The Board Takes Action (July 2015)

May 2015

Board's Action



Adopted the revised position statement on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and conversion therapy with LGBT persons.

The position statement, which was approved by the board in 2000, was updated and has used the more current term, sexual orientation change effort (SOCE). The statement opposes the use of methods, practices or therapies — such as psychotherapy, medical, religious and spiritual approaches, and aversion therapy, as well as sexual violence — to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.


Action Received the preaudited year-to-date financials for the period ending March 31, 2015.

Context: As of March 31, total assets were $14.9 million; total liabilities and deferred income were $13.3 million; and total net assets were $1.6 million.

Approved the FY 2015-16 budget with the proviso that member dues are increased effective Oct. 1, 2015.

In response to the financial concerns of our members, NASW has held dues rates steady for 10 years. During this time, the cumulative cost of living (COLA) has increased by approximately 22 percent. The dues increase is necessary in order for NASW to continue to offer valuable products, services and experiences to members and to effectively represent social workers at the local and national levels.

Amended the investment policy.

As recommended by the Finance Committee, the NASW National Office Investment Policy was amended to include international bonds within the fixed income category.


Approved the minutes.

The board voted to approve the minutes of the January 2015 board meeting.

Established the Modernization & Revitalization Workgroup.

The workgroup was charged with synthesizing responses to the Modernization Workgroup’s proposal that was discussed during the Annual Leadership Meeting and developing a proposal for consideration by the board at its June 26 meeting.

Notes: This list summarizes the main actions taken by the board at its May 2015 meeting. An action by the board to “accept” a report does not imply approval of the report in its entirety. Recommendations included in a report presented to the board for action are adopted only when the board takes specific action to do so.