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50 Years BOLD: Reflections On The 2018 WSAE Annual Convention

Blog post by Katie Berry, Team Manager

As a first-time attendee, I wasn’t sure what I should expect from the Washington Society of Association Executives (WSAE) Annual Convention, 50 Years Bold. I can tell you now that after three days of engaging sessions and networking with others in the association world, I left feeling inspired, reenergized, […]

How to Form Lasting Relationships with Partner Organizations

Forming strong partnerships among a diverse group of organizations is key step in creating a successful nonprofit association. This initiative reflects broad-based community involvement. Developing and maintaining these relationships can be a challenge, so it is important that nonprofits work to inspire their partners to get involved and stay involved. Here are a few things that can be done to elicit the support of outside organizations and foster strong relationships.  […]

Top 3 Strategies to Engage Your New Board Members

When board members are truly engaged, they become your nonprofit’s biggest ambassadors and advocates. That said, if you want your board members to perform at their best, it’s important for executive directors to provide them with the tools and structure necessary for them to succeed. Here are three strategies for engaging your new board members […]

Care and Feeding of Volunteers

Volunteers, the unpaid workforce that helps run many organizations, are an asset deserving good stewardship. Knowing the “why” that motivates volunteers and the “what” that engages their energy and excites them is easily a full-time job, either for staff or leaders (themselves volunteers) serving on the board or chairing committees.

As Patty Anderson, a SBI Association […]

Treat Your Nonprofit Association as a Business Entity with a Strategic Plan

One thing we find with associations is that the leadership doesn’t necessarily view the association as a business. At SBI, we believe that associations should have a business perspective.

Traditionally, professional associations are established as nonprofits. That doesn’t mean they (a) are mandated to do charitable work or (b) they have to spend all their money […]

The View from Behind the Desk: Lessons Learned from Veteran Executive Directors

At SBI, we have combined almost 100 years of Executive Director experience managing associations small to large; regional to international. Our bench is deep and our insights are solid.

Recently, we asked some of our Association Executives to reveal their favorite words of wisdom:

Be a guiding hand. Executive Directors operate with a persistent, unseen touch. […]

Build and Activate Your Director Team with a Strategy for Success

If members are the engine that drives an association, your board of directors is its engineer. The health of the board is essential to the health of your organization and it takes intentional care and feeding to nurture. However, for many organizations, there is little intentionality. It’s not uncommon for associations to rest on tradition […]

From Concept to Conference: New Ideas for Managing Successful Conferences

Conferences, meetings, and symposia are the hub of an organization, the value-added benefit that lures members in and keeps them coming back for more. SBI supports over 250 events a year, so we turned to some of our staff for their best advice on how to make the most of your association’s event:

Define and […]

From #WSAEConnect: Accelerate Your Problem Solving

Seven SBI staff members attended the 2017 Washington Society of Association Executives’ (WSAE) Annual Convention in Semiahmoo. We always jump at the opportunity to spend time with talented association professionals and had a great time at all of the sessions and receptions. There were a few sessions that resonated with us. One of these sessions […]

Renew, Refresh, and Recommit to Your Member Retention Program

Membership retention is essential to your nonprofit association, so plan for it throughout the year
The 12-month mark is a pivotal date for members of your organization, especially when the first anniversary occurs. It’s your job to turn a renewal notice into positive action. Not every first-year member will decide to renew, but a healthy organization […]

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