Thank you for your interest in NDSC Board service. The NDSC Board is a collegial group with a family feel. Like any Board of Directors, ours directs policy and has fiduciary oversight. However, unlike many boards, ours is a “working” group that is heavily involved in the successful operation of the organization. This responsibility can be time-consuming, but is also highly rewarding.
- Board Member Responsibilities
- Be a member in good standing of the NDSC.
- Participate as an active member of NDSC committee(s).
- Within first term, chair a committee (include coordination of committee activities throughout the year, preparation of reports to the Board, development of responses to the membership on matters within committee purview).
- Personally assume responsibility for paying all expenses related to Board membership (e.g. travel expenses to attend Board meetings; incidental telephone and postage expenses; convention registration).
- Attend all Board meetings (a minimum of two meetings per year for the full Board). Executive Committee members participate in monthly conference calls.
- Contribute to annual fundraising appeal and other special efforts, if any.
- The Board and its directors hold a fiduciary trust to see that the organization functions properly.
Duty of Care
– Act as an ordinary, prudent person would in a similar circumstance. This requires diligent, attentive, informed participation.
Duty of Loyalty
– Act in good faith, in the best interests of the organization. Duty of loyalty imposes procedural safeguards and standards of substantive fairness in situations where there is a conflict of interest; when there is a director on both sides of a transaction, or when the director and the organization are in competition on one side of a transaction.
Duty of Obedience
– Act to ensure the organization operates in keeping with the laws and rules governing its formation and status and in accordance with its own bylaws and mission.
- Nominating Process
- Any member in good standing of the NDSC is eligible for nomination to the Board of Directors.
- Self-nominations as well as nominations by third parties are accepted (provided the third party has secured the consent of the nominee).
- As required in the NDSC By-Laws, the Nominating Committee is made up of the Immediate Past President (Chair), two current Board members, and two persons from the general membership.
- The Nominating Committee convenes to review applications and to prepare a slate of candidates for presentation at the annual General Membership Meeting held in conjunction with the NDSC Annual Convention.
- After the presentation of the slate of candidates from the Nominating Committee, nominations from the floor are allowed.
- The Board of Directors, including newly elected Board members, convenes immediately following the General Membership meeting to elect its officers (Executive Committee).
- Each year a self-advocate is elected, through a separate parallel process, by his or her peers.
- Makeup of the Board Membership
- The NDSC seeks wide representation in its Board membership and considers factors such as geographical representation, age of family member(s) with Down syndrome, parent/professional status, areas of expertise, ethnic representation, local affiliate experience, and prior experience on non-profit boards. NDSC members are encouraged to be active committee members and to attend a Board meeting prior to being nominated to the Board.
- Terms of Office
- The NDSC is governed by a board of 23 directors. Each director is elected to serve a three year term or the remainder of an unexpired term, if there is a vacancy. Directors may serve for up to three consecutive terms (maximum of nine years). There is an exception for a term extension so that an individual may serve a full 3 years as President and then serve as immediate Past President.
- Mission Statement
- The mission of the National Down Syndrome Congress is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.
- Vision Statement
- The vision of the National Down Syndrome Congress is a world with equal rights and opportunities for people with Down syndrome.
- Purpose Statement
It is the purpose of the National Down Syndrome Congress to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of persons with Down syndrome.
That purpose is enhanced by the commitment of the NDSC to:
- Promote the availability of and accessibility to a full range of opportunities and/or resources that meet individual and family needs.
- Build a sense of community and fellowship for all persons concerned with Down syndrome.
- Provide leadership in the formation of public policy.
- Encourage ethically responsible research related to all aspects of Down syndrome.
- Educate professionals, parents and community in all aspects relating to Down syndrome.
- Foster self-advocacy and acknowledge the importance of self-actualization for persons with Down syndrome.
- Recognize and advance the full range of rights of all persons with Down syndrome.
- Promote full participation of persons with Down syndrome in all aspects of community life.
- Recognize the variability of personal needs and respect individual choices.
- Promote policies and practices that sustain cultural and linguistic competency.
- Develop and disseminate position statements on major issues related to Down syndrome.
- Provide a network for linking of state and local groups and affiliates.
- Foster and enhance relationships with the NDSC community and the broader disability communit.y
- Additional Information
- Contact : Brooks Robinson, Nominating Committee Chair (30 Mansell Court, Suite 108, Roswell, GA 30076; firstname.lastname@example.org)