Justification Toolkit

Proposing allocation of organization resources to attend Conference requires you to present a compelling case. We have provided information to help you gain approval from your organization to attend the NARTS Annual Conference.

While this justification toolkit will be of particular value to Not For Profit store managers, it is just as beneficial to For Profit store employees seeking authorization to attend. Store owners will find the expense worksheet a very useful tool and the sample letter convincing that Conference attendance will be worthwhile.

Although you may understand the benefits of the Conference, your organization may not. Take the initiative and show your Board of Directors why and how your participation will strengthen your skills and benefit your store. Here are some tips and talking points to justify your attendance:

  • Focus specifically on what you will bring back to your organization as a return on investment. Review Workshop Descriptions—select sessions you plan to attend and note take-aways from each session.
  • Emphasize that NARTS is a 33 year old organization - the world’s largest resale trade Association. The NARTS Annual Conference is recognized as the leading educational event for the resale industry.
  • Offer to deliver a presentation, including a Q&A session, to your staff so you can share what you have learned and others in your organization can benefit from your Conference experience.
  • Prepare a schedule that shows who will cover for you while you are out of the store, how key tasks will be handled and how you can be contacted if necessary.
  • Be sure to review all sections of our online Conference information before preparing your justification packet. Look at what we have that applies to your organization and adapt it to serve your needs.

The Justification Toolkit includes:

Sample Letter

For your superior, Executive Director or Board encouraging your participation at the NARTS Annual conference.
(Word doc you can customize. If you do not need to present a formal letter, you will find this helpful in providing talking points.)

Expense Worksheet

(Word doc template you can complete.)

Why Should You Attend Conference?  Words from Kevin Campbell, who manages six NFP stores
Links to printable material you may want to attach to your letter:

Agenda
Workshops

This is a serious conference for all resale professionals!