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Higher Logic Acquires Kavi: Powerful Collaboration for Thriving Communities

Higher Logic

2017 is shaping up to be our best year yet! Last month we announced our acquisition of Socious, bringing the best minds in member engagement together to lead in product innovation and the community industry. Now we can’t wait to introduce the newest member of the Higher Logic community family: we have acquired Kavi, an online collaboration software company. Community and Collaboration.

Musings from the RSA Conference

Association Management

RSA Conference is this week in San Francisco. This event is like the annual prom for the security industry—part conference, part trade show, part “place to be.” In the midst of all the Diet Cokes that I shared with various conference participants, a few musings about the world of security have become clear. First, the level of threat exposure has never been higher. women in cybersecurity. SAFECode.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.17.17

Reid All About it

A month ago, I shared an article about morning routines and mentioned making changes to my own. I’m happy to report my mornings are more productive now – and I haven’t suffered. The biggest change is not going on the web until around noon. Seems so obvious in hindsight. No more. I start my day by reading a book. You remember those. I set the timer to 20 minutes. Next, I meditate for 20 minutes.

The Value of Nonprofit Mentors in 2017


The nonprofit sector is a strong and vibrant community full of people willing to help each other out. And now more than ever, it’s important to come together and work as allies and mentors. The value of being mentored seems pretty obvious: new skills, confidence, friendship, etc. They get stuff done. And they make a bigger impact. But do you really need a that trusted ally? The goal?

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How to Build the Business Case for Your Association’s Online Community Strategy

Higher Logic

You’ve spent countless hours interviewing members and pouring over data. You’ve researched techniques, combed the internet for tools, and finally come up with a solution. The best way for your association to provide long-term value to members is with an online community. It’s perfect. Why is an online community better than a conference or a members-only magazine? Isn’t there a cheaper option?

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One Simple Tip To Shift Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture from Outrage to Well Being

Beth Kanter's Blog

We’ve just finished two weeks on the road of book events for my new book, Happy Healthy Nonprofit , co-authored with Aliza Sherman. During many of the Q/A sessions, we heard from many nonprofit professionals who were feeling impact of a perpetual cycle of outrage. It is pretty simple. They have a communal meal together. His organization combines healthy eating with communal meals. “As

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Could Less Be More When It Comes to Meetings?

Associations Now

You may think giving attendees more options and choices is always better, but what if it turned out that offering them a little less is the way to go? Some ideas for making it happen. The other weekend I was trying to pick a place to go for dinner in my neighborhood. I was hemming and hawing: Did I feel like Thai? Or pizza? Or ramen? Or a burger and fries? I couldn’t decide.

5 Red Flags to Look Out for When Raising Major Gifts

Wild Apricot Blog

Fundraising expert Amy Eisenstein identifies the top red flags to watch for at your organization when it comes to receiving major gifts. Once you eliminate these red flags, you’ll be ready to raise major gifts in a major way. amy Fundraising major-gifts

Hot Nonprofit Marketing Jobs This Week – February 16


Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board ! We focus on jobs in social media , marketing , communications , PR , advocacy , and digital. Manager of Marketing , Industrial Designers Society of America – Do you know what industrial design is? Odds are you don’t, and neither do most, yet industrial design impacts our lives daily.

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

Beth Kanter's Blog

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs. By Lindsay Austin Louie. How much promise do the following practices hold for increasing foundations’ impact in the coming decades?” The twenty-four potential answers provided covered a broad spectrum of philanthropic practice, from taking more risks, to providing more general operating support, to engaging in impact investing.

How the Women’s March App Came to Life

Associations Now

172K The number of people who downloaded the Women’s March app in the week prior to the event, according to DoubleDutch Chief Marketing Officer Emily He. The app was so popular that it has maintained a following in the weeks after the event. Here’s how DoubleDutch pulled it off. It required a lot of split-second planning, and much of the process was organic in nature. What They Learned.

