Organization Structure

ELGL is a volunteer-run organization that connects, communicates and educates about local government and public service.

Is ELGL a non-profit?

Yes, ELGL is a registered 501c6. This status provides for tax exemption of business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, boards of trade, and professional football leagues (whether or not administering a pension fund for football players), which are not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.

Who produces ELGL work?

All ELGL content is produced by our members. Central organization of ELGL events, activities, web content, and conferences is done on a volunteer basis by a team of 25-30 people from across the country. Fun fact: the ELGL team organizes their work exclusively using Slack, as well as one conference call per month using UberConference. This makes our organization’s leadership lean, flexible and entirely online.

What's the ELGL leadership structure?

ELGL is run as an adhocracy. We are a flexible, adaptable, and informal organization without bureaucratic policies or procedures. When people have good ideas, we implement them.  When people have bad ideas, we kindly decline. This structure is based in our belief that everyone can make a difference via this professional organization, and there’s no hierarchy to navigate or impress.

How can I become a member?

Please sign up for membership here. An ELGL value is that cost should never prohibit involvement with ELGL. Thus, we rely on sponsorships and volunteer efforts to run all of our events and activities at cost, and the modest membership dues cover the administrative costs of running the organization.  Membership is free for students.  Modest scholarships can be provided if needed to cover the $30 membership fee.

$30? That's cheap!

Yep. As stated above, keeping ELGL affordable always has been, and always will be, a fundamental value of our organization.

I want to get more involved with ELGL - what should I do?

Please contact Ben and he’ll find a great fit for your knowledge, skills and abilities.  We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, ranging from writing for the blog, to organizing supper club events, to serving on the finance/audit committee. We also strive to give people an opportunity to develop content for and speak at professional conferences. Reach out and let us know the areas of your professional life you’d like to develop and we’ll help you.