In April, IFAI announced three exciting changes that directly benefit IFAI members: enhanced member benefits, participation in our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and changes to member categories. Enhanced member benefits include insurance programs, updated business services, inclusion in our printed Buyer’s Guide, development of new SIGs, a weblink from our online member directory and increased online content and education. Inclusion in one SIG for no additional fee (Class 4, 5 and 6 receive membership in two SIGs). The fee to join additional SIGs is a nominal $175 per group. Simplified member categories allow us to serve our diverse members in a more cohesive way.
New member categories
General Members. A general member is either an end product manufacturer or a supplier, and the dues paid are based on annual gross revenue in the specialty fabrics industry.
Class 1: less than $500,000 – annual fee of $340
Class 2: $500,001 to $1,000,000 – annual fee of $680
Class 3: $1,000,001 to $5,000,000 – annual fee of $1,000
Class 4: $5,000,001 to 10,000,000 – annual fee of $1,400
Class 5: $10,000,001 to $15,000,000 – annual fee of $1,800
Class 6: more than $15,000,000 – annual fee of $2,200
Affiliate Members. An affiliate member includes universities, training schools, design firms, consultants, divisions of general member companies, etc. for an annual fee of $295.
Individual Members. An individual or student who wants access to our online member-only content pays an annual fee of $95.
The new dues structure is effective June 1, 2013. The purpose of the new dues structure is to strengthen the association’s membership base by supporting greater unity and a shared commitment for a more effective and valuable organization.
If you have questions or comments about the new dues structure, contact director of technical markets Andrew Aho at +1 651 225 6907, or director of core markets Beth Hungiville at +1 651 225 6952.