Guidelines for Joint Ventures with State or Local Leagues

The policies that follow apply to joint ventures between state and local Leagues and LWVUS or, when appropriate, LWVEF.  LWVEF joint ventures must be directed toward public education.

OBJECTIVES FOR JOINT VENTURES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1.   To get the business of the League or the Education Fund done in an effective and expeditious manner.

2.   To maximize the potential of our network to accomplish the League’s mission and vision of the future.

3.   To encourage Leagues at all levels to find new ways of doing League work through joint ventures.

4.   To encourage greater cooperative efforts among all levels of Leagues and the national staff.

5.   To build a stronger League of Women Voters and, when appropriate, to enhance LWVEF’s educational outreach, through joint efforts of the LWVUS board and staff and state and local Leagues on a given project.

Criteria for use by LWVUS/EF standing committees when reviewing projects and presenting recommendations to the boards:

1.   Supports LWVUS mission statement or LWVEF mission statement and 501 (c)(3) status.

2.   Supports LWVUS or LWVEF Vision and Strategies.

3.   Is national in scope (has implications for the organization as a whole).

4.   Helps LWVUS or LWVEF do its work more effectively and efficiently.

5.   Can be accomplished within the current budget parameters, recognizing that convention-established priorities take precedence in LWVUS.

6.   Are creative and designed to appeal to a diverse audience.

7.   Can be accomplished without giving those Leagues involved an unfair advantage over other Leagues.

The process for entering into a joint venture is as follows:

1.   The proposal submitted to the LWVUS or LWVEF must include the following:

a.   Goals of the project and strategies;
b.   Outline of the project;
c.   Timeline;
d.   Expectations for staff and board support;
e.   Individual task assignments for the state or local League and for LWVUS or LWVEF;
f.    Estimated budget and sources of funds;
g.   Estimated cost to the state or local League and to LWVUS or LWVEF;
h.   Estimated impact on applicant’s state or local League and impact on other state or local Leagues;
i.    Letters of endorsement for the project from the appropriate League entity (entities), including the state League if it is a local League project;
j.    Personal references for the project leader(s) specific to the League and the project;
k.   Criteria for evaluation of the project.

2. Members of the appropriate standing committee review the proposal and advise chair.  Committee chair or her designee and staff review the proposal and submit a counterproposal that includes times for project evaluation and progress reports to the committee and national board.  At this point, a pilot project may be recommended.  Personal references will be checked at this time.

3. Follow this procedure until an agreement is reached.  The final result must be a mutually approved, clear agreement with accountability assigned throughout.

4. Appropriate committee reviews the final agreement and makes their recommendation to the LWVUS or LWVEF board.

5. The LWVUS or LWVEF board takes the project under consideration and makes a decision.

6. A board member is assigned to the project once the board decides to proceed, as is current practice with LWVEF projects.

7. Progress reports as well as a final report are made to the board, evaluating the project and making recommendations for future expansion, duplication, etc.