Allocation of Member Dues
Aerospace America and the Bulletin (25%)
All members receive a copy of Aerospace America (which includes the Bulletin) every month, and also have access to the online edition of the publication. Member dues support a portion of the costs associated with publishing this magazine. The remainder of the costs is covered via advertising and support by other areas of the Institute.
Member Services and Marketing (13%)
Servicing and retaining current members is an important function of the Institute. The costs associated with this function include printing, mailing, and processing 30,000 annual member renewals; member grade and longevity recognition; funding for the Membership Governance Committee; and funding to recapture lapsed members. To attract new members, AIAA must promote the value of membership and the organization's products and services. A portion of dues is used to conduct recruitment campaigns.
Region and Section Activities (12%)
Region and Section Activities are an integral part of the Institute. For some members, that's where the action begins. There are 62 Sections throughout the United States and overseas. All are organized into seven Regions. Included in the 12% is money that AIAA returns to Regions and Sections to help support their operations. Each section receives a $7.50 rebate for each professional member and $2.50 for each Educator Associate. The Region and Section Activities Budget also includes funds to support the Regional Leadership Conference (officer training), Distinguished Lecture and Speaker Reimbursement Program, the Regional and National governance committees, and local membership recruitment and retention.
Young Professional Member Outreach (2%)
Over the past seven years, the Institute has placed more emphasis on programs and services for professional members age 35 and younger. YP outreach includes funding for various networking events, the YP Newsletter, the governance committee, as well as funding to help student members transition to being professional members.
Honors and Awards (3%)
Recognizing outstanding achievement is one of the primary responsibilities of the Institute. AIAA proudly meets this responsibility through its honors and awards program. Costs associated with running this program include the medals, certificates, and pins presented to the honorees, as well as photography, promotion, and funding for the H&A governance committee.
Member Dues Subsidies (18%)
AIAA recognizes that there are points in one's career when paying less than full dues is necessary. In some cases, continuous membership in AIAA earns you the opportunity to pay reduced dues. Reduced membership dues rates are available for students, 1st and 2nd year student to professional upgrades, unemployed, retired, Emeritus members, and others.
Administration and Overhead (18%)
AIAA, like many organizations, has infrastructure costs such as accounting, mailroom, corporate, communications, facilities management, etc. These areas of the Institute support the members in many different ways. The communications department, for example, manages the website and ensures that you get the Daily Launch and monthly member newsletter, Momentum.
Information Technology (5%)
Information Technology supports the member database, online access to "My AIAA," and electronic submission and delivery of various products and services.
Customer Service (4%)
Customer Service handles member calls and e-mail inquiries, processes new member applications, and works to resolve problems and complaints.
As you can see, professional member dues support numerous programs and services. We continually look for ways to improve your membership experience. If you have questions about your dues, or suggestions for improving service, please e-mail them to Karen Thomas.