10 Ways to Definitely Burn Out as a Nonprofit Employee

Wild Apricot

Employee burnout in the nonprofit sector is a real issue in the best of times, let alone in the midst of a pandemic. Here's are some things you might be doing that will inevitably lead to you burning out, and what to do instead

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The importance of shared definitions in conversations on race

Association Success

Having what Dialogue on Race Louisiana President and CEO Maxine Crump calls “shared definitions” is the key to fostering genuine and solution-oriented conversations. So, there’s no shared definition.

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4 Tactics You Definitely Aren’t Using to Grow Your Nonprofit Email List

Wild Apricot

Having these 4 tactics under your sleeve will help grow your nonprofit email list in no time

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Definition of Organizational Culture

Jamie Notter

For that webinar, I wrote up a definition of organizational culture, which is something I hadn’t done before. There are more eloquent definitions out there, and there are definitions that either go deeper or broader, but I like this one because it facilitates action. You need a definition of culture that is real, tangible, and understandable in order for that to work. I don’t care if you use my definition, but pick one and run with it.

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A Better Definition of Employee Engagement

Jamie Notter

I’ve been searching the web for a good definition of employee engagement, and I have to say, I’m disappointed. It doesn’t need to be oversimplified into a single definition. Most of the definitions that I see revolve around the level of emotional connection or commitment an employee has to the organization and its goals. Sorry to be a tease here, but Maddie and I are developing such a definition in our next book, coming out in September.

The truth IS out there and your association is definitely needed (or should be)!

YourMembership Blog

The post The truth IS out there and your association is definitely needed (or should be)! “Mulder…where is the truth?” ” A little X-Files reference for all you sci-fi fans out there. In a recent post I shared some thoughts on the annual Black Friday ritual that leads many into both panic buying and shopping nirvana, sometimes at the same time. I shared ideas garnered from the Black Friday experience on how [.] ( Read more. )

Natural Fit: New Group Wants Formal Definition for “Natural” Products

Associations Now

But without a true definition, the difference between natural and unnatural can be hard to tell for a consumer. The post Natural Fit: New Group Wants Formal Definition for “Natural” Products appeared first on Associations Now With its website set to launch this week, the Organic and Natural Health Association has a number of issues it hopes to tackle right away. First up: Coming to a consensus on what a “natural product” is.

Consumer Definition of Food Safety Expanded, Study Finds

Associations Now

According to the survey, 75 percent of consumers include health, wellness, and transparency in their definition of food safety. Other factors consumers included in their definition of food safety: free from harmful ingredients (62 percent); clear and accurate labeling (51 percent); and fewer ingredients, processing, and no artificial ingredients (42 percent). The post Consumer Definition of Food Safety Expanded, Study Finds appeared first on Associations Now

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Win Doesn’t Change the Definition of Literature, Groups Say

Associations Now

Last week’s announcement about Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize in Literature had some wondering if the definition of literature had broadened to song. At the announcement, Sara Danius, a literary scholar and the Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary, was asked whether the choice to award the prize to a musician indicated an expansion of the definition of literature.

Social Media Roundup: Stretch Your Event’s Definition

Associations Now

The post Social Media Roundup: Stretch Your Event’s Definition appeared first on Associations Now Why associations need to stop thinking of their events in outdated ways. Speaking of which, maybe the old terms used to describe events need freshening up. It sounds cliché, but sometimes you just have to break out of the box.

Group Expresses Concern About the Hazy Definition of “Organic”

Associations Now

Dry cleaners, for example, often call themselves “organic” even if they use petroleum-based solutions, and while that may be true based on the dictionary definition, it’s not generally what the public understands the term “organic” to mean. Drycleaning and Laundry Institute CEO Mary Scalco advises the organization’s members to clarify for customers the definition of “organic.”

The Definition Matters: App Helps Craft Beer Fans Avoid “Crafty” Brews

Associations Now

A new app is drawing fresh attention to what—and who—makes a real craft beer, using the Brewers Association’s definition set in 2012. But like the recipe for any good brew, there’s always room to tweak the definition—something the group did earlier this month. Well, the app relies on the official definition from the Brewers Association, which requires that makers of craft beers must be “small, independent, and traditional,” as noted in this 2012 graphic.

Definition of Member Engagement for Associations

High Context

I thought I would put a stake in the ground with my definition of it in the work I do with clients. The term ‘member engagement’ is often bandied about in the association world. More of it is considered better yet we rarely state what that actually means. Member engagement is the result of a member investing time and/or money with the association in exchange for value. The more of these precious resources they invest, the more engaged they are.

