How to Launch a Grant or Scholarship in 5 Steps

By: Lindsey Rowan

“Congratulations! You are a recipient of the 2017 Business Association Grant!”  Working for a 501 (c)(3) organization that provides grants and scholarships to candidates for advanced education in its profession, I have the privilege of implementing the smile behind that tri-folded letter. You already have a purpose, need, and in my case, the funding – now what? Though there are a lot of moving parts, below are five summarized steps that have assisted me in launching a grant or scholarship from start to finish. Continue reading “How to Launch a Grant or Scholarship in 5 Steps”

Preparing for Disaster

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By: Matt King

Summer is upon us. It is a time for sun, sand and fruity drinks by the pool. However, as the June and July months come to a close, we begin to relive the frightening moments leading up to last year’s Hurricane Hermine. We are seeing storms starting to form in the Atlantic. The City of Tallahassee is instructing its citizens on where to fill up sand bags. Our minds start racing as we plan for the worst. Continue reading “Preparing for Disaster”

Are You a Risk Taker?

By Christina Welty, MA

You have probably heard the phrase, “The only constant is change.”  Whether you like it or not, one must take risks to stay relevant. When people think of risk takers, they think of people in the business world, like Elon Musk or Richard Branson. However, it’s just as important for associations to be thinking strategically and taking calculated risks that will help them be successful.

As leaders of an association, you may think you are innovative, but take a moment to sit down and ask the question, “What idea or change has been implemented lately?”  There is a difference between talking about taking risks and actually implementing these ideas.  Continue reading “Are You a Risk Taker?”

Achieving Results through Successful Committees

By: Dee Kring, CAE, CMP

Whether you’ve chaired them, served on them or staffed them, you recognize that successful committees don’t just happen without some effort and thoughtful planning.   Committees play a huge role in the overall success of an organization and their ability to meet their goals and objectives.

What can we do ensure successful committees? The following isn’t an exhaustive list, but a few tips I’ve found helpful: Continue reading “Achieving Results through Successful Committees”

The Four Steps to Creating a Public Awareness Campaign

By: Rachel Luoma, CAE and Brianna Barnebee

Many associations include advocacy as part of their mission. There are the standard methods, such as lobbying, working with allied organizations and communicating with regulatory agencies.

But, what happens when the association determines it wants to start messaging directly to the public?  Where do you start as an association? Continue reading “The Four Steps to Creating a Public Awareness Campaign”

AMC Model Benefits Clients During Conference Season

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”

First 100 Days of Membership

By: Amy Bean Napier

All we hear and see right now on the news (print, online and social media) is about President Trump’s first 100 days in office.  We hear versions of what has been accomplished from both sides (pro and con) and see statistical comparisons of Trump’s first 100 days vs. past presidents.   This non-stop news blasting now has me thinking about our new members and their first 100 days with the association.

President Trump’s first 100 days equals only approximately 1/14th of his presidency term.  For most associations, memberships are billed annually so when a new member joins, they get 365 days of membership.   A new member’s first 100 days is basically 1/3 of their first year (term) as a member.  Continue reading “First 100 Days of Membership”

How’d I Miss That?! Simple Tips To Improve Your Proof-reading

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By: Liz Langston, CAE

Proof-reading is one of the most important quality assurance measures and it’s one that we all use.  Regardless, I think we’ve all had moments where we ask “How’d I miss that?!” right after hitting the “Send” button or when we see that article in print.

Written communications are a reflection of ourselves and our organizations.  The impact of written errors is often minimal, but it could be severe.  Errors in examinations or violations of copyright could result in legal challenges.  Careful proof-reading can help protect our personal reputations and those of our organizations while helping to ensure that our messaging is on-point.  Continue reading “How’d I Miss That?! Simple Tips To Improve Your Proof-reading”