Patron membership is open to individuals, organizations, institutions, business firms, or foundations contributing substantial sums to the Association. Patron membership may be assigned to one person designated by the organization, institution, firm or foundation from which the funds are received. Please note: The membership year is 12 months and runs from January 1 through December 31. After Oct. 31, online membership purchases will be defaulted to the following calendar year. Please note the dates indicated and call the national office before purchase if you wish to pay for a different membership year than indicated.