What are NALIP Chapters ?

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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:

  1. Letter of Intent
  2. Petition of support with 10-12 member signatures
  3. Operating budget
  4. Proposed list of chapter activities for 18 month period
  5. Signed statement of proposed officers to serve for a minimum of one-year upon approval of application
  6. 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.

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