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The North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) is a membership organization that acts as a catalyst to serve, empower and promote the Associate-Religious relationship.

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A vibrant, viable organization that collaborates with regional partners to promote association in all its forms.

November 2013

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jconnollyIn our continued effort to be transparent and accountable, here is a summary of our fall in-person Board of Directors meeting.

Our fall in-person Board meeting was held November 5-8, at the Benedictine Retreat Center in Benet Lake, Wisconsin. In addition to receiving and responding to routine Board business, we received and processed two significant reports the Board had commissioned to support decision-making as we look to the future.

The first report received was a Fund Development Readiness Assessment report prepared by Sr. Madeline Franze, SSJ, CFRE and Sr. Mary McFadden, SSJ, CFRE. This fund development readiness assessment and report was made possible by a generous in-kind donation from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. The report noted that interviewees shared that “there are many advantages in belonging to NACAR” and that most acknowledged that the Board is “fully committed and generous in their service.” The report also noted that despite these efforts, we have not always “communicated in an effective manner.” Many of the individuals interviewed were not aware of NACAR’s published annual report, which includes financial information, nor were they aware of all of the benefits offered. Another significant challenge is that the “average Associate probably knows very little about NACAR” and that NACAR was frequently described as “a best kept secret.”

The second report was a Communications Audit conducted by Donna Heckler and funded by a grant from The Father’s Table. Like the fund development readiness assessment, the communication audit confirmed that “NACAR does add value.” Similar concerns were also raised regarding “who NACAR serves” and “lack of awareness” about benefits and resources. Both reports highlighted the difficulty of consistent communication, marketing, and fund development because NACAR does not have an Executive Director.

The Board prayed together, shared together, and worked together. We began the initial exploration of different scenarios including one that suggested the possibility of coming to completion as an organization. As a Board, we believe that NACAR does have a lot to offer the Associate-Religious movement and the people of God. As a result, an initial plan of next steps is in process and will be shared with you in the coming months. We will also continue to look for ways to collaborate with other organizations and to continue to seek new Board and committee members representing the diversity of NACAR.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who participated in the Fund Development Readiness Assessment and the Communications Survey. Your honest feedback will help us work together to give witness to the Associate way of life in our world today.

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