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Alcor News

News Blog of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation

Maricopa County discount on CMS

Maricopa county, Arizona permanent residents will receive $60 off their CMS fees per year starting in October 1, 2015.

Comment: Alcor offers terminal members who relocate to Scottsdale up to $10,000 in assistance. Being located near Alcor when cryopreservation is needed not only improves response time but also reduces costs. It seemed to some a little unfair that members already living near Alcor could not benefit from this policy. We are recognizing this by reducing CMS (Comprehensive Member Standby) fees.

Why did you sign up with Alcor?

Alcor is interested in knowing why you selected Alcor as your cryonics service provider. What do you like about Alcor? And what made you choose Alcor over other cryonics service providers?

Please send us your testimonial so we can get a better understanding of our membership, can continue to improve our organization, and can better appeal to prospective members.

Your testimonial can be as long or short as you like. Please mention your full name and Alcor membership number.

We will select a number of testimonials to be published (with permission of the author) in our magazine and on the Alcor website.

Send your testimonial to the editor of Cryonics magazine at: aschwin@alcor.org

Thank you for helping Alcor grow.

Membership Dues and CMS Charges to Increase in 2011

As we approach 2011, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our valued members for their steadfast support over the past year.  Many members have helped the organization by making donations, volunteering, hosting gatherings to educate others about cryonics, or simply talking to friends and family members about Alcor’s mission.  Thank you, to all our supporters, for your contributions over the past year.

Although being an active Alcor member means more than just paying membership dues once a year, dues contributions are a fundamental source of financial strength for the organization.  In an effort to ensure cryonics is affordable for as many people as possible, last year Alcor approved the first dues increase in a decade.  Even with this increase, Alcor’s dues were only $30 a year greater in 2010 than they were in 1992 adjusted for inflation. While we wish we could continue these low rates indefinitely, higher costs and expiring grant support have made an increase necessary.

Alcor is continuing efforts to eliminate structural deficits that have historically made it dependent upon irregular bequests, donations, and grants.  At Alcor’s annual Strategic Meeting in September, budgets for 2011 and 2012 were studied in depth.  With the impending expiration of a portion of the generous and extremely helpful grant from the Miller/LEF/Thorp donor coalition that Alcor had been receiving for the past three years, Alcor was facing a $400,000 deficit if no action were taken.  To close the gap, the following measures were taken, some of which were begun the previous year:

  • Increase dues, CMS, and application fees
  • Reduce transactional charges
  • Switch to an electronic magazine
  • Buy out leases (phone, copier, etc.)
  • Reduce or eliminate service fees (janitorial, teleconferencing, etc.)
  • Eliminate discounts and retainers for regional emergency response team members
  • Reduce supply purchases
  • Collect additional media income
  • Draw on the CMS fund to support some salaries as standby readiness expenses

With these measures, we are pleased to report that the projected deficit has been eliminated for 2011 and 2012, and the capacity of Alcor to operate for the indefinite future with reduced dependence upon extraordinary income has been enhanced.  The new fee schedule effective as of January 1, 2011, is below.  The fee increase for primary family members will be around $200 per year, and we continue to honor all standard discounts for additional family members, students and minors.
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Regular adult members (CMS applies for members in the continental US and Canada):
Dues CMS TOTAL
Annually $ 620 $ 180 $ 800
Quarterly $ 156 $  45 $ 201
Monthly $  53 $  15 $ 68
Family members and full-time students (CMS applies for students over age 25):
Dues CMS TOTAL
Annually $ 310 $ 180 $ 490
Quarterly $  78 $  45 $ 123
Monthly $  26 $  15 $  41
Minor family members:
Dues CMS TOTAL
Annually $ 155 $ 0 $ 155
Quarterly $  39 $ 0 $  39
Monthly $  13 $ 0 $  13

New Statistics

Membership
Alcor had 926 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Two (2) memberships were approved during this month, one (1) membership was reinstated, four (4) memberships were cancelled and two (2) members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net loss of three (3) members in September 2010.

Applicants
Alcor had 53 applicants for membership. Seven (7) new applicants were added, two (2) applicants were converted to members and no applicants were cancelled resulting in a net gain of five (5) applicants in September 2010.

Information Packets
Alcor received 161 information packet requests. There were 194 info packs requested in September 2010, 14 were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 206 info packs sent per month in 2010 is compared to 188 in 2009.

New Statistics (As August 31, 2010)

Membership
Alcor had 929 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Six (6) memberships were approved during this month, two (2) memberships were reinstated, three (3) memberships were cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of five (5) members this month.
Applicants
Alcor had 48 applicants for membership. Four (4) new applicants were added, six (6) applicants were converted to members and four (4) applicants were cancelled resulting in a net loss of six (6) applicants for this month.
Information Packets
Alcor received 161 information packet requests. Thirteen (13) were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 207 info packs sent per month in 2010 is compared to 188 in 2009.

New Statistics (As July 31, 2010)

Membership
Alcor had 924 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Seven (7) memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, four (4) memberships were cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of three (3) members this month.

Applicants
Alcor had 54 applicants for membership. Seven (7) new applicants were added, seven (7) applicants were converted to members and three (3) applicant was cancelled resulting in a net loss of three (3) applicant for this month.

Information Packets
Alcor received 210 information packet requests. nine (9) were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 214 info packs sent per month in 2010 is compared to 188 in 2009.

New Statistics (As February 28, 2010)

Membership
Alcor had 913 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Three (3) memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, three (3) memberships were cancelled and two members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was no net gain or loss of members this month.

Applicants
Alcor had 59 applicants for membership. Four (4) new applicants were added, three (3) applicants were converted to members and four (4) applicants were cancelled resulting in net loss of three (3) applicants for this month.

Information Packets
Alcor received 231 information packet requests. Eleven (11) were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 194 info packs sent per month in 2010 is compared to 188 in 2009.

New Statistics (As of January 31, 2010)

Membership
Alcor had 915 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Six (6) memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, three (3) memberships were cancelled and one (1) member was cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of two (2) members this month.

Applicants
Alcor had 62 applicants for membership. Eight (8) new applicants were added and six (6) applicants were converted to members. Seven (7) applicants were cancelled for the following reasons: one (1) applicant changed his mind; and six (6) did not wish to pay the extended application fee to remain in the queue. There was a net loss of five (5) applicants for this month.

Information Packets
Alcor received 156 information packet requests. Eight (8) were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 156 info packs sent per month in 2010 is compared to 188 in 2009.

New Statistics (as of December 31, 2009)

Membership
Alcor had 913 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Seven (7) memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, one (1) membership was cancelled and one member was cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of five (5) members this month.

Applicant
Alcor had 67 applicants for membership. Four (4) new applicants were added, seven (7) applicants were converted to members and one applicant was cancelled resulting in net loss of 4 applicants for this month.

Information Packets
Alcor received 220 information packets were requested this month, 14 were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 188 info packs sent per month in 2009 is compared to 173 in 2008.