CARE - Chapter Affiliation Requirements Plus

At the foundational level, chapters will continue to meet the basic business requirements of running a chapter, which includes items like filing 990s annually with the IRS, involving members in board selection, and more.

A second, optional tier, known as CARE Plus, (implemented in 2020) will be added in response to chapter leader feedback that they are looking for both more guidance on operations and more benchmarking data. To create these elements of this tier, more than 600 chapter leaders were surveyed to identify the strategies that many chapters already had in place. CARE Plus is a collection of these strategies and its purpose is to provide chapter leaders with recognition opportunities, a personalized road map to help identify gaps and strengthen chapter operations, flexibility for self-paced growth, formalized processes to address common chapter challenges, and a growth mindset.

Central Mass ATD has achieved this second tier each year.


CARE - Chapter Affiliation Requirements

Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE) are a set of performance guidelines designed to help chapters deliver consistent benefits to members. CARE consists of elements in six key areas that are necessary for running a chapter like a business: Board of Directors, Communication, Finance, Governance, Membership, and Programming.

Central Mass ATD strives to meet these requirements annually.



Chapter of the Month

The Chapter of the Month (COM) program highlights a chapter each month that deserves special recognition. Recipients must have had a Sharing Our Success (SOS) submission accepted, be 100 percent CARE achieved, and have not been featured as Chapter of the Month within the past 18 months.

Each Chapter of the Month receives the following:

  • $500 cash prize
  • Profile on the Chapter of the Month homepage
  • Letter from the ATD president and CEO
  • Use of press release banner and press release
  • Public recognition at Chapter Leader Day (CLD) and the ATD Chapter Leaders Conference (ALC)
  • Listing in the ALC program
  • Use of the Chapter of the Month logo
  • Recognition in the Leader Connection Newsletter (LCN)

Central Mass ATD has won this award twice.  Most recently March 2024 for the for the submission "Improved Chapter Workflow via Free Project Management Tool." (see below)


Share our Success Awards (SOS)

The SOS program helps chapters improve through sharing and finding easy-to-use ideas, resources, and practices.  The chapter participates to:

  • Earn national recognition for the great work your chapter is already doing.
  • Make your job as a chapter leader easier by learning from other chapter leaders' experiences.
  • Share your knowledge and organizational learning with other chapters.
  • Connect with other leaders year-round - benefit from an ongoing virtual roundtable.
  • Measure your accomplishments against established criteria, not against other chapters.
  • Chapter is in the running for Chapter of the Month if the chapter is CARE achieved.
  • Share your success stories with other chapters and borrow others' successful ideas - it makes us all better! SHARE - Submitting Helps Achieve Recognition and Excellence.

Central Mass ATD has been awarded two Share our Success Awards.

In 2024, the award was for: Improved Chapter Workflow via Free Project Management Tool


Chapter Excellence Awards

Chapter Excellence Awards recognize chapters' achievements in key areas of chapter development. 

Central Mass ATD won 3 of these coveted awards in 2022.

2024 brought another award for Membership Enagement.


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