Regional Leadership Council Charter


Alabama Association of Nonprofits

Regional Leadership Council Charter


Charter Guidelines:

1.      Council Official Designation

2.      Authority

3.      Objectives and Scope of Duties

4.      Description of Duties

5.      Executives to Whom the Council Reports

6.      Member Composition and Leadership Duties

7.      Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings

8.      Subcommittees


1.      Council Official Designation:

The Board of Directors of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits (hereafter ‘the Association’) approved the following addition to its bylaws effective April 13, 2010, establishing Regional Leadership Councils comprised of nonprofit leaders elected to support the statewide efforts of the Association and to provide fair and broad representation of the nonprofit sector in their designated region. The motion approved was as follows:


“A motion to amend the bylaws of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits to authorize the formation of Regional Leadership Councils of the board to assist in marketing of services, membership recruitment and advisement of local nonprofit issues. The Regional Leadership Councils will have oversight by the Executive Committee of the Board and will be formed under the direction of the membership committee.”


2.      Authority:

Oversight responsibility of the Regional Leadership Councils falls to the Membership Committee of the board of directors. Direct daily management of the councils is the responsibility of the President and CEO, who may designate the director of member services to serve in place of the President and CEO and direct the efforts of the council if needed. 


3.      Objectives and Scope of Duties:

The primary duty of the ten (10) statewide Regional Leadership Councils is to unite, via the Association, all nonprofits in their specified communities with the purpose of:


a.       Creating a strong and unified voice for Alabama’s nonprofit sector.

b.      Promoting Standards For Excellence, a voluntary certification program offered by the Association.

c.       Identifying public policy and sector-based advocacy issues and needs.

d.      Supporting a group purchasing model whereby nonprofits, working together, save on products, services and benefits offered by the Association.

e.       Advising the Association of current issues and challenges facing nonprofits in their region to help identify solutions.

f.       Assisting the Association in the local delivery of professional development workshops and seminars by identifying expert presenters, subject areas of need, and training facilities.

g.       Fostering innovative collaborations and/or ideas among nonprofits.

h.      Collecting specific data, as requested by the Association, for research projects aimed at helping and/or reflecting the overall impact of Alabama’s nonprofit sector.

i.        Being the local Ambassador of the Association.


4.      Executives to Whom the Council Reports:

The Regional Leadership Council is an initiative of the membership committee of the Board of Directors of the Association. The President and CEO, or a designee, shall oversee the activities of the Regional Leadership Council and report updates and progress to the chairman of the Membership Committee of the Board.


5.      Member Composition and Leadership Duties:

Members of the Regional Leadership Council shall be nominated and appointed by members of the Regional Leadership Council and the Association, and shall serve a one year term. Qualified members must either be a member, or be a representative thereof and listed as such, of nonprofit organization under Code 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Service. Members may be elected for additional terms but are limited to two consecutive years of service at any time.


The Regional Leadership Council will select a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. The Chairperson, Vice Chairperson or designee shall govern the meetings of the Regional Leadership Council and any of its subcommittees. In addition, the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson will work with the executive leadership of the Association in setting the meeting agendas and will help identity priority items requiring Council attention. The Association shall be responsible for providing financial and administrative support, as needed, to support the operations of the Regional Leadership Councils. Budget requests must be submitted in advance to the Association for consideration and approval.


Regional Advisory Councils shall consist of up to fifteen (15) members, eleven (11) of which are mandated, when possible, to represent the following categories and a maximum of four (4) at-large members.


Eleven (11) seats, one from each of the following groups, must be represented on the Council:

1.      Institutions of Higher Education (either two or four-year)

2.      United Way or like group formed under a different name

3.      Community, Family, Private or Corporate Foundation

4.      Local leadership group and/or organization  

5.      Chamber of Commerce

6.      Faith-based Entity (to include, but not be limited to, churches and synagogues)

7.      Nonprofit organization with a $49,999 budget size or less

8.      Nonprofit organization with a $50,000 to $249,999 budget size

9.      Nonprofit organization with a $250,000 to $749,999 budget size

10.  Nonprofit organization with a $750,000 and greater in budget size

11.  Trade-specific or other association /membership group


Representatives must reside within the geographic area served by the Council. To the extent practical, members shall be recruited from a cross section of the region to ensure equal representation from the counties being represented. Regions with multiples of the same group, i.e.: United Way, Chambers of Commerce, Foundations, etc. shall replace expiring members of the council with a representative from another like group to ensure equal representation within the region (i.e.: member of ABC Chamber of Commerce is replaced with a representative from the CDF Chamber of Commerce).


Members serve on a voluntary basis and shall not be compensated by the Association for participation, including related travel and per diem expenses. A member appointed to fill an unexpired term shall serve the remainder of that term. In the event that the Regional Leadership Council is terminated by the Association’s Board of Directors, all appointments to the Regional Leadership Council shall also terminate.


6.      Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings:

The Regional Leadership Council will meet quarterly on the XXXXX of the month. Meetings should be held in February, May, August and November of each year. Additional meetings may be scheduled by the Council, and all meeting dates and frequency shall be approved by the Council. Teleconferencing may be used, when available, for members unable to attend. Members of the council are strongly urged to attend the meetings to ensure the goals and objectives of the council are met.


7.      Subcommittees:

The Regional Leadership Council may establish subcommittees, comprised of both Council and non-Council members, for any purpose consistent with this charter with the guidance of Association executives. Such subcommittees should work in concert with the Regional Leadership Council and must report their recommendations and advice to the Council for full discussion. Members appointed to the subcommittee will serve a one year term, and may serve a second term if approved by the Council.


Standing subcommittees should include:

1.      Membership Recruitment and Retention

2.      Professional Development and Continuing Education

3.      Advocacy and Public Policy

4.      Collaboration and Outreach


The duties and responsibilities of these subcommittees shall include, but not be limited to:


1.      Membership Recruitment and Retention:

·         Work with the Association to host quarterly membership networking events, four times annually, aimed at connecting existing members to one another, welcoming all new members, and offering the opportunity for prospective members to meet staff and regional supporters.



2.      Professional Development and Continuing Education:

·         Serve as the Association’s resource for training needs and topics of concern as identified by local nonprofit organizations to be used for regional curriculum development

·         Serve as regional representatives to institutions of higher education as tied to the Association’s Academic Consortium

·         Identify and recommend nonprofit, corporate and community leaders to serve as professional development experts in the delivery of professional development trainings for the region

·         Identify facilities and/or space for workshops/courses

·         Introduce presenters and welcome attendees at all workshops/courses


3.      Advocacy and Public Policy:

·         Work with the Association to identify top regional, statewide and national public policy issues affecting the nonprofit sector for the development of a 2011 legislative agenda

·         Identify and make recommendations of policy statements that the Association could consider to strengthen its voice in the region as a leader and advocate

·         Work with the Association to highlight the overall economic and social impact of the nonprofit sector to the regions elected officials on the local, state and federal levels

·         Assist the Association in reaching out to local media outlets to participate in the annual Nonprofit Awareness Month campaign in November.


4.      Collaboration and Outreach:

·         Identify leading community groups, civic organizations, leadership circles, junior boards and other like-minded groups to network with in seeking collaborative opportunities with these groups

·         Identify affinity groups within the sector and the membership (i.e. human services groups, healthcare-focused groups, children’s issues, etc.) and development roundtable discussions among those groups to advance issues specific to their area of interest


8.      Advocacy and Action:

Regional Leadership Councils and its members shall not issue statements to the media or take action as Association representatives on any financial or policy decision without the explicit approval of the Association’s President or his/her designee.