Selecting an Association Management Company

There are many reasons to outsource some or all of your organization's administrative or other needs. An association management company (AMC) can provide bottom-line value to you in the form of specialized knowledge on database, Internet or technology issues. AMCs can also help smaller organizations reduce the volunteer load by handling administrative tasks, freeing your board or committee members to work on activities that further your cause or your mission.

By reducing overhead, sharing expenses, an AMC can be a real value. But selecting an AMC can be a daunting task. Developing a Request for Proposal is definitely the right way to go, because it will help your group summarize the services it needs and find the right organization at the right price to fit your special needs.

There are a couple of good sources that you should check out as you begin the process of selecting an AMC. We would recommend checking out the advice and services provided by the following groups:

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

AMC Institute (ACMi)