The National Education and Empowerment Coalition, Inc. (NEEC) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated and committed to empowering individual lives through the pursuit of education, healthy communities, and civic engagement.
The mission of the National Education and Empowerment Coalition is to develop and promote communication and advocacy skills via conferences, workshops and educational programs that will empower individuals to recognize the moral imperative in creating a more civil society where diversity and inclusion are embraced.
The National Education and Empowerment Coalition’s vision is based on the theme Rise, Advocate, Educate, and Cooperate, and is designed to inspire individuals and community organizations across racial lines to become engaged and become positive contributors to society. The vision of the National Education and Education Coalition is intended to ignite a spirit of conversation, collaboration, and community service among present and future leaders of America with an emphasis on the history of civil rights and that healthy, safe and respectful communities are necessary to accomplish social change.
The National Education and Empowerment Coalition, Inc. (NEEC-INC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated and committed to empowering individuals and communities through the pursuit of educational opportunities, healthy community activities, and civic engagement.
January 2014 - Present
Along with individual Board member’s responsibilities, the NEEC Board of Directors is responsible for the overarching tasks designed to set forth criteria by which the board may periodically review the Coalition, its performance, and ensure measures of accountability.
The Board’s fundamental responsibility is to ensure that everyone connected directly or indirectly with the Coalition understands its reasons for existing. This usually takes the form of a written mission statement. In addition to ensuring that the Coalition has a modern statement of what it is, represents, and does, the Board should periodically review the statement’s adequacy, accuracy, and viability. Further, the Board should explain what makes the Coalition distinctive and select, and present a compelling reason for individuals, foundations, and corporations to support it financially. The Board sets the stage for developing fundraising strategies and strategic planning.
Board members must be involved extensively in the strategic planning process if they and the Board as a whole are to assume proper ownership of the plan and otherwise help implement many of the plan’s goals and objectives, including the acquisition of new resources. The Board’s role is essentially one of asking the right questions, expecting adequate answers, and serving as resources in areas of personal and professional expertise.
The Coalition is only as effective as it has resources to meet its purposes. Providing adequate resources is, first and foremost, a Board responsibility. Every Board member should inventory his/her connections with potentially helpful givers, and the Board should accept an obligation in this area. All prospective Board members should understand that an annual gift (of $1,000 donation or raised cash contribution) is one of the Board’s expectations. The Board should periodically consider and approve a written statement of needs that extends in more detail what is presented in the organization’s statement of mission and purposes. Again, fundraising is a full Board function; the appropriate standing committee is simply the Board’s agent to help coordinate the work of the Board members and any fundraising staff.
An essential part of serving the public trust is protecting accumulated assets and ensuring that current income is appropriately managed. Because organizations are incorporated and granted tax-exempt status by state and federal laws to fulfill a public need, the Board’s obligations go well beyond its organization’s members, constituents, or clients.
The Board’s fundamental role begins with the question of whether current and proposed programs and services are consistent with the Coalition’s stated mission and purposes. Given limited resources and unlimited demands, the Board must decide among competing priorities.
The Board serves as a link between the Coalition’s staff or volunteers and its members, constituents or clients. Outlined achievements, contributions to the public good, and explanations for how gifts, grants, and other revenue sources are allocated, are all part of the process. Written annual reports, timely and informative press releases, consistent communication initiatives with community and government leaders, and timely speeches by appropriate Board members to civic and community groups are essential elements of a comprehensive public relations strategy.
The Board of Directors should be open to self-evaluation and regularly review its composition to ensure constituent representation, board expertise, and commitment. Board members perform their responsibilities through regular meetings and a committee structure appropriate for the size of the board and organization.
The Board should ensure that (1) the Coalition follows the law, (2) Board members attend most Board meetings, (3) Board members participate in coalition-sponsored conferences and events, and (4) Board members perform other assigned duties.