A "Dues Paying Member" is the Organization or Person listed in an association's bylaws as eligible for membership and that pays dues.
For Trade Associations, this will typically be a Company. For Professional Societies, this is generally an Individual. For Hybrid Associations, this may be either a Company or an Individual, depending on the member type assigned.
Setting a Record as a Dues Paying Member
A Dues Paying Member can be identified by the presence of an assigned Member Type on the Member record's detail tab.
Once a Member Type has been assigned to a member record, the record will require a "Member Since" date and a "Membership Expires" date. Without those dates, the record will be considered a Prospect.
Dues-paying members are the only member records for which a renewal can be processed and dues invoices can be generated.
AE Tip™: When importing data, make sure that only dues-paying members have member since and member expiration dates.
Non-Dues Paying Member
Non-Dues Paying Members are just that. They are members (companies or individuals) that do not have a member type and therefore pay no dues. Additionally, Non-Dues Paying Members have no need for a Membership Since date or Membership Expires date.
Inheriting Member Benefits
Non-Dues Paying Members can inherit Member Benefits. The way these benefits flow is set up during the onboarding process and the setup can be adjusted for each member type.