NFDA Vision for the Future Governance Redesign
Revised August 19, 2015
The landscape of funeral service continues to evolve and NFDA’s governance structure has remained unchanged since 1991. To ensure NFDA is able to uphold a standard of excellence in service to members, an examination of NFDA’s long-standing governance structure was undertaken. The goal was to determine if the current structure effectively and efficiently supports the association’s mission and vision for the future of funeral service.
In April 2015, a dynamic and diverse group of national and state association thought leaders (State Association Leaders, State Executive Directors, Executive Board members, Policy Board members, Educators, NFDA Committee members, NFDA Meet the Mentors former participants, NFDA Past Presidents, Past Executive Board members, Past Policy Board members, and NFDA staff) met to launch an exciting effort to modernize NFDA’s governance. They brainstormed a variety of models from which an initial proposal was created, stipulating that NFDA’s system of governance must ultimately be:
Download the NFDA Vision for the Future Report to learn more about the brainstorming session.
Based on that group’s expertise and insight, the NFDA Executive Board developed and presented an initial governance proposal. The Board then requested feedback from members of NFDA’s Policy Board, Leadership Conference attendees and NFDA membership. After careful consideration of all feedback received, the Board revised the proposal.
Please review the most current proposal (as of 8/19/15) for full details and access to a short feedback form.
Shift from House of Delegates to NFDA Membership
Shift from Executive Board to Board of Directors
Addition of Leadership Development Committee
NFDA has a governing structure that includes a nine-member elected Executive Board, a Policy Board made up of representatives from every state, and a House of Delegates. NFDA’s Constitution and NFDA's Bylaws are the official documents outlining NFDA’s governing structure. The number of delegates is based on the number of members in a state. NFDA strongly encourages its members to participate in these volunteer positions, as well as join one of NFDA’s committees, which focus on NFDA operations, educational opportunities, communications, government relations, and special tasks forces. NFDA also develops funeral service leaders through effective partnerships with allied and state-level funeral associations.
Staffed by 49 employees, NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and has a government relations office in Washington, D.C., which proactively works to ensure that the nation’s lawmakers understand the issues affecting funeral directors and the families they serve. NFDA is classified as a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.
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