The Documents to Include in an Association Board Manual


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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

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Keep Your Association on Track: 4 Ways to Stay Organized

Blue Sky eLearn

Gone are the days of sending out a single monthly newsletter round-up of your association’s activities and opportunities. Email Newsletter. Feel free to go slightly more in-depth than you would on social media, but make sure your newsletters are still easily scannable for busy members.

Here’s a big idea: Innovation can be small

Association Success

While we were nervous they might share the newsletter with non-members, we realized they could download the PDF and share it regardless, so why not embrace this potential marketing and give our members what they want? Let’s make a bet.

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.

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.

How COVID-19 has made transparency more important than ever

Association Success

While transparency is a very important trait during this time, The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation reminds us that “the concept should not be interpreted as a decree to disclose every document or require guests at every meeting.”

Building Buy-In for an Online Community at Your Association

Higher Logic

If a document like this doesn’t exist, hold some informational interviews with your executive director and the head of the board to figure out what the association's main goals are for the upcoming year.

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!

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!

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.

How to Create a Strategy That Includes Everyone

Associations Now

Highlight implementation progress and challenges in the newsletter. What do you do to ensure that your strategic plan is a living document? Without engagement from all stakeholders, your grand plan for a new strategy is likely to fizzle. Making strategy discussions inclusive can help.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Best Association Management Software | Our Top Picks


You never have to worry about members missing invites, newsletters, surveys, or renewal reminders with targeted email options. Your website can now be a central hub of institutional knowledge thanks to Morweb’s capacity to build searchable libraries of PDFs, images, Word documents, and more.

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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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Getting the Most from Industry Contributors

Association Adviser

The document should be fluid and ever-evolving to serve the mission and needs of your publication. Include a plug at the end of your weekly newsletter from time to time that reminds members that they can write for you.

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.".

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.

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.

Q&A: A Balanced Approach to Member Engagement

Association Adviser

Tease these longer pieces in your print magazine, your newsletter, and other communication platforms so that readers know detailed information is available when they have time for it. Shared drives or documents stored online are especially good for ensuring your marketing and communications staff doesn’t become siloed from the rest of the organization.