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The Current Worldwide State of AIESEC National Alumni Associations


Survey of AIESEC National Alumni Associations AIESEC alumni leaders from 44 countries participated in our survey. Europe Austria   Croa&a   France   Germany   Italy   Poland   Portugal   Romania   Russia     Slovenia   Spain   Switzerland   Ukraine   Americas   Argen&na   Brazil   Canada   Colombia   Ecuador   Mexico   Panama   Peru   United  States  

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MENA Egypt   Morocco   Tunisia   Africa   Kenya   Mozambique   Nigeria  

Asia-­‐Pacific Hong  Kong   India   Indonesia   Japan   Korea   Mainland  of  China   Malaysia   Mongolia   New  Zealand   Pakistan   Philippines   Singapore   Sri  Lanka   Taiwan   Thailand   Vietnam  

The online  survey  was  conducted  during  October  –  November  2011.    60%  of  respondents  were  current  or  former  leaders  of  the  country’s  AIESEC  alumni  associa&on.     The  others  were  regional  alumni  leaders  or  current  or  former  AIESEC  leaders  in  the  country  for  which  they  completed  the  survey.  


AIESEC National Alumni Associations – Their Goals Alumni networking and supporting AIESEC’s growth are the NAAs’ primary goals. A large minority support external projects by AIESEC alumni as a secondary goal. “Please describe the key objectives of your alumni organization.” # of NAAs

Other goals mentioned: •  Disseminating AIESEC values •  Reconnecting emotionally with AIESEC •  Learning opportunities for alumni •  Providing opportunities for personal and/or professional development •  Bringing positive impact to society •  Platform for learning, sharing, common projects, fun

High Medium   Low   Not  an  objecFve  

Alumni networking  

Support AIESEC’s  growth  

Support for  external   projects  by  AIESEC  alumni  

Source: October-November 2011 online survey of national alumni association activities in 44 countries


AIESEC National Alumni Associations – Activities Most NAAs surveyed offer social events, social media networking and mentorship of AIESEC members. “Please describe all activities that your alumni organization offers.” # of NAAs

Source: October-November 2011 online survey of national alumni association activities in 44 countries


AIESEC National Alumni Associations – Communication Vehicles Most NAAs surveyed maintain a contact database and a Facebook page. Many also publish a newsletter, maintain a website and have LinkedIn presence.

# of NAAs

“Please describe your alumni organization’s communication strategy with its members.”

Source: October-November 2011 online survey of national alumni association activities in 44 countries


AIESEC National Alumni Associations – Structure and Leadership Most NAAs have part-time leadership and an active relationship with their AIESEC MCs. Nearly 20 of the surveyed NAAs have a formal structure with bylaws and elected leaders.

“Please describe your national alumni group organization’s leadership structure.”

# of NAAs

“Please describe your current AIESEC alumni group’s level of organization.”

Source: October-November 2011 online survey of national alumni association activities in 44 countries


AIESEC National Alumni Associations – Funding The NAAs surveyed are funded primarily through event fees, membership dues and donations.

“Please describe all of your funding sources.” # of NAAs Annual dues are typically in the 10 – 50 Euro range

Note: AIESEC Alumni Mexico claims no cash outflow since phone, mail expenses and part-time secretarial services are donated and web-based communication options are free

Source: October-November 2011 online survey of national alumni association activities in 44 countries


AIESEC National Alumni Associations – Value Provided and Activity Level Only a handful of surveyed NAAs perceive that they are “active” and offer “excellent” value. Most of them have “sporadic” to “periodic activities” and offer “limited” to “good” value.

“Please rate the overall value and level of activity of your national alumni organization.”

“Please rate the overall value and level of activity of your local alumni chapters.”

# of NAAs

Source: October-November 2011 online survey of national alumni association activities in 44 countries


AIESEC National Alumni Associations – Active Membership and Funding Adequacy In most cases, the surveyed NAAs have few active members. Fewer than 30% of NAAs are adequately funded and self-sustaining.

Number of Active Members per NAA

“Please describe your alumni organization’s financial situation.”

