Keeping the Peace: When Members and Their Association Disagree on Public Policy

Keeping the Peace: When Members and Their Association Disagree on Public Policy

March 17, 2015 By: Thomas P. Kimbis

When your board takes a policy position, it has the collective best interests of your members at heart. But sometimes a position may put the board at odds with individual members. When consensus is hard to reach, following a few common-sense tips can keep your board from getting bogged down in conflict.

A trade association is typically formed as nonprofit corporation to promote the common interests of its members and their industry as a whole. A major focus of most associations, of course, is influencing local, state, federal, or international public policy. ...