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What’s Ahead for Chapters – 2 Virtual Events Explore

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Midsummer and the fall looks no clearer than it did in Spring. What’s ahead for chapters ? In many ways, we may be looking at a renaissance of sorts. Or the end of the road. Perhaps geographic components will fill in a vital role as in-person events get back into gear.

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Education of the Future: COVID-19 Reboot

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“…policies designed ‘to preserve all pre-COVID jobs and employment relationships could prove quite costly’ because they ‘are analogous to policies that prop up dying industries and failing firms.’”.

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What one chapter is doing to steer towards DE&I

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Today’s headlines surrounding racial injustices are affecting all of us on personal and professional levels.

COVID-19 Reboot for Chapters

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Will chapters survive? This is a question we’ve heard on every virtual idea swap we’ve hosted since the pandemic. Here’s what’s at stake.

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Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build it or buy it. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.

Ban the Boring Virtual Meeting

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Most predictions put the use of, and the reliance on, digital meetings and work as rapidly increasing. The good news is that the skills we are madly improving in this time of physical-distancing will be useful long after the virus’ hold on us has ended.

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Chapters and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion [Idea Swap]

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We at Mariner have collectively and individually meditated on how we could be part of the change so needed to defeat systemic racism and truly live the words Black Lives Matter. We’ve walked alongside our management client boards as they take action. We are taking personal actions as well.

Movement: Get up off your [lower brain] and learn!

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“For decades, the educational and scientific communities seemed to believe that thinking was thinking and movement was movement, and each was as separate as could be…Today we know better.” Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd Edition – Eric Jensen.

COVID-19 & Your Chapters/Components: The Next Steps [FREE Virtual Idea Swap]

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It’s safe to say that our support for components (chapters etal) took on a different look this past month. We had to scramble to re-orient messaging and timetables, shift resources, add resources, add time to support chapters shifting to virtual, and maybe cancel volunteer leader training.

Helping Chapters be COVID-Proof

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Chapters are vulnerable in the chaotic global health crisis, however that does not have to mean they will flounder or fail. We do have to intervene though on their part. Answering the how led us to host a virtual idea swap for association pros responsible for navigating this question.

Need Remote Learning ASAP? Don’t Pick Your Next LMS Before Reading This!

Need to go remote or move your training programs online? Download this guide to identify and overcome the biggest eLearning challenges so you can pick the perfect LMS without wasting time, money, and effort, even if you are just starting your eLearning journey.

Driving Member Engagement by Showing #VolunteerLove

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Mark your calendars: National Volunteer Week is April 19-25th! It’s the perfect opportunity to start thinking about ways to show your chapter volunteers the appreciation they deserve all year-round.

Setting Chapters Up for Change

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For many the new year brings new resolutions most of which are about change. While we focus on the need to change, we sometimes skip over setting ourselves up for change. This can be doubly so when we look at change in our associations and in our chapters.

Virtual Idea Swap: Chapters in the COVID-19 Era

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Join us for the third virtual idea swap on Friday May 22 1pm ET (we’ll jump-start the holiday weekend with a CRP Party). Once again, we’ll use Zoom breakout rooms for deeper conversation and sharing. Register here: May 22 Virtual Idea Swap: COVID-19 & Chapters.

How will we engage members in the COVID era?

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Think those (pesky?) chapters. Really. More than 50% of associations have reported a disruption in existing member programs or activities. Nearly 40% indicated they don’t see resuming in-person events before 2021.

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Remote learning is becoming more important than ever. Whether you’re scrambling to get your eLearning launched, or need to upgrade to meet increased demand, this guide will eliminate the guesswork so you can find your perfect LMS!

Virtual meetings: 7 resources

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All of us in the association space with any connection to in-person events have been on a crazy learning ride. How do we create powerful virtual events? Here’s what I’ve been reading lately.

COVID-19 & Your Chapters/Components: Virtual Idea Swap

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Here at Mariner we are home to three chapter organizations. All rely on revenue from in-person events. Yikes! We know we’re not alone.

New Year, New Ideas: Start a New Conversation About Chapters

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In this webinar, you’ll learn how to tackle some common challenges unique to component-based associations with examples from the CRP community. We’ll focus on themes like the role of components in the association ecosystem, harnessing innovation from your chapters, and addressing the volunteer issue.

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How to Train, Support & Inspire Chapter Leaders in One Place

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Chapter leaders are incredibly dedicated volunteers, but they’re not association management experts. They can be easily overwhelmed by your association’s expectations and the responsibilities of leadership.

How to Avoid Fundraising’s Quiet Killer: Donor Attrition

Speaker: Jay Wilkinson, CEO & Founder, Firespring

It doesn't take an industry professional to know that nonprofits highly depend on donations. The marketing emails, events, and website design are meant to attract new donors, when what we should be doing is trying to keep the donors we have. Teach a man donor acquisition and he'll get donations for the day--teach a man donor retention and he'll get donations for a lifetime. John Jay Wilkinson, CEO and founder of Firespring, and learn how to get donations for a lifetime. In this session, Jay will help us learn how to step off of the donor acquisition treadmill and rev up donor retention. Six out of ten donors give only once, but this doesn’t have to be your reality. Jay will help us understand how a 10% increase in donor retention will more than double the lifetime value of a donor and minimize our reliance on producing constant appeals for new donors.

