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A membership organization is any organization that allows people to subscribe, and often requires them to pay a membership fee or "subscription". Membership organizations typically have a particular purpose, which involves connecting people together around a particular profession, industry, activity, interest, mission or geographical location. This might simply be to encourage or facilitate interaction and collaboration, but it also often involves promoting and enhancing the purpose itself.

They are often not for profit, but there are also many commercially run membership organizations, and some larger not for profit membership organizations (like the National Trust in the United Kingdom) which have commercial subsidiaries. They vary in size from very small, voluntary associations, which may not be formally established, to very large nationally or internationally renowned organizations, like the aforementioned National Trust, which had 3.7 million members in 2010, each paying about £50 per year. Some of these membership organizations are referred to as multi-chapters if they have a main parent organization that is made up of chapters, clubs, or regions.
Types of membership organization include Professional associations, Trade associations, Voluntary associations, Political parties, Clubs and a wide range of others.
Membership organizations typically rely on Membership software to provide their services to their members.

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  1. ruger45blackhawk

    Estacada Rod and Gun Club

    Went to ERCG yesterday as a guest. What a difference since the 1980s when I sighted in my rifle. Place is tidy and clean. Anyone have any opinions on membership there? Thank you
  2. CountryGent

    TACDA Membership now free ...

    Membership to The American Civil Defense Association is now free. Being a member gives you access to their journal archive (The Journal of Civil Defense) that has been published from the mid-1960s to the present. (Print copies still require a donation, and since I support their work, I will...
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