OVERVIEW: After updating last year's study with 2009 data the AMC-model continued to provide better protection than the standalone-model against the impacts of the second year of the recession. In this updated report, revenue and expense trends were also analyzed for both association groups over the four-year period revealing that the AMC-model was better able to align expenses and revenues than the standalone model.
IMPLICATION: Standalone organizations up to $5M in annual operating revenue should answer one question: "Are we receiving a return on investment in our management model, given that on average we may be spending 50% more for that management approach than if we were managed by an AMC -- especially given the performance benefits produced by AMCs?"
It should come as no surprise that the AMC model of association management provides organizations more options when it comes to allocating available resources to program needs than the more stationary structure of the standalone model. This study reveals that the results reported last year are enduring with a slightly deeper understanding of how those favorable results are delivered each year. The AMC management model demonstrated more skill at managing the bottom line.