Do nonprofits benefit from Chamber membership?

The answer is a resounding yes. And the business community definitely benefits from interacting with and supporting nonprofits who are providing needed services for the region. Your Chamber currently consists of 179 nonprofit members and seven of our board members represent nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits use Chamber membership to increase community awareness, develop professional staff and improve operations.

One of our new nonprofit members recently asked for some tips for maximizing her organization’s Chamber membership so that she could connect with other Chamber members who “are looking to do some community givebacks through sponsorships or donate their time.” Here are the tips we shared with her:

  • List your upcoming events on our Community Calendar. Do you have an upcoming fundraiser or community event? Log in to the Members Only page of the website to list your upcoming events on the Chamber’s Community Calendar, and receive FREE promotion in our weekly digital newsletter. You’ll find the Community Calendar on our website. For instructions on how to post events, and your login credentials, contact nrobinson@wichitachamber.org.

    Envision participated in the Social Services Nonprofit Showcase at the December Sunrise Scrambler in 2016.

  • Plan a table display for our December 6 Sunrise Scrambler—Social Services Nonprofit Showcase.
    The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to devote to elevating the visibility of our social service nonprofit members and the way they improve our community. Follow this link for more information about how to get your organization’s mission in front of 160 breakfast attendees. There’s no charge for your organization’s table display and it comes with one complimentary attendee registration. The deadline for Social Services Scrambler participants is Wednesday, Nov. 22.
  • Offer a discount. Are you selling tickets to an event or fundraiser? Chamber members can offer a discount and publicize products and services to other Chamber members on the Chamber website. Your online coupon includes a link to your website. For instructions on how to utilize this benefit, and your Members Only page login credentials, contact nrobinson@wichitachamber.org.
  • Attend and participate in Chamber events. It’s all about relationships, so it’s definitely worth the time and effort you put into participating in events and committees. This is a great way to seek out new members for your Board, promote your events, find volunteers and sponsorships. Two of our nonprofit members received funding last month from one of our members as a direct result of discussions and business card exchanges at Chamber events. Our for-profit members often base their community givebacks on the relationships they’ve established. Some Chamber events do have an admission charge, but there are also free events like the Business Exchange, Small Business Owner Roundtable for your CEO or Board President to attend. You can also attend our B2B trade show called Exposure on September 28th for Free. Better yet, purchase a low-cost tabletop to display at Exposure, and give out materials about your organization’s mission. Visit our website to subscribe to our newsletter to see all of our upcoming events.

    Chamber President and CEO Gary Plummer attended a Milestone event for Wichita’s Littlest Heroes in July.

  • Request assistance with a Milestone Event. If you have started a new non-profit, if you are moving to a new location, celebrating an expansion or re-brand, our staff will assist you with planning a promotion of a Member Milestone event such as a Ribbon Cutting or Open House.
  • Connect with our Young Professionals group.  Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) can be a resource for your organization in three major ways: 1) providing connection to ambitious young leaders through our Board Placement Program; 2) providing leadership and professional development opportunities for your young employees through membership at a discounted rate; and 3) promoting your events and volunteer needs through the community calendar. For more information, contact YPW Program Coordinator Alejo Cabral at 316-268-1171 or via email.
  • Submit a Member Minute profile. Help our members to get to know you and understand your mission and services. There’s no cost to participate and your profile will be published on our Chamber blog. A link to that blog post will be published in our weekly digital newsletter which has 4,500 subscribers. Contact Courtney Sendall at the Chamber for the questionnaire you’ll need to complete so that we can feature your organization.
  • Connect with us on Social Media. We utilize Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  We utilize all three channels to keep you updated on relevant issues and events.

    Jennifer Keller of KPTS recently added the #ILoveWichita decal to the station’s front door.

  • Add the #ILOVEWICHITA decal to your organization’s front door. This is an easy way to familiarize the Chamber’s social media followers with where you’re located and how the community benefits from your services. Just let us know the date/time that works for you and we’ll bring out a decal and take a quick video of you applying it and giving us a sentence or two about why you love being part of the Wichita community. We’ll post it on our social media accounts. Some of our nonprofit members who have participated include KPTS, Alzheimer’s Association and ICTSOS. Contact Courtney Sendall at the Chamber to schedule a decal application.

We look forward to working with you!

 

 

 

Wichita Eagle publishes answers about city’s proposed sales tax

Chamber members who need more information about the city’s proposed sales tax are headline - Wichita Eagleencouraged to follow this link to today’s Wichita Eagle article. The article provides answers to more than 20 commonly-asked questions about the topic. The questions are grouped by these subheads:  Effect on consumers, Jobs fund, Water project, and Streets and transit.

You may also want to review these Wichita Eagle and Wichita Business Journal articles for more specific information:

Incentives at heart of debate over sales tax jobs fund – October 26, 2014
‘No’ vote outspends ‘yes’ in Wichita sales tax campaign – October 19, 2014
More groups announce support for proposed sales tax – October 16, 2014
Wichita sales tax vote bringing home costs of future water needs – October 12, 2014
What you would pay under the proposed new sales tax – October 8, 2014
Tax would target fixing worst of Wichita’s streets – September 28, 2014
Finkle:  ‘More oversight than I’ve ever seen’ – September 19, 2014
Proposed 1-cent sales tax would add, expand Wichita bus routes – August 3, 2014

FAQs About Jobs, Getting Involved

Our Frequently Asked Questions series continues this week with information about job and internship opportunities, as well as how members can become more involved with the Chamber.

Jobs and Internships Questions

  1. How do I post job openings on NationJob?
    Posting job openings on NationJob is a FREE benefit to Chamber members with 30 or less employees, and discounts are available to Members with more than 30 FTE. Contact Barb Avery directly at NationJob at 888-256-0920.
  2. How do I get more information about the Spouse Career Network?
    Contact Jan Baggett at 316-268-1113.
  3. I am interested in hiring an intern. Where do I get more information on how to find a qualified intern or post an internship listing?
    Visit www.launchwichita.com.

Involvement Questions

  1. How can I get more information on Committees or Volunteer Opportunities?
    Contact Nicole Robinson at 316-268-1116.
  2. How can I join a leads group?
    Visit our Contacts Club page.
  3. Where do I get more information on advertising opportunities with the Chamber?
    Visit our Sponsorships and Advertising page, then contact Courtney Sendall 316-268-1153.
  4. Do I have to be a Chamber member to join Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW)?
    Visit our Young Professionals of Wichita page.

More Frequently Asked Questions can be found on our website. If you have a question that should be added to our FAQ page, please let us know!

Frequently Asked Questions about Chamber Membership

We will be answering some frequently asked questions about the Chamber through a series of posts over the next few weeks. Today’s questions and answers deal with Chamber membership.

1. Where do I get more info on how to join the Chamber?
Visit our Membership page, then contact Kresta Dundas at 316-268-1115.

 2. How much does it cost to join the Chamber?
Dues vary depending on the type of industry and number of people employed. Special rates are available for nonprofits. For more information about our membership rate schedule and the wonderful benefits of Chamber membership, contact Kresta Dundas at 316-268-1115.

 3. How can I renew my membership?
Contact Nicole Robinson at 316-268-1116.

4. I never received my Chamber plaque/Digital Member Logos/Welcome Kit. Where do I get one?
Contact Kresta Dundas at 316-268-1115.

5. If my company is a member, does that mean I am a member too?
Yes! When a company becomes a Chamber member, all employees of that company’s local branch/offices are considered Chamber members and have full access to our programs and benefits.

More Frequently Asked Questions can be found on our website. If you have a question that should be added to our FAQ page, please let us know!