As the Alzheimer’s Association experiences simultaneous disaffiliation and consolidation of its chapter network, I recall the months long process which created the association’s State of Relationship. This agreement guided the relationship between the chapters and the national Alzheimer’s Association for more than 15 years.
Through a process which included communication, transparency, feedback, discussion, and compromise, our task force created a consensus agreement which was adopted without modification and approved after a majority vote by the national board and a majority of the more than 220 chapters in existence at the time. The majority vote approving the Statement of Relationship is in sharp contrast to the evenly split vote when the issue of consolidation was considered by the chapters last fall. As a result many chapters are withdrawing from the national association and long term impact of this split yet to be determined.
Here is a link to my recent Nonprofit Quarterly article “Alzheimer’s Association – Cooperation, Competition, or Consolidation?” reflecting on our task force’s efforts.