Chapters: Are They Worth The Effort?

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The 2016 Chapter Benchmarking Study published by Mariner Management addressed many questions about the structure and operations of geographic chapters, but one question remained unanswered, “How do we determine the appropriate budget for chapter support?”

10 Ways to Hack Your Chapters: Takeaways from ASAE Annual

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Hear how your fellow component relations peers worked in groups to “hack” away at old processes and ways of handling their chapters and other components and see what innovative new structures, best practices, ideas, and solutions were presented.

What’s next for chapters – Virtual Swap recap

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The steady move to virtual for chapter leader training looks to continue through 2020 and possibly into 2021 based on discussions in the second Idea Swap: COVID-19 & Chapters/Components. The swap looked at three questions from the viewpoint of chapters.

Driving Member Engagement by Showing #VolunteerLove

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Mark your calendars: National Volunteer Week is April 19-25th! It’s the perfect opportunity to start thinking about ways to show your chapter volunteers the appreciation they deserve all year-round.

AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

10 Reasons to Attend CEX

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CEX isn’t your typical association conference. And it isn’t for everyone. It’s a one-day deep dive into all things “geographic components.” It’s for association exec who have or are thinking of building geographic components. The deep dive isn’t a series of break-out sessions with sages on the stage.

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5 Tips for Chapters Doing Virtual Meetings #NoFear

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Do not fear the virtual meeting, meet-up or webinar. Remember we’re in a “BETA timezone” where we’re all trying and testing new things. So own it – the beta test. Here are 5 tips to owning it*. Check out more ideas on better virtual meetings in our previous post.

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Volunteer Driver connects #NVW to Associations

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When the ASAE Foundation debuted its initiative ForesightWorks , an evidence-based research initiative which identifies critical trends and issues on the horizon for associations, volunteering wasn’t specifically listed as one of those the drivers.

Let’s use this time to connect to NextGen, Gen Z

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Recently, we were program facilitators for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Leadership Conference and welcomed the panel of Gen Z’s. They shared willingly their perspective on industry engagement, moderated by a dynamic Gen Z, Josh Miller from the team of XYZ University.

Chapter Benchmarking Report: What the Data, Success Stories & Opinions Tell Us [Webinar 2]

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Part of our ongoing webinar series in partnership with Billhighway. Chapter membership takes on a significant value in an increasingly online world. Members seek face-to-face opportunities to connect, learn, volunteer, and socialize with their peers, mentors, and clients.

Enter the Podcast – another option for chapter events

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Do you listen to podcasts? Well 1 in 4 Americans are active podcast listeners. This channel is reaching peak popularity for businesses and audiences alike. And during this time of meeting cancellations, the popularity is posed for another growth spurt. Podcasting isn’t new to associations.

Helping Chapters Navigate Change During COVID-19

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We gathered some 70 association pros for a virtual idea swap on how national organizations can support and resource their chapters/components in this time of uncertainty.

Be your chapters’ superhero

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Yes, lots of national associations are acting to help members in this pandemic. And that’s great. Let’s not overlook though the need to to find help in my hometown. Its reaching across the street or county to get the extra help or the virtual hug. And, with so much of the effort to fight the pandemic is in the hands of the state – our ability to have the local voice for political advocacy is tripled!

On-demand Learning for CRPs

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A Year in Webinars! This past year, we’ve had the pleasure of sharing knowledge, ideas and resources through the Billhighway-Mariner webinar series , through Association Trends and via dozens of association member webinars. Many of these webinars are available on-demand.

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Chapter Benchmarking Report: What the Data, Success Stories & Opinions Tell Us [Webinar]

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Part of our ongoing webinar series in partnership with Billhighway. Chapter membership takes on a significant value in an increasingly online world. Members seek face-to-face opportunities to connect, learn, volunteer, and socialize with their peers, mentors, and clients.

Guide Your Chapters to Event Success

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Back in November 2019, we used a post on how chapters could amp up their events to build a webinar on the topic with Billhighway. It turned out to be one of our most popular webinars ever, Adding Snap, Crackle & Pop to Chapter Events. Now, its been turned into a 3-part series.

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3 Tips for Chapters experiencing #EmailFail

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In three different chapter leader programs this year, communication came up as a big challenge. For most, its about email and the fact that (a) nobody reads it and (b) everyone gets too much. What’s a chapter to do to overcome those challenges and get their message to their key stakeholders?

Chapters Impacting the 2020 Census

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The 2020 Census has been in the news for many reasons. Many are talking about. And some are taking that talk to action. The Alabama, Illinois and Texas Chapters of American Academy of Pediatrics are among those taking action. They have been working hard to promote participation in the 2020 census.

Marking 18 years of supporting Associations

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We opened Mariner at the start of 2002. It was a bold new year’s resolution. We set out to build a business that catered to association chapters and their volunteers. Offering management services and project help, we launched into a new business and new year.