Category Archives: ASAE

Tips of the Trade – Board of Director Relations

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

My entire career in association management has been in the association management company arena. Working in the AMC environment, I have had the privilege to work with many associations, large and small, functional and dysfunctional and everything in between.

Regardless of structure or size, not for profits are a people business and outcomes (positive or negative) are achieved by the efforts of the people involved, both volunteers and staff.

Here are some useful but not original tips to consider. I can attest that if applied consistently and with conviction, they will achieve positive results. Continue reading Tips of the Trade – Board of Director Relations

HOW TO REVIEW YOUR ASSOCIATION’S 990

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By: Erik Luoma, CPA

As an Association Executive or Board Member, the task of reviewing your CPA prepared Form 990 can be a stressful one. However, with a general plan of attack and the right tools, you can check this item off your list with confidence every year. Continue reading HOW TO REVIEW YOUR ASSOCIATION’S 990

A Rock and Roll Guide to Organizational Awareness

By: John Ricco, CAE

If your members were asked to look 20 years into the future and pick a song to describe your organization, what tune would they pick?  Another One Bites the Dust? We Are the Champions?

The song they choose largely depends on how well your organization’s staff helps your leadership identify opportunities to meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs of your members. So how do you ensure your organization doesn’t go the way of one-hit wonders like Vanilla Ice, The Knack or Gnarls Barkley? Continue reading A Rock and Roll Guide to Organizational Awareness

Certification Is Current

By: Danielle Jessup

Do you have a vested interest in enhancing your skills and advancing in the association industry?  Just as other industries require a license, the association industry has a handful of certifications to allow you to demonstrate a firm understanding of industry standards and possess the ability to put them into practice.  These two certifications are specific to our industry and could be beneficial to your career: Continue reading Certification Is Current

Wile E. Coyote’s Guide to Association Management

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

On any given day at least two to three cartoon theme songs are running through my mind!  As I write, I am singing the Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme song.

It could be that I have two young children, or the fact that I love cartoons.  However, regardless of the reasons, I can’t help but draw parallels between cartoons and association management.  It seems that there are several lessons to be learned about how to build better associations from watching cartoon.

So, as my children would say, “Yo Ho Let’s Go”!  Continue reading Wile E. Coyote’s Guide to Association Management

3 Tips for Building a Career in Associations/Non-Profits

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Navigating your way through any career can pose significant challenges.  I have always subscribed to the adage – you don’t know what you don’t know.  As an emerging association/non-profit professional I have learned through experience some of the skills that are needed in order to build upon my career.  I wanted to share some of the things that I have learned in my almost 10 year association career that have made me a better-rounded professional.

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Continue reading 3 Tips for Building a Career in Associations/Non-Profits

A Tale of Two Certifications: Not All Credentialing Programs Are Created Equally

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

As an association professional who has been involved in running a certification program for almost a decade, credentialing has always been important to me.  Certification programs should be based on a particular industry and set the standard related to knowledge or skill of an individual.  Accreditation is an institutional certification program and outlines what a business or company needs to do to meet the standard.

Credentialing is a means to allow an industry to set minimum standards for an entire profession. To me, a credentialing program says – we care about the product or service we produce.  For an individual professional, voluntary certification is a process by which we can learn/grow and show our profession that we are proficient enough in our craft to meet the standard. Continue reading A Tale of Two Certifications: Not All Credentialing Programs Are Created Equally