s programs, staff and office each year. NALIP is supported by foundation grants from the Rockefeller< Nathan Cummins and MacArthur Foundations, industry philanthropies like the Academy Foundation and Hollywood Foreign Press Association Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or guild support for the develop of Latino talent including the WGAE, WGAW, SAG Producers IACF and the DGA. Corporations have supported NALIP and our programs from the beginning: El Rey Network, HBO, Time Warner, The Walt Disney Corporation, Univision, Telemundo, Fox Broadcasting, Nielsen Media Research, Comcast, MTV Networks and more. Please visit our Sponsorship page on the NALIP website and program pages. NALIP writes grants and requests for our programs and overhead. Membership dues comprise a part of NALIP’s income.
What is NALIP National’s policy on Chapters?
Per NALIP’s By Laws (available at http://www.nalip.org/), NALIP encourages the formation of chapters that will, through their programmatic activities and governance, aid in the identification and development of Latino leaders in media.
Members may organize as NALIP regional Chapters to further the empowerment of Latino producers in their regions. NALIP Chapters may not incorporate as a separate organization, but can organize internally as best suits their objectives.
NALIP Chapters will be comprised of dues paying members in good standing of NALIP National. They will agree to operate in accordance with the mission and guidelines prescribed by NALIP National as set forth in the Bylaws and Membership Handbook, and will be formed according to geographic/ regional interests. Under special circumstances, a chapter may be formed according to other "special" interest areas as determined by membership; in these cases, chapter application will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Chapters will be comprised of dues paying members in good standing of NALIP National
Chapters shall be entitled to the use of the NALIP name, access to NALIP’s not-for-profit status and fundraising under NALIP’s 501-c-3, start-up and organizing support, an annual stipend towards marketing and networking gatherings, a web page at the National website and priority to their applications for support from the Program Fund
Chapters will agree to operate in accordance with the mission and guidelines prescribed by NALIP National as set forth in Membership Handbook
Chapters will be formed according to geographic / regional interests. Under special circumstances, chapter may be formed according to other "special" interest areas as determined by membership; in these cases, chapter application will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Chapter Formation will be initiated by the filing a Letter of Intent that will be reviewed by Chapter Review Committee, an ad-hoc committee of the Board and membership that will review Letters on a quarterly basis.
Chapter applicants will work with the Executive Director to complete the Chapter Application process which shall include, but not be limited to:
- Letter of Intent
- Petition of support with 10-12 member signatures
- Operating budget
- Proposed list of chapter activities for 18 month period
- Signed statement of proposed officers to serve for a minimum of one-year upon approval of application
- Submission of annual chapter fee, the amount to be determined by the Board of Directors but which, for 2003-2006, has been waived
All local chapters will have ample latitude in raising operational expenses and additional programmatic funds above their annual allocation provided the plans are vetted with NALIP National Executive Director and approved, in order to insure fairness and equity to both entities.
All chapters will be required to submit an annual report and fiscal accounting of activities and expenditures in order to continue as a chapter 'in good standing.' Failure to submit required information on a timely basis will result in suspension of chapter affiliation and possible revocation of chapter membership with NALIP National.
Board of Directors shall publish and distribution a Membership Handbook that will include criteria for approval of chapters, revenue sharing, chapter operating procedures and fiscal management, and Chapter fee levels, if any.