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= Best Practices from the Outstanding Chapter Awards
Membership brochures provide quick, at-a-glance information about your chapter and can distributed to local businesses and organizations to advertise your chapter.
While every chapter will take its own spin on a brochure, they all have certain things in common. Make sure your membership brochure includes information about membership pricing, meeting schedules, and the executive committee. Your brochure should include contact information so interested parties can easily call or email someone to ask questions or register as a member.
Here are some brochures that local NIGP chapters have used to successfully attract new recruits. Use them as inspiration to create your own unique brochure.
Joining a new organization can be intimidating for anybody. Make new members feel welcome by creating new member packets that give them all the information they need to get the most out of a NIGP chapter membership. Here are a few examples you can use as inspiration to create your chapter’s new member packets.
Giving members certificates will make membership official and help members feel included in your NIGP chapter. Here is an example of a membership certificate that you can personalize and use to confirm membership in your chapter.
Consider changing the wording of your membership recruitment/retention/invoices communication. See how the Copper Chapter changed their wording from “member dues” to “membership investment.
Students are the future of procurement, so successful NIGP chapters take the time to incorporate students into their chapters. The first step to incorporating a student membership category within your chapter is to set up the criteria for defining a student membership and its eligibility requirements.
NIGP encourages a non-fee based student category and promotion of a dual membership at both the national and chapter levels. Make sure your by-laws state the inclusion of student members under your individual membership category.
Individuals who are enrolled part-time or full-time in an accredited community college, college, or university and actively pursuing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in business or public administration, public purchasing, materials management, or related field of study are classified as a “Student Member” for a twelve-month period; renewable annually. Full-time enrollment is defined as twelve (12) or more credit hours for undergraduate students and six (6) or more hours for graduate students.
This criteria also qualifies students for national memberships, allowing students to carry dual membership with NIGP national and their local NIGP chapter.
All chapters should provide NIGP with information about new student memberships so we can contact the students directly and offer complimentary NIGP membership.
Your local colleges and universities will be your best partners for recruiting student members. Here are some ideas for how you can market upcoming meetings and events:
Here are some ideas of what to include in your fliers and promotional materials to attract students and encourage them to check out your next chapter event.
Getting students to attend a chapter event is one part of the equation. To turn students into chapter members, you need to find ways to engage them and inspire them to seek careers in public procurement.
Here are some ideas of how you can engage students in your chapter.
You can order a student kit for your next chapter event by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org