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Why Join MAX?

Our members join MAX to form real relationships with real peopleMAX is a fun, open, diverse and welcoming community where everyone is asked to contribute to the group's overall success. Through MAX events, people regularly meet old friends, meet potential friends, lead, support and participate in interesting events, and have fun.

People who participate in MAX include our dues-paying Members and non-dues- paying Associates. We charge dues for three reasons: first, by law, as a 501(c7) non-profit, MAX is obliged to charge dues of its members. Second, we have to cover our administrative costs, such as our website, newsletter, et al. Finally, it takes money to put on the kind of programs we know you want, including programs that are low-cost or even free to attend.


Dues-paying members:

  • Learn of events and opportunities via our weekly newsletter, providing a comprehensive roster of MAX and non-MAX social opportunities
  • Do not pay admission to monthly TGIFs
  • Enjoy discounted pricing related to specific MAX events, such as entertainment and travel events
  • Are able to attend members-only MAX events
  • Enjoy MAX-only opportunities and money-saving offers from MAX Program Partners

VOLUNTEERING: giving to each other

MAX members are asked to contribute to the organization through dues, which cover our costs, and through volunteering to help make our experiences as fun and successful as possible.  Every member is asked to donate a portion of their time to help lead or support events.  It is the ideal way to foster the kind of friendships that truly do last a lifetime.

Paying Dues Pays Back: About MAX Outreach

It's important to us that MAX gives back; that is why we have the MAX Outreach Fund. This is MAX's own charitable fund to which a portion of member dues and proceeds from specific events are contributed throughout the year. Once a year, after we account for expenses, our dues-paying members choose five different non-profit groups to which we distribute the proceeds.


Download MAX Membership Pricing document here.

Basic Membership

  • Single Membership: $75
  • Couples Membership: $125

Sustaining Membership

Because we want to do more and better programs, we have created three new Sustaining Membership options where you agree to pay a flat amount each month to MAX (very similar to how KQED does it). There are three levels (Bronze ($25/month); Silver ($50/month); and Gold ($100/month), plus Business Gold $100/month), which gives membership to businesses that would like to connect to our membership. With each level, you get extra goodies; you can find details here.

Just as sustaining members help keep the lights on at KQED, these contributions ensure our ongoing financial stability. It helps us provide the same basic services we now offer, such as our newsletter and weekly events, plus gives us the additional budget to create new and exciting member-only events, many of which could be free to our members.

Our Business Gold level is for businesses that wish to support and encourage the goals of MAX while simultaneously promoting their business or philanthropic interests. It gives them regular exposure to the thousands of members within the MAX community and demonstrates their dedication to provide the kind of quality services MAX members appreciate and support.

How to Become a Sustaining Member

Becoming a Sustaining Member is easy. You choose your giving level and your contribution is automatically deducted each month from your credit card or bank account until you tell us to stop. To set it up, please email concierge@maxsf.org.

MAX Membership Levels and Benefits

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS Standard Bronze Silver Gold Business Gold 
$75/year $25/month OR $250/year $50/month OR $500/year $100/month OR $1000/year $100/month OR $1000/year
Total Sustaining Memberships 0  1  2  2  2
Personalized Member Benefits Card Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Uninterrupted Membership Status   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Member Lapel Pin One MAX "M" One bronze "M" pin Two silver "M" pins Two gold "M" pins Two gold "M" pins 
Member Exclusive Apparel Items     One Two Two
Participation in MAX Benefits Program Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Listing in Member Directory Yes; name only Yes; name only Yes; names only Yes; names only Yes; names and business 
Your Own maxsf.org Email Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (includes business email)
Event Access 
MAX Emails and Alerts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advance Notice/Early Notifications for Events   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Invitation to Annual Founders Day Appreciation Event   1 2 4 4
Additional "Free" Guests to MAX Events     1 2 2
First-in-Line Access/Registration to Events     Yes Yes Yes
Membership Plaque     Yes Yes Yes
Listed in MAX Programs   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Verbal Recognition at MAX Events     Yes Yes Yes
Your Name on MAX "Wall of Fame" (In Progress)    Yes Yes Yes Yes

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San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 562-5582

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