3 Easy Tips for Preventing Disasters

By Christina Welty, MA

In 2004, in just 6 short weeks, Florida was hit by 4 major hurricanes – Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.  I was working for another association at the time, busy planning our Fall Seminar & Expo. Of course, staff was keeping tabs on the storms, but no one expected so much damage.  Continue reading 3 Easy Tips for Preventing Disasters

6 Tips for New Chairs in the New Year

By: Eric Thorn, Esq. 

Each new year brings many new things.  And since many non-profit organizations have calendar year based terms for their officers, a new board chair or president is often one of them.  Frequently this is their first time leading a meeting in a more formal manner.

The following are six tips to help your new president or board chair start off the new year on the right foot: Continue reading 6 Tips for New Chairs in the New Year

2016: The New Normal

By: Kristi Spargo

Change is big. Change is hard. Change is necessary. There are some people that seek change and in fact thrive on the invigorating adrenaline rush that a new direction provides. There are many more people that are fearful of disruptions to their everyday routine and dread being faced with the ubiquitous fork in the road. Yet in order to truly maximize both your personal and professional life it’s critical to learn how to embrace and incorporate change; as it will happen whether you want it to or not. As 2016 gets underway, take the opportunity to prepare for whatever changes might be ahead. Continue reading 2016: The New Normal

Budgets – It’s all About the Benjamins

By: Rachel Luoma, CAE

For me, January brings a fantastic time of year – new, fresh budgets! Budgeting is one of my favorite times of the year as it allows me to take an in-depth look at the financial operations of the association and better understand the story that the numbers are telling.

Income and Expenses
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  • Did we hit our projected income this year? If not, why?  What needs to be adjusted or done differently next year?
  • Did we stay within our budgeted expenses? If not, why?  What needs to be adjusted or done differently next year?
  • What was our net profit for operational income/expense? Did we meet budget?  Why or why not?

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