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Overview NAWIC Detroit

Updated October, 2014

Financial & Status Questions


 Board of Directors

NAWIC Detroit is a not-for-profit, 501C6 professional organization.

The IRS limits us to a certain balance in our monetary accounts. If you exceed this number, you are no longer considered to be not-for-profit.

Fundraising Initiatives

NAWIC Detroit has several fundraising activities each year.  Our primary fundraisers are corporate sponsorships, the silent auction held at the Construction Industry Night Event, and the annual golf outing. We also obtain a small amount of funding from member dues. Currently $69 of your dues goes to the chapter.

Event sponsors are solicited for Block Kids, MAGIC Camp, the Golf Outing, and Construction Industry Night. These sponsorships are different than general fundraising as those dollars donated are specifically earmarked for the events. Meeting fees are much the same – the per person meeting fee covers our actual costs.

Our highest outlay is our scholarships.

Funding Accountability

At each board meeting, the treasurer presents a report. This report includes an update of all budget items, checks written from our account, and received monies.

The board is required to inform the membership that we are in good standing. Once a year (prior to preparation of tax documents), our books are audited by a 3 person team consisting of the general membership and assisted by the Treasurer.

All 501c organizations must file tax returns. NAWIC e-files a short form.


There are 3 required committees called “standing committees”. These are: Membership, Finance, and Professional Development & Education. We also have the Scholar Golf Benefit Outing, PR/Marketing, Block Kids, Project:Accelerate!, Ways and Means, scholarships, and Construction Industry Night.

3. How do I volunteer to be on a committee? Contact the committee lead or aby member of the Board of Directors. If a committee is unchaired, but you are interested in it, one of the board members will step up to mentor you and assist in your interest.

Forum, APC, State Meeting, National Education

What are these events?

Regional forums take place in the spring (typically April or May). Detroit belongs to Region 4 which includes Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. ​

APC, or Annual Planning Convention is a 1 day session typically held near the end of October or the first part of November. Each region hosts its own APC. APC consists of business meetings (introduction of candidates for national office and regional director; upcoming issues the national officers will be reviewing, and regional committee reports. There are also educational break-out sessions and a fun event the evening before.

State Meeting typically occurs the first or second week of August. Each chapter president gives a short presentation on what their groups accomplished over the previous year and what we have upcoming. We then have a keynote speaker and enjoy networking with our fellow Michiganders.

National Education Conference is a 3 day national convention typically held the last part of August. The format is similar to regional forums, with all NAWIC regions represented. In the past, we have also seen attendance from affiliated groups such as the South African Association of Women in Construction.


The board consists of (at a minimum) president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and one director for each 10 members-at-large.

The board is tasked with the general operations of the group – making sure the committees are on track, our monies are accounted for, and we are meeting the requirements of National and Chapter bylaws and standing rules.

Meetings are open. You do not need to be an officer to attend the board meeting. Attending the board meeting probably gives more insight to the operations of the group than other step you may take to learn more about us.

Board meetings are typically scheduled the second Tuesday of each month. Other meetings, events and networking opportunities are peppered throughout the month both during the day and before and after business hours.


Any member may request meeting minutes, and they may be posted in a members only section of our website. However, the treasurer’s report is not included in the meeting minutes issued to members at large. A brief summary of the board meeting is also provided at the monthly business meeting. 

Membership Meetings

Membership/Budiness meetings are opportunities for our general membership and guests to network and be updated on Chapter events, opportunities and general news. This meeting is usually held in association with a scheduled tour, lecture, or other event.

The number of meetings is dictated by the National bylaws. We operate under rules for small groups, rather than the more formal Robert’s rules. If there are no items to vote on, and because we do not follow Robert’s rules, the business meeting may sound more like announcements.

Special Programs

There are a number of special programs we support, many of which are youth education programs.

Block Kids: (Lego building competition for 1st through 6th graders.

CAD/Design Drafting Competion: (for high school students).

College Scholarships

Tradeswoman Scholarship

Michigan Construction Career Days

Project: Accellerate! This initiative is a six week survey of training, employment and educational opportunities for adult women interested in expanding, shifting or embarking in a career in the construction or related fields.

Toy Collection: We do not provide monetary support, but collect toy donations for DMC for distribution to sick kids who are hospitalized during the holidays.

HABITAT Oakland:   We partner to provide monetary and woman power support to their Woman Build endeavor.

Asa member, you can find out more about the inner workings of NAWIC Detroit by contacting any board member, or by attending (a) board meeting(s). You can also find out about the National operations and required bylaws of the chapters by trolling through the “members only” section of the National Website.  www,nawic.org