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The price hike for affiliate clubs announced in January is now in effect. The new prices are on the "join" page for clubs. Less than 100 members is $100. Clubs with 100 or more members jumped to $500.

Our insurance is no longer through IMBA and has increased by 25%.

Now IMBA wants a 400% increase for the club membership? It seems IMBA wants to drive all clubs to become chapters or just drive them away.

What do you think?
 

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In a meeting with IMBA reps as long as 18 months ago the phrase "chapters will get the focus of our benefits" was used. Maybe they get more from Chapters than member clubs.
 

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Oh yes, IMBA makes much more from chapters. With our membership numbers and everyone taking the standard membership IMBA would get $2,196. Our "if we were a chapter" would get $1,464.

With that $1,464 we would have to pay our $1,500 insurance bill, plus our web site hosting, plus our P O box rent, plus etc. We would have to take up a collection just to pay our operating expenses. That leaves nothing for projects like bridges etc. Last year we spent $1,400 at the lumber yard on materials for projects.

Our IMBA dues would go from 77¢ per member to $3.80 per member. We had a dues increase to cover our insurance increase. HAVE to be insured. Next year we would have to do another dues increase to stay an IMBA affiliate. DO NOT HAVE to be an IMBA member club.
 

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So you are counting 100% on membership for your clubs funding? Does no one in you club as for donations, ask for sponsors, host a fund raising event, write grants, etc....

Membership is only a small source of income for our club.
 

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Does no one in you club as for donations, ask for sponsors, host a fund raising event, write grants, etc....
Yes we do those things. That paid for most of our project budget last year. However that is gravy.

It would be questionable financial modeling to depend on non-steady income to cover operating expenses. We had some lean years during the recession. A lot of that generosity money dried up for a while, but we did "keep the doors open" during that time.

It would seem prudent for IMBA to put a few steps between $100 and $500. When it comes down to it, all we are getting is the approval to use the logo. The "chapters will get the focus of our benefits" policy is in effect.
 

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Did some more research. It can be less costly for a bike shop or a corporation to join IMBA than a bike club.

From the Retailer page:

Basic Retailer Membership - $ 100.00
Supporting Retailer - $ 150.00
NBDA Member Rate (must be current NBDA Member) - $ 75.00

A corporation with $1,000,000 in sales can join IMBA for the same price as a 100 member MTB club.

From the corporation membership page.
SALES: < $500,000 - - $300
$500,000 to $1 million $500

Comments anyone?
 
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