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Association Professional Membership ($265)

Association Professional membership is available to junior-level individuals or individuals who serve in a management or supervisory capacity at a voluntary member- or donor-based organization, whether employed directly by the organization or by a management company that provides full association management services.

Benefits for Association Professional Members

  • Association Networking: Our membership gives you access to more than 3,700 peers at Chicagoland associations of all types and sizes; whether you’re starting a new project, looking for a new job or trying to solve a new problem, our members have "been there, done that" and are more than willing to share what they’ve learned to help you succeed.
  • Uncommon Resources: Our online resource library includes dozens of professional practice statements, sample documents, articles and more designed to help you get things done.
  • Convenience: Because it isn't easy to get away from the office, we offer a number of member benefits — including an online job board and a digital edition of our award-winning FORUM magazine — designed for time-strapped professionals. Plus: Because our programs are local, you can access everything we have to offer without spending time and money to travel.
  • Practical Education: We provide more than 100 educational programs that are both accessible and affordable, and customized. In 2012, experience training and idea sharing opportunities for three career-level segments: entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level. 
  • Leadership Opportunities: We fill numerous committee assignments each year with new members, as well as long-standing members. Even if you’re new to the Association Forum, you can still help to shape it.
  • Association Intelligence: For organizations that want to attract and retain top talent, our annual Association Compensation and Benefits Survey provides the most extensive and up-to-date salary data for a multitude of jobs at Chicago associations.
  • Advocacy: A local association of national importance, we are your voice in Springfield as well as Washington, D.C., where we have representatives on call to fight for the interests of associations in Chicago.

If you’re ready to join our network of nearly 4,000 members, please create an account and then click here to sign-up today!

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you. If you prefer to join by phone or email, please contact Sandra Wright at (312) 924-7021 or wright@associationforum.org.

What Members are Saying About the Association Forum Community

"Association Forum provides an amazing network of peers and education programs, serving a critical need for the more than 60,000 association professionals working for Chicago based groups. The quality of Association Forum's programs, convenience of its location, and ability to utilize services with the need for travel, make it an essential resource for our industry."

- Evan Williams, Mechanical Contractors Association

"With the shifts occurring today within the traditional association membership model, I enjoy learning from other Association Forum members about new and innovative ideas other associations are implementing to enhance the member experience and diversify programs and revenue for their organizations."

- Colleen Jamieson, SmithBucklin Corporation


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