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For many years, all revenue from Slow Food USA membership stayed with the National Office, going towards covering the hard costs associated with running the network, such as legal registration fees, network communications, and the annual fee of $100K+ to Slow Food International. However, chapter leaders have asked for a portion of membership dues to stay with the local chapter. We listened, and we are committed to supporting the network and pursuing ways to actively funnel resources back to our grassroots chapters. We’re excited to offer the SFUSA Membership Share! 

How the revenue share works
  1. Each region has a membership goal, based on the average of the previous two years. The regional goals can be seen here. 
  2. Chapters direct their communities to become a member of Slow Food USA via this link.
  3. Before the region hits its goal: 10% of each chapter’s membership revenue will go back to the chapter in that region.
  4. After the region hits its goal: 50% of each chapter’s membership revenue will go back to the chapter in that region.
Check out an example

Why a regional goal and not chapter goals?

We want to balance large and small chapters and create equity for chapters with fewer resources. We also want to increase collaboration and shared fundraising strategies among chapters in the region, and encourage campaigns and collaborations among individual chapters.

When will the money be distributed to chapters?

Money from the previous year’s revenue share program are distributed after chapters fill out their annual reports — typically in the early summer months.

What are the regional goals for 2024?
Goal for 2024
Northeast: ME, NH, VT, MA, NY, NJ, DE, PA, RI $ 32,000
Southeast: AL, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA $ 26,000
Midwest: AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, OH, WI $ 16,000
Rocky Mountain + Southwest: AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, TX, UT, WY $ 25,000
Pacific: CA, OR, WA, HI $ 45,000