The Documents to Include in an Association Board Manual


Strategic plan / any planning document (e.g., vision document). Most recent newsletter. The post The Documents to Include in an Association Board Manual appeared first on GrowthZone.

Nonprofit Newsletter: Free Tools to Create and Merge PDFs

Wild Apricot

One small nonprofit I work with has chosen to publish its monthly membership newsletter as a magazine-style document in Portable Document Format (PDF), rather than as an email blast. Tags: Non-profit technology nptech Non-profit Communications collaboration PDF open source application software newsletters

Small staff? Embrace Content Marketing

Moery Company

The documentation of your work is the cornerstone of your thought leadership strategy. 5 : The blogs and videos provide the content for a weekly e-newsletter. The Moery Company faced major headwinds in its start-up phase. Primarily, no one knew what the heck we did.

What's New: Medium


From : Blog Entry >> Jessica's Blog Entry Looking for a different platform to display and submit your association’s blogs, newsletters and digital magazine archives? Developed in 2012 by Twitter’s co-founder Evan Williams, Medium was specifically designed for users to freely publish writings and documents longer than a specified character amount.

2015 Favorite Community Reads

Higher Logic

This is an awesome weekly newsletter. But one of my favorite parts about their newsletter is many articles they link to aren’t specifically about community. For example, I found this Washington Post Article about newsletters from This is the document for you.

The Paperless Association

Association Management

As for newsletters and surveys, they are usually all electronic too. Same for documents. For our typical client association, this includes thousands of reference documents, many of which are fundamental to the work of the organization.

Does Email Equal Engagement?

Higher Logic

In fact, we’re in a golden age where email is beginning to take off again, especially with the rise of curated newsletters. What’s so great about newsletters? Can old fashioned email spur your community’s engagement?

The era of strategic planning is over

Principled Innovation

During the more than twenty years I have worked in and with associations, it is my guess that organizations throughout our community have committed millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of hours of staff and voluntary leader time to generate tens of thousands of pages of strategic plans and related documents. ’s new Serious Questions electronic newsletter!

Goodbye e-learning

Aaron Wolowiec

There’s a goldmine of information in the report, which you can get for free if you subscribe to Tagoras’ free e-newsletter. Have a formal, documented strategy for their use of technology for learning. As a former journalist, I love data. And trend data are even better.

3 Features to Look for in an Online Community App [Research]

Higher Logic

You can top that off by regularly posting announcements and uploading new documents to your file library. Begin by empowering members to use your app to join the communities they’re most interested in, sign up for newsletters, and get notifications about discussion threads.

Association Communication Evolution


Publishing technology allowed mass printing of documents. The term does capture the essence of the switch from top-down, one to many mass communication technologies such as publishing a magazine or newsletter, to the anyone can communicate, many to many communication possible with forums, wikis, blogs and online communities. People will still read their monthly newsletter or magazine and some will do so online.

How Technology Partners Help Associations Comply with GDPR

WBT Systems

An EU citizen with a Gmail address who signs up for a newsletter or downloads a PDF. The people who use your LMS or subscribe to a newsletter have voluntarily entered a mutually beneficial relationship with you, that’s true, but relationships change. Document everything you decide: why you collect certain types of data, how you’re using it, and who has access to it. You should document how your system will make data transfer requests possible. Time’s up!

Protech Associates Creates “Tier 1 Support on Steroids”

Higher Logic

Bruffey added, “Our system enables non-profit organizations to customize their management processes to fit their particular needs, and we wanted an online community platform where users could ask their peers and our experts for advice and easily download documentation and training materials.

When the Staff Leader Is the Only Staffer

Associations Now

Prepare and disseminate the newsletter and other communications on time. File IRS documents when they are due.”. CEOs who are the are the sole staff member have a lot of authority, but a lot of communicating to do with the board.

Why You Should Be Measuring Community Vibrancy

Higher Logic

Community newsletter opt-outs. In this example, you may want to provide more content documenting the legislation and suggesting ways for members to adapt to the new laws. Charisma, drive, perception – all so-called "soft skills" essential in today’s workplace.

5 Tips for Building a Content Marketing Strategy for Nonprofits


Less than 1/4 of nonprofits with a content marketing plan had it actually documented. Not surprisingly, those who did have a documented plan had more success with their execution and results than those who did not. Content Planning Beyond Just Website Design and SEO.

Maker Mindset: Six Ways Associations Can Embrace Side-Hustlers

Associations Now

That work, as documented in a recent TechRepublic cover story , was on a programming language called Python, which he developed out of frustration with existing options on the market. Now, they’re starting newsletters or building apps—with built-in business models.

Starring….Your Association Publications

Association Adviser

Associations are rightly proud of their member communications: Magazines, newsletters and websites represent the value of membership in the organization, while also sharing important industry news and professional development education with members. Newsletters. E-Newsletter.

Communications 2-for-1: Digital Strategy & Best Reads

Associations Live

Measure & Analysis Here is a helpful document on creating a digital strategy for non-profits - [link] Components of digital strategy are: online ads, web, social media, mobile, email, sear and a possible seven and eight are online communities and mapping.

The State of Association E-Learning: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

WBT Systems

Here’s where it starts to look ugly: 70% of these associations don’t have a formal, documented e-learning strategy. Most likely the cream of the crop—professional development (PD) staff who knew about the survey because they read the Tagoras blog and/or newsletter—professionals who are themselves lifelong learners. Is this process standardized, documented, and shared with those who need to know? The future looks bright for association e-learning.

