To the Members of ASCP,
As we reflect on 2022, our Association of State Chamber (ASCP) organization experienced some great successes under the leadership of Stephanie Snyder. We expanded ASCP’s footprint to include not only membership growth and retention roles, communications, but also Foundation fundraising and Events revenue professionals. We were once again able to meet in person for our annual meeting in conjunction with the Council of State Chambers and experienced a record number of attendees in Las Vegas.
Our state chamber organizations do not just chase money, we chase the mission and establish lasting relationships. Building resilient and diversified funding streams to support our legislative-based work is key to long-term success. We know membership dues have been a flattening or declining percentage of revenue for membership organizations for years. As this economic downturn continues, selling a traditional membership will be challenging and less relevant in meeting modern demands for value proposition. As we kick off 2023 at our new January in-person meeting, we will work with the board to establish the strategic direction of the organization and learn mission-based revenue sources to encompass investor models, creative sponsorships, monetized events and expertise, fee-for-service non-dues activities, and leveraging our 501(c)(3) foundations.
I am honored and humbled to be your 2023 President and look forward to continuing our growth.
2023 President, Association of State Chamber Professionals (ASCP)
Chief Revenue Officer, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce