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Become a Member of NCDD!

NCDD’s members include nearly 700 practitioners, organizations, researchers, public administrators, activists and students dedicated to solving today’s toughest problems through honest dialogue, quality deliberation and collaborative action. If this sounds like you or your organization, please join us today!


The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation represents a “big tent” under which many approaches and streams of practice in dialogue and deliberation have found much-needed support, ideas, and camaraderie.

By joining NCDD, you are becoming part of an amazing network you can tap into to share resources, get input on ideas, publicize events, obtain advice from seasoned colleagues, and more. Most importantly, through NCDD our members have a unique opportunity to work with other innovators to strengthen and unite the dialogue & deliberation (D&D) community.

NCDD Membership Levels

Your dues go directly to support NCDD’s work providing services to our network. You’ll also get access to perks only available to members (see below). NCDD’s membership levels and dues amounts are:

  • Individual Member – $75 annually or $7.50 per month
  • Student/Young Professional Member (28 & under) – $30 annually
  • Organizational Member  – $200-$350 annually, determined by a sliding scale based on budget
    • Budgets under $150,000: $200
    • Over $150,000 and under $350,000: $275
    • Over $350,000: $350
  • Sponsors – $1,000 and up annually

Benefits of NCDD Membership

  • Listing in the member map and directory.
  • Access to NCDD events, programs and conference calls that introduce you to the latest innovations in our field and help you get to know more movers-and-shakers in this work.
  • Discounts our partners are offering on their trainings and courses (listed at www.ncdd.org/discounts). These are some of the best educational programs out there in facilitation, public engagement and conflict resolution. Organizational members can send up to three people to these programs at the discounted rate.
  • Discounts on registration to NCDD’s events.
  • Mention of your member type when we feature you on the NCDD site (on the blog, in the directory, on the map, etc.), so your peers can see you’re supporting NCDD.
  • Opportunities to be featured on NCDD’s Confab Calls, Tech Tuesdays and the NCDD Podcast.
  • Access to the archives of all NCDD event recordings.
  • Access to members-only calls and opportunities.
  • Receive monthly NCDD Members-only newsletter and be the first to hear about news and opportunities.

In addition to the direct benefits listed above, you also benefit from:

  • Networking with peers and developing mutually supportive relationships.
  • Awareness of news, opportunities, events and resources that can help you be more effective at achieving your goals, strategies and implementation.
  • Gaining recognition and exposure within the D&D community and post information about your resources and events, news about your programs, and commentaries about your experiences.
  • Helping to ensure that NCDD can continue to develop a vibrant, supportive, collaborative community of practice for those who work in the areas of dialogue, deliberation and public engagement.


Individuals and organizations also have the opportunity to upgrade their membership to a sponsorship level! This level provides much needed resources for NCDD, and gives our sponsors greater visibility in the NCDD network. Benefits of sponsorship include:

  • All the benefits of membership described above for up to five people
  • Expression of appreciation in newsletter, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Logo and website link prominently featured on the NCDD website.
  • Recognition in webinars and other programs.
  • Sponsors above $3,000 are eligible for more tailored recognition as determined by mutual agreement.

Check out our current sponsors here, and join their ranks today!

Can organizations or individuals from outside the U.S. join the coalition?

Yes! We’re proud of the fact that as of March 2017, NCDD members hailed from 34 countries.  Zoom out on the map at www.ncdd.org/map to get a sense of our global membership.

What is expected of NCDD members?

By joining NCDD, you or your organization are pledging your commitment to fostering the effective use of dialogue and deliberation, and to helping strengthen and unite the growing dialogue and deliberation community.

All members are asked to consider what else you can contribute to NCDD. Can you keep us informed about your work and your learnings by submitting periodic posts for the blog and resource center? Can you get involved in conference planning, or in another working group? Can you help keep our resources updated, or start useful discussions on the NCDD discussion lists?

Membership in NCDD implies collaboration. You are joining a coalition of people and organizations that, collectively, are better able to make a difference in this field of practice, and in the world.

How do I submit payment for membership?

The join forms and renewal form include a choice to pay by check or by credit card. You can also refer to these payment instructions for further details or to submit a payment or donation any time.

Can I contribute more or make a one-time donation?

Why, of course! NCDD is a 501c3 non-profit and we depend on contributions from our members and supporters to ensure that we continue to exist and keep offering incredible resources and connections. If you would like to make a contribution to NCDD, you can do so on our donations page.

Frequently Ask Questions 

Starting in June 2017, our non-dues membership option was phased out. To help address questions that have arisen, we’ve put together this FAQ.

If my dues are in good standing, do I need to take any action? What if I have paid for multiple years?

If your dues are currently in good standing, you do not need to take any action. Members who are current on dues will not have to take any action until they are due to renew. Members who have paid for multiple years will not need to take any action until their dues comes due either – thank you for your support!

Need to check on your membership status? Look yourself up in the member directory, or contact Office Manager Joy (joy@ncdd.org).

What remains accessible to non-members?

NCDD is committed to keeping the latest news, information, tools, and resources accessible to all interested in dialogue and deliberation. Our blog, resource center, podcast, and some of our events remain open to the entire community of people interested in learning more about dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have questions about your membership status, payment or the membership forms, please contact NCDD Office Manager Joy Garman at joy@ncdd.org. If you have other questions or would like to learn more about sponsorship, please contact NCDD Managing Director Courtney Breese at courtney@ncdd.org.

Thanks for your interest in NCDD!