What is an Association Management Company?

To put it simply, instead of associations hiring staff, buying or renting office space or purchasing supplies and equipment, they can hire an AMC, like Association Development Services (ADS).”

For many this may be the first time you have even heard of an association management company (AMC), but it shouldn’t be the last. For trade organizations, not-for-profits and member societies, enlisting the services of an AMC can be extremely beneficial. AMCs have been helping organizations, for more than a century, run effectively and efficiently with their wide scope of services.

To put it simply, instead of associations hiring staff, buying or renting office space or purchasing supplies and equipment, they can hire an AMC, like Association Development Services (ADS).

Knowledge & Expertise:

AMCs have a wealth of knowledge and expertise all under one roof. Tasks that may seem taunting to board members and volunteers are achievable with an AMC in your corner. Staff members are assigned to specific aspects of your association that they are highly trained in.

The world of associations is always rapidly changing, making it impossible for an organization to keep up on its own. Many times AMCs help associations in their “technological transition”. Associations are usually aware that this needs to happen, but are intimidated by the premise of entering the unknown. As a company, AMCs must be current on all association trends and be able to antedate changes.

Continuity:

As with all associations, leadership changes. Even at these times of transition, an association needs to maintain continuity and operate effectively. An AMC can ensure that every transition is a smooth one. Rather than playing a guessing game with who knows what, the AMC has procedures in place that will confirm that all new board members, committee members, volunteers and staff know exactly what their role entails.

Customer Service:

According to several industry reports, members from associations who have AMCs handling their day to day office operations experience a much higher level of customer service and professionalism then those who don’t. AMC staff members know how to communicate effectively with members, potential members and partners.

Having a centralized office that serves as an organization’s headquarters, also helps with the perception that members and non-members have on the association. Being able to mail something directly to an office location, rather than a PO Box, has a huge impact. This is the simplest way to build trust and recognition for your association.

How does it work?

  • Full-Service Management - Management services relating to all operating disciplines, such as membership, marketing, financial management, meeting and event planning, etc.
  • Outsourced Services - Services provided in one of more areas of operation. This could include planning of a special event, marketing services, education, etc.

About ADS:

For over twenty years, ADS has worked with numerous trade associations, with the sole mission of providing customized management services that will grow each client into a prosperous organization. Using the knowledge and expertise developed over two decades, ADS can put any association on the right track to achieve their goals.

The Success of Your Team, Begins with Ours.

Services include: membership development and retention, event planning and management, financial management, communications and creative services and general administration.

516.677.5183 | www.associationdev.com

 

Author: Brittni Rhoads

Marketing & Operations Manager

Association Development Services