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”

5 Tips on Planning your First Meeting

By: Amanda Carey

Meeting planning can be stressful, even if you’re planning a small meeting.  Although assisting with other meetings can help prepare you, nothing can give you a better experience then jumping head first into planning YOUR first meeting.  When I was given the task to take the reins on my first meeting, I was excited but definitely nervous.  This is what my college degree and my experience had been working towards.  Here are 5 tips I found to help your first meeting function smoothly. Continue reading “5 Tips on Planning your First Meeting”

5 Management and Life Lessons From the Gym

By: John Ricco, CAE

Like many people, I like being active and doing what I can to stay fit; biking, kayaking, lifting weights, or running — O.K., I’m lying about enjoying running. In addition to the physical benefits, I find these activities help clear my mind and improve my ability to focus. The other day while on a run (not really), I began to think about the parallels that my fitness activities taught me about professional life and vice versa. The same mental framework we use to power through runs and bike rides can help us be more effective and productive at work — here are some that come to mind. Continue reading “5 Management and Life Lessons From the Gym”

THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association

By: Rachel Luoma

In April, my husband, Erik and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.  It has been a wonderful seven years! I have a lovely home, two beautiful children and at least 30 extra pounds to show for it!  As I think back on our years of wedded bliss, it makes me think of the parallels between association management and marriage.

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My wonderful husband Erik Continue reading “THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association”

How to Help Your Client Have a Successful Fundraising Event

By: Kasey Patton

You’ve heard the cliché ‘another day, another dollar’.

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In the world of non-profit associations, much of the money coming in comes from fundraising, and specifically fundraising events. So how can you insure your client has a successful fundraising event? After working in fundraising and event planning for non-profits for several years I’ve found a few tips that will help ensure that they event is a hit. Continue reading “How to Help Your Client Have a Successful Fundraising Event”

Association Essentials – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Document

By: William Lessley

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For a long time I used the phrase “If I get hit by a bus tomorrow…” to explain the reason for having documentation that outlines everything I do. Apparently this phrase makes some people nervous so now I’ve changed it to “If I win the lotto tomorrow…”

Working for an Association Management Company (AMC) has taught me many skills I hadn’t even thought of when I worked as part of a captive staff association. While our AMC has different departments, so much of what we do bleeds over and through every person who works here. Keeping not only members happy but also our clients happy is the job of every single person – no matter what their position. I think we’ve all been the victim of an out of date procedure manual at some point in our lives and it is not a fun place to be. Continue reading “Association Essentials – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Document”