National Association of Black Accountants
The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) is one of the premier professional organizations in the nation. NABA has the unique opportunity of representing the interests of more than 100,000 people of color in furthering their educational, professional, and career aspirations in the related business fields of accounting, consulting, finance, and informaiton technology.
The motto of NABA, Lifting As We Climb, is exemplified best in our mission, which addresses the professional needs of our members while developing and inspiring future leaders who will shape tomorrow's accounting and finance professions. In addition, NABA's Center for Advancement of Minority Accountants (CAMA) has established a series of career development programs that serve the membership at the national, regional and local levels. CAMA has also been instrumental in encouraging the next generation of young professionals to consider other opportunities in business.
Established in 1969 by nine African-American accountants in New York City, NABA has effectively addressed systematic problems and challenges faced by African-American accounting professionals for more than 35 years. The University of South Carolina chapter of NABA was established in April 2007.
Since the founding of NABA's first chapter in 1970, Membership has grown to more than 185 professional and student chapters across the country. NABA's membership includes diverse individuals and careers, such as entry and mid-level accountants, auditors and financial professionals, senior level managers and executives, firm partners, entrepreneurs, as well as accounting, finance, and business students. Approximately 51% of NABA's members are employed in Corporate America, of whom 40% have advanced degrees and 45% hold professional certifications.
NABA's vision is to diversity minorities in the business professional workplace.
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 provides effective programs, activities and advocacy, which promotes our goals. They include:
- Promoting and developing the professional skills of our members
- Encouraging and assisting students in entering the accounting profession
- Providing members ways to meet with professionals for job/internship opportunities
- Providing opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibilities
- Encouraging cordial relations among members and cooperative relationships with other professionals
- Representing the interests of current and prospective minority accounting and business professionals
It is NOT necessary to be an accounting major to join NABA! If you are a business major or a business minor, regardless of your field of interest, you are eligible to join NABA and will be heartily welcomed! Please click here to download the application.
All prospective NABA members must:
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- be at a least a freshman enrolled in at least 12 credit hours.
- pay their dues of $40 ($20 nationally; $20 locally)
- be in good standing with the University of South Carolina.