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Study shows why association management companies are a great option for associations regardless of size and tax status


DETROIT – Aug. 9, 2014 — The AMC Institute released research demonstrating that associations that partner with association management companies, or AMCs, enjoy significant revenue and asset benefits.

The study found that, on average, AMC-managed associations experience more than three times the growth in net assets and 31 percent more growth in net revenue regardless of size and tax status.

“We’ve long known about the qualitative benefits of the AMC model,” said AMC Institute Chair-elect Greg Schultz. “This research confirms that in almost every scenario, AMCs deliver strong financial performance and present a smart option for associations to consider. The findings are important for non-profits seeking to measure and maximize investments in their staff and headquarters.”

The independent study, conducted by Dr. James Gaskin of Brigham Young University, drew data from 167 randomly selected associations with a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) tax status and a budget between $500,000 and $7.5 million.

“Given the wide variety of associations surveyed, and the random sampling applied, the findings are remarkably consistent,” said Gaskin, a professor of information systems at Brigham Young University. “When we analyzed the data, it was clear that associations of all types and sizes using the AMC model tend to be the strongest financially.”

Additional findings indicated that, on average, AMC-run associations have:
• Less liabilities as a percent of revenue
• Lower expenses as a percent of revenue
• Higher surpluses as a percent of revenue

An executive summary of the research is available on the AMC Institute website at

About the AMC Institute
The AMC Institute represents over 180 association management companies that manage over 1,800 associations full-time and nearly 900 on a project basis. The total budget for associations managed by AMC Institute members is more than $1.5 billion. AMC Institute seeks to advance professionalism and high industry standards for association management companies through education, accreditation and member networking opportunities.

About James Gaskin, Ph.D.
James Gaskin is a professor of information systems in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Dr. Gaskin teaches advanced multivariate statistics for academic research and is the founder of StatWiki, an extensive online database of advanced statistical tools and tools and tutorials and Gaskination, a YouTube channel with over 130 statistics tutorials.



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