The American Boer Goat Association is organized as a 501C nonprofit organization.
ABGA’s governing structure is based on the model used by top breed association in the horse, cattle, sheep and hog industries. The ABGA board of directors’ role is to set objectives, provide vision and management, and measure the progress of the association against the stated objectives. A management team made up of the office staff who report to the Executive Director, and Executive Director, who reports to the President of the board, handle the day-to-day operations of the association. The separation of the day-to-day operation from the board is an important aspect of the operation of the association.
The bylaws that can only be altered with the approval of of the majority of the members, rules and other governing requirements provide the underlining foundation of the operation of the association. In addition, the board of directors has adopted a conflict of interest policy that governs the personal interest of directors within the association. This structure is in use by the premier breeder associations with other species of livestock and provides an effective method of operating a breed association.
ABGA is administered and managed by an all volunteer Board of Directors,made up of individual members who are elected from each region in the United States by the members in that region. Each director serves a three year term, and the terms are staggered so that only 1/3 of the directors might change each year. There are currently 16 regions.