800 700   600   500   400  

Some NAAs have contact information for several thousand members, but it appears even those with large lists estimate their active membership at no more than a few hundred.

300 200   100  

Average # active members = 75 (“Other” reflects a range of answers from “limited reserves” to “no formal financial planning”)

Median # active members = 25 0

* Note that fewer than 30% of NAAs say they are adequately funded even though more than 50% of NAAs charge memberships dues.

Source: October-November 2011 online survey of national alumni association activities in 44 countries


AIESEC National Alumni Associations – Integration with AAI and AI The surveyed NAAs operate almost entirely independently of AAI and AI.

# of NAAs

“Our national alumni organization’s interaction and coordination with AAI is…”

“Please describe your national alumni association’s level of interaction/coordination with AI.”

Source: October-November 2011 online survey of national alumni association activities in 44 countries


AIESEC National Alumni Associations – Regional Coordination A large minority of NAAs do coordinate some of their activities with other NAAs in their region. Regional groups in Asia Pacific and Latin America are strongest and recently organized conferences.

# of NAAs

“Our national alumni organization involvement, participation and coordination with other AIESEC organization at the regional level is…”

Source: October-November 2011 online survey of national alumni association activities in 44 countries


AIESEC National Alumni Associations Speak Out The NAAs believe that a strong global vision will help them get more traction. They are also telling us they need international support, leadership and resources. What are your biggest needs?

Vision

What are your biggest constraints and challenges?

•  “A strong international positioning.”

•  “Members can’t see the value of the network.”

•  “Clear goals for the alumni network.”

•  “We have no activities other than socials.“

•  “Organization ourselves around a common vision, common understanding of our role.” •  “Motivation for alumni to step into the association.”

•  “To bring together into one aim/goal.” •  “Getting alumni to participate more actively in events and communication.”

•  “A redesign of priorities.”

•  “Members’ true involvement.”

•  “Clear planning and activities.”

•  “Mass disinterest.”

•  “Activities that will attract members and keep them involved. We have to provide value.” •  “Real activities with take-home value.” •  “International networking.”

International Support

Leadership

Resources

•  “Support from AAI to know how to start an alumni association in a young AIESEC country.” •  “Structure and guidelines for establishment.”

•  “A leader.”

•  “Inconsistent leadership.”

•  “A full-time, motivated team.”

•  “Raising funds in order to have a dedicated full-time position.”

•  “A way to collect membership dues.”

•  “Lack of active alumni to help organizing events and projects.”

•  “Continuous funding to support the alumni association.” •  “Sponsorship for events and projects.”

•  “Financial resources, though we are building our volunteer network.” •  “Truly committed folks willing to volunteer for activity coordination.”

Source: October-November 2011 online survey of national alumni association activities in 44 countries


The Current State of AIESEC National Alumni Associations Conclusion AIESEC Alumni is not exploiting its global scale, resulting in sub-efficiencies at many NAAs and a dramatic shortfall in results relative to their potential.

AIESEC Alumni is Not Exploiting its Global Scale

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Dispersion and lack of policy coordination Unclear global platforms, goals and service offerings (i.e., “unclear value” for members) No centralized global database, membership and website administration Little coordination among AI, AAI and NAAs, with duplication/confusion of responsibility Weak infrastructure to support the development of new NAAs

Unclear, Suboptimal NAA Positioning

Difficulties/ Subefficiencies at Many NAAs

For Many NAAs, a Shortfall in Results Relative to Their Potential

•  Frustrating search to deliver value to members •  Programs drifting to domestic themes and social activity

•  •  •  • 

Subefficient NAA Operations •  Bogged down in database, membership and website management •  Difficulty recruiting a volunteer team

NAA Leadership Challenges •  Difficult to lead in these circumstances •  Often feels like “reinventing the wheel” in each country

Poor Country Coverage •  It can also be very difficult to start up an NAA or to resuscitate one that has become inactive

Hard to deliver value in a given country or city for alumni and for AIESEC Insufficient member penetration relative to potential Administrative and funding challenges Weak governance and high turnover

2011 Survey Result AIESEC Alumni  

2011 Survey Result AIESEC Alumni from 44 countries

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