Wed.Dec 05, 2018

How Produce Associations Responded to the Romaine Crisis

Associations Now

Federal agencies’ response to the outbreak upset growers. Associations responded to get shelves restocked quickly. After last month’s outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce, produce associations moved fast to respond to the problem and support guidelines to prevent future mass recalls of romaine.

How Can Elmo Make Your Nonprofit’s Meetings More Effective?

Beth Kanter

No, I’m not talking about the cute red Muppet. ELMO stands for “ Enough! Let’s Move On.” ” It is a ritual or organizational norm that can used during meetings to avoid unnecessary discussions that don’t support the meeting objectives.

Solving the Employee Engagement Equation

Jamie Notter

Maddie and I are BEYOND excited to announce the release of our next book, The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement (for Millennials, Boomers, and Everyone Else!). It’s part of a series of Non-Obvious Guides that our publisher (IdeaPress, led by the super-smart Rohit Bhargava) is starting.

50 Nonprofit Blogs You Need To Follow Right Now

Wild Apricot

Check out this list of great nonprofit blogs next time you need advice, insights on the nonprofit sector, or just a good read


Membership Q&A: How Much Is TOO Much?

Spark Consulting

How many follow up touch points is too many follow up touch points? When are we just getting annoying? A good general rule is: As long as you’re still getting enough response to justify the investment of resources in the touch point, keep going. But how do you know? You have to pay attention to the response rate you get from each communication. Open rate matters, and per the INFORMZ 2017 Association Email Benchmarking Report , you should be looking for an open rate of around 35%.

Tips for Managing Employees in the Event of a Natural Disaster

Associations Now

An HR expert offers disaster-planning advice that will allow associations to have policies and procedures in place to help them—and their employees—weather any storm. From wildfires to floods and hurricanes, natural disasters are becoming all too common.

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Daily Buzz: Know Your Shape

Associations Now

A personality test featured at ASAE’s Technology Conference & Expo requires only a little bit of drawing. Also: reading materials that highlight tech conference takeaways. Let’s say you’re presented with a circle, a square, a triangle, and a squiggly line.

Association TechTalk about a2z with Personify's Eric Thurston


We spoke with Eric Thurston, CEO of Personify, about the company’s acquisition of a2z , an events management and optimization platform through which $1 billion is transacted annually. The acquisition gives Personify Corp.

How Associations Are Highlighting Hanukkah

Associations Now

From the food to the broader cultural impacts, associations far and wide are making efforts to highlight the multi-night Jewish holiday this season.