Renewal explanations for 2012 - 2013
The following is a general explanation of each line item on the ASCE Online Renewal. When appropriate there are links to more specific information.
2012 Dues Balance: This is the amount of membership dues owed from last year. Payment is required to maintain membership.
2013 Dues Balance: This is the amount of dues billed for the upcoming year, which is determined by the Society’s Board of Direction. Payment is required to maintain membership. Your dues payment includes $25.00 for Civil Engineering magazine. The balance of your dues may be deductible as a charitable contribution. Alternatively, you may qualify to deduct the full amount of your dues as ordinary and necessary business expense. We recommend that you consult your tax advisor.
Life Member Service Fee: Payment of a $50.00 service fee is required for life members to receive a hard copy of Civil Engineering magazine, unless you have made a contribution of at least $50.00 to other voluntary items. Non-payment of the fee will not affect membership status, as dues are waived for life members. In addition to making this $50 contribution, if your membership publications are to be mailed outside the United States, you will also need to annually pay the Air Delivery Service fee (currently $39) to receive the hard copies of the membership publications.
Lifetime Service Fee (Life Members only): Payment of a one-time only $500.00 service fee will ensure you will receive hard copies of membership publications (currently Civil Engineering magazine) for the remainder of your membership with ASCE. In addition to making this $500 contribution, if your membership publications are to be mailed outside the United States, you will also need to annually pay the Air Delivery Service fee (currently $39) to receive the hard copies of the membership publications.
Section Dues: Payment of this fee may be required to participate in local activities. Active participation in local programs will enhance your career and the civil engineering profession. If you are not currently a subscribing member of a Section and Branch please consider joining now. Payment is not required to maintain ASCE membership on this or any other remaining item. Go to www.asce.org/local for more information on local activities or to make contact with your local officers.
Public Image Fund: Support ASCE's ongoing work to improve public understanding of civil engineering and build support for America's infrastructure investment. Your contributions help educate and inform the public through programs such as the ASCE Report Card for America's Infrastructure and documentaries and museum exhibits celebrating and exploring civil engineering, including the award-winning documentary and outreach program Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure. Your contributions have also helped train more than 250 ASCE members to effectively promote civil engineering at the local level through ASCE’s Public Relations University.
Diversity Fund: ASCE is committed to the advancement of inclusiveness within the civil engineering profession. Your contribution will support programs and partnership opportunities led by the Committee on Diversity and Women in Civil Engineering (CDWCE). Diversity-related programs, workshops, Webinars and other activities are designed to support civil engineering professionals from private industry, government agencies and institutions of higher learning.
K-12 Outreach: Inspire young people to explore the world of civil engineering through ASCE’s Pre-College Outreach (K-12) program. ASCE encourages engineers to get involved with outreach through one-of-a-kind hands-on training workshops. ASCE members and educators have access to a suite of proven resources and cutting-edge learning tools. Contributions to this fund have made possible the award-winning kids’ Web site ASCEville.org, the Emmy-award winning kids’ engineering series Design Squad, and the popular ZOOM Into Engineering program.
Section Voluntary Fund: Each Section/Branch determines exactly how to best use these contributions. In many cases, Section/Branches provide scholarships with these contributions. Go to www.asce.org/local for more information on local activities.
The Innovation Fund: The Innovation Fund promotes civil engineering innovation with a focus on strengthening project productivity, performance, and quality through innovative practices and creative solutions to infrastructure challenges. Voluntary contribution funds are used to support programs focused on innovation in the engineering and construction industry.
ASCE Foundation: The mission of the ASCE Foundation is to provide support through fundraising and philanthropy for programs and initiatives that enhance quality of life and advance the civil engineering profession. Through its Annual Appeal the Foundation is able to fund many activities that are designed to promote and support sustainability, build capacity, develop and promote best practices, educate through continuing education and K-12 programs, and develop long-term leadership; each, an equally important component in building a stronger profession to meet tomorrow’s national and global challenges.
Engineers Without Borders - USA: EWB-USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects. EWB-USA members, comprised of professional and student engineers or other disciplines, work with local communities and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in over 45 developing countries around the world on projects such as water, renewable energy, sanitation and more. Dubbed the “Blueprint Brigade” by Time Magazine, EWB-USA has grown from little more than a handful of members in 2002 to over 12,000 members today and has over 400 projects worldwide. EWB-USA maintains over 300 dedicated chapters, including university chapters on 180 campuses in the United States, and has touched the lives of more than one million people. For more information about EWB-USA please visit www.ewb-usa.org.
Air Delivery Service (Civil Engineering magazine): International Members may elect to receive member subscriptions to Civil Engineering magazine via air delivery service for an additional annual charge of $39 U.S. dollars. Participation requires that payment be received by January 1, 2013. Payments received after this date will NOT be prorated.
Institutes of ASCE: Institutes are semi-autonomous organizations that provide discipline specific service to civil engineers and allied professionals. ASCE members may join one Institute at no additional charge. Please check the box(es) next to your chosen Institute(s) to join an Institute or additional Institutes today.
ISSMGE: The Geo-Institute is the U.S. Member Society of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). Membership in ISSMGE entitles you to participation in international conferences and ISSMGE technical committees. Geotechnical News is no longer included in this membership.
Journal Subscription Total: This is the total amount of your previous journal subscriptions. You may amend this to add, change or delete current subscriptions listed. Budget conscious members should be aware that online-only journal subscribers save an additional 10%.
Grand Total: The Grand Total is the sum of your membership dues, Institute renewals total, voluntary contributions and publications. This should accurately reflect each item you have chosen to contribute to or participate in. Do not press "Submit Payment" unless you are certain this amount is correct.
Note: $25 (or a pro-ration thereof) of your dues payment represents the non-deductible amount associated with the Civil Engineering magazine. The balance of your dues and all voluntary contributions may be deductible as a charitable contribution according to the I.R.S. We recommend you consult your tax advisor.