Did You Miss the Membership Growth Report?

Dec 15, 2020

Before we get totally lost in the end-of-year blur, I realized that I’ve missed mentioning the recent report that came out from Wild Apricot that was focused on Membership Growth.

Did you catch it?

You’ll find it here.

I was one of a few experts who had been asked by Wild Apricot to review the report and provide feedback. I’m not sure that my feedback was what they were expecting. You see, one of the major premises in the report was that 68% of organizations had difficulty growing in 2019 (and notably, this was even before we got into all of the craziness that has been 2020).

But I didn’t read the report that way. What struck me is that 90% of organizations either had some growth or stayed the same.

There’s long been a perception that the membership industry is struggling, and some even go so far as to say that membership is dying. I simply don’t believe that is true. I think that organizations have to be open to the idea that their membership model and membership experience might need to change… but membership is definitely not dying. It’s alive and well, and organizations that seek to understand what members want and how to meet member needs in innovative ways will continue to thrive in 2021 and beyond.

Why? Because caring about your members and solving problems for them will never go out of style.

If this is something that you care about, I invite you to consider participating in the Member Experience Makeover Program in 2021. It’s the best way I know to gain perfect clarity around what will bring value for your members. Together, we’ll dive deep into every stage of the member experience you’re delivering and we’ll figure out together if what you’re doing is really making a difference, or if there are things that need some tweaks.

I’d love to answer your questions about the program and help you decide if it’s right for you, a team member, or maybe a Committee or Board leader. Just ask!

You’ll find all the program details here.

And, of course, if you want to listen in on this week’s podcast interview with Julia Campbell who talked all about fundraising at year-end, you’ll find that here!

As we head into the final stretch of the year, I do wish you the very happiest holiday season. I know there are many ways you can spend your time and I appreciate that you choose to spend a few minutes every week here with me.

Have a wonderful holiday break and I’ll see you back here again real soon.

New Digital Care Packages – There's Still Time to Send Yours!

Did you send something special to your members this year? If you’re looking for a last-minute, thoughtful gesture, a Digital Care Package could be just the thing. 

We have THREE holiday-specific designs – General Holiday, Sacred Christmas, and Hanukkah. Plus, Birthday and Welcome/Onboarding to accommodate other common occasions that pop up when you’re serving your members.

Click here to see the current options!

Hey there.  I’m Joy Duling, Founder and CEO of The Joy of Membership.

Clients hire me to help them design and deliver exceptional member experiences. If you lead an association, trade group, or membership-based nonprofit, you can find FREE resources to help you run and grow your membership organization by visiting here: http://joyofmembership.com/help

I look forward to connecting with you there.