Endowment Membership Dues to Change
Two big changes will occur to the Endowment Association membership dues in 2013, including the restructuring of the membership year, and the implementation of a slight dues increase.
For as long as we have recorded an annual membership program we have based the membership year to coincide with the school year (beginning on July 1st and ending June 30th of the next year). This has resulted in confusion every year from a number of our donors who weren’t sure if they had given enough to be considered a member for the year. To make it less confusing for our donors, and to simplify the tracking process, we are restructuring our member dues to run on a calendar year (an added benefit being that it matches the tax year). Starting January 1, 2013 and running through December 31, 2013 a new membership year will begin.
Since we are making this change midway through our school year, we are giving credit toward next year’s dues for any gift received between July 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. This of course brings us to the next big change to our membership structure.
After careful consideration, the Endowment Association is raising membership dues from $100 to $150 starting in the 2013 membership year. One of the benefits you receive for being an Endowment member is an invitation for you and a guest to the annual Endowment Banquet and 2 tickets to the show following the dinner. Simply put, the cost for the benefits we offer to endowment members had grown over the years, but our membership dues have not kept pace. We have an obligation to you, our donors, to invest your annual gifts into the lives of the students we serve, and to do this we need to maximize the potential of every gift that comes in. No one likes raising dues (least of all charitable organizations like us who depend on your support) but we feel this, along with seeking sponsors for our events, is the best way for us to continue offering wonderful programs to our region and most importantly shape the future of our students.
New Membership Year -
January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013*
New Membership Dues - 2013 Membership: $150
*Credit will be given for the 2013 membership year for gifts received between 7/1/2012 – 12/31/2012.