According to the report, the organization saw significant progress in two areas:
Membership Interests and Current AffairsA preliminary financial summary indicated that the association operated at a slight loss (equal to 6.2% of total income) for the second year in a row. (IOA 2014 Annual Report.)
- To ensure the association’s consistent leadership and accountability for these various initiatives, we have created job descriptions for all of the committees that clearly outline their scope of work, authority and composition. We believe this will make it easier for members to decide where to volunteer their energy and determine the required levels of commitment.
Association Governance and Oversight
- Approved the formation of three new committees: Volunteer Coordination; Professional Standards and Ethics; and Mentoring Program.
- Addressed membership needs and concerns, while taking a stand regarding mandatory reporting and confidentiality by creating a task force charged with developing recommendations with respect to policy, laws, and regulations related to Title IX and other laws in the United States that impact the ability of ombudsmen to be confidential resources and adhere to IOA Standards of Practice.