Grow Your Membership
When one group adds 20 paid members in a flash, we take notice. So, how did New Mexico Peace Corps Association achieve that last fall? They contacted NPCA to get language they could post to their community on how to join/renew in our new system.
We're sharing that language (and links) with all groups. Simply fill in your group's name where indicated and send it out. Try it!
Thank you for supporting <<GROUP NAME>>. As you may know, <<GROUP NAME>> is an official affiliate group of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), an organization dedicated to advocating for a bigger, better Peace Corps and strengthening the Peace Corps community, including groups like ours.
NPCA recently launched a new website – complete with a new online portal and community directory. On your profile, you can add a photo, share your story and send messages to your Peace Corps friends. We encourage you to check it out!
And, going forward, please join and renew your membership through the NPCA’s website. It allows you to be part of the online directory, and you can join more than one group at the same time.
Please follow these steps to renew:
Head to NPCA’s website: www.peacecorpsconnect.org
If you’ve been a member of NPCA in the past, you’ll already be in the system and just need to retrieve your login. To do so, click on “Sign In” and use the “Forgot My Password” link to reset your login information. (Your username is your email address).
Once you’re logged in, hover over the “Connect” tab on the main menu and a pop-up will appear. Click on “Your Membership.”
On the next page, you can select your NPCA engagement plan. There are lots of options, from becoming a free member, subscribing to WorldView magazine or becoming a Mission Partner. In the box below, you’ll be able to select <<GROUP NAME>>. You can just start typing the name, or scroll through the dropdown menu. Select as many affiliate groups as you like!
On the next page, you’ll fill out your payment information and then you’re all set! Thank you for renewing!
If you have never been a member of NPCA before, instead of following the directions above, you can simply click the “Join” button and create a new profile. You’ll still be able to select your NPCA engagement plan and <<GROUP NAME>> as your affiliate.
If you have any trouble with this process, just reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Thank you for all you do for the Peace Corps community!
Permanent Group Emails
More and more groups are switching to "permanent" emails for their board members, e.g., email@example.com. Great! We encourage groups to consider that option, which facilitates communication between you, your members, NPCA and beyond. No more updates to make as your officers change.
If you have such permanent emails, we suggest that you use them to set up "permanent" accounts for those positions in the NPCA database. Go to our home page, click on "join now" in the upper right corner and fill in the required fields, including those permanent emails. Then contact us and we'll make sure they are linked to your group listing in the Affiliate Group directory. As your officers change, you just need to log into those records and update the names and they will automatically update on our website. Easy!
Membership Lists and Dues Deposits
On a monthly basis, NPCA compiles all of the affiliate group memberships that came through the NPCA community builder platform over the previous month, deposits payments directly into group bank accounts and sends membership lists to groups. During this launch phase of the community builder platform and until we have a place for group administrators to download their own membership transactions, we will email those reports directly to the group leaders as designated. October dues payments were deposited into group accounts on November 10, November dues payments on December 14, December dues payments on January 19 and January dues payments on February 10. Individual memberships in affiliate groups via NPCA continue to rise, so check your email for your group-specific membership list and your bank account for your deposit.
If you haven't yet done so, please designate your points of contact. Check your listing in the Affiliate Group Directory and, if necessary, let us know to update your listing.
Our new platform is automated to send out membership renewal reminders both 30 days and 10 days before each individual's renewal date, with a final reminder on the date the renewal is due. With the new platform and new look, some of those messages may be overlooked. Remind your members to activate their profile, check their membership status and renew! We'll be sending some overdue reminders, but your members might appreciate a reminder from you, too! (We've shared some text at the top of this page. Simply copy that and send it out.)