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The Association Management Company Institute (AMCI) is the leading organization advancing professionalism and high performance standards for the Association Management Company industry in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Fully reflective of its forward-thinking, innovative constituents, it supports the needs of its membership through educational and networking opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally, trend reports, expert analyses, promotional opportunities, and informative publications, keeping AMCs current and connected. AMC Institute actively promotes the value of the association management company model by showcasing the exceptional level of  expertise, staffing and resources that allow professional societies, trade groups, not-for-profits and philanthropic organizations to effectively manage day-to-day operations and advance their long-term goals. 

Association Management Companies, or AMCs, are for-profit businesses that apply their considerable business acumen to help their clients maximize productivity and make every dollar count. Whether the AMC professional manages, supports or works as paid staff with the company, his or her knowledge, versatility and sensitivity are invaluable resources. 

There are two primary models for working with AMCs:

Full Service: Delivery of turnkey management for all operating disciplines (ranging from membership, marketing, and policy development to legal and risk management) and daily operations (including staffing, office space, equipment, contracts, technologies and member services).

Outsourced Services: Delivery of full service or extra support in one or more functional areas, such as membership services; strategic planning; meetings, conventions, expositions and trade shows; financial management and administration; legal counsel; education and certification; public relations and marketing; web communications and social media; public policy and lobbying; publications; research; and international services.


AMCs offer a wide array of benefits and advantages, including:

Operational and Staffing Benefits:

  • Customized staff and services
  • Broad spectrum of management and sector expertise
  • Day-to-day and ongoing staff management
  • Improved staffing and resource allocation
  • Proven best management practices and best-of-class resources and technologies

Financial/Business Benefits:

  • Efficiencies derived from leveraging shared resources
  • Improved buying power
  • Reduced business risks

Long-Term Benefits:

  • Greater member satisfaction resulting from the professionalism and responsiveness of staff
  • Freedom from daily operations that allows Boards to maintain their focus on mission and strategy
  • Integration of innovative strategies and ideas
  • Scalability to accommodate organization growth or contraction over time

AMCI member companies manage 1,800 associations full-time around the world, and nearly 900 on a project basis. Most of these associations lie in the arenas of Healthcare & Medical, Education, Business and Commercial, Science and Technology and Real Estate. 

The total budget for associations managed by AMC Institute members is more than $1.5 billion.

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