NASW Board Takes Action at January 2015 Meeting

Board's Action



Approved the 2015 legislative agenda.

The 2015 legislative agenda was developed and shaped by assessments conducted through interviews, focus groups and surveys of various member groups and stakeholders. Priorities identified were: reimbursement rates, Affordable Care Act integration, student loan forgiveness, strengthening the role of social work in health and human services, and social and economic justice, especially issues that impact our clients.


Received the pre-audited year-to-date financials for the period ending Dec. 31, 2014.

As of Dec. 30, total assets were $14.4 million; total liabilities and deferred income were $12.4 million; and total net assets were $2.0 million.

Approved an increase of $0.9 million in the projected deficit on a provisional basis.

The board approved the increase in the operating deficit permitting the funding of the association’s Annual Leadership Meeting but restraining operational expenses without impacting delivery of services to members.

Approved funding of audiovisual equipment.

As a long-term, cost-reduction measure, the board approved the purchase and installation of audiovisual equipment that would allow the association to facilitate electronic meetings in a more efficient manner.

Accepted the FY 2013-14 consolidated financial and pension audits.

The association’s treasurer and chair of the Audit Committee reported that the association’s auditor, McGladrey, LLP, rendered an unqualified opinion for all audits, which is the highest level of assurance an auditor can give that the financial statements are without any material misstatements, and the auditor further noted no deficiencies in internal controls.

Approved the Audit Committee’s recommendation.

The committee recommended that NASW continue its contractual relationship with the current auditors, McGladrey LLP, for another two years.

Approved the FY 2015-16 budget parameters.

The parameters that will guide the FY 2015-16 budget process are based on the four tenets of the strategic plan, which are: 1) Strengthen financial viability, 2) Increase membership, 3) Strengthen infrastructure, and 4) Create more value for members.


Approved the minutes.

The board voted to approve the minutes of the October 2014 board meeting.

Approved the revised charge for the International Committee.

The charge for the International Committee was revised to more fully reflect the scope of the committee’s responsibilities.

Established the Modernization Workgroup.

The workgroup was charged with synthesizing chapter responses to the recommendations of the Chapter National Modernization Task Force and developing a proposal that would be disseminated to chapter leaders prior to the association’s Annual Leadership Meeting, scheduled for April 29-May 2, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Approved the Awards Committee recommendations for the 2014 NASW National Awards.

The recipients of the 2014 NASW National Awards were named as follows:

  • Social Worker of the Year – Ms. Ana Bonilla-Galdamez, Virginia
  • Lifetime Achievement – Ms. Phyllis Mitzen, Illinois
  • Public Citizen of the Year – The Rev. Ann Helmke, Texas
  • Public Elected Official of the Year – Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)

Notes: This list summarizes the main actions taken by the board at its January 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.