When you set up a membership program, you indicate whether it is an annual, recurring, or lifetime program. You also indicate whether it is dues-based, contributions-based, or both. Once saved, you cannot edit these settings for the program. On the General tab on the membership program view, you can edit other information about the program, such as its name and description.
For information about the different types of programs, as well as how to set them up, see Introduction to Membership Programs.