The NC Advocates for Justice weathered the challenges of COVID and emerged stronger than ever.
That was the optimistic assessment of Executive Director Kim Crouch in her “State of the Association” speech at the NCAJ Annual Meeting.
“NCAJ has been through much transformation these past few years,” said Crouch. “It has had to wrestle with many tough questions and make many difficult decisions. But each bump in the road has allowed NCAJ to grow stronger than ever before and to prepare itself for an incredibly bright and successful future.”
Read this post on the NCAJ blog about the “State of the Association” remarks from Executive Director Kim Crouch.
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NCAJ is Going Strong
Early in the pandemic, NCAJ was able to successfully pivot all its programming to remote meetings and socially distanced events.
“We continued to provide member value with timely and relevant member programming, and we adapted quickly to use the technology available to deliver targeted CLEs in a seamless manner,” said Crouch. “We held over 30 member programs over the course of the year. In the beginning, we focused on helping members use digital tools – Zoom, Slack, Jabber, Box, etc. Over time we moved on to mental health and social programs along with more substantive topics. “
Other highlights from the NCAJ State of the Association address:
- NCAJ has 2,154 members and $1.28 million in membership revenue for the 2021-2022 year.
- The association is on track to end the year with a balanced budget.
- NCAJ CLE income will likely surpass its goal of $672,000 and may reach $720,000.
- Skills Academy has been a success.
- The Diversity and Inclusion Committee offers monthly member programming. The association held its third annual Diversity and Inclusion conference virtually in the fall of 2020.
- NCAJ is settling into its new home at 700 Corporate Center Drive, Raleigh.
- NCAJ streamlined its membership model to be simpler and more equitable.
- NCAJ revamped its weekly Community View membership newsletter and upgraded its quarterly Trial Briefs magazine. NCAJ also has a robust social media presence on all the most-used platforms.
- NCAJ is in the process of creating NCAJ videos and podcasts. The video project was launched with a tribute to former President Emeritus Charlie Blanchard.
- The leadership program NCAJ NEXT is slated to launch in the fall of 2021.
- NCAJ is revamping its website and creating a brand awareness campaign.
Source: NCAJ blog
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