Michigan Mountain Biking Association
utabintarbo wrote:Given that most of the issues we deal with are state-wide (if not even more local than that) rather than national, how will we ensure that we will not be lost in "bigger" national issue focus of a national organization?
dirt wrote:Larger/Statewide issues? That would still be the role of the MMBA. There is no plans to get eliminate the MMBA as an organization, but to decide exactly what model it will continue in. It's elimination isn't something that's on the table for us, but rather determining in what form it will continue to serve it's role.
dirt wrote:Larger/Statewide issues? That would still be the role of the MMBA. There is no plans to get eliminate the MMBA as an organization, ...
utabintarbo wrote:dirt wrote:Larger/Statewide issues? That would still be the role of the MMBA. There is no plans to get eliminate the MMBA as an organization, but to decide exactly what model it will continue in. It's elimination isn't something that's on the table for us, but rather determining in what form it will continue to serve it's role.
Allow me to play a cynical Devil's Advocate here a bit (so terribly out of character for me, I know ....
If the MMBA will still exist, what is the margin in becoming subjects of the IMBA? What is gained, and by whom?
Without further information, this seems like a solution in search of a problem.
Loren wrote:dirt wrote:Larger/Statewide issues? That would still be the role of the MMBA. There is no plans to get eliminate the MMBA as an organization, ...
Except that this leaves it without any source of funding, direct membership, or accountability unless I misunderstood the model.
I'm still thinking about this, but in the mean time I've got a question... Were MORC or SORBA organized as chapters which individually became IMBA chapters and also lost their regional perspective, or did these statewide (or regional) organizations join AS chapters?
IMBA Chapter Program wrote:What is the IMBA Chapter Program?
The chapter program is IMBA’s newest initiative to create a unified voice for mountain bikers. Rather than compete for members with local clubs, the chapter program will link member databases, thereby increasing both organizations’ bases. To fund the program, membership dues will be split 60/40. In return, IMBA will reduce administrative burdens, and provide chapters with the tools for success. These include:
* Create business efficiencies: insurance, co-branded product.
* Joint membership: membership merge between IMBA and clubs, co branding on merchandise, fulfillment and customer service.
* Chapters will have access to IMBA’s data management via CiviCRM. This will allow contact management, mass emails, event registration, reports, etc.
* Organizational support: sample bylaws, policy manual – how to manage volunteers, tax filing assistance, accounting assistance, preference in grant making and support, IMBA staff support.
What services are provided to Chapters?
For our Chapters, IMBA staff will turn the cranks of the membership services machine by running print and online campaigns for new membership acquisition and current membership renewals, sending membership and donation fulfillment packages including thank you letter, benefit offers, membership card and premium product, providing email, phone and mail customer service support to members, and offering graphic design services to ensure a professional IMBA/Chapter co-branding of all communications and services.
On the software side, the Chapter Program offers clubs an online, database driven Constituency Relationship Manager (CRM). The CRM provides a comprehensive set of software tools for running a nonprofit club. From the web-based CRM interface, a club administrator may manage the contact information of individuals, families and organizations, organize those contacts with groups and tags, track memberships and contributions, run online email campaigns, and export contact and transaction information for offline communications and financial reporting.
* Membership services provided by IMBA
o New member acquisition
o Current member renewals
o Membership thank you letter, membership card, benefit offers and premium fulfillment
o Graphic design and integration services
o Full customer service
* Constituency Relationship Manager platform for clubs
o Manage individual, family, and organizational contacts
o Track interactions and their relationships
o Groups and tags
o Track memberships and donations
o Manage communications and email campaigns
* Online Tools for joint IMBA/Chapter members
o Online donation forms
o Online membership signup/renewal forms
o Member account “self-service” center
o Club account “self-service” center
inasnit wrote:Not quite a solution in search of a problem. We have a problem of no executive director - and we are looking at solutions. This is one option that's being pursued.
The MMBA State Board has been bogged down with administrative tasks over the past few years: emergency insurance issues, newsletter/publication creation and distribution, merchandise/store management, job descriptions, waiver creation and retention policies ... and so on ...
As board members, we're hardly qualified for the work we've been doing over the past few years and this is one solution to that problem. We would essentially be lifting that administrative burden from our shoulders as volunteers and put it on the shoulders of the professionals who have it down to a science. This would leave the "state" with more mental and physical bandwidth to dedicate to things like: trail school, cps, land manager relations, state-wide events/festivals, etc ..
This would also put the focus of our energy into the trails .. into finding new places to build trails .. into increasing mileage at existing trails .. into programs, events, traildays, and things that directly relate to the hobby that we all enjoy. Rather than the deep dark hole that is paperwork and policy.
WishIcouldcatchmybreath wrote:...We would also still need to have MMBA merchandise, and an MMBA newsletter publication.
WishIcouldcatchmybreath wrote:If anything, I would suggest a better variant would be to have the parent MMBA organization become a "chapter" of IMBA, and keep the current MMBA chapter "sub-structure" in place. Having individual MMBA chapters become chapters of IMBA would cut the parent MMBA out of loop, and essentially break its back. I just don't see how the MMBA could continue without having chapters behind it, and at the same time have a board that comes together periodically to discuss issues of statewide importance. Without having a statewide board, we would lose our statewide voice and focus, and any influence that we currently have in Lansing. How would the DNRE director or our legislators or governor react if they were approached by an national IMBA rep, rather than say the president of the MMBA or our advocacy director? If the idea is to keep the board in place (but perhaps to eliminate the need for an ED), then I am not sure how this would be reconciled with removing the chapters from underneath it.
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