The NATF is an independent, non-profit organization funded by member dues. Each June-September staff prepares a business plan and budget (BPB) for the upcoming year that conforms to the overall strategic plan and other member inputs. Members approve the BPB in the Annual Meeting (typically September). Based on the approved budget, targeted cash reserve, and actual cash position, staff prepares a detailed assessment to determine annual dues obligation from each member. Annual member dues are comprised of two components: a base fee equally applicable to each member and a variable fee, which is used to account for member size (based on the member’s peak load as a fraction of the aggregated membership total). Members are then invoiced by December with payments due by January 31 of the following year. New members are charged a one-time initiation fee of $5,000.