Become a KOA Member

Kashmiri Overseas Association, Inc. (KOA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt socio-cultural organization registered in Maryland, USA. Its purpose is to protect, preserve, and promote Kashmiri ethnic and socio-cultural heritage, to promote and celebrate festivals, and to provide financial assistance to the needy and deserving. In addition, lectures, symposiums, debates, and discussions are held from time to time to highlight and resolve some of the issues facing our community in this country. You may pay the membership dues online by selecting the membership type applicable to you below and clicking the “Pay Now” button.

Membership Dues

Community members are encouraged to become members of KOA. At present, following types of memberships are available (Note: Membership dues have increased for the year 2016 onwards. ):

a) Regular Membership for community members residing in USA

  • Family Membership – $50 per year per family
  • Single Membership – $25 per year per person
  • Senior Membership – $25 per year per senior citizen couple
  • LIFE Membership – $500 for LIFE per family

b) Associate Membership for community members residing outside of USA

  • Family Membership – $50 per year per family
  • Single Membership – $25 per year per person
  • Senior Membership – $25 per year per senior citizen couple
  • LIFE Membership – $500 for LIFE per family

Benefits of KOA Life Membership

The Life Membership facility is an opportunity to become part of KOA family. KOA Life Membership Benefits are:

  • Continue to receive the same benefits that are available to KOA annual dues-paying members
  • No annual dues and renewals
  • Never pay an increase in dues
  • A Life Membership card and certificate
  • Maintain Life Membership in any state the life member moves within continental US, or any change in life event
  • Receive a 15% discount on all KOA sponsored national events, such as East-coast and West-coast camp registration fees – up to a maximum of $50/family/year*
  • Life members to be invited to board meetings, advisory council, etc.
  • Become a KOA Life Member by making a one-time payment of $500, or pay for Life Membership through our installment plan, with an initial $200 payment and 3 additional payments of $100 within the calendar year.
  • A souvenir, as a token of appreciation – such as a book on our culture, and religious practices, etc.

*The benefits, discounts, and dues, shall be determined by the Board of Directors and revised from time to time.

Benefits of KOA Annual Membership

  • The right to vote in any KOA election, or organizational action that requires a membership vote. Individual dues-paying members will have one vote, while a dues-paying family membership shall have two votes.
  • The KP USA Directory and the Kashmiri Calendar
  • All publications, print and online, offered by KOA
  • A percentage of the membership funds from the zone, invested back in zonal activities (NOTE: At Zonal Director’s discretion)
  • Culture/Language classes and/or camps for Children and Youth
  • Provide Merit Scholarships for college-bound children of dues-paid members
  • National and Regional Camps
  • Protected access to the KOA membership database