The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) was established in 1969 by nine African-American accountants in the New York area. These founders saw a need for a professional organization of minority accounting professionals. Their goal was to establish a national association to deal forthrightly and effectively with the many common problems faced by the growing number of African-American professionals in the world of accounting.
The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) is a nationwide membership organization with the primary purpose of developing, encouraging and serving as a resource for greater participation by African-Americans and other minorities in the accounting profession. Our mission is to address the professional needs of our members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance professions with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors.
NABA is dedicated to uniting accountants and other business professionals, as well as accounting and business students, who are committed to professional and academic excellence. NABA’s goals are:
• To promote and develop the professional skills of our members;
• To encourage and assist minority students in entering the accounting profession;
• To provide opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibilities;
• To promote public confidence in our members and their services;
• To encourage cordial relations among members and cooperative relationships with other professionals;
• To represent the interests of current and prospective minority accounting and business professionals;
• To ensure long-term financial stability and provide adequate resources to implement chapter, regional and national programs; and
• To ensure that chapters operate at an effective level.
Since the founding of NABA’s first chapter in New York, the membership has grown to approximately 6,000 members in 160 active professional and student chapters across the country. NABA’s membership is comprised of a cadre of diverse individuals. Our ranks include entry and mid-level accountants, auditors, and financial professionals; entrepreneurs; and accounting, finance, and business students. Approximately 51% of NABA’s members are employed in corporate America, 40% have advanced degrees, and 45% hold professional certifications.