Get Credit for Your Membership Dues

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Get Credit for Your Membership Dues

Post by Curator » Fri May 10, 2013 8:30 pm

I'm pasting this from a mass-mailing that came out today, which I see hasn't made it to the forums yet.
Membership growth has slowed to a crawl. This is unfortunate because Alcor has reached a point where we could enjoy considerable economies of scale: We could manage many more members with minimal or no increase in staffing costs. That would enable us to reduce membership dues while building up our resources. A modest acceleration in membership growth would, I believe, move us into a virtuous circle where growth enables reductions in dues which further spurs membership growth.

The most effective way to bring in new members has been through direct encouragement by existing members. Many of us realize this, but may not make it a priority to nudge our friends a little more to sign up and potentially save their lives.

How can we spur more members to gently persuade those they care about to move ahead with making cryonics arrangements? Perhaps some financial incentive will help. At the April 6, 2013 board meeting, I proposed that anyone who is primarily responsible for getting a new member to sign up will, at their request, be given a one-year waiver of membership dues. The board approved this proposal.

For an existing member to receive the dues waiver, they must (a) be credited by the person who has signed up; (b) ask for the waiver; (c) not be otherwise profiting from the signup; (d) wait until the new member has completed all essential paperwork and has paid at least six months of dues. If the member signs up two new members, they are eligible for a two-year waiver of dues. If the new member is a student or family member, the existing member is eligible for a waiver of six months of dues.

Who do you know who could do with some encouraging to sign up? Please, give it some thought, then help yourself and help the organization by helping to stimulate membership growth.

Max More

This is a sensible idea, getting your membership to act as facilitators and making it worth their while by giving them a recruitment credit for doing so. Good job, Max.

I'm still concerned that the current membership fee levels may be a hard sell for new members, but I did notice that there's some hope that everyone might benefit if we can collect more people to spread the financial load around better.

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Re: Get Credit for Your Membership Dues

Post by TDK » Mon May 20, 2013 6:39 pm

Consumers vote with their wallets.

The best analogy I can think of, is an exotic car.
I can tell my friends and co-workers how fast it is, how amazing, etc.
And they would agree with me. "Wow, that car is awesome! I'd love to have one!"

But if it's out of their price range, they simply can't afford to buy one,
no matter how amazing it is, and how much they might want one.

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