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What was passed?
NAEM's Board of Directors, voted to revise the NAEM dues structure in the Corporate, Individual, and Affiliate membership categories. It is the first time in 20 years that NAEM has adjusted the cost of membership.
Why is NAEM increasing dues?
Simply put, as NAEM has expanded its membership offerings over the last two decades, the cost of delivering membership benefits has surpassed member dues revenue. In order to ensure that Association is sustainable and positioned for future growth a modest dues increase is necessary. Additionally:
- NAEM had not increased the cost of its membership dues in 20 years (since the Association's inception), even though the cost of doing business has risen over that time
- Over that same 20-year span, NAEM increased the scope and number of benefits it delivers members
- An increase in membership dues will enable continued reinvestment in the Association
When did NAEM last increase member dues?
NAEM has not increased the cost of member dues since 1990, when the Association was formed.
How will member benefits change under the new dues structure?
With the added incremental revenue available from the new structure, several new member benefits will be possible; most prominent among them are:
Continuous new EHS and sustainability research and information. To offer more resources and enhanced decision-making, NAEM will continue to develop online resources on key EHS and sustainability practice areas and make them accessible to members via the NAEM website at their convenience.
Webinar recordings free for corporate members. NAEM will offer its webinar library of professional development webinars to corporate members free of charge starting in 2013. This will include all current webinar recordings and new offerings will be added 2 months after the live sessions. Individual and Affiliate NAEM members will continue to receive up to a 25% discount on webinars and access to selected free webinar recordings.
Members-only working groups. NAEM will continue to expand these issue-focused discussion groups to help members benchmark and gain peer feedback. Current groups that have been launched include Mergers & Acquisitions and Emerging Leaders.
These are just a few ways we are enhancing membership value and making it easier to stay connected with your professional community. The additional revenue realized through a dues increase will also be reinvested in the Association to modernize technology infrastructure and enhance information delivery systems.
When will the new dues structure go into effect?
The new dues structure will go into effect January 1, 2013 for 3 out of 4 membership categories: corporate, government/nonprofit and individual members. The Affiliate Council dues increase will go into effect January 1, 2014.
NAEM members pay their dues on the anniversary of their “join” date so the dues rates will not affect any members whose due date and payment date is in the 2012 calendar year.
Why hasn't NAEM increased its member dues before now?
Over the past two decades, NAEM has consistently been able fulfill its organizational mission and maintain financial health. As business costs have risen and the association continues to add new products and services for members, it is necessary to raise dues marginally to ensure continue stability and growth.
Will NAEM membership dues go up every year from now on?
The NAEM Board passed a single increase and currently has no plans for subsequent increases.
Who is responsible for financial oversight of the Association?
The NAEM Board of Directors has fiduciary responsibility for NAEM. NAEM's finances are reviewed by the treasurer and finance committee appointed by the Board of Directors. In addition, NAEM's financials are reviewed each year by independent, external auditors. Sound financial management is a shared parternship between NAEM's executive staff and the Board of Directors.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions about the dues increase?
Please contact Briana Warner, NAEM's Membership Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-986-6616 if you have questions about NAEM Dues rates or payments.