Dues Increase FAQ
How much are dues being increased? When will this increase become effective?Back to Top
Effective October 1, 2018, Toastmasters International membership dues for members of undistricted clubs will increase from 33.75 USD to 45 USD every six months—equivalent to 7.50 USD per month.
Is there an increase to the new member fee?Back to Top
There is no increase to the new member fee, which remains at 20 USD.
What are the benefits of increasing dues for undistricted clubs?Back to Top
This dues increase will go directly toward furthering the mission of Toastmasters International. For undistricted clubs, 25% of international dues will now be placed in a reserve account, which will provide starter funds to support new and developing markets and allow for enhanced online club officer training.
Can my undistricted club access this new reserve account?Back to Top
The funds of this reserve account will be used at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Although your club cannot access and utilize the account independently, the reserve will be used to support club and membership growth in your geographical area.
Who is responsible for determining the dues amount?Back to Top
It is the Board of Directors’ responsibility to determine the dues amount, as directed in the Bylaws of Toastmasters International, Article IV: Revenue, Section 2: Membership Dues Payment. Additionally, Policy 8.0: Dues and Fees, Section 10, requires the Board to review the dues, fees and submission processes at least every three years beginning in 2009.
In August 2017, the Board of Directors made the decision to increase dues to 45 each semiannual period for members of all clubs, effective October 1, 2018.
Has the Board taken into consideration that a dues increase can slow growth because of the current economic situation and varying exchange rates?Back to Top
The Board recognizes that the increase will likely affect October renewals, particularly among members who participate in multiple clubs. However, the Board also believes membership continues to provide exceptional value and is confident that the timing of the increase will have minimal impact on clubs’ ability to become Distinguished in 2018-2019.
Is the Toastmasters International budget made public for the members?Back to Top
It is not. As directed in Policy 11.0, the Board of Directors is responsible for approving and overseeing the budget and financial matters. Rather than providing the annual budget, which is a planning and management tool, the organization makes available its annual financial results and its annual United States Internal Revenue Service filing, known as Form 990.
Is Toastmasters International membership a good value?Back to Top
As you consider the dues increase, think for a moment about seminars, conferences, and college or university classes that cost hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. Toastmasters International membership, at 90 USD per year, provides education and invaluable practical experience. You gain feedback and support from peers and develop the confidence and transferable skills that will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
Can I receive a discount for having multiple memberships? Can I purchase a lifetime membership?Back to Top
Toastmasters International does not offer discounts for having multiple memberships or provide lifetime memberships to individuals—the costs to the organization are the same regardless of how many memberships you may hold.
Will Club Central show the new dues amount?Back to Top
Yes. Starting September 1, 2018, club officers will be able to add new members with October begin dates and pay renewals for the October–March period online with the correct dues amount.
Where do we find updated new membership applications?Back to Top
Updated new membership applications will be available for download from the Toastmasters International website by September 1, 2018.
What will the dues be for new clubs that charter by September 30, 2018?Back to Top
Members of new clubs that charter by September 30 will pay six months dues in advance at the old rate of 33.75 USD. The subsequent prorate paid by those members will be at the new rate.
Do we need to change our club’s Addendum of Standard Club Options? If so, how?Back to Top
Article III of the Addendum of Standard Club Options requires clubs to indicate the amount of dues and fees they collect from their members. Depending on how much your club currently charges members (membership dues plus club dues), it may be necessary to change your club’s Addendum of Standard Club Options. Please remember that a majority favorable vote with quorum present is required to change the Addendum of Standard Club Options.
Any active club officer can make changes to their club’s Addendum of Standard Club Options simply by logging in to www.toastmasters.org/login. Officers will log on with their personal user name and password.
- Once logged in, go to Leadership Central and click on Club Central
- Select the applicable club name and number
- Under Conduct Club Business, click on the option Change my club’s Addendum of Standard Club Options
Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the relevant information. Upon receipt, the information will be filed with your club’s original documents.
What do we do if our club forgets to submit a new member who joined prior to October 1, 2018?Back to Top
You can still add the member online or send in a membership application with a join date prior to October 1. The dues will be at the previous rate. The renewal payment for the October–March period will be at the new rate.
What do we do if our club already paid dues for both the April 2018 and October 2018 periods?Back to Top
Your club will be billed for the additional amount due for the October 2018 period.
Who may I contact if I have questions?Back to Top
For questions, please email email@example.com or call +1 720-439-5050 ext. 402.