Member Dues

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INN membership dues cover everyone in your organization and are scaled to the size of your organization based on its total annual revenue. You’ll find dues charts below for both regular and associate members.

Renewals are due by June 30 each year. Ready to renew? Pay Now.

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Regular Member Dues

For regularly publishing nonprofit news organizations that qualify for full membership:

Annual revenue, all sources INN annual dues

  • Less than $50,000 — $ 150
  • $50,000-$249,999 — $250
  • $250,000-$499,999 — $400
  • $500,000-$1,999,999 — $500
  • $2,000,000 and up — $1,000

Calculating Total Annual Revenue

It’s simple: This is the number you report on IRS Form 990, Part VIII Statement of Revenue, Column A Total Revenue. Or, if you are fiscally sponsored, your sponsor can give you your total program income from all sources.

  • Calendar-year budget: your 2018 dues are based on 2017 total revenue
  • Fiscal year budget, your dues are based on the FY17-18 year ending June 30; please use your projected 990 total revenue for your FY17-18 fiscal year.

Due Dates

INN dues are based on the membership year July 1 - June 30.


  • Membership renewal payments are due every year on June 30 to continue membership with the Institute.
  • Any organization that fails to pay its annual dues by Sept. 1 is considered “out of good standing” and is ineligible for INN member discounts, training, grants and travel scholarships until full membership is restored.  

New members:

  • New members pay full year dues if they join INN between June 30 and Jan 1.
  • Members joining between Jan. 1 and April 1 pay pro-rated half-year dues and renew in full the following July.
  • Members joining after April 1 pay the full amount for the coming July-June year and are not charged again until the following year.

Here’s a handy table for calculating that:


Organization's Annual Revenue Annual Dues: Renewed or Joined 4/1-12/31 Annual Dues: Renewed or Joined 1/1-4/1
Less than $50,000 $150 $75
$50,000-$249,999 $250 $125
$250,000-$499,999 $400 $200
$500,000-$1,999,999 $500 $250
$2,000,000 and up $1,000 $500

Any organization that believes that they should not have to pay, or cannot pay based upon demonstrable financial hardship, may submit a waiver request to INN.

An organization that fails to make payment or submit a waiver request by the due date will be considered “out of good standing,” and will be ineligible to participate in INN membership programs until a mutual understanding can be reached.