Alzheimer’s Association’s Statement of Relationship – A Brief History

In the fall of 2009 the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (“ENC”) board of directors voted to disaffiliate from the national Alzheimer’s Association (“National’) headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.  I understand National then responded in kind.   As with many soured relationships, there was a long history between the two parties preceding their actions. 

I was not involved in this dispute nor the later disaffiliation process and arbitration hearings which culminated in an arbitration award in the spring of 2011.  However,  I was involved in the history and process which guided their disaffiliation and arbitration process.   Thus, it is perhaps appropriate my first several entries will discuss some of my history and involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association.  That’s where my journey began more than twenty years ago.  

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About Marty Martin, JD MPA

Marty Martin, JD MPA, Martin Law Firm, Raleigh, North Carolina, provides legal, tax, and training services related to nonprofit, tax-exempt, and social enterprise organizations serving local, regional, state, national, and international constituencies. He works with them throughout their lifecycle including start up, operations and management, board governance, merger, and closing down. He is a BoardSource Certified Consultant and Governance Trainer and CCAT Certified Facilitator. He has served as a senior an instructor with the Duke Nonprofit Management, Intensive, and Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership programs. Martin served for three years on the IRS Advisory Committee for Tax Exempt and Government Entities ("ACT"). He was awarded the IRS TEGE Commissioner's Award which "is the highest honor of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, and the highest honor we can personally bestow" for his service. He received a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in managing nonprofit and public sector organizations from the Harvard Kennedy School and Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from Western New England University School of Law. He completed advanced training in nonprofit organizations from: Harvard Business School's Initiative on Social Enterprise; Harvard Kennedy School's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations; Duke University's Nonprofit Management Program; University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business; Center for Creative Leadership; BoardSource; and the TCC Group.
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