Join the #whatisengagement conversation

Aaron Wolowiec

In an attempt to create a unified definition, to illuminate best practices/strategies that truly engage learners and to identify real-world examples of engagement done right, both Tracy King, chief learning strategist of InspirEd , and I have prepared a few questions for which we would love your opinion. Learning Professional Development best practices community definition education engagement examples InspirEd learners participation programs reach strategies survey Tracy King value

Plexus Consulting Group?: Planning for Success by Definition

Plexus Consulting

Planning for Success by Definition. Planning for Success by Definition. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Plexus Consulting Group® For health, education, workforce, finance and other non profit and public service organizations that want to leverage resources and strategically plan for U.S. or international market expansion. Tuesday, April 10, 2012. By Virgil Carter.

AE on the Verge: Best Definition of Transparency in Associations

AE on the Verge

Best Definition of Transparency in Associations. a great definition about transparency in associations. I looked for a definition to steal, but there was none, so I created one. Best Definition of Transparency in Associations. AE on the Verge. Association management, meetings and mania. Thursday, February 25, 2010. Finally.

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Thanks For Playing: Non-Profit IT Staffing 411

Thanks For Playing

The report itself is free, so if you do HR, IT or tech planning for your association, you should definitely go get it. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Thanks For Playing. Seeking community in associations since 2008. 21 June 2012. Non-Profit IT Staffing 411. NTEN recently released their annual Non-Profit IT Staffing report. But thats not the cool part. This is: Does your association ever produce benchmarking reports?

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Thanks For Playing: Friday Top 5

Thanks For Playing

Im taking a pass on that, but it is definitely the time of year to express thanks. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Thanks For Playing. Seeking community in associations since 2008. 18 November 2011. Friday Top 5. Lots of people have been doing the "30 days of gratitude" meme on Facebook. Of course theres the standard "family, friends, job, health" etc., but I do like to think specifically about what Ive harvested THIS year.

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Web Analytics Association Sets Measurement Standards - TypePad

The Big Picture

At SES San Jose this week, the Web Analytics Association (WAA) released 26 standard definitions for Web site traffic measurement and analysis , aimed at eliminating the confusion around the most basic Web analytics terms. The document follows the release last year of web analytics definitions focused on the three most important metrics across all analytics software and tools – unique visitors, visits/sessions and page views. The Big Picture.

Facilitation Friday #9: Build Capacity to Accomplish More

Idea Architects

Its definition of success also includes helping a group or team learn together so they might be more productive in the future. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas. custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community. He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. Friday, March 02, 2012. Facilitation Friday #9: Build Capacity to Accomplish More.

Facilitation Friday #23: Going in Different Directions

Idea Architects

This is a common situation you definitely should plan on managing. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas. custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community. He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. Friday, June 08, 2012. Facilitation Friday #23: Going in Different Directions.

Mizz Information: Why I'm Breaking Up With Apple

Mizz Information

However, my love affair with Apple is definitely over and my MacBook is on my s**t list. Mizz Information. Friday, January 28, 2011. Why Im Breaking Up With Apple. First let me clarify: Im not getting rid of my iPhone and my iPad isnt going anywhere either. That, and theres a new HP laptop in our house and Im pretty sure its going to be taking the place of my beloved MacBook. Patrick surprised me with a MacBook in October of 2009 and it was love at first sight.

Member-Centric Engagement Webinar RESCHEDULED for September 2

Spark Consulting

Key takeaways: learning a new definition of member engagement, refocusing engagement to generate real value, and placing engagement at the heart of your membership strategy. Mark your calendar to join me Wednesday, September 2 (NEW DATE!) at noon for “Leading Engagement from the Outside-In” at Association Insights in Old Town Cyberspace. I’ll be discussing findings from a whitepaper I wrote with Anna Caraveli a little while ago on member-centric engagement.

Member-Centric Engagement Has Never Been More Critical

Spark Consulting

Key takeaways: learning a new definition of member engagement, refocusing engagement to generate real value, and placing engagement at the heart of your membership strategy. Join me Wednesday, June 3 at noon for “Leading Engagement from the Outside-In” at Association Insights in Old Town Cyberspace. I’ll be discussing findings from a whitepaper I wrote with Anna Caraveli a little while ago on member-centric engagement.

Wild Apricot Blog : Marketing Practices for Non-Profit Organizations

Wild Apricot

The Big Picture: Idea Generation Methods

The Big Picture

Im about brain dead from all of this hurricane-related hoopla, so I can definitely use some idea generation methods. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn. « BlogAds Logo Contest | Main. Enduring Innovations » September 02, 2005. Idea Generation Methods.

