2004 AITP Strategic Initiatives; Professional Dues Increase Announced
Saturday, December 27, 2003
Posted by: George R. Koscho, CDP - 2003 AITP President
During the June, 2003 association board of directors planning meeting, a number of strategic initiatives were identified. At the association board of directors meeting in St. Louis on October 24, 2003, the 2004 association budget was approved and funding was ear-marked for strategic initiatives. As a result of these actions, the following message was sent to all professional members on November 4, 2003.
Your association board of directors has devoted a great deal of time and effort this year to regain control of our financial resources and to identify strategic initiatives that we feel must be implemented in the near future in order to re-energize our association, improve member value and to affect membership growth. We implemented several key initiatives this year.
- Information Executive/Nanosecond, now produced and distributed electronically, is greatly expanded and provides extensive new information on industry trends and industry issues.
- The new Web portal hosts professionally written, highly informative white papers on information technology topics and issues.
- With the implementation of the Web portal, expanded Forums were made available, which means that member-to-member discussions on information technology topics has been greatly enhanced. These lively leader-led forums enable you to share up-to-date information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Communications has been expanded via electronic means, through the use of survey data and via conference calls that have provided association leadership with helpful feedback. As a result, we are listening and responding to your needs and concerns.
We have been able to carry out these initiatives and still been able to maintain close to a break-even budget for the year.
Expansion of member services in 2004 will require some additional investments. We are working on non-dues revenue sources, but this will take time. This means that our main source of revenue, for the time being, will continue to be member dues. To advance our association, your board of directors chose to take some bold steps when it approved the 2004 association budget at the conference in St. Louis. One of those steps was a professional dues increase of $25 per member. That will make the annual association dues $105 beginning January 1, 2004. That is still less than 30 cents per day, and for most of us it is tax deductible. Please keep in mind that we're expanding services, and we have not had a dues increase in more than 10 years. AITP dues still are among the lowest of any professional organization. Here are some of the initiatives that are planned for the coming year:
- Expanded industry and organizational partnerships. Partnership gives us greater value and knowledge to succeed as Information Technology professionals.
- Increased and improved services to chapters. We realize that your local chapter is the heart of our association. We will be offering assistance in helping our professional and student chapters enhance networking and programs.
- Web portal additions. The Web portal is an ongoing project. Our goal is to make this the most valuable Web-related tool in the industry for information technology professionals and AITP leaders.
- Education and Conferences. We will be working to increase and expand our educational, conference and seminar programs and services.
- Enhance our flexible staffing model by taking advantage of "Best Practices" employed by SmithBucklin Corporation, our headquarters management business partner.
This is just the beginning. There are more programs in the planning stages, all of which are designed to enhance the membership experience. A complete list of member services and benefits is available on the Web portal at http://www.aitp.org/. Take full advantage of all that is offered. We value your membership and fully intend to increase the value you receive from your association. In the weeks ahead, association leadership will be choosing the highest priority initiatives and will begin their implementation. Look for more details in upcoming editions of Information Executive/Nanosecond.
George R. Koscho, CDP
2003 AITP Association President
"A Year of Personal Growth and Professional Development"
Editor's note: By action of the Board of Directors, the dues increase mentioned in this article will take effect February 1, 2004, instead of January 1, 2004. New Members and Members who renew their membership before February 1, 2004, will be at the pre-increase rates.