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April 3rd, 2013

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09:37 pm - Open letter to the NASW
Jeane W. Anastas, PhD, LMSW
President, National Association of Social Workers

Dear Dr. Anastas,

I'm writing to express my opinion on NASW's excessive membership rates of $125/year for a Bachelor's-level social worker, and $190/year for Master's-level or above. I don't think I'll say anything original in this letter, as I'm surely neither the first to complain nor the last.

It may be that the NASW board members and leadership staff consider $190 to be a reasonable yearly membership cost. If so, I ask them to consider the situation of members of social work's "99%" such as myself. I wonder if NASW leaders who are relatively well-paid as tenured professors, successful private practitioners, and agency administrators would be surprised to learn that my first full-time job with my MSW, just ten years ago, paid $13 an hour.

Every time I get a membership solicitation from the NASW, I ask myself whether it would be worth the cost to join. I'm not currently in need of liability insurance, I have access to free or very affordable electronic continuing education, and I already get more magazines, email newsletters, etc., than I have time to read. That leaves issue advocacy. While I would love to be a member of an organization that stands up for social workers and their clients (even with no direct personal benefit), I can't justify the dues when other nonprofits I support welcome me as a member for $25, $35 or $40 a year.

I hope that NASW will consider lowering its dues, which, even if it were to lead to lower revenue in the short term, would likely pay for itself in the end due to attracting many new members who think as I do.

Jeff Dubin, MSW, LISW-S
Columbus, Ohio

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Date:April 6th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
might just copy and paste this.

this is so true.

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