Starting a State or Regional Affiliate

To start a new state or regional affiliate, you'll need at least 10 NCFR members in the state or region to join the affiliate initially.

(For those interested in becoming NCFR members, learn more about membership levels and benefits here.)

Once you have your 10 NCFR members, you'll need to fill out:

  • an affiliate formation request form, where you'll list your 10 NCFR members. Please email your form to NCFR when you've completed it so we know you're interested.

Then, complete:

  • an officer roster form. You must list a president (who must be an NCFR member), a president-elect, and a secretary/treasurer at minimum.
  • an affiliate activities plan
  • a set of proposed bylaws. We've provided a template for you, a sample from our Southeastern Council on Family Relations.

Once you have emailed your items to NCFR, the Affiliate Councils Board — the executive committee for all affiliates — will review and approve your request, and NCFR staff will assist you with any forms needed for the IRS.

We recognize that your affiliate membership could change from year to year, and that not all will want to join NCFR (though we do encourage national membership). The key continuing requirement is that the affiliate president always is an NCFR member.

As your affiliate gets off the ground, NCFR staff can provide you with access to communication tools for member interaction and announcements of your events, elections, and accomplishments; insurance for events; federal tax exemption; website hosting; and more.

Questions? Email Bethany Cox, NCFR's member relations manager and liaison to the affiliate councils.