NSDC Membership

Regular Members

Regular Members shall be any special district organization, formed and registered in accordance with the laws of the state where the association is based, for the purpose of enhancing the ability of all special districts to deliver services to the communities they serve without preference for a specific service type (e.g. fire protection, water, sanitary, parks and recreation).

Regular Members may include a statewide organization or coalition that is representative of or accessible to all types of special districts, inclusive of a coalition of statewide service-specific special district associations organized under an MOU for purposes of participating in NSDC as a Regular Member, so long as the predominant make up of all participating entities are special districts.

Newly accepted Regular Members must participate and be members for at least 2-years before being considered for inclusion as part of the Executive Committee.

Regular Members do not include any association formed for the primary purpose of serving one type of special district, such as water, parks, or fire protection, etc.

Application:

Regular Members may join NSDC by executing a NSDC Affiliation Agreement that is accepted and approved by unanimous vote the NSDC Executive Committee.

Dues:

Regular Member contributions are based on the organization’s ability to pay and will be determined annually in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Benefits:

  • Participation in NSDC Executive Committee
  • Full access and voting rights in NSDC
  • Full access and voting rights on NSDC Legislative Committee (General & Special Meetings)
  • Receive regular DC legislative reports
  • Receive regular DC grants reports
  • Receive exclusive access to grants resources and discounts through The Ferguson Group

Associate Members

Associate Members shall be any association, formed and registered in accordance with the laws of the state where the association is based, for the purpose of serving those public agencies that do not satisfy the criteria for Regular Members.

Associate Members may include associations formed for the primary purpose of serving one type of special districts, such as water, parks, or fire protection. Associate Members may also include a national or regional association that supports special districts’ interests.

An association is prohibited from joining NSDC as an Associate Member if a Regular Member has joined NSDC from the same state where the association is based, and the association is not a member of the NSDC Regular Member in that state. The aforementioned limitation shall not apply to a national association joining as an Associate Member, as approved by the NSDC Executive Committee.

Application:

Associate Members may join NSDC by completing an NSDC Membership Application that is accepted and approved by unanimous vote of the NSDC Executive Committee.

Dues:

Associate Member contributions are based on the organization’s ability to pay and scope of influence as follows:

Statewide or Regional Organizations/Associations

Operating Budget
$1 - $5M $2,500 annually
$5MM- $7.5M $5,000 annually
$7.5M+ $7,500 annually


Benefits:

  • Receive regular DC legislative reports
  • Receive regular DC grants reports
  • Participate in NSDC Legislative Committee meetings (General Meetings; non-voting) – briefings and provide expert feedback only
  • Receive exclusive access to grants resources and discounts through The Ferguson Group

*Note: NSDC benefits and membership do not flow down to individual members of the Associate Member. Membership is for participation, access, and information only.

Affiliate Members

Affiliate Members shall be those businesses and/or organizations that provide services, products, and/or have evidenced interest in the purposes and goals of NSDC and do not fall under the Regular or Associate Member categories. Affiliate Members may also be individual special districts that are not currently included and/or represented by a NSDC Regular or Associate Member. Affiliates have no voting privileges. There shall be no limit to the number of Affiliate Members admitted supporting the NSDC.

Application:
Associate Members may join NSDC by completing an NSDC Membership Application that is accepted and approved by unanimous vote of the NSDC Executive Committee.

Dues:
Businesses/Organizations -
Bronze Level $2,500 annually
Silver Level $5,000 annually
Gold Level $10,000 annually
Platinum Level $25,000 annually

Individual Districts - 
(not included/represented by current NSDC Regular or Associate Member)
Operating Budget
$1-$250k $250 annually
$250k-$500k $500 annually
$500k-$1M $1,000 annually
$1M-$5M $1,500 annually
$5M+ $2,500 annually

Benefits:
Affiliate Membership is an opportunity to support our members, strengthen our industry voice, and further the goals of NSDC and special districts across the country.
  • Support NSDC efforts including advocacy and awareness of special districts at the state and national level
  • Increased exposure to state and national special district audiences
  • Contribution Level recognition on NSDC communication platforms
  • Periodic DC legislative reports highlighting important issues impacting special districts
  • Periodic invitations to Legislative Committee briefings