Benefits of Membership

For most of our members, the primary benefit of membership is immediate access to direct, peer-to-peer networks of like-minded organizations and individuals: our members are interested in exchanging information about key intellectual and programmatic issues and many are also seeking a dialogue about the “nuts and bolts” of running a humanities center or institute. Other benefits of membership include:

  • A descriptive entry in our print and online membership directories.
  • Eligibility to post information and opportunities to our website. We also provide up-to-date mailing lists to members on request.
  • Eligibility to participate in our Annual Meetings.
  • Eligibility to participate in special programs and projects, such as our partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies.
  • Eligibility to participate in member-driven groups such as our Humanities for the Environment Initiative. We also maintain an Associate Directors and Administrators Group, and in spring 2012 we will be launching Public Humanities and Digital Humanities Initiatives. Time and space is always provided at each Annual Meeting for our member groups to meet, and in some cases groups are eligible to apply for funding for special projects.
  • Eligibility to participate in possible future projects created as a result of our Program Planning Initiative, funded by the A.W. Mellon Foundation.

We also provide various other less visible but equally important benefits, such as referrals for our members for purposes ranging from recruiting outside evaluators to compiling comparative information about other members for the purposes of planning or organizational development. In the latter area we will soon be launching a data-collection project that will greatly enhance our ability to provide members with comparative information on other centers’ budgets, reporting lines, and staff profiles, among other key benchmarking data.