We’ve updated our Chapter Charter to make life easier on you (the doc that makes your chapter AMSA-official). It’s shorter, clearer and more streamlined. So! What’s needed of you? 5 minutes. That’s it!
The good news: things are easier! The other news: our operations folks say this deadline is firm. (And when they say firm – they don’t mess around…) Meaning: if we don’t have your new Charter, we will assume that you are no longer an AMSA chapter. You can still have members on your campus, sure, but no chapter. And there go all the benefits, too. (Events! Discounts! Scholarships! etc)
So, take 5 minutes, read the charter (only a few pages), submit it and off you go. Scroll down for the goodies.
AMSA Institutional Parters are automatically chartered. That said,
Main liaison with AMSA National
Main duties include
– Oversight of other leaders
– Manage documents
– Regular communication with respective Membership Director
Chapter Finance Officer (CFO)
Handles chapter finances including but not limited to:
– Chapter dues coming from AMSA
– Identifies any fundraising opportunities
Chapter Membership Officer (CMO)
– Manages marketing to members and prospective members
– Keeps a reliable roster of members in chapter
– Responsible for raising any membership-related issues to President/AMSA membership leaders
– Maintains quarterly Pulse Report to AMSA National
Chapter Advocacy Officer (CAO)
-Works with AMSA Campaigns/Committees to identity advocacy opportunities for the chapter
-Schedules and manages chapter events
It’s true: you will lose your chapter. Our operations folks are super serious about this. You can still have members on campus, but. you will not have an official chapter — and you will not have access to:
So – renew your charter today! We are here to help firstname.lastname@example.org
You can totally submit your information after the April 30, 2022 deadline. We will accept re-charters on a rolling basis — but! Until you are ‘official’, you can’t tap into all the delicious member benefits. You can, again, once re-chartered!
Once submitted, if you’ve made no changes to your bylaws, you’re “in”! If you have made edits to your bylaws, we will need to run those by our board. It could take up to 30 days for us to approved your edited bylaws & get your chapter renewed.
If you want to charge members local dues, on top of the AMSA National dues that make them an official member (unlocking access to all the benefits) — that is totally fine. Some chapters like to collect money for local events, meetings, etc.
In order to collect local dues, you need to have a banking account for your chapter to make it legally-legit. To do this, you need an EIN. (Check the next question to see how to obtain one!)
It works like this: your new member will join online. They will pay for their membership and then there will be an option to also contribute to your chapter’s local dues. They pay, and we transfer those fees back to your bank account! Voila. So, a bank account is important for that.
How to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and Tax Exempt status for your Chapter?
Chapters are considered separate entities from AMSA, as such, they are responsible for obtaining their own tax ID and exemption and filing tax returns as applicable by local law. US based chapters will need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) in order to open a bank account.