The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is in the process of restructuring membership with state and local chapters. Read about how this example of restructuring membership and a successful affiliation agreement with state organizations can be applied to your association.
Creating an affiliation agreement ensures both parties know and meet their obligations. Does your organization offer these terms for chapters? Regardless of the organizational structure- it is critical that an affiliation agreement exists between parent organizations and regional chapters to mitigate these risks.
A variety of legal friction points can arise in parent-chapter relationships, including standards for affiliation; resistance to dues increases; views on the chapters' role in the parent's governance; competition for conference speakers, sponsorship dollars, and donors; and differing policy positions.
Within the association community, we have many terms for our member communities that are somewhat vague and too often used interchangeably. This info sheet is intended to provide a guide for understanding the terms commonly used to refer to member communities and their relationship with a lead organization.