This is a big problem as associations have a legacy bias toward these entities as successfully executing without the other.
Suggestions to improve the dilemma:
- Conduct a “hot issue” government affairs briefing to non-members to showcase the expertise of the government team. It’s quite likely the lack of awareness of the issue by non-members will become apparent.
- During member engagement or new member on-boarding, facilitate a meeting with a Congressional staffer in the district to get to know the member business. It builds advocacy value and starts a grass-tops relationship early in the association membership life cycle.
- As a leader – initiate meetings between the government and membership teams to find issues for membership leverage, and those that require disciplined membership grassroots work.
Ultimately, we must design the consistent integration of the membership development and advocacy teams – the association value proposition frankly demands it.
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