What does it mean to be affiliated with YNPN National?

A:

For many years our network has been united by a shared brand and shared values. As our network has grown, our needs for infrastructure and strong network connections have grown with it. The Chapter Operating System addresses these needs and allows us to invest in shared infrastructure, strengthen network connections, and provide chapters with improved support and services.

The affiliation agreements that we ask chapters to sign:

  • Lays out basic policies and practices that National and Chapters will be held accountable to.

  • Creates an official relationship between National and Chapters that allows us to leverage our collective bargaining for services such umbrella insurance.

  • Also creates clear delineations between Chapters and National to help protect members of the network from liability.

Chapter Affiliation Levels

 

Startup

Novice

Established

Network Leader

Meet startup requirements around chapter leadership and basic infrastructure

x

x

x

x

Using Nationbuilder as CRM & CMS

 

x

x

x

Making Network Investment

 

x

x

x

Defined membership

 

x

x

x

Legal Status

 

x

x

x

Bank Account

 

x

x

x

Signed Affiliation Agreement

 

x

x

x

2+ years as part of the network

   

x

x

Maintaining basic levels of chapter programming, infrastructure, and network contributions

 

x

x

x

Maintaining exceptional levels of chapter programming, infrastructure, and network contributions*

     

x

*To be determined via network governance & chapter decision-making process.

 

Do chapters have to have a 501c3 status to become affiliated?

A:

The affiliation agreement can only be signed by a representative of a legal entity.  So chapters need to have some form of legal status in order to become affiliated but do not necessarily have to be a 501c3.

As part of our development of the Chapter OS, we determined that the strongest model for balancing network connection and chapter autonomy was for each chapter to exist as its own legal entity. This allows chapters to operate independently and have greater control over their own finances.

There are different types of legal statuses that would allow chapters to do things like open a bank account or fundraise including fiscal sponsorship, state level incorporation and, of course, federal tax exemptions (501c3, 501c6, etc.) Chapters can incorporate within their state and may even be able to receive a state nonprofit designation as a precursor to obtaining their federal tax exempt status. We have developed a set of resources to help chapters understand their basic scope of options. But see your relevant state laws for more information on how to incorporate in your state and what designations might be available to you at the state level.

What happens to a chapter if the board makes the decision not to affiliate?

A:

Clear lines of affiliation are critical for the strength, growth, and safety of the network.  As such, for the good of the overall network we are requiring chapters to affiliate in order to be considered an official YNPN chapter.   

That said, we are also interested in hearing the concerns and working with chapters who vote not to affiliate.  Chapters in this position should contact your point person at YNPN National to further discuss the matter.