Nelg wrote:We figure the state level MMBA can run on $4,000 to $6,000 a year which can be funded via chapter affiliations, fund raisers, grants, and building up the annual meeting and Expo in to a profit source.
Yes. In fact, I am already working on the expo with the idea of making it bigger and reaching out to many more vendors. I would love to see this be a nice source of funding for our state advocacy efforts. I already have two volunteers to help with the planning process!
Another thing that I've been working on is corporate sponsorships. IMBA does not share corporate sponsorship money with the chapters, so we plan to continue offering corporate sponsorships for the MMBA. Our corporate sponsors may continue to support advocacy at the state level.
I've revamped the corporate sponsorship packages and simplified them. We have already updated our system, but I am still working out the details of bringing the benefits to fruition, which will be unleashed sometime this month.
A common fear is how this will affect advocacy at the local level. I would like to point out that local advocacy has always been handled at the local level
(your chapter) and will continue to be that way under IMBA. The state board has always had more of an administrative role. The two different roles are necessary so that the chapters aren't burdened with the tasks that have been wearing on the state board for so many years. If they were, they wouldn't be able to attend to local advocacy. It will be the same way with IMBA. The IMBA chapters will continue with local advocacy, IMBA will handle the administrative responsibilities, and the state board will take on a more focused role of state advocacy such as legislation, like the recent legislation that would have opened our trails to horses had our advocacy director and lobbyist not intervened with the help of your letters. We plan to continue the website and the newsletter, but we will be able to streamline things a bit.