At least once every three years, at a spring national meeting, the Committee on Divisional Activities (DAC) is required to bring to Council a formula for allocating dues funds to the divisions. DAC will present to Council for its approval in Dallas a slightly modified version of the formula Council approved in 2011.
Simply put, there are four general buckets from which divisions earn allocation funding: Base Allotment, Per Member Allotment, Innovative Projects Allotment, and Total Programming Allotment (which reflects division activity at national meetings).
There are two changes to the existing formula that DAC is proposing. One centers on slightly increasing the percentage of the Base Allotment that all divisions receive – from 12.5% to 15%. The other change calls for slightly decreasing – from 65% to 62.5% - the funds allocated to divisions for their Total Programming Allotment.
The intent of this change is to provide our smaller divisions (those with fewer than 2,000 members, known as Class I divisions) with a modest increase in additional funds, which DAC believes could enhance their opportunity for success.
The larger divisions, those with more than 3,500 members (known as Class III divisions), will lose no more than 2.5% of their funding as a result of this change.
These projected gains for the small divisions, and losses for the large divisions, are based on comparing the most recent actual allocations, and seeing how they would have changed based on the tweaks to the Base Allotment and Total Programming Allotment described above.
DAC is highly reluctant to make any changes that may have a negative financial impact on any division; nevertheless, this relatively small negative impact on larger divisions will help sustain the smaller divisions, and promote the continuation of a diverse set of divisions for the Society.
Information regarding the current and the proposed formula, as well as the projected impact on each division’s allocation is attached..