Search icon Looking for something?

22 Things STC Does for Communities
2010, Q1 (March 29, 2010)
By Diana Buttram, STC Chief Operating Officer and Director of Community Relations, and Al Hood, STC LCR Chair

STC membership
STC membership
Editor's note: This article is reprinted from the STC Leadership Community Resource (LCR) website. The LCR is the STC’s new structure for providing support and guidance to communities. The LCR provides expert volunteer guidance, formal coaching and mentoring in specific leadership areas, support for communities in crisis, and resources for new and prospective leaders including an online Leadership Training course to help build a personal or community leadership plan.

  1. Provides communities with 501(c)(3) status, which shelters their income from federal income tax rates that can be as high as 40 percent derived from activities related to their mission.
  2. Provides a global identity as part of an international organization representing technical communicators.
  3. Includes community leaders (North America) in STC’s Directors & Officers (D&O) insurance coverage.
  4. Provides communities with new model bylaws templates, policies, and international affiliation agreements to promote effective and efficient governance and community operation.
  5. Links communities in a powerful global network.
  6. Provides hands-on advice and counsel by the Leadership Community Resource (LCR).
  7. Provides 24/7 access to a series of guidelines, tips, and information for community leaders on the LCR section of the website.
  8. Offers group email lists by managing third-party contracts for easy-to-use technology.
  9. Enables 24/7 access to community records for membership recruitment and retention.
  10. Provides financial support to communities with need (2010 model).
  11. Advises community leaders on facility contracts (such as hotels) for community events.
  12. Invoices and processes dues renewals and payments to chapters.
  13. Promotes the profession and communities with competitions and awards programs.
  14. Provides special discussion lists for community leaders.
  15. Features community leadership information with monthly e-newsletter.
  16. Provides advice for preparing and submitting annual IRS information returns, including Forms 990 and 990-EZ, required of all US communities with annual gross income in excess of $25,000, and Form 990-N for US communities with lesser gross income.
  17. Offers Certificates for Insurance for community events.
  18. Sends out email blasts for community leaders to community members.
  19. Extends STC’s discount on live web seminar vendor services.
  20. Fosters a spirit of community and profession by acknowledging senior members.
  21. Provides legal guidance from STC’s legal counsel.
  22. Provides publications (Intercom, Technical Communication, and News & Notes) as a regularly scheduled communications conduit to members.

Learn More

Contact Diana Buttram, STC Chief Operating Officer and Director of Community Relations (+1 (571) 366-1919) or Omar Terrie, Assistant Manager of Community Relations, to learn more about what STC does for communities.
Check out these valuable online resources:

Diana can be reached at diana dot buttram at stc dot org. Al can be reached at alhood06 at comcast dot net . End of article.

More articles like this...
Comments powered by Disqus.