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Become a Member

As a membership association of nonprofit organizations working on behalf of missing and exploited children, AMECO invites qualified nonprofits to apply for membership.

As an AMECO member, your organization will have access to national training conferences and networking opportunities with similar organizations. Your organization will be included in the referral lists of AMECO and its partners. Add your voice to our international association of nonprofits working to protect our children through efforts to prevent and resolve incidences of missing and exploited children.

2014 AMECO Membership Benefits:

    • Opportunities to participate in web-based networking and training activities.
    • Opportunity to apply for funds from AMECO’s Polly Klaas® Foundation Professional Development Fund. Please contact the AMECO office at 877.263.2620 or amecoinc@gmail.com for fund guidelines and an application.
    • Access to AMECO’s Safety Net Program, which provides confidential telephonic debriefing and problem solving support to staff and core volunteers at AMECO and its member organizations as they deal with difficult and painful issues in the workplace. The support is provided by a therapist who specializes in educating and supporting professionals in the field of missing and exploited children and in working with victims of trauma and grief.
    • Inclusion in the referral lists of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), State Clearinghouses for Missing Children/Persons and other partners.
    • Regular e-newsletters of information about AMECO members and partners, relevant legislative activity, new trends in the field, available resources and other information of interest.
      • a. The AMECO Wire – AMECO members only
      • b. The Missing Connection – AMECO members, State Clearinghouse staff, NCMEC partners, FVTC partners and OJJDP.
    • Opportunities to participate in the development of topical position statements issued by AMECO.
    • One year Subscription to GrantStation, an online funding resource for nonprofit organizations, at the discounted rate of $80.

 

Membership Qualifications:

To qualify for Membership in AMECO, a nonprofit organization (NPO) must:

  1. Provide a current tax-exempt status letter from the IRS or an equivalent non-profit status document from another country.
  2. Provide its Articles of Incorporation and current By-Laws.
  3. Submit a copy of a legal tax form. In the US, this is Form 990. In Canada, this is the Revenue Canada Form T3010.
  4. Have been in continuous operation as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization for two (2) years prior to its admission to AMECO.
  5. Submit three (3) letters of reference from community groups attesting to the contributions that this NPO is making. One of these references MUST be from a law enforcement agency.
  6. Provide services free of charge to victim families in the recovery process. Financial contributions may be solicited for general support of the NPO, but there can be no charge associated with the recovery process, nor direct solicitation of donations as a contingency for recovery services.
  7. Provide a list of states/countries in which you are registered to solicit funds.
  8. Submit year end Financial Statements and Annual Report.
  9. Provide a current list of Board of Directors (indicating if Directors are paid or unpaid) and the most recent year of your organization’s board minutes.
  10. Provide a copy of policies regarding police record/background checks.
  11. Have a primary mission of one or more of the following categories:
    • Assisting law enforcement and/or searching parents in the recovery of missing children.
    • Helping missing & exploited children and their families to gain access to services.
    • Preventing children from becoming missing & exploited through prevention and education services for families, law enforcement or other appropriate entity.

 

Apply for Membership:

As a membership association of nonprofit organizations working on behalf of missing and exploited children, AMECO invites qualified nonprofits to apply for membership.

As an AMECO member, your organization will have access to national training conferences and networking opportunities with similar organizations. Your organization will be included in the referral lists of AMECO and its partners. Add your voice to our international association of nonprofits working to protect our children through efforts to prevent and resolve incidences of missing and exploited children. To learn more about the benefits of being an AMECO member, see our Membership Benefits page.

How To Apply for Membership

  1. Read our list of qualifications for membership (above).
  2. Contact our office at 877.263.2620 to tell us about your organization, to learn more about AMECO and to discuss the membership process.
  3. Complete the AMECO Membership Application and send the completed form, supporting documents, and a non-refundable application fee of $25 (payable in US funds) to: AMECO, 416 East Hennepin Ave., Suite 217, Minneapolis, MN 55414

What Happens After My Organization Applies for Membership?

  1. Your application will be reviewed by AMECO staff to verify its accuracy and ensure it is complete. AMECO staff will follow up with you to request any outstanding items.
  2. Once your application is complete, AMECO staff will schedule a phone interview with your organization’s Executive Director.
  3. AMECO staff will contact your organization’s three references.
  4. A synopsis of your application will then be submitted to the Membership Service Committee for review.
  5. Membership is ratified by the AMECO Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Membership Committee.
  6. Once your membership is ratified, AMECO staff will contact notify you and invoice your organization for the annual membership dues ($200 in US funds).
  7. The member orientation process goes into effect once the membership dues have been received.

Once your completed application is received, the review and approval process will take approximately four to eight weeks.

When your organization becomes a member, information about your organization will be posted on the AMECO website. You will also receive a membership kit, instructions to access the AMECO Members-Only portion of the website, and permission to use AMECO’s membership banner.

For more information or to find out the status of your application contact:

AMECO Membership Services
Phone: 703.778.6452 or Toll Free: 877.263.2620
Email: amecoinc@gmail.com