One of the benefits of our AMC model is that we provide access to executive expertise as needed, depending on your organization’s size and budget.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
More and more, we’re seeing growth in certification and credentialing programs offered by associations. Depending on the industry, many organizations are rolling out certification programs designed to differentiate and distinguish members who desire a higher level of professional achievement or an endorsement for a proven level of expertise.
Certification is an ambitious goal and one that […]
Many of our association Boards of Directors are turning over at year-end, and it got us thinking about what lies ahead for our new association leaders.
If you are a President-Elect, congratulations on making the decision to lead your association! No doubt there were many reasons that went into your decision to take the reins. Maybe […]
Back in June, our very own Tom Tidyman won the Rising Star Award at the 2016 WSAE Annual Convention in Spokane. This award recognizes an emerging association leader in Washington, and we were thrilled to learn Tom was the recipient!
Tom joined SBI two years ago after being involved with the Florida Recreation and Parks Association […]
Ask any association Board member about their association’s mission, and you’ll inevitably hear things like:
“to provide high quality education and training to members”;
“to provide networking opportunities to members”;
“to advocate for our members and their profession”.
In the end, it’s all about members, many of whom are long-time and passionate volunteers, and of course, a primary supporting […]