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!