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
By: William Ferguson
Membership is the lifeblood of any association and everyone is responsible for keeping it pumping. From your board members to the person who answers phones at your association’s headquarters, recruiting and retaining members is everyone’s job. A great way to get everyone on board and excited about membership with the organization is picking a fun theme or idea to rally around.
Last year, I shared with you a membership materials makeover story. This year, we’re at it again as we continue to push membership to the next level and ignite our inner superheroes! When we sat down to decide how to incorporate the superhero theme into membership materials we knew we were going to have a lot of fun. Who doesn’t like superheroes? This campaign isn’t just about recruiting new members – it’s about recognizing how amazing our members and leaders are already! Continue reading Ignite Your Inner Superhero!
By Bennett Napier, CAE
One of our association management company’s clients, is a 501 c3 organization, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology.
The group’s mission is to (http://www.dentallabfoundation.org/) advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by developing educational curriculum and programs that will be relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team. Continue reading Fundraising; Friendship/Fun and Fear
By: Kasey Patton
You’ve heard the cliché ‘another day, another dollar’.
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
By: Bennett Napier, CAE
Outside of having a strong membership base which is the life blood of any nonprofit, having an effective elected volunteer leadership team is crucial to the long term success of an organization.
In today’s association management environment, it is more common for volunteer board members to seek leadership opportunities that require less time for “ladder progression” to officer positions. In addition, volunteer leaders generally speaking, want to serve on a board where meetings are run efficiently (whether it be in person meetings or virtual – web and teleconference). Time is at a premium in today’s society, and association’s that have a format that does not respect or address the time expectations of leadership candidate’s risks losing potential talent. Continue reading Maximizing Volunteer Effectiveness