Continued Discussion 9/26/09 - by Steven Davis, CAE

on Leadership

In this post I want to break tradition and discuss part of a leadership definition that I coined several years ago, “… a leader is someone who wants and needs to make a difference … a person with passion and commitment.” on Leadership … by Steven Davis, CAE. Leadership … an Ongoing Discussion. « Leadership … Continued Discussion 9/15/09. Leadership … Continued Discussions 10/26/09 » Leadership … Continued Discussion 9/26/09.

CMI's Association Management Blog: A Socio-Political Economic Rant

Observations on Association Management

Before you read this, please understand: while my post may seem unrelated to associations, from the outset, it is definitely related to associations and their ability to change the world. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Tuesday, July 22, 2008. A Socio-Political Economic Rant. I find it simultaneously interesting and deeply depressing to hear both Democrats and Republicans try to blame one another for the rising prices of energy.

Associations Are Communities

Spark Consulting

That may mean suspending dues entirely for some significant period of time, drastically changing – or curtailing – the services you offer as a result, and almost definitely dipping into your reserves. It’s time to act like it.

You Say Ad Hoc, I Say Micro

Mariner

We in associations need our definitions don’t we? All humor aside, one important indicator that the association world is beginning to accept a new concept or way of doing things is when the conversation bubbles up around two elements: definition and policy

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Membership Q&A: Why Won’t They Join?

Spark Consulting

The point is, if a sizable chunk of your prospect base has taken an informed look at what your association is offering and decided it’s not worth it to them, continuing to push something they’ve already said they don’t want on them is the proverbial definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Why aren’t our prospects joining our association? They don’t see value in joining. Let’s unpack that a little bit.

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Thanks For Playing: Always the Last to Know: Infographics

Thanks For Playing

Although I dont have much in the way of skill myself in representing information visually, Im definitely down with the idea that people generally understand visual representations of information better than any other way it can be presented. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Thanks For Playing. Seeking community in associations since 2008. 09 April 2012. Always the Last to Know: Infographics. I love infographics.

Membership Q&A: What’s the Most Effective Renewal Cycle?

Spark Consulting

The mailed notices are, of course, not the ONLY reason for that improvement, but they definitely contributed. When is the best time of the year to begin renewal communications to members? How many notices should we send? Should we send paper or electronic notices? What should we send WITH the notices? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no one right answer to these questions.

Your Out-of-Office Holiday Checklist

MembersClicks

You definitely deserve it. Planning on taking a little time off for the holidays? Good for you! Before heading out though, be sure to complete the following four tasks: Small Staff Chatter

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Membership Q&A: Maximizing Revenue AND Participation

Spark Consulting

The alternate is to wait several years and do larger increases (10% or more), which are DEFINITELY noticed and can make people angry or lose you members. What dues rates will maximize both revenue and participation? That’s a good one! This question actually came in from a client, and here’s what I told them: The perils of pricing too high are obvious – no one will buy, because you’re too expensive.

Membership 101: The Full Series

Spark Consulting

on expanding your definition of community). I’ve gotten through all the topics I had planned for the Membership 101 series, which leads to two additional questions: What did I miss? Are there membership topics you were hoping I’d cover that I never did? So then you might ask: “Um, what were all the topics you covered again?” ” So glad you asked!

Membership Q&A: How Long Should Our Grace Period Be?

Spark Consulting

Well, we definitely want to encourage members to renew on time, and not offering a grace period is the “stick” side of the carrot-or-stick equation. Ah, the grace period, the bane of the membership profession’s experience. Should we have a grace period at all? How long should it be? I will admit to being a hard-ass about grace periods. My preference is none. If your membership lapses on July 31, 2019, then your access is cut off as of 12:01 am August 1.

Mission Driven Volunteering

Spark Consulting

From the new Spark whitepaper, The Mission Driven Volunteer , written with Peggy Hoffman: A number of research studies and innovative volunteer-supported projects…provide us with a new working definition for volunteerism: giving one’s time and talent to drive mission. This new definition draws on two intrinsic motivations to volunteer, with the focus on the outcomes of volunteering and the functions needed to drive those outcomes.

Membership 101: The Role of Volunteerism

Spark Consulting

One way they went about that is, rather than restricting definition of volunteer to committee or board service, ONS asked their members how they DO contribute and how they WANT TO contribute. “Engaged members renew. Disengaged members don’t.” ” If you’ve been around the association industry for more than a few minutes, you’ve undoubtedly heard at least one membership professional say that. Volunteerism is a MAJOR opportunity for engagement.

[Webinar] The Playbook to Planning Your Virtual Event

MembersClicks

And if one of your upcoming initiatives involves planning a virtual event, then this is definitely one you don’t want to miss.). MemberClicks’ webinar series is back again!