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|MAPPS Ascent Program|
The MAPPS Board will be highly transparent and report, at the Annual Meeting where Ascent contributions are being leveraged. A one-page summary of the Ascent Membership Program can be downloaded here.
What are the 2019 Contributions Used For? This year, the MAPPS Board of Directors have completed the transition of association management and lobbying to new firms. In an effort to implement association best practices, the Board and new MAPPS staff have conducted in-depth financial and operational reviews. Following these reviews, areas of immediate financial need were identified including paying for one-time costs related to the management transition and unbudgeted expenses. Therefore, in 2019 the Board estimates that the MAPPS Ascent Membership Program needs to raise approximately $60,000 before March 30th to create a stronger balance sheet and financial base for your Association. Accomplishing this goal will allow also enable our aggressive work to more fully engage MAPPS with the geospatial community, thus providing long-term stability and partnering.
Why Contribute? The MAPPS Board of Directors have really appreciated the continued support and encouragement from our dedicated members during this transitional year. With the addition of over 20 new members and increased engagement of existing members, our Association is lively, relevant and growing. Moreover, because of the new legislative affairs approach, MAPPS is having greater success on Capitol Hill as evident by the MAPPS being considered a major collaborator and contributor to the passage of The Geospatial Data Act (GDA) as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 302). Addressing the financial realities of the Association is the Board’s next opportunity to complete the transition. Please carefully consider actively participating in the Ascent Membership Program to help your Association to make a difference and Ascend to greater heights.
How to Contribute? Ascent Membership contributions can be made at the same time as a firm’s annual dues renewal. The recommended minimum contribution is based on the firm’s membership category. The table below illustrates the contribution levels per membership category. Members that already paid their 2019 annual dues can make their additional contribution online using the links below, or by contacting Lisa Blair at email@example.com to have an Ascent Level added to your current membership.
Benefits that Enhance Your Marketing Efforts! Ascent benefits will leverage the new MAPPS media outlets providing exposure of your firm to a wide array of potential partners and clients. A multitude of qualified and targeted audiences will see your brand in a variety of forms which are highlighted in the MAPPS media kit. MAPPS media outreach summary can be viewed by clicking here. Below is a summary of the actual benefits by Ascent level.
Your contribution to the Ascent program may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. This contribution is not deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.
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