Annual Dues Payment
Questions about dues payment?
Why did Muppies start charging dues?
For the past 11 years, Muppies has relied on the generous support of hundreds of volunteers and funded operations through voluntary fundraising campaigns and donations from select sponsors. We now have over 2,900 members in 22+ countries, representing 800+ organizations, and a global community of diverse leaders.
Muppies is now entering an exciting period of growth. Over the next 5 years, we will be focusing on building upon our success and we need a sustainable source of funds, which will be used for:
- Hiring part-time organizational staff
- Developing new mentorship and learning programs
- Investing in technology to support local and peer-to-peer engagement
- Paying administrative bills (legal, tax, compliance)
What are the benefits of being a paid member?
- Access to a global network of 2,900+ professionals through our Mobilize platform
- Exclusive networking events, fireside chats and webinars with a community of highly accomplished influencers with member-only pricing
- Leadership development through focused events and opportunities for mentorship
- Career advancement through structured mentoring and career coaching programs
- Supporting an institution dedicated to empowering and developing Muslim professionals like you
Do you offer an alternative for those experiencing financial hardship?
We are continuing to rely on the generous support of volunteers and sponsors to operate Muppies, which allows us to keep our dues much more affordable compared to other professional organizations.
If you are currently experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay your dues, please send an email to email@example.com describing your situation and how you can contribute to Muppies, and we will promptly consider your case.
Will I get a receipt for my records and IRS tax filing purposes?
Yes, we will send a receipt promptly after your payment has been processed.
Are the dues tax deductible?
You may be able to deduct dues ($50/year) as professional dues when filing your US tax returns. Donations beyond $50/year are deductible as charitable contributions. We advise you to check with your accountant for your specific tax situation.
Do graduate students have to pay dues?
Yes. However, dues will not be charged for first 3 years after completion of your first undergraduate degree.
What sort of financial reporting or transparency will Muppies provide with regards to the organization’s finances?
Muppies is a 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization in the United States, which requires us to maintain financial records for tax reporting purposes. Muppies will share annual financial reports with its members.
Why should I pay dues if I don't live in a city with a Muppies local committee?
Muppies is a global organization, with a listserv that comprises of 2900+ members. The majority of interactions between our members take place on our online Mobilize platform, which facilitates connections across the Muppies community. Mobilize offers city / region specific groups, interest based groups, as well as job postings. Even if there is no local committee in your city, you can continue to maintain connectivity with the broader Muppies community through Mobilize.
What happens if I decide not to pay dues?
You can continue to browse the public Muppies website for general information on events and other activities. However, you will no longer be able to access our Mobilize member platform. Additionally, you will not have access to our exclusive networking events or various career advancement and leadership development programs. If you decide to rejoin Muppies, you will have to reapply for membership.