The World Information Technology & Services Allaince (WITSA)
  • Administration Section

    Name of Association
    The World Information Technology & Services Allaince (WITSA)
    Contact Name and Title
    Dr James Poisant, Secretary General
    Contact Phone
    7037284547
    Contact Email
    jpoisant@witsa.org
    Physical Address
    8300 Boone Blvd (Suite 450) Vienna, Virginia 22182
    Country
    United States
    Web Address
  • History and Background

    Year established
    1978
    Brief history
    WITSA began in 1978 by a few IT associations seeking to gain both an extended international network and best practices of association management from other associations
    Brief history membership link
    Members
    51-99
    Membership category types
    Regular Member,Professional Member,Associate Member
    Differences between membership categories
    Regurlar member pay dues each year are are eligible to vote. Professional members are those who join WITSA's Advisory Council or WITSA's Global Partner Program Associate members are members who may or may not pay dues and have no voting rights.
    Comments
    Vision
    "Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age" What this means is when everyone on earth who wishes to be, is connected and enjoying the benefits of ICT's.
    Mission
    "To be the recognised voice of the ICT industry"
    Established a foundation or other legal entity
    Yes
    Details History
    WITSA is a non profit 501c 6 Association registered in the United States
    Bylaws
    Yes
    Link of bylaws
    http://www.witsa.org/
    Comments
  • Business Planning

    Annual Business Plan
    Yes
    Business plan link
    http://www.witsa.org/
  • Management Section

    No. of Directors
    20+
    BOD elected
    Every two years
    BOD
    WITSA's General Assembly
    Serving term of BOD
    2 years
    Chairman of BOD
    WITSA's General Assembly
    Duration of Chairman
    2 years
    How often does the BOD meet?
    3-4 times annually
    Association Committee’s
    Yes
    List the different Committee’s
    Global Public Policy, Nominating, Education and Training, Finance and Audit, Global Trade, Membership
    How often do your Committee’s meet? IE. Annually, Monthly
    two times per year
    Description each Committee’s
    Descriptions can be found on WITSA's web site
    Additional links of Committee’s work
    Committee’s elected
    Every 2 years
    Elects of Committee’s
    WITSA's Board of Directors
    Duration of serving term Committee’s
    2 years
    Chairman serve on a Committee’s
    2 years
    Who elects the Chairman of your Committee’s?
    WITSA's Board of Directors
    How often do your Committee’s meet?
    twice annually
    Comments
  • Operations Section Secretariat

    Title of your Chief Executive Officer
    Secretary General
    Regional offices
    Yes
    Locations
    six
    Staff members
    1-5
    Titles of each staff member
    Secretary General, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Director Administration
  • Financial Profile

    Financial Year
    2016
    Annual Revenue
    $200,000 - 500,000
    List the main sources of revenue for your association, with one being the highest
    1. World Congresses 2. Membership Dues 3. Special Programs
    Describe financial challenges in creating future revenue
    WITSA faced significant financial challenges prior to awarding World Congresses on an annual basis. Before 2016 WITSA awarded one of its members the right to host the World Congress on IT every two years for 40 years.
    In addition to traditional sources of revenue, what alternate sources are you considering? Please give specific examples
    WITSA has had mixed results in setting up special programs (revenue sources). In 2016 WITSA has two program generating between 30-50K per year.
    Financial condition of association changing
    As mentioned, WITSA is fortunate to have SOLD OUT World Congress each year until 2021. Without the congresses WITSA would be severely challenged financially.
    Association to deal with these challenges
    WITSA continues to investigate alternate sources of revenue.
  • Budget

    Association's estimated annual budget
    $300,000-500,000
    Financial Year
    2016
  • Accounting

    Association employ an outside certified accounting service
    Yes
    Association employ an outside payroll firm
    Yes
    Association hire an outside, independent audit firm
    Yes
    Comments
  • Lessons Learned/Best Practices

    Describe of associations membership recruitment strategies
    As a global organization WITSA has the advantage of establishing geographic regions. Regions are best suited to retain and recruit members. WITSA also offers over 20 value propositions plus an annual congress which includes a robust B2B program which can be of great value to WITSA members.
    Best practices that we are willing to share in event and meeting management
    WITSA has produced an Event Operations Manual which it is happy to share with WITSA members in good standing.
    Advice to new associations
    Establish your organization based a set of sound bylaws. Make sure you continue to add value to members.
    Advice to existing associations
    From WITSA's perspective promote your membership within WITSA and engage in WITSA's activities. This broadens the value you offer to your members..
    Member recruitment strategies effective within our association
    No
    Explain our strategies
    No because WITSA's regions are not growing
    Description of member benefits
    WITSA has a set of clear value propositions located on WITSA web site. Members are encouraged to review and add them to their own if they wish.
    Member services are the most popular
    For association members WITSA's global network offer great value. For WITSA's member members the World Congresses leads to business opportunities for those who take advantage of them.
    Challenges/strategies for growing our association
    Continual communications and meeting the needs of your members.
    Comments
  • Open Comment

    Any additional information that you feel would be helpful in establishing, maintaining, and expanding an ICT association.
    WITSA newest offering to members is Association Corner. Association Corner is an opportunity for all members to share information with others in order to become better managed and more successful. We thank you for participating and thank you for all your support. Best regards, Jim Poisant Secretary General WITSA