Revenue details can provide valuable information regarding the nature of an organization. We can see from the graph below that NAMTA, AMI-USA, and AMS all gather the bulk of their revenue from membership dues. This can be considered a relatively stable source of revenue (as compared to donations for example).
We can also see that AMS has nearly 5 times the annual revenue of NAMTA or AMI-USA. This may not mean that AMS has more discretionary funds to start new initiatives or projects, simply that it has a larger revenue stream. If AMS has disproportionate expenses, it could actually be less capable of funding new initiatives. We will need to examine the expenses of each organization to see the complete picture. (Next week features expenses).
It is interesting to note that NAMTA recieves a larger portion of it’s revenue from program services (publications and conferences) than either AMI-USA or AMS. NAMTA does host more conferences annually and publishes larger periodicals.
Donations make up a relatively small portion of the revenue for any of these organizations. This begs the question “Does no one donate, or is no one asking for donations?”
If we include the Sierra Club in our graphs, we see a very different revenue structure.
Not only does the Sierra CLub have significantly more revenue, but close to 1/3 of the revenue comes in the form of donations. Why does the Sierra Club receive more donations? Is the environmental movement more important to humanity than the Montessori movement? I would say the environmental movement is as important, but not more important. I do think that the environmental movement is better understood and more accessible to the general public.
This article is part of an ongoing series examining Montessori Organizations. The information contained in this article was found by examining public records, specifically IRS form 990, filed by these organizations (found here). Numbers presented are the average of the years 2005 & 2006. I also include Sierra Club information as an external comparison to a highly successful and influential organization in the environmental movement.