Operations

In this section, you'll find a current listing of the JA Member Council, the JA Member Agreement, a current list of member countries not in good standing (updated quarterly), a document outlining network policies and procedures, and sample contract templates. 


JA Member Council

JA Member Council are voted into their positions by their peers, as they represent all the member countries in our network. The current JA Member Council includes:

  • Africa: Mauritius (Michele Lionnet); Senegal (Fatou Samb)

  • Americas: Peru (Carla Muniz); Dominican Republic (Cesar Asiatico)

  • Asia Pacific: Singapore (Hau Yee Ng); Japan (Yoriko Kuroki)

  • Europe: Sweden (Cecelia Nykvist ); Greece (Argiris Tzikopoulos)

  • Middle East & North Africa:  Egypt (Dina Mofty);  Kuwait (Laila Al Mutairi)

  • USA: Jack Kosakowski, Buzzy Thibodeaux


JA Member Documents

Each local JA entity operates independently, with its own fiduciary board, yet is part of a global family of members linked by a common mission, Member Agreement, and Policies and Procedures. 

Download the JA Member Agreement (PDF) | Download JA Policies and Procedures (PDF)


JA Members in Good Standing

We are pleased to share the JA Worldwide Member in Good Standing Status for the period May 1, 2019–July 31, 2019. This report is an important means to communicate the operating strength of the network and has been shared quarterly since 2013. As a network, we’ve paid close attention to the member agreement standards and steadily reduced the number of members not in good standing from nine in 2013 to five this quarter. Thanks to everyone for contributing to this great trend.

To be a member in good standing requires the following:

  1. Timely payment of the member fee

  2. Audited financial statements

  3. Timely submission of data in the Hewitt system as part of the annual reporting process

Beginning with fiscal year 2020 reporting in Hewitt, two additional requirements from the Member Agreement will be determining factors for the Members in Good Standing report. They are as follows: 

  1. Full-time CEO in place

  2. Five-member Board of Directors

In addition to the above, the following four financial metrics will be captured annually in Hewitt, commencing with fiscal year 2020 reporting:

  • Annual Operating Surplus/Deficit

  • Cash on hand

  • Debt ratio

  • Current ratio

These metrics play an important role in determining the financial health of an organization and can be useful in helping Members perform to their highest levels.

May–July 2019 Members in Good Standing

May-July 2019 members in good standing

For the quarter, there are 110 member-countries in good standing and five not in good standing, an increase of two since last quarter. The lack of submitting audit reports and non-payment of member fees caused the five countries to be not in good standing. At times, one might wonder the significance of audit reports. Why do we care? JA’s reputation as one of the foremost not-for-profits serving young people has been built over 100 years and is one of the reasons organizations, individuals and other partners want to work with us. Being able to concretely demonstrate we manage our finances well is an asset, especially as our funders turn to us to make impact in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. 

 JA is a network that values the highest standards of integrity, accountability, and operational excellence, and this is universal across vast geographies and varying language and culture. We are united in upholding these core values and ensuring JA’s reputation and brand shine brightly across the globe.  We are indebted to staff members for their service and selfless commitment to JA’s mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

As a reminder, those identified as a “Member in Good Standing” are afforded a variety of privileges and opportunities not available to those who do not meet those minimum requirements as provided for in the Member Agreement. A few of these member privileges include pass-through funding, access to JA programs, and attendance at regional and global events and conferences. “Inactive” status covers those JA organizations that are not currently operating with a long-term plan, are under discussion for restart, or are in the process of a formal shutdown. As of this quarter, one member is listed as inactive, Senegal. 

For a member country that has been “Not in Good Standing” for three consecutive quarters, an informal review will be initiated by the respective ROC. Formal reviews, to facilitate closure of gaps or possible termination of the Member Agreement, follow an informal review, if needed. We want to thank the Member Council representatives for their support and their willingness to step up and participate in Formal Reviews when needed.

As noted last quarter, the country of Swaziland has changed its name to Eswatini. In addition, Dutch Caribbean Islands has changed its name to Curacao. Both name changes are noted in this report.

Special thanks to ROC staff and Joe Tortora and Debbie Williams, who work closely with member countries to prepare this report. Please contact your regional president or Debbie Williams if you have questions regarding your status or have suggestions to make the report more helpful.

Thank you for all you do for JA. Not many NGOs can claim a proud history of serving young people for 100 years. Our power comes from the tireless and passionate commitment from staff, volunteers, teachers, board members, corporations and individuals to make a difference in the world. Here’s to continued success and impact in the next 100 years!


Contract Templates

Partnerships that grow our reach often require legal tools to ensure a smooth relationships. Below, you'll find an example memorandum of agreement and an example non-disclosure agreement. These documents are meant to serve as examples only; the language in this document should be reviewed to ensure it complies with your local and national laws. (The content of these documents are based on U.S. law. Certain terms and conditions may not apply in your legal jurisdiction.)

Download JA Memorandum of Agreement example (Word doc) | Download JA Non-Disclosure Agreement example (Word doc)