- How will the Chapter OS structure affect membership at the local level?
- Why do we need a membership plan?
- What does it mean to be a National member?
- Is there a fee to be a YNPN National member?
Members of local YNPNs are members of YNPN National. Chapters are expected to clearly communicate this to members via their website and periodic communications. Communications support and sample language will be provided by National to support this.
Chapters are expected to clearly define their membership status and benefits whether paid, unpaid, or a combination of the two. However, chapters are completely free to define membership, the services and benefits that come with membership, and set price points in ways that make sense for their community. Chapters can choose to charge for membership, offer it for free, or offer a combination of free and paid membership options.
YNPN National will have access to member data and will be able to interact with members according to outlined data policy.
Has this ever happened to you? You’re at a networking event discussing YNPN when someone chimes in to say “Yeah, I think I’m a member of that, or I was once.” Conversations like these are why we need a membership plan.
By developing formal membership plans, we’re connecting the individuals we serve with a community and a mission. Bringing individuals onboard as members of YNPN is also an important step toward further involvement in YNPN, like board service or becoming a donor.
Additionally, bringing the network on to NationBuilder means that we have an unprecedented opportunity to collect data that will help us assess YNPN’s impact both locally and nationally. In order for us to utilize the full the potential of NationBuilder, we need to collect information from the people we serve and define who we are serving. The easiest and most logical way to do that is to ask those people to go through a membership enrollment process.
Once the network moves on to NationBuilder, YNPN members will join YNPN at both the local and national level. We see national membership as a value add to local membership and as a way to connect YNPN members to the national movement and our shared identity as young nonprofit professionals.
When members sign up for local membership, they will also be signing up for national membership. When members sign up for national membership, they will be encouraged to sign up with a local chapter in their area.
National membership will be free. We want to reach as many people as possible to promote local chapter membership and continue to build the national movement.