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Making the Most of Engagement Data

Associations Now

e-newsletter subscriptions (16 percent). e-newsletter subscriptions (23 percent). A new survey suggests there’s a great divide in how much engagement data some nonprofits measure compared to others.

More Than a Logo Change: Rebrand Reflections

Association Success

It includes your print and digital communications such as your magazine, letterhead, e-newsletter, emails, and social media. Recognize that this is a living document and that you will alter it as you move along in the process. A step-by-step guide to a successful rebranding process. Your association’s brand is your image, or the perception of the association by your target audiences. In short, it’s your association’s personality.

5 Tips for Building a Content Marketing Strategy for Nonprofits


Less than 1/4 of nonprofits with a content marketing plan had it actually documented. Not surprisingly, those who did have a documented plan had more success with their execution and results than those who did not. These ideas are all part of your content marketing plan, hence are not exempt from documentation. Content Planning Beyond Just Website Design and SEO.

Association Social Media: National Business Officers Association (NBOA)


It is used as a private, members-only forum for members to get feedback on situations they confront in their jobs, as a marketplace for sample policy documents, and as a sounding board to gather data on specific topics or initiatives.

Monday Buzz: Google Glass, Giving Back

Associations Now

Classroom Champions : This mentor-focused nonprofit will use its Glass and grant to allow Paralympic competitors to document their training and events for use in the organization’s materials for students in high-need schools.

How to Communicate a New Membership Model

Membership Marketing

Create Messaging Document – As a first step, in order to have a consistent message shared through staff, promotional materials, and volunteer leaders, a clear and concise messaging document should be drafted that states the official reasons for the membership model change and the cost and benefit implications. Many associations are evaluating and launching new membership models or restructuring their current membership.

The Keys to Effective Communication


Stakeholders complain they are not “getting the messages” sent to them even while those poor souls responsible for communications can document that they are sending out clear messages at machine gun frequency. This is the latest guest post from Steven Worth of Plexus Consulting.

Using Online Community to Increase Member Retention


You must also weave the online community into your other communication vehicles: newsletters, print ads and editorial content in magazine, on-site meetups at conferences, cross-promotion in journals and other publications via journal clubs, and public social media channels.

Help Your Members Across the Digital Readiness Gap

WBT Systems

Who’s opened your email newsletter and clicked on links to content? Over ten days, slowly introduce them to simple online tasks, such as: Search for and download a document. The digital divide is shrinking in our wired part of the world: 87% of Americans now use the internet. But even when people have access to the web, another type of digital divide may present a challenge to associations with online learning programs—a digital readiness gap.

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Intangibles Sell, Too

The Membership Blog

We highlight the tangible benefits-the products (insurance, guidelines, technical documents), the services (newsletters, job listings) and the events (conferences, continuing ed programs), and then we mention the intangible benefits (networking, an industry “voice,” putting something back into the profession, etc.). Don’t be afraid to sell the intangible benefits of membership.

Mission Driven Volunteer Q&A

Spark Consulting

You can ask people to suggest topics for your newsletter, magazine, blog, webinars, or conference, or vote on topics others have suggested, a la sxsw. Make sure to document how things go, and share your successes and lessons learned widely at the end of the process.

The State of Email Design Stinks

Associations Now

Generally, this manifests itself in the work of putting together the newsletter and making sure every link is in place, but way back when was still deep in pre-launch mode, I straight-up designed the newsletter’s visual look.

Study: Most Nonprofits Do Content Marketing, But How Well?

Associations Now

That result surprised BlackBaud’s Frank Barry, who said the percentage seems high, considering that only about a quarter of organizations have documented their content strategy. 4 The average number of social media presences used by nonprofits, according to the study.

How Two Nonprofits Use Social Media To Help Save Fish – #keepemwet #SaveMarinsCoho

Beth Kanter

It also has a benefit of generating campaign content as well as documenting support for an issue. They kicked off the campaign in their print newsletter and on webpage where they house the scientific reports why it is important to keep fish wet and solicited photos.

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Marketing: A Gardener’s Almanac


There’s your website, email newsletter, social media, maybe an app, website downloads, video. Your marketing plan should be a living, breathing document. Do you spend much time in the garden? Is it a chore or therapy? I am an avid gardener.

Using Online Community to Increase Member Retention

Mizz Information

You must also weave the online community into your other communication vehicles: newsletters, print ads and editorial content in magazine, on-site meetups at conferences, cross-promotion in journals and other publications via journal clubs, and public social media channels.

Capital Campaign Marketing Strategies for the Tech-Savvy


This document houses in-depth information about your campaign, including everything from the need your project will fulfill to an explanation of how the funds will be used. Generally, this document is printed in a pamphlet — or condensed into a brochure — and sent to donors via direct mail.

If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Digital Strategy

Beth Kanter

The best ever resource and template for an editorial calendar comes from my colleague, Holly Minch at LightBox Collaborative who has been sharing her template in a google document since 2011. Photo by Gary Clark.

Modern Mentoring Means Business

Association Adviser

You can document personal stories that demonstrate improvement, you can note improvements in individuals’ performance over time, and you can even measure how much faster people develop needed skills for critical roles and responsibilities (compared to people not participating in mentoring).

CMI's Association Management Blog: Get It in Writing

Observations on Association Management

Rather, Im saying its helpful to document the commitments we make, and the commitments others make to us. Memorialize the agreement in a newsletter/message to the board/staff memo/etc. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Get It in Writing. Get it in writing.".