2017 Committees

2017 Committee Charters and Activities

Advocacy Committee

  • educate about the laws pertaining to home funerals
  • advocate for families’ rights

Activities:

  •  act as point persons for legislative challenges
  • write letters to policymakers advocating for home funeral rights when home funeral rights are being challenged legislatively
  • report topics of interest to the committee and the board
  • coordinate concerted efforts to educate policymakers through visits and outreach
  • develop materials to educate the public about their rights and responsibilities
  • track legislative outreach efforts

Communications Committee

This requires intermediate to advanced computer skills as database management is part of this committee.

  • respond to general public inquiries and media requests
  • craft the NHFA brand and message
  • oversee development and design of all NHFA promotional materials
  • oversee educational outreach programs

Activities:

  • maintain the NHFA website, including directories and archives
  • produce a monthly e-newsletter for friends and members
  • create music lists, book lists, audio and video archives
  • solicit first person home funeral stories
  • design brochures, presentations, posters, retractables for member use
  • write and publish books, pamphlets, online webinars or classes for sale
  • create and publicize webinars
  • produce, proofread and edit NHFA materials prior to publication or distribution
  • maintain and grow the NHFA YouTube Channel
  • coordinate promotion on social media, Facebook, Twitter
  • seek out and create joint project opportunities with sister organizations
  • oversee and track monthly conference calls

Events Committee

  • oganize the biennial conference
  • organize and administer special events
  • coordinate board retreats with Executive Committee

Activities:

  • confirm guests and presenters
  • develop content and create schedules
  • coordinate with event venue
  • coordinate meal plans and room reservations
  • set up payment and registration processes
  • give updated information, images, copy to coms committee to update website and other materials
  • provide event publicity data to the Communications Committee
  • solicit, manage and oversee presenter’s tables, and sales tables at the event
  • track processes and procedures in the Event Manual
  • prepare a conference budget with the assistance of the Treasurer

Finance Committee

This requires intermediate to advanced computer skills as database management is part of this committee.

  • ensure that complete, accurate financial records are maintained
  • ensure that yearly federal and state tax returns are filed in a timely manner
  • research and advise on the protection of organization’s financial assets

Activities:

  • aid Treasurer in the development of the annual budget
  • oversee compliance with local, state and federal regulations governing nonprofit financial reporting
  • track income and expenditures
  • submit monthly financial statements to the Board (balance sheet and income statement)
  • report monthly to the Board on pledges, donations

Fundraising Committee

  • seek and raise funds to support operations and programs

Activities:

  • identify grant funding needs and match to foundations
  • solicit sponsors, vendors and donors for conferences and events
  • create online giving opportunities
  • develop ideas for items for sale to the public online and at events with Communication Committee
  • set up and publicize online fundraising programs such as AmazonSmiles, GoFundMe
  • organize silent auctions, other fundraising events
  • track income and expenditures of outreach activities

Membership Committee

This requires intermediate to advanced computer skills as database management is part of this committee.

  • maintain records and perform outreach
  • manage volunteer programs

Activities:

  • monitor membership database (format as needed to be style consistent; if new members have a special skill or want to volunteer, refer them to the correct person; pull reports for other board members as requested; prepare a monthly report for the board as to how many new members have joined; search for duplicates and remove if found)
  • recruit volunteers, assign and manage activities, maintain volunteer hours, create volunteer recognition programs
  • write thank you notes or emails, respond to donors
  • respond to inquiries from the public regarding membership questions
  • plan and coordinate regional groups