Co-da - \ˈkō-də\  (n.)

  1. a concluding section, esp. one serving as a summation of preceding themes.  Codas are common in the climax of the main body of a piece and are often created by working an idea through to its structural conclusion.
  2. The Advisory Council of Western Arts Alliance.

CODA has been established by the WAA Board as the advisory council of Western Arts Alliance, in accordance with WAA’s most recent strategic plan.  CODA’s purpose is to further WAA’s interests by helping provide for the organization’s financial stability, providing advice and service to the Executive Director and the Board, and establishing a forum within which former directors and officers may continue to serve WAA and its members.  The experience, institutional memory, and commitment of ‘retired’ directors and officers constitute a powerful resource for WAA; CODA will provide the framework within which these forces can be leveraged. 

Relationship to the Board of Directors:  The Board is the governing body of WAA.  CODA is a volunteer group, accountable to the Board and committed to helping realize the Board’s goals.  The Immediate Past President will serve as the liaison between CODA and the Board. 

CODA Member Eligibility: All former members of the Board of Directors who have completed their terms in good standing are eligible.  Members of WAA who have not served on the Board, but who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary commitment and committee service may invited to participate upon recommendation of the WAA Executive Committee and Executive Director.

To Join: Eligible individuals may join CODA with a minimum gift of $100 a year. Please download the CODA Donation Form, make your gift, and submit to WAA. 

Term Limits:  There are no term limits attached to membership in CODA.  Members are expected to make an annual financial commitment (see below) and to assist as needed in the realization of CODA’s programs and projects.  Members may resign at any time if they choose to become inactive. Members in good standing may serve indefinitely. There are no minimum or maximum number of members allowed to serve CODA.

Leadership and Governance:  A small and nimble leadership team has been established: the CODA Council, consisting initially of Aaron Egigian, David Fischer, Julia Glawe, and John Haynes.  Additional eligible members will be encouraged to join the Council by consensus of the current Council, WAA’s Executive Committee, and Executive Director.  The Council will select one of its members to act informally as chair, with the responsibility to convene meetings, coordinate activities, and ensure communication among its members as needed.  The Immediate Past President, however, shall not serve as chair of the Coda Council.  The Council will always work in collaboration and maintain clear communications with the WAA Board. Council terms of service will run concurrently with the planning & execution of WAA’s biennial The WAA Institute.  Every two years, the CODA Council will ask the WAA Board for endorsement of its leadership team.

Annual Financial Commitment:  Members are expected to make an annual financial commitment to WAA, through CODA, that meets two criteria: (1) is a thoughtful donation that is meaningful in the context of the member’s financial capacity, and (2) compares favorably with the upper range of the member’s other charitable donations.  There is no minimum expectation; CODA’s members will represent a wide range of ability.  Many of CODA’s members may be retired or nearing retirement.  No hierarchy of influence or reputation will be established according to the size of member donations, all of which will be received and recorded discreetly by WAA staff.  Member’s gifts are tax deductible to the extent of the law.  Members are encouraged to either give or pledge during the first quarter of WAA’s fiscal year (July 1 – September 30.)

Allocation of CODA donations: Initially, 50% of the total of annual CODA donations will be designated as general operations funding for WAA. CODA donations will not be budgeted as projected income by the Board, however; they are intended to create an operating cash reserve and a cushion against deficit.  Over time, it is hoped that CODA donations and CODA fundraising initiatives will grow to make a significant impact on WAA’s finances and, consequently, on WAA’s ability to serve its members.  The remaining 50% of the total of annual contributed income will be placed in a designated fund, to be allocated to Board-approved initiatives by mutual agreement of the Coda Council and the Executive Committee of WAA’s Board of Directors. 

Principle Activities of CODA

CODA will take the lead in establishing a new manifestation of the dormant WAA Institute.  The WAA INSTITUTE is a joint program of CODA and WAA’s NextGen, and is planned as a biennial leadership retreat organized around the principles of intergenerational mentoring and collaborative learning toward ensuring that the Performing Arts stays relevant to the communities we serve.  The WAA Institute’s goal is to explore and embrace emergent realities, to provide the resources necessary for understanding their challenges and opportunities, and to create a space where trust, insight, openness, and change can thrive.  CODA’s members will have the opportunity to participate in the planning of WAA Institute’s biennial retreats. 

CODA will also leverage its member’s skills and relationships to support the creation of a successful, ongoing development program for WAA.  The lack of an organized effort to raise funds from “outside the family” has limited WAA’s ability to add and improve services and programs for its members without also increasing their transactional costs.  Like any nonprofit, WAA can only add value by increasing revenue, which means either adding cost or increasing fundraising. 

Other Member Commitments:  CODA members should be willing to commit to service on a periodic basis, including, for example:

  • Attendance at the Annual Members Meeting, if attending the conference
  • Offering advice and counsel to the Board and staff, when asked
  • Assisting staff with special projects
  • Acting as an advocate for WAA, especially to lapsed members
  • Acting as a mentor to early and mid-career members
  • Participating in CODA initiatives