Over 180 association management companies (AMCs) growing 2700+ associations through full-service management and outsourcing services. AMCI’s resource hub provides best-in-class content and essential tools customized for nonprofit executives. The AMC model is especially effective during times of transition, when the ability to pivot, scale up or down, or find a new path is critical to moving forward.
AMCs leverage shared resources across multiple association clients to increase means and capabilities, which translates into creating more value for your members. With a wide range of highly skilled experts in managing and growing the associations they serve, AMCs provide their clients with unparalleled flexibility, agility, and financial advantages. As organizations prepare to emerge from the pandemic lockdown, partnering with an AMC can accelerate and strengthen that process. AMCI’s Association Link (associations.amcinstitute.org) is designed to empower executives and volunteers with data, insights, and expert guidance to make the right decisions for your organization, now and in the future.
Whether your organization is in the market for full-service management or specific services including strategic planning, membership development, communications, events management, and operations, and more the AMC model allows all services to be customized to meet your most ambitious goals.
There are two primary models for working with AMCs:
Full Service: Many AMCs serve as an organization's headquarters, providing an experienced executive to work with a customized blend of other AMC-staff resources, managing day-to-day operations, supporting members, becoming the public face of the organization, all with staff members who are experts in the critical areas of association management and operations that are essential for success. Of special importance in this economy, retaining an AMC can lead to enhanced buying power, improved staff efficiency, and reduced overhead costs.
AMCs deliver turnkey management for all operating disciplines (ranging from membership, marketing and policy development to legal and risk management) and daily operations (including staffing, office space, equipment, contracts, technologies and member services).
Outsourced Services: Often organizations prefer an outsourced approach because AMCs offer scalability of service – staff and resources where and when they need it. Because AMC staff members are specialists in association management services, they serve as an extension of staff to help meet a client's specific needs.
Outsourced services may include executive, administrative and financial management; strategic planning; membership development; public affairs and lobbying; education and professional development; statistical research; meetings management; and marketing and communication services.
AMCs offer a wide array of benefits and advantages, including:
Operational and Staffing Benefits:
· Customized staff and services
· Broad spectrum of expertise
· Day-to-day and ongoing staff management
· Improved staffing and resource allocation
· Proven best management practices and best-of-class resources and technologies
· Efficiencies derived from leveraging shared resources
· Improved buying power
· Reduced business risks
· Greater member satisfaction resulting from the professionalism and responsiveness of staff
· Freedom from daily operations that allows Boards to maintain their focus on mission and strategy
· Integration of innovative strategies and ideas
· Scalability to accommodate organization growth or contraction over time