The Association has at present 3 new revenue sources that it is pursuing. Two are long term and one is short term. They long term efforts are the Corporate Sponsor Program and the E-Commerce Program. The short term program is the Legacy Bridge Program.
1. Corporate Sponsor Program. The North Carolina National Guard Association’s Corporate Membership Program is designed to acknowledge those corporations committed to a strong national defense through a well-manned and equipped North Carolina National Guard.
The North Carolina Army and Air National Guard are vitally important to this nation’s national security requirements, in terms of both external as well as internal threats. In this era of shrinking of defense budgets, the National Guard offers a cost effective means for meeting the nation’s defense and domestic needs, while our Citizen Soldiers provide a unique bond with the general public in doing so.
Our legislative agenda is oriented towards a grass roots effort to educate not only our elected officials as to the benefits of the Guard, but the general public as well. Such efforts are then coordinated to effectively communicate to both the North Carolina General Assembly and United States Congress the need for positive action in terms of funding, manning and equipping the North Carolina National Guard.
By participating in our Corporate Membership Program, you are exhibiting your support for the National Guard and its goals. We certainly hope you will accept this invitation to join our efforts towards that end, and look forward to working with you on behalf of a strong national defense, and a strong North Carolina National Guard.
2. E-Commerce. This program is a work in progress. It will use the Association’s web site to generate funds through online purchasing. Anyone who clicks on a link to a company advertising or shown on our website will generate a percentage of the purchase price to the Association. The expected revenue is difficult to determine but hopefully will be in the $20,000-24,000 range per year. While there are technical and legal issues to address, we hope to begin receiving monies in the first quarter of 2013.
3. Legacy Bridge Program. The Legacy Bridge Program is designed to protect and ensure the heritage and future of the North Carolina National Guard Association.
This program will provide the financial resources to keep our Association operating at the level necessary to continue to provide benefits to our members and their families. These donations will eliminate the need to use our reserve funds for operating expenses, which could eventually cause us to exhaust all of our financial resources.
Everyone is welcome to become a Legacy Member. But we are counting on the true “legacy” being those who are Associate and/or Lifetime members. Only four incremental payments of $25, over a specified period of time, will certainly provide for both protecting and assuring a stable financial position for the Association into the distant future.