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Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act

Did you know room and board costs outweigh tuition costs at most public universities? CHIA would mean more not-for-profit student housing would be built, improved and maintained, saving future undergraduates potential student loan costs. Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act What is the problem? A discrepancy in the tax code prevents not-for-profit entities from being able to use tax-deductible charitable contributions to build, maintain and improve student housing. Fraternities often lack the financial ability to build new structures and make critical safety improvements to existing facilities. Because of this issue, fraternity members often live in sub-standard housing. Fraternities are losing capacity given that they cannot make the improvements we need to ensure a safe living environment for students. Alumni and donors want to contribute to improve fraternity housing to positively impact member living and learning experience, but are unable to make tax-deductible donations under the current code. What is the solution? The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) (H.R. 1200/S. 736) CHIA eliminates an arbitrary distinction in the current tax code that allows colleges and universities to use charitable contributions to build and maintain student housing but prevents other not-for-profit student housing entities from doing the same. CHIA would result in all not-for-profit housing being treated the same under the law. The text of the bill simply states that a 501(c)(3) organization will not lose its tax-exempt status solely because...

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Government Relations

Effective advocacy programs that strengthen partnerships with higher education along with governmental and legal affairs. Government Relations A solid government relations strategy is so central to the success of fraternities, it is one of the core five priorities (above) of the NIC 2.0 reform. Such advocacy has been critical in our past and it will be in our future. The very existence of fraternities as men’s organizations is enabled by an exemption to Title IX, legislation that NIC Executive Vice President Jack Anson and his interfraternal colleagues lobbied President Gerald Ford for in the mid-1970s. This hallmark example of legislative involvement might seem historical, yet, the value of single-gender organizations is still questioned today. The NIC employs a government relations strategy because advocating for the fraternal experience and the rights and benefits of its members is critical. Let’s dive deeper into the NIC 2.0 priority establishing a government relations program. Effective advocacy programs… The North-American Interfraternity Conference has developed a government relations strategy around three key questions: What are we trying to achieve? How can we foster ownership of the effort? How can we align all constituents around the strategy? The NIC’s answer includes coordination and collaboration within three distinct areas: Relationships Legislative Priorities Education …That strengthen partnerships… The NIC is dedicated to building strong relationships with interfraternal and higher education partners based on transparency, inclusion and respect. Moving...

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Governing Council

Governing Council The collective needs of NIC’s 66 member fraternities are addressed by the Governing Council, which works in concert with a dynamic staff based in Indianapolis. Member fraternities become eligible to have a Governing Council representative by meeting the Council Financial Threshold for annual investment in the operations of the Conference. This can be achieved through member dues, scholarships to educational programs, and other investments in NIC initiatives. Additionally, the Meeting of Members elects two at-large representatives to the Governing Council and the Fraternity Growth Accelerator organizations select a member as their representative. Patrick McGovern Executive Director Acacia James Fleischer Assistant Executive Director Alpha Epsilon Pi Jeremy Slivinksi Executive Director Alpha Kappa Lambda Gordy Heminger President and CEO Alpha Sigma Phi Wynn Smiley CEO Alpha Tau Omega Jeff Rundle Executive Director Beta Theta Pi Marquez Brown Interim Executive Director Delta Chi Patrick Jessee Executive Director & CEO Delta Sigma Phi Jim Russell Executive Vice President Delta Tau Delta Justin Kirk Executive Director Delta Upsilon Kevin Bennett Executive Director Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Larry Wiese Executive Director Kappa Alpha Order Jarrod Cruz-Stipsits Executive Director Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. Buddy Coté Former Archon Phi Gamma Delta Mark Guidi Executive Director Phi Kappa Psi Tom Murphy Executive Director Phi Mu Delta Justin Buck Executive Vice President & CEO Pi Kappa Alpha Mark Timmes CEO Pi Kappa Phi Mike Sophir Chief...

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Staff Directory

Meet the Staff The NIC Staff manages the day-to-day operations of the trade association. They are invested in the future of fraternities and seek to assist you with your needs. Central Contact Information Our offices are located at: North-American Interfraternity Conference 865 W Carmel Drive, Suite 116 Carmel, IN 46032 North-American Interfraternity Conference Main Line: (317) 872-1112 General Email: admin@nicindy.org Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. NIC Foundation Main Line: (317) 872-1112 General Email: foundation@nicindy.org Staff Directory Judson Horras President & CEO jud.horras@nicindy.org Jud leads the operation of the North-American Interfraternity Conference and manages the development of the goals, strategies, plans and policies of NIC 2.0. Mike McRee Chief Operating Officer mike.mcree@nicindy.org Mike focuses on building the infrastructure to support IFCs at the local level, Standards implementation and oversight of NIC’s award-winning educational programs. Julie Burkhard Chief Legislative Officer julie.burkhard@nicindy.org Julie produces effective advocacy programs that strengthen higher education partnerships and utilize government and legal affairs. Heather Kirk Chief Communication Officer heather.kirk@nicindy.org Heather works to advance the brand of fraternity, creates and implements industry-wide response protocols and resources, and directs the communication strategy for the NIC. She manages all media requests. Michael Wilson Chief Financial Officer michael.wilson@nicindy.org Michael leads the NIC’s accounting, as well as the implementation of a data warehouse. The system will allow members to make data-driven decisions, share best practices and streamline operations. Joe Budde Jr. Chief Information...

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NIC Announces UIFI Lead Facilitator Application

While sessions of the 2016 Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) just wrapped up, we are already thinking about next summer’s program. For the first time ever, we are opening an application process for Lead Facilitators for UIFI, the NIC’s premier leadership program. Time and again, talented professionals and volunteers have asked us, “How do I become a Lead Facilitator?” We want to provide a place where seasoned facilitators can express their interest and abilities. The Role of a Lead Facilitator Lead Facilitators play a critical part in making UIFI a reality. They are responsible for on-site session management, training and leading a...

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