Membership+

VONNE is launching a new membership benefits scheme 'Membership+' soon. Our new membership packages offer a wide range of practical and strategic benefits, supporting you to make the greatest impact. This initiative will offer useful, tangible, cost-effective key benefits to our members. The fee levels will be tiered according to an organisation’s turnover, and smaller VCOs are eligible for free Bronze Membership+ and discounted Silver and Gold Membership+. Download our overview for taking to a board

All current VONNE members will remain as core members, and still receive the key membership benefits of invites to AGM, voting rights, receiving e-bulletins, our annual review and directory and access to posting events on our website.

Key benefits of Membership+

The additional key core benefits of the Membership+ packages are:

Bronze benefits

  • Event invites and discounts including a 50% discount on our annual conference tickets
  • Job advertising discounts - £50 for Membership+ members, compared to £120 for non-members (58% discount – saving of £70)
  • Funding Information – receive our fortnightly FINE e-bulletin
  • Raising your profile - promote your organisation as a VONNE member by displaying the VONNE membership logo

Silver benefits

All Bronze level benefits plus:

  • A free ticket to VONNE’s annual conference
  • Invitations to Membership+ events – briefings, information sharing, discussions, networking
  • Job advertising – 1 free job advert per year + discounts on further job adverts. Advertising fees are £50 for Membership+ members, compared to £120 for non-members (58% discount – saving of £70)
  • Funding Information – receive our fortnightly FINE ebulletin, access to our online funding directory and a free copy of FINE North East Guide to Grants
  • Raising your profile - promote your organisation as a VONNE member by utilising the VONNE membership logo

Gold benefits

All Bronze and Silver level benefits plus:

  • Opportunity for a VONNE staff member to present to your organisation or at an event on a policy topic or on state of the North East VCSE sector
  • Two free tickets to our annual conference
  • Invitations to Membership+ events – briefings, information sharing, discussions, networking
  • Job advertising – 2 free job adverts per year + discounts on further job adverts. Advertising fees are £50 for Membership+ members, compared to £120 for non-members (58% discount – saving of £70)
  • Raising your profile - promote your organisation as a VONNE member by utilising the VONNE membership logo and get featured as a Gold Member on our website and in a VONNE ebulletin

Read the full costs and benefits of Membership+

 

 

Why is VONNE introducing membership fees?

Much of VONNE’s core work to support the sector including our information, networking, brokering, partnership, representation and advocacy work receives no external funding and with the loss of core grant income in recent years, we need to develop new income streams to support this work.  We hope that North East VCSE organisations value the work that VONNE does on their behalf to represent the sector and provide timely and relevant information on key issues, policies and opportunities as well as practical support such as our job advertising service. 

In introducing Membership+ we are providing the opportunity to our members to acknowledge the value that VONNE provides to their organisations and support the longer-term sustainability of VONNE as the North East regional umbrella organisation for VCSE.

For many years VONNE has provided additional membership benefits such as job advert discounts for free to members but at a cost to VONNE.  To ensure the long term sustainability for VONNE we need to generate membership income to fund these benefits.

Making sure small organisations don't miss out

However, we want to ensure that small organisations do not miss out and so are offering organisations with a turnover of less than £50K free Bronze Membership+ and discounted Silver and Gold Membership+. Through Membership+ we will be able to continue to provide a number of key and additional benefits above and beyond the core membership offer.

We hope that as the Membership+ scheme grows we will be able to introduce further benefits to members and look forward to working with Membership+ partners to scope out what would be of most benefit to your organisations.

 

Need Board agreement? Download our template

We are aware that for many organisations, joining Membership+ will require your Board of Trustees agreement. We've prepared a template proposal for you to take to your Board outlining the benefits and costs for you to edit appropriately.

Download our board proposal template

 

Questions?

Please take a look at our Membership+ FAQs page to see if we answer it there or if not, drop us a line at vonne@vonne.org.uk