Startup a New Organization

Conceptualizing, legally registering, and launching an association includes a number of hurdles, many of which benefit from the guidance and assistance of an experienced association management firm. That’s where we come in.

A BRIGHT IDEA

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Whether securing your tax exempt status, clearly defining the mission and branding of your organization, assessing its initial staff and capacity, or exploring legal and tax considerations, our team is well-equipped to help you with every stage of the process. 

In fact, we provide a dedicated team of members who exclusively focus on Marketing & Communications, Legal & Tax concerns, Board Management, and other demands, to ensure we work towards the common goal of bringing your association to life.

Timeline

Grau & Associates’ goals are to:

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accompany you through the initial logistical challenges of establishing an association; and

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be your partner as you tackle the broader task of fulfilling your association’s mission, vision, and purpose.

After your association’s legal creation and establishment, we will work together to develop an efficient membership structure, dues schedule, and initial budget.

Then we will fine-tune these processes and begin considering equally important decisions such as governance protocols, membership services, and by-laws.

Although timelines vary based on the size and vision of a particular association, we will collaborate with you to establish the strongest possible foundation for a successful association. By investing our time in thoughtful discussions geared towards efficiency, innovation, and meaningful membership offerings & engagement, we mitigate the risk of operational issues.

By inviting us to participate in the process of formulating the structure and scaffolding of the association, we make sure your organization is “up to code,” situated to succeed, and offering members and your community distinct and compelling services.

What You’ll Need

Thriving associations are rooted in a common cause that leadership, membership, and the general public enthusiastically support. With this in mind, “associations-in-formation” should come to the table with basic ideas of:

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who their members will be;

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who their audiences will be; and

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what market competition may exist.

If a comparable or competing organization exists, Grau & Associates will help generate a distinctive brand and mission to distinguish your efforts from other’s and establish your association as a unique, preferable alternative.

Those interested in starting a new association should also have a clear sense of their initial funding for start-up costs, including corporate filing fees, web domain names, and (scalable) service costs like accounting, marketing, and event planning; i.e. what you think it will cost to provide membership benefits.

The most important element for a potential collaboration, however, is the willingness to spend time developing the necessary structure and governance that ensures the healthy functioning and success of the organization.

Grau & Associates is excited to participate in every stage of starting a new association. We welcome it, without exception, as an opportunity to guarantee the integrity, stability, and success of your new endeavor.

“Grau & Associates not only helpedestablish APPS, it has also been instrumental in growing the association.”

Greg Gbur
Association of Professional Pipeline Surveyors

“When Grau & Associates began workingwith our association its first order of business was evaluating our finances and immediately finding ways to strengthen our fiscal position.”

Steve Strnisha
Invest in the United States of America

“Grau & Associates expertly walked us(and continues to shepherd IoTEA) through (these) requirements, record keeping, and compliance. G&A is an invaluable resource.”

Greg Puschnigg
Internet of Things Energy Association

“We were so satisfied with G&A’s ability tohelp us (do so), Aaron is now a member of the LRC board! We highly recommend his services.”

Shad Henderson
Neighborhood Allies

Our Approach

Startup an Organization

Engage Your Membership

Grow an Existing Organization

“Grau & Associates not only helpedestablish APPS, it has also been instrumental in growing the association.”

Greg Gbur
Association of Professional Pipeline Surveyors

“When Grau & Associates began workingwith our association its first order of business was evaluating our finances and immediately finding ways to strengthen our fiscal position.”

Steve Strnisha
Invest in the United States of America

“Grau & Associates expertly walked us(and continues to shepherd IoTEA) through (these) requirements, record keeping, and compliance. G&A is an invaluable resource.”

Greg Puschnigg
Internet of Things Energy Association

“We were so satisfied with G&A’s ability tohelp us (do so), Aaron is now a member of the LRC board! We highly recommend his services.”

Shad Henderson
Neighborhood Allies

Our Process is Different

We are here for you every part of your association's journey. Learn more about our process.

Let’s Collaborate

We embrace each new opportunity to collaborate, prioritizing your association’s needs, values, aspirations, and vision. Contact us today to let us know how we can help.