5 FAQs about National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), Answered

Posted by Jason Boutwell on February 24, 2017

4 FAQs Answered about National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA)Whether you're the head of a small nonprofit, the superintendent of a school district or the director of a government agency, it's important for you to know about National Joint Powers Alliance. Popularly known as NJPA, this organization helps not-for-profit entities secure the equipment and technology required to stay competitive in our modern world, without facing the frustrations and potential issues involved with vendor selection or the RFP process.

NJPA is an extremely useful tool for nonprofit organizations, government agencies and education systems; here’s how it works:

1. What is NJPA?

National Joint Powers Alliance is a member-focused public cooperative of more than 50,000 member agencies throughout the United States. NJPA is a municipal contracting agency that operates as a public entity under legislative authority through Minnesota Statute 123A.21.

All of NJPA's employees are public employees, just like the NJPA members who participate in the program. NJPA memberships are free, and they offer members the opportunity for cost savings on equipment and technology.

2. What is NJPA's Primary Purpose?

There are many goals NJPA pursues on behalf of its members, but its primary purpose is to create a national cooperative of contract purchasing opportunities for products and services on behalf of its members. Cooperative contract purchasing opportunities save members time and money in their search for equipment and technology, whether it means buying a new phone system or seeking out a managed print service provider.

3. How is it Governed?

The NJPA Board of Directors governs the National Joint Powers Alliance. The individual members of the board come from positions relevant to the member base the group serves. NJPA board members include school board directors, city council members and county commissioners.

4. How is NJPA Funded?

This is perhaps the most pressing question on the minds of many potential NJPA members. How is it that NJPA offers affordable contract purchasing solutions when members pay no fees or dues to join?

NJPA is financially supported by the vendors providing products and services to members. Because vendors have the potential to secure multiple contracts and thousands of sale opportunities through one purchasing contract solution, the inherent value of working with NJPA is evident. Vendors pay an administrative fee to NJPA based upon a percentage of sales processed through the competitive solicitations process. With each contract awarded to a vendor, the fees paid to NJPA increase.

Those fees cover the costs of contract marketing and facilitation, as well as offsetting the operational costs incurred by NJPA. NJPA receives no state or federal support, but rather, it is a self-funded organization.

5. Who is Eligible for Membership?

NJPA membership is available to any government agency, education institution (private or public), tribal entity or nonprofit organization. Any organization that falls into one of these categories is eligible for membership in the NJPA.

There is no cost associated with membership, either upfront or long-term, and your organization faces no obligation or liability upon joining. NJPA's contract purchasing program is available to organizations within nonprofit, education and government services sectors with no minimum contract purchasing requirements or commitments.

NJPA membership offers the potential for cost savings and stress-free adoption of new equipment, technology products and services. If you're interested in joining NJPA, visit their Become a Member page to learn even more and submit an application today.

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Topics: Managed Services, Business Services, NJPA Contracts, Technology, IT infastructure, cost savings