For most nonprofits growth and, in fact, survival is equated to an unceasing struggle for more resources —revenue, staff, members or customers. The mantra is “more”—more programs, members or revenue will solve their problems. Yet, in today’s economy it is leverage rather than quantity, innovation rather than production that yields solutions. Take the case of Facebook cited in a Fast Company article.
Why is the membership model considered by many as outdated when it is, increasingly, adopted by business successfully and replacing other models. Perhaps associations can draw inspiration and ideas from other sectors that deploy the membership model in new ways and have reinvented it for different, strategic results.