Membership & Personal Donation

There have always been many good reasons to join the Montana Chapter and our regional ASPIRE associations.  Through association meetings we continually discover new and better ways to serve our students.  We learn about emerging issues such as regulation changes and the relatively new emphasis on program accountability.  There is a positive energy among TRIO professionals that is refreshing, and we have the opportunity to make many friends that we can turn to for ideas, advice, and yes, friendship.  Your personal financial contribution supports efforts to provide state and federal funding for our students and supports our professional development opportunities.

These reasons are just as valid today, but now we have a TRIO funding crisis at hand, our involvement and contributions are absolutely critical.  You as a professional can contribute financially through membership dues and personal contributions to ASPIRE and COE.  Your program or institution can legally contribute through ASPIRE program memberships (new), COE institutional memberships, and subscriptions to COE publications.  Please encourage your students to join under the $3 student memberships.

COE

ASPIRE meets the COE donation through the following methods/categories:

1.  Annual ASPIRE Regional Dues to COE in the amount of $4,000.

2.  Publication Package:  Each project is asked to purchase a Publication Package annually (Equality Newsletter and Professional Journal – Opportunity Outlook) for $200 for Institutional Members, and $400 for non-members.  The Publication Package can be purchased out of project monies.

3.  Institutional Membership:  Each institution which hosts a TRiO project is asked to pay an annual Institutional Membership of $1,700 to COE.  the amount is increased for institutions with more than one TRiO project based on the number of projects at the institution.

4.  Personal Donations:  there is an opportunity annually for individuals to make personal donations to COE.  The donations can be in any amount.  The COE donation categories are:

$25 – $99………………….Friend of the Council
$100 – $249……………….President’s Council
$250 – $499……………..Advocate for TRiO
$500 – $999……………..Patron for TRiO
$1,000 – $4,999……….Champion for TRiO
$5,000 and Above……Benefactor for TRiO

5.  Group Contribution from state associations and/or TRiO programs.

ASPIRE

The ASPIRE Fiscal Year is January 1 through December 31.  ASPIRE meets the budgetary needs of the regional association through the following methods/categories.

1.  Annual Conference Proceeds.  The Annual Conference is held in October.

2.  Individual Membership Dues.  Membership dues cannot be paid from project funds.

3.  Regional Fund Raising Activities.  These are usually held prior to and at the Annual Conference

4.  A portion of Indirect Funds from the ASPIRE Training Grants.

5.  ASPIRE Program Memberships.  Each program is asked to contribute $100 annually.  If a program director approves, program funds can be used for this or funds can be collected through personal donations.  Download a copy of the Program Membership Application.

6.  Personal Donations:  There is an opportunity annually for individuals to make personal donations to ASPIRE.  The donations can be in any amount.  The ASPIRE donation categories are:

$10 – $49………………….ASPIRE Friend
$50 – $99………………….ASPIRE Advocate
$100 – $149……………..ASPIRE Council
$150 – $199……………..ASPIRE Patron
$200 – $499……………..ASPIRE Champion
$500 and Above………ASPIRE Benefactor

 

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