Money: Proposal Two

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 Money: Proposal Two

  • Chapters and states keep 100% of dues from new joins they generate, and
  • Renewal dues (all members) are rebated beginning with 2nd annual renewal

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8 thoughts on “Money: Proposal Two

  1. I believe that all levels, national, chapters and states need to continue collecting dues from new members. We do it here in PA because if National gets it, there are no dues for state or national in the first year.

    I don’t think that is conducive to grassroots activism as it “starves the beast.” We have a process here in PA where each chapter collects the dues, sends it to the state and then the state processes and sends rebates back to chapter and national. That way we can use the state website for joins within the state and ensure that both the state and the chapter get their funds the first year.

    We need to “feed” the “baby,” aka new chapters and new members. If the proportional set of funds for that first year are not sent back to the local chapter, many of the start-ups could and have failed.

    Let’s keep the grassroots functioning. Feed those roots. Make sure that all levels of NOW can collect dues and that all levels receive some rebates whether or not it’s a new join or a renewal.

    Joanne Tosti-Vasey
    Ni-Ta-Nee NOW
    PA 0555

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  2. great discussion points. I think National NOW should RESPECT when a NEW member joins via National NOW and associates with a chapter. If the person does not align to a chapter then it defaults to the state/ other for processing rebates. Having convened a new chapter in 2012 and hearing comments from other chapter leaders in our state….. It does not bode well to send potential new members to National NOW. So… Is it about how we define the rebates or about how we respect our chapters and states for bringing in new members. Again this is about reducing the ANGST and NOT quarrelling over minor $$.Florida Lake NOW — why do I need to be a chapter member….. At-Large – is that a chapter… Your website field is that supposed to be a chapter field?

    Florida Lake NOW – what if I am At-Large — what do I enter?

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  3. great discussion points. I think National NOW should RESPECT when a NEW member joins via National NOW and associates with a chapter. If the person does not align to a chapter then it defaults to the state/ other for processing rebates. Having convened a new chapter in 2012 and hearing comments from other chapter leaders in our state….. It does not bode well to send potential new members to National NOW. So… Is it about how we define the rebates or about how we respect our chapters and states for bringing in new members. Again this is about reducing the ANGST and NOT quarrelling over minor $$.

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  4. Central Oregon Coast NOW is a newly revived chapter. When we restarted 2 1/2 years ago the initial $20 we got to keep of new member dues was essential for us to even survive. Once we built our membership we were able to do some fundraising an are no longer as reliant on the dues money. I think, especially for new chapters, it is important to make sure they get to keep some of the money they collect. I concur that now is the time to raise dues, but keep a sliding fee scale. AAUW & League of Women Voters both have annual dues of approx. $70 – 75; this includes local, state & national dues. With AAUW you can just join the national organization for I think $49 and not join locally (I forget how the state AAUW organization fits into this scenario). The Board can raise dues; doing so does not require a vote of the membership or bylaws change. Gilda is correct that we are not following our current Bylaws with respect to how dues are collected; the Bylaws MUST be amended to reflect our current practice (or new practice); our current practice cannot be “grandfathered” in.

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  5. My last thought, with the whole give and get discussion ( most don’t want to ), the paperwork states and chapters would have to do for new joins (to much), and the growing reliance on mass mailing marketing done by National, leads me to the conclusion that current membership doesn’t wants to put a whole lot of effort into gaining new members for the first dues collection. They are accustomed to getting a rebate, a little later.

    I do like the effort and intent of proposal maker to try to generate excitement by giving a carrot up front to Chapters and States.

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  6. Yes, we need revision on bylaw dues. It’s a good time to consider raising the dues, keep the sliding scale, but ask for a few more dollars from general membership.

    On our current practice of dues collection, can it be considered grandfathered in?: we are doing it this way, so let’s just fix the bylaw language to reflect the current practice. I’m not a lawyer.,but it seems like something can be done, since this is the current mode of operation.

    I don’t like this proposal due to National carrying the cost of the new join for over a year before we can break even on the cost of new joins. National still has to update data based, paper work, and office on new joins. Our underlying problem is cash flow and money. So this doesn’t make sense, if we can’t pay the bills.

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  7. Looking at the national NOW bylaw on dues, we still need to revise it to reflect current practice. This includes central dues collection.

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  8. Unless there is an easy way for chapters to automatically process new members on the web like National does at now.org/join, I do not want my chapter to have to engage in the busy work of processing new members. DC NOW just sends people to now.org/join because we have more important work to do making this world a more feminist place. There are technology solutions for this, so if people want to go in this direction, it is doable. I just want the technology in place first.

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