Paying New Member Dues & Course Fee

Membership Dues

How much are annual dues?

Prospective Members – $280 + $115 New Member Program Fee
Active Members – $280
Sustainer Members – $280

 

When are dues paid?

Current members pay annual dues by April 1 for the coming League year (June 1 – May 31).

New Members who join in January (as part of the Spring New Member Class) pay prorated dues of 50% for the remainder of that year and 100% of dues by April 1 for the following year. New members also pay a one-time fee of $115 for the New Member Program Fee.

Members who transfer from another League pay prorated dues based on when in the current League year they join.


Why does the Junior League have dues?

Member dues are a vital part of the Junior League financial model, and the money brought in through dues supports our many budgeted expenses, including:

  • Grant donations to our community program partners ($90,000 to 4 organizations in 2017-18)
  • Our enabling grants program which provides smaller gap-funding for non-profits in our community 
  • Expenses related to our fundraising efforts which bring in additional financial resources
  • Salaries for two full-time employees who manage our headquarters and League administration
  • General Membership Meeting facility rental, speaker fees, and dinner for members
  • Participation in the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee, which educates on and advocates for policy and legislation that works to improve the lives of California women, children, and families.

A portion of each member’s dues also goes to the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) which provides the 291 Junior League chapters with leadership training materials; ad hoc support in governance, HR, finance, and fundraising; access to regular webinars and training conferences; and support through researched & developed large-scale transformational initiatives as Leagues continue to grow and look to ensure long-term sustainability.


Why should I pay to volunteer?

Many organizations provide opportunities to give back to the community and volunteer with various non-profits. The Junior League, however, isn’t just about giving back to the community. It’s also about giving our members the training and skills they need to be effective leaders, because strong leaders make strong communities. Development of our members as leaders is intricately bound up in the work we do in the community as part of the League.


What options do I have if dues are a financial hardship?

For members whose employers offer corporate matching, half of dues can be paid out of pocket while your employer match counts toward your full dues payment.

The JLSF offers a split payment option for active members and women joining our Fall New Member Class.

  • 1st Payment due by April 1: 50% of dues + $10 processing fee
  • 2nd Payment due October 1: remaining 50% of dues + $10 processing fee

New Members are welcome to apply for the need-based Hayley Swift Memorial Fund Scholarship which offsets the New Member payment by covering the $115 New Member Fee.

Is my dues payment tax-deductible?

    YES! Member dues are 100% tax deductible.