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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, […]
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. […]
Going paperless is an idea that event and conference planners have been working towards for several years. Aside from being environmentally friendly, going paperless is also much more affordable and less stressful. Organizing a conference is demanding enough, especially when you have to print large quantities of programs and hand-outs on tight deadlines. Why not go paperless and alleviate some of this pressure by offering your attendees all of the information they need electronically using a smartphone or tablet? They may even thank you for not handing them tons of stuff to carry around! Here are four ways to help you organize a paperless conference. […]
There seems to be so much emphasis and focus on how to improve your non-profit boards, but what if they have done a great job? Acknowledging your outgoing board members is an important part of continuing your mission. They need to know that their efforts are appreciated. After all, they gave their time, talent, and money to help serve your organization. This is also important for current board members and potential board members to see. They will be more inclined to serve an organization who takes the time to recognize the hard work of its members. Saying “thank you” is a start, but here are seven great ways to show your outgoing board members how much you appreciate them. […]
Want to get people talking about your association and make headway in improving the lives of your members? Advocacy efforts are important because they allow your organization to shine a light on real community needs and lead to increased awareness about your mission. Here are a few ways your organization can inspire members to become advocates. […]
For most board members the job description is clear: they have a responsibility to serve as a community ambassador, advocating for the organization while cultivating relationships with stakeholders. However, some boards fail to make that important connection with their members and other supporters. They tend to get lost in the logistics and financial challenges they face and lose sight of the people they are there to serve. This can be detrimental to nonprofit associations because the primary focus of the board needs to remain on the members they are serving as well as those who are financial contributors. […]
There is no doubt that the roles of the committee chair and board leaders are pivotal in any organization. They help to structure, organize, and carry out the mission of the organization. One would only imagine, then, that a great deal of planning and preparation goes into selecting the people who will step into these very important roles. Would you be surprised to know that nearly half of the people who have held these positions did nothing specifically to prepare for the role of board or committee chair? In fact, many of them hadn’t even held a lower position before taking a leadership role. With that in mind, it is clear that many nonprofits have not given these leadership roles the attention they deserve. Let’s examine how association leaders can work to build the leadership capacity of committee chairs and board leaders. […]
Effective governance by the Board of Directors is fundamental to the success of any nonprofit association. Effective governance greatly assists the organization, is efficient, allows for a respectful conflict of ideas, is focused, and leads to good outcomes. The primary role of the board is to establish policies, make significant and strategic decisions, and steward the health of the organization. Here are a few tips that will ensure that the organization’s board fulfills these governance responsibilities. […]
It is important for any non-profit association to have a strategic plan in place to help the organization achieve its mission. The staff and board should work together and commit to working toward measurable goals, implementing new strategies, and revisiting their strategic plan on a regular basis as the organization’s environment changes. Unfortunately, research suggests […]
When it comes to managing non-profit associations and societies, association management companies (AMCs) deliver proven solutions and support for sustainable, thriving associations. The AMC Institute illustrates the reach and impact of AMCs in the association industry with the following infographic.