How to start a national organization
The Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) NATIONAL ORGANIZATION Guide has been adapted with permission from The National Association of Neonatal Nurses' (NANN) "How to Start a National organization" that was originally designed by the Affiliation Committee of NANN.
The first section, "What You Should Know About National Organizations," provides a brief history of the development of national organizations and COINN's relationship with its local affiliates. The second section "Overview of the Affiliation Process", outlines a six meeting approach to national organization, while the subsequent sections provide in-depth information about specific organizational functions—structure, membership recruitment, meetings, finances, bylaws, nominations and elections, insignia development ,and petition filing.
You are encouraged to maintain close contact with your regional liaison or a member of the COINN Board of Directors throughout the affiliation process. All board members have been involved in their own national organization's development and can serve as an important source in offering both formal guidance and practical tips.
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