How to Create a Data-Sharing Partnership with Chapters: Part 1

Chapter Chat

Relationships are tricky. Chapters don’t like their national association looking over their shoulder like Big Brother. Or, nagging them with requests for data. But, the national association has to know which chapters need help or are at risk of failing. Or, which ones have success stories to share. Everyone likes to talk about the virtues of being a transparent organization. Why is this?

What do you think about your community platform?


We won’t buy a $6 latte at a café without checking out reviews first. But where do community managers go when they’re getting ready to spend $10,000 or more per year for on-domain community software? Why isn’t there a Yelp specifically for community software? Let’s flex our community manager muscles to solve this problem. I’m glad you asked! Founded by a community manager,

Super Lessons

Association Management

I know the rest of the country doesn’t want to hear it, but all I’ve watched on TV this week is Super Bowl highlights. I’ve watched the replay of the game. I’ve watched the NFL films featuring the mic’d up players. And I’ve watched endless post-game analysis. And I learned quite a bit. Sure, some of it isn’t that related to what I do every day. But some of it was right on target.

International Compliance Group Expands Into U.S.

Associations Now

To strengthen its global presence and its place in the community, the International Compliance Association has expanded into the United States. The International Compliance Association is expanding its global reach with its first U.S.-based based office in New York City. representative and director of ICA training partner International Compliance Training (ICT), said in a press release. market.

How to Use Data to Achieve Your Mission

Wild Apricot Blog

Most nonprofits don't use their database to help achieve their mission. Database expert Wes Trochlil reveals how the most successful organizations use their data efficiently and effectively by asking the right questions. database management database data Wes-Trochlil

Revenues, Expenses, and Assets.Oh My! Canada's Premier Association Financial Benchmarking Resource is Here!

Portage Group

Do you ever wonder how your association stacks up when it comes to your finances? Could your expenses and liabilities be lower? Your operations leaner? Your education, programs and events more revenue-positive? The CSAE 2017 Canadian Association Financial Operations Report has arrived and is available through the Canadian Society of Association Executives. Interested in learning more?

If you build it, will they engage?

YourMembership Blog

5 strategies to engage members in your online community I recently presented a webinar about “5 Strategies to Engage Members in Your Online Community.” We uncovered the top reason why members join your association is for connections. Members want to connect to their peers and colleagues. They want to belong to your online community. It’s […]. Industry News + Trends

Why “Bleisure” Matters for Leaders

Associations Now

Letting your staffers explore a conference city can be more than just a good time for them. It’s an under-used opportunity to help them better serve your members and attendees. Great conferences are mostly about happy attendees. Which isn’t easy, because unhappiness stalks attendees’ every turn. Mostly about happy attendees , yes, but not entirely. You get onsite, and it’s go, go, go,” he says.

The Fundamental Attribution Error and Association Leadership

Smooth The Path

Why do high-performers become average performers? Often it is not their performance but rather the situation impacting them and this is particularly true when there is a leadership change. It is not uncommon to watch a highly-regarded employee plunge to average or worse upon working for a new manager. Why does this happen? And this might be the key. helping them improve is on us.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Looking for Volunteers


If membership recruitment is tough (which it is), volunteer recruitment is 10x tougher. You’re asking people to give their time - a scarce resource, particularly nowadays. So what’s the trick?

The 5 Best Strategies for Successful Membership Growth – Moery Webinar - Moery Company

The Moery Company

Need a fresh approach to association growth in 2017? Plan to join the discussion. We invite you to participate in the next Moery Webinar on the “5 Best Strategies for Successful Membership Growth.” Where: (712) 770-4035, Access Code: 575549. Online Meeting: Membership Development

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Internet Association Experiment Ties Live-Streaming With Fundraising

Associations Now

The association’s new experimental platform will allow political candidates to raise money for future campaigns while taking part in an online Q&A session. Cathy McMorris Rodgers raised more than $13,000 through the platform Wednesday. For half an hour Wednesday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) was part of what might be the most interesting political fundraising experiment on the internet.

