Column originally published in the Tallahassee Democrat, September 2017 on Notes on Non Profits (http://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/causes/2017/09/10/find-new-ways-invigorate-your-organization/647385001/)
Question Posed to the Column:
“Many nonprofits are membership based and rely on dues and conference revenue to survive. For example, I am active in a national association about to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Our membership is aging out and young professionals are not joiners. And as travel funds disappear, they do not attend conferences anymore. I know this is a universal concern for many professional organizations. Your thoughts and advice?” Continue reading Find New Ways to Invigorate Your Organization
By: Shelly Joines
Being an Association Management Company (AMC) staff member and attending a client’s annual conference is like killing two birds with a single stone. It allows me to apply our best practices to benefit the client while learning from this event and sharing with our other client associations.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of assisting with one of our client’s annual conferences in Orlando. I have in depth experience in the dental laboratory industry in my almost 9 years at PIAM and it’s exciting to carry knowledge and experience from this to one of its state component members. Continue reading AMC Model Benefits Clients During Conference Season
By: Deborah Caldwell
Imagine this; you have a certification exam planned for next week which has been on the schedule for over a year. The application deadline has passed, confirmation letters have been sent out, and the test administrator/proctor has been arranged. Everything is set. Then you receive a call from one of the candidates stating that they require extended time and need to test in a separate room due to a learning disability. That means reserving additional space and finding another test administrator/proctor. Again, there is less than a week from the exam date… what do you do? Continue reading ADA Accommodations and You
By: Shelly Joines
I remember back when I was about 8 years old, my family did large Thanksgiving celebrations where everyone would travel across the state to meet. We would line up several tables to create a buffet, for a fun family feast. Some traditions are time honored ones and some we do for reasons we don’t even know why anymore – yet we still do them. Why is that? Continue reading Corn in My Taters and Updated Association Practices
By: John Ricco, CAE and Eric Thorn, Esq.
No, this is not a blog post about the upcoming election! Many of us who have worked with volunteer boards of directors or served as a board member have run across questions of whether a specific action creates a conflict of interest and what is the right way to handle a potential conflict.
What exactly is a conflict of interest? Continue reading Are You Feeling Conflicted?
By: Ricki Sexton
Working for my first association management company (AMC) has taught me numerous things in the last “almost” two years. Working for an AMC is vastly different from working for a stand-alone association, which is where my previous work experience generated. The key : One association, versus 21 associations. That means 21 Board of Directors, 21 different membership bases, in some cases, certification programs with different requirements, conferences for several of our clients and 21 different types of frequently asked questions.
Whew! Confused yet? Continue reading How Are Your Details? Tips to Keep Your Team on their “A” Game
By: Bennett Napier, CAE
In the previous blogs, we provided context to how to structure affinity partnerships and how to select the proper company to join with . Such programs and services are generally provided by a third party provider.
One of the crucial areas to achieve value, ensure accountability and meet legal requirements is proper contract language. In this blog, key provisions to be included in a formal contract/agreement are covered. Continue reading Affinity Partners 101 Part III – Contract Clauses