There is a direct relationship between the membership numbers and the strength and effectiveness of AFC. The primary mission of AFC at the state level is advocacy of community college issues before the Legislature and other government entities. Numbers DO make a difference in determining influence - a 9,000 member association sounds (and is!) much more impressive than a 3,000 member association. Politicians are well aware that numbers translate into votes and since members have families, friends and neighbors who also vote, the political influence of membership extends well beyond the actual numbers.
Beyond raw numbers, we have an even greater stake in a healthy membership base. That stake has to do with AFC's budget, which in turn determines the level of AFC's activities and services. About 40% of the Association's annual income is from institutional (college) dues, about 40% is derived from individual membership dues, and 20% from other income sources such as the annual convention, office rent, and so on. One of the reasons why individual membership costs are so modest is that a good portion of AFC's annual expenses are paid for by institutional memberships.
Individual Dues are determined by the employees ANNUAL base contracted salary:
- <$30,000 = $35
- >$30,000 but <$75,000 = $45
- >$75,000 but <$100,000 = $55
- $100,000 and up = $70
- Adjuncts and Retirees = $10
AFC leadership and lobbyists monitor all legislation to determine its impact on community colleges and community colleges employees and then provide information to legislators so they can make informed decisions. AFC works in partnership with the Council of Community College Presidents to increase funding. Our legislative program encourages participation in the political process through a team approach. AFC has become a force in Florida. Your support makes us stronger and more effective.
The Benefits of Belonging
Advocacy - a full-time staff representing your interests in Tallahassee.
Recognition - exemplary practice programs, awards, and honors.
Information - publications, Web sites, and e-mail updates keep you informed.
Professional Development - workshops, seminars and an annual convention geared toward your interests.
Networking - sharing ideas, making contacts, and building partnerships with peers across the state.
Fellowship - camaraderie and friendships that last a lifetime.
Book Scholarship - for Daytona State College employees/AFC members only - for those pursuing a degree or professional development. Members in good standing for at least one year are eligible to apply for partial reimbursement of books. Recent applicants received, on average, a $100 reimbursement from the AFC Book Scholarship Fund that was established in 2001.
Discounts - because of its number of members, AFC has negotiated a variety of discount programs with retailers and other service providers. Click here for information about these programs.