In order to meet our association’s goal in being transparent with our members; I was tasked with creating a membership Return on Investment (ROI) Report. This was done by taking our current expenditures that directly benefit our members from the beginning of this past fiscal year and comparing them with the income we receive from our membership dues.
Items that were designated as member benefits include, but are not limited to: state meetings costs, lobbying for the legislative goals (state practice act), website redevelopment/online presence, and operational costs. The largest of these expenditures were website redevelopment and lobbying; accounting for about 46% of the money spent from membership dues.
The IATA is excited for the upcoming rollout of our new website. As many of you know, our website has been plagued with issues over the past few years and we have taken the opportunity to improve by investing heavily into our new website. We will be using the same hosting and design service as GLATA. Our website will be very similar to our district site and will allow us, as an organization, more options and easier editing to keep our content current. The cost is high at first, but we believe this will pay huge dividends in the future and provide greater member communication.
Lobbying is an essential function of our association and has been invaluable in getting our most recent practice act passed. With the struggles some states have had in getting and maintaining licensure, we are fortunate to have great lobbying efforts and governmental affairs committee members.
Overall, the IATA spends approximately $0.78 per every member dollar. The remaining $0.22 is put into our General Funds account, money market accounts, or investment accounts. This other money is used for other capital expenditures (such as the website) or needs in the future. Our $0.78/$1.00 spent for member benefits compares well with the American Physical Therapy Association’s 2014 Annual Report which states they spend $0.77/$1.00 on their members. The Illinois’ Physical Therapy Association numbers were not available to non-members for comparison. NATA membership dues information can be found on their website, but the amount per dollar information is not available.
We hope this report sheds some light on where the majority of your dues as members are being spent. If it any time you have a question regarding your dues please do not hesitate to contact your region representative and he/she can direct your question to the appropriate person(s). Keep in mind dues are spent for the good of the whole state and may not directly benefit your practice setting but the practice of athletic training throughout the State of Illinois.
We thank you for considering joining the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association. We welcome you to join this incredible group of health care professionals dedicated to the advocacy and advancement of Athletic Training in Illinois. Your membership helps in our efforts not only because it increases our reach, but also because we gain a new ally (you!) in Illinois, dedicated to being an active member in our association. Please utilize the resources on this website and our social media channels for up-to-date information essential to the practice of athletic training in Illinois. Never hesitate to reach out your region representatives or anyone on the board of directors with any questions or needs you may have.
President Jordan Anderson, MS, ATC
• Ongoing partnership with the Illinois High School Association's Sports Medicine Advisory Committee
• Midwest Orthopedics at Rush “Knees for Life” campaign
• Annual state symposium
• Maintaining state licensure, updating legislative language and the “Sunset Review”
• Annual IATA Golf outing supporting the Political Action Committee (PAC) and scholarship funds
• And many more!
As a new member, we encourage you to sign up for your National Provider Identification number (NPI#). Instructions to do so can be found at www.nata.org/NPI. It is free and can take as little as 5 minutes!
We would like you to take a look at the IATA Constitution & By-Laws, particularly at the committees. If you have interest in getting involved with the IATA or a committee in particular, please contact the IATA Membership Director:
Greg Gaa at firstname.lastname@example.org
All contact information for the Board of Directors can be found on the IATA’s website.
The IATA is divided into four regions, each with a representative to the Board. This is designed to ensure an equal voice for athletic trainers across the state with regards to IATA matters. Please consult the map below to find out which region you are in. If you would like to contact your region representative, click here.