MACG’s strength and benefit is in its member organizations, aka “institutions”: the congregations, education organizations, nonprofits, and other civic organizations that share a concern for the common good of our community.
If your organization becomes a MACG member institution, we will work with you to build a “core team.” A core team is a group of volunteer leaders within a member institution. They intentionally build relationships among the organization’s members in order to listen for the community’s issues, and they find new volunteer leaders to engage in our work. The core team also acts as a liaison with MACG.
Member institutions commit to building teams of volunteer leaders to work on local issues that are agreed on by MACG’s full leadership. By joining with other institutions that have similar goals and concerns, MACG members increase their collective power and work to achieve victories on local and state-wide issues.
MACG member institutions have many reasons for joining. They see:
- that a core team can help to shift the culture of their organization into one that shares responsibility and leadership, is built on powerful relationships, and is responsive to the needs of their members
- the advantages of working with a diverse cross-cultural collection of organizations that are all concerned with social justice and community development
- the power of working in relationship with other organizations, which is ultimately more effective than working alone
- the richness of the relationships that can form in the process of working together
- the possibility of increased influence in the Tri-County region
Other benefits of membership:
- Free registration for an unlimited number of members in the local Leadership Institutes
- Assistance with organizing local issue campaigns, as well as the ability to connect to MACG's broader campaigns
- Assistance with organizing strategies within member organizations
- Representation in MAC-wide decision-making on the MACG Delegate Assembly
Member institutions pay annual dues to ensure MACG has a secure and independent core budget and to support the work of the organization. This enables MACG to be accountable to its member organizations, not outside funders.
For more information on becoming a member institution of MACG, please contact Mary Nemmers, Lead Organizer.