A Message from NBOA President and CEO

Jeff Shields headshotDear Colleague,

NBOA is the only national nonprofit membership organization that serves administrators of independent schools' to meet their financial and business operational needs. Since its founding in 1998, the association has grown from 23 member schools to nearly 1,400 schools in the United States, and even more in Canada, Mexico and around the world. 

Our mission is to develop, deliver and promote best business practices to advance independent schools. Our primary content areas include accounting, finance, tax, human resources, facilities, risk management and business technology. As a member school, you will find that NBOA.org provides you access to a robust national community of colleagues through our NBOA Connect online communities, in addition to forms, templates, sample policies, and many more resources. Our website also provides up-to-date information on upcoming professional development programs, including the NBOA Annual Meeting, Business Officer Institute, webinars, online courses and workshops, as well as articlces from our award-winning magazine, Net Assets.  Most notably, NBOA.org provides immediate access to industry guidance, research reports, and other publications. Most of these are available to member schools, complimentary, as part of NBOA membership.

As an NBOA member school, every school administrator gains access to best-in-class tools, training and resources essential to its financial and business operations, including: 

  • Thought Leadership and Best Practices: Gain on-call access to experts in independent school business operations, including NBOA's leadership, staff and volunteers. They include CFOs, HR professionals, heads of school, CPAs, attorneys and data strategists.
  • In-Person & Online Professional Development: Master the complexities of independent school business and operations with NBOA's year-round education and networking opportunities discounted for members and approved for CPE, HRCI & SHRM continuing education credit. Take advantage of 18 one-hour webinars throughout the year at no cost to members.
  • Savings on Supplies & Equipment: Get 35-50% cashback on purchases from hundreds of vendors such as FedEx, CDW, Staples, Xerox, Sherwin-Williams, Pitney Bowes and more, with NBOA's PurchasingPoint® purchasing consortium.
  • Research & Benchmarking: Take a comprehensive look at your school's financial health, sustainability and staffing by tapping into the power of the Business Intelligence for Independent Schools (BIIS) reporting platform. BIIS tools allow you to benchmark your school's financial performance, create financial dashboards and provide insights into areas you might improve. Moreover, NBOA's data analysis and research reports, like the 2021 Tuition Discounting Report, support your leadership's decision-making and long-term planning.
  • Online Networking & Resources: Join the conversations and bounce ideas off your colleagues in NBOA's member's-only online communities. The online discussion forums are packed with lively and timely conversations for business officers, controllers, HR professionals, and facilities and technology leaders. Last year, more than 600 questions were asked and answered through NBOA Connect.

In short, when your school is a member of NBOA, your business, financial and operations staff are no longer on an island, but rather connected to a robust network of colleagues that understand what you do and speak your language. Further, they have information and tools that help solve the challenges your school is facing and, quite frankly, save staff time and your school money.

Thank you for visiting NBOA.org. If you have any questions about NBOA membership, please email us at membership@nboa.org


Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE

NBOA President and CEO
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