AMWA Board Pursues Governance Updates
In 2016, the AMWA Board became aware of the need to update AMWA’s governance documents and structure to comply with state and federal laws and current best practices for nonprofit association governance. Legal requirements for nonprofit associations and governance best practices have both undergone reform during AMWA’s 75-year history. AMWA must modernize its governance structure and governing documents to keep pace with this change and to ensure its strength and nimbleness as a nonprofit association. As an important first step in updating our governance documents, on October 8, 2016 the AMWA Board of Directors voted to approve a new AMWA Constitution. AMWA’s current governing documents require approval by three-fourths of AMWA voting members who return their mail ballots within 30 days (by March 6, 2017).
The AMWA Constitution
- The proposed AMWA Constitution will ensure that AMWA is operating in line with best practices for nonprofit association governance.
- The proposed AMWA Constitution provides greater clarity on the roles and responsibilities of AMWA governing bodies.
- The proposed AMWA Constitution streamlines processes to provide greater flexibility; for instance, AMWA could permit electronic ballots in addition to mail-in paper ballots.
- The proposed AMWA Constitution positions AMWA to effectively carry out its mission in compliance with applicable laws.
What do AMWA members need to do?
For a red-lined version of the changes, please review this document.