Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, Inc. is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation and is exempt from federal taxes under section 501 (c) (5) which provides exemptions for labor, agricultural or horticultural organizations. NODPA works very closely with Community Alliances of Interdependent Agriculture (CAIA) which is a 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to "enable people to create food and farming systems which improve and sustain ecological, economic and social health through systemic, community based, self-organizing governance." By working closely with CAIA on different projects and activities, NODPA increases it ability to accept funds from foundations and supporters.
The NODPA by laws define members in the following way:
Section 1: Voting Members: Voting members of the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers shall include any organic family dairy farm in the Northeast Region. Each farm shall have one (1) vote.
Section 2: Associate (non-voting) Members: Associate Members of the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance shall be any organization, group or individual that does not produce organic milk.
A fee shall be assessed for Associate Membership. Associate members will not be able to vote on business of the Corporation.
The fee for associate membership has been assessed by the board as the cost of a subscription to the NODPA News.
NODPA has a board of eight members which is made up of the executive officers plus representatives from each state. The board is elected by the state representatives on an annual basis. NODPA doesn't yet have a process for appointing or electing representatives from the different states and we are continuously looking for farmers who are willing to commit some time to participate in the governance of NODPA as state representatives. All board members and state representatives must be voting members of NODPA in good standing which means they are certified organic dairy producers farming in the Northeast. NODPA also has provision for associate members who are not organically certified organic dairy farmers but wish to support the organization.
NODPA's tax returns are prepared by Boiselle, Morton & Associates, Hadley, MA. – less–ZoomInfo