Extend the Life of Your Event with Content That Lasts All Year

Association Adviser

Sarah Sain, Naylor Association Solutions. I can still remember the first association conference I ever attended: It was three days of jam-packed educational sessions, networking events every night and one-on-one meetings in between. It was hundreds of people on the trade show floor, a few with familiar faces but most of whom I was meeting for the first time. Create video – lots of video. Features

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Should Your Association Be Active on Instagram?


Instagram has been out for a while now - since 2010 actually. And in that time, it’s grown tremendously. As of December of 2016, the photo sharing network had 600 million monthly users (up from 500 million in just July of 2016). That’s some pretty significant growth! That said, should your association be using Instagram? Well, in all honesty, it just depends.

4 Stages of Falling in Love with your LMS

WBT Systems

Every relationship passes through different stages from first meeting to real, lasting love. Your relationship with your organization’s Learning Management System is no different. Stage One: Falling in Love. For many people, love begins with lust. Falling in love is a wonderful process. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine.

Another Way Millennial Habits Differ? They Don’t Play the Lottery

Associations Now

Recent research has found that millennials rarely pick up a lottery ticket—an issue for both lottery groups and state governments, which don’t see as much funding potential in fantasy sports, a more popular pastime among young adults. As is frequently highlighted here, the shifting tastes of young adults, also called millennials, have a tendency to shake up the status quo. either.

7 steps to select the right LMS for your association, part 3.

YourMembership Blog

The following is a guest blog article originally published by Jeff Cobb of Tagoras, a leading expert in strategy, learning, marketing and technology to organizations in the business of lifelong learning. The is the final installment of a three-part series. For a refresher, here’s Part 1 and Part 2. At Tagoras, a lot of technology […].

The Benefits of Hosting a Virtual Conference at Your Association


It’s no secret that in this day and age, everything’s going digital. Meetings, events, methods of communication - you name it, it’s all going online. That said, is an online event, such as a virtual conference, something your association should consider? What exactly are the benefits of hosting a virtual conference versus a traditional, in-person event? Well, as it turns out, there are several.

Association Labs – Episode 74: “No Phone Calls, Please.” - Moery Company

The Moery Company

“No Phone Calls, Please,” is a common phrase in association job postings. Host JP Moery frequently reviews these postings as he holds great interest in sales positions, and has often found his own business development services could be a great fit. But, seriously – no phone calls? What kind of sales person do you want? JP shares his rationale in his latest podcast. Podcast

4 Components of a Good Reserves Policy

Associations Now

Along with protecting the association from financial downturns and funding new initiatives, creating—and adhering to—a detailed reserves policy will help you manage board and staff expectations. Finances are one of the top sources of stress in a marriage, according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey. It’s easy to see why. Pun intended. Refer to the policy.”.

Do You Really? ?Need a Nonprofit Mentor?

Beth Kanter's Blog

Do You Really Need a Nonprofit Mentor? Guest Post by John Haydon. The nonprofit sector is a strong and vibrant community full of people willing to help each other out. And now more than ever, it’s important to come together and work as allies and mentors. The value of being mentored seems pretty obvious: new skills, confidence, friendship, etc. They get stuff done. And they make a bigger impact.

Association Professionals: 5 Things to Truly Love This Valentine’s Day


Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is officially here! To celebrate (in addition to the mounds and mounds of chocolate we’ll eat), we thought it’d be fun to put together a list - FOR association pros - of five things to truly love this Valentine’s Day: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff Chatter

Did You Know? Networking & Education Keep Association Members Present at Events

Association Adviser

Our recent reader poll may have seemed like it was penned by Captain Obvious, but our staff enjoys getting back to basics every now and then and taking a look at the foundations of association life. One of those foundations is why members attend events, which often play a central role in an association’s operations. They are a major way for members to take in continuing education.

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