How to Start a Professional Chapter
Chapter participation provides a unique combination of social interaction and professional dialogue among peers, in their own geographic area. Chapter members' backgrounds represent all facets of computing, from academia, research, business and industry; it will invariably focus on the kind of information and insight that cannot easily be gathered in any other way.
Start an ACM Professional Chapter in 4 easy steps.
* Entries made during the application process may be saved and completed at a later time by visiting the URL sent to the chapter email address.
Step 1: Enter chapter name, chapter email address, chapter type, and chapter sub-type.
Step 2: Enter the names of the individuals to serve as Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer. These individuals must be ACM Professional Members
Step 3: Enter chapter contact information (postal address and phone number).
Step 4: Enter the names of at least ten (10) individuals willing to carry out the chapter's mission and participate in activities. A CSV file (comma-separated values) containing the last name, middle, first name, and email addresses of these members will be required through the automated charting application (Example: "Doe," "John," "firstname.lastname@example.org"). You may also enter each member name individually.
Once the completed application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Local Activities Manager within five to seven business days.
FOR UNITED STATES CHAPTERS: The IRS requires chapters operating in the United States to have an Employer Identification Number (EIN). The EIN will serve as proof of a chapter’s nonprofit status and allow ACM to include the chapter in our annual group filing with the IRS. ACM will request an EIN on your behalf which you will receive upon chartering.
Chapter-in-a-Box contains the resources required for organizing and maintaining an ACM chapter. This compilation of materials and practices includes advice about recruiting members, ideas for activities, how-tos for running meetings and conferences, and much more.