May, 2017

Build a Bridge to Maximize the Community Experience With Social Learning

Higher Logic

If we build it, members will come, right? Organizations and associations dedicate significant resources to their learning strategies and content development in order to attract members and make their membership more valuable.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.12.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… How are associations using learning technologies? Don’t you want to know? If you work for a membership organization, please participate in the Association Learning + Technology survey.

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‘Using the force’ from a professional education perspective.

YourMembership Blog

What we can learn from the 40-year anniversary of “Star Wars.” For many of us sci-fi fans, the iconic image of movie director George Lucas and a young Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker evokes a level of futuristic mystique and untouchable production quality which has survived the test of time.

How to Start a Nonprofit the Right Way and Get Your First Paying Members

Wild Apricot Blog

New nonprofits face more challenges than ever before, because of how the internet and emerging technologies are changing the ways in which people interact with organizations. In this comprehensive guide, I show you how to start a nonprofit the right way and get your first paying members.

LinkedIn Groups: What you Need to Know Now


If you read this blog, you know I tend to be sort of a glass-half-empty kind of gal. I prefer to think of myself as a realist rather than a pessimist, but hey–someone has to be the downer, right?

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2 types of cyberattacks your nonprofit or association can avoid.

YourMembership Blog

Data protection and data privacy for nonprofits and associations are important issues being tackled in today’s digital world. Here’s a guest blog article by Daniel Fierro of Abila, introducing how to protect your organization from cyberattacks.

15 Brilliant Ways Word of Mouth Marketing Can Grow Your Nonprofit

Wild Apricot Blog

In this article, I’ll share 15 time-tested tactics for encouraging word of mouth conversations, and give you tips on how to encourage people to spread the word about your organization. Marketing word-of-mouth

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Cool Nonprofit Jobs This Week – May 24


Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board ! We focus on jobs in social media , marketing , communications , PR , advocacy , and digital.

Report: Content Marketing Getting More Interactive

Associations Now

A new report from the Content Marketing Institute and ion interactive finds that large companies in particular are making interactive content a stronger part of their marketing mix.

How to Recruit and Retain Millennial Employees (Hint: Start by Building Community)

Higher Logic

Some companies naturally attract millennials. They’re the cool ones with foosball tables in their break rooms. But for the rest of the businesses out there, convincing Gen Y that your organization is a great place to work isn’t so easy.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.5.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… “I’ll do that but not right now.”. How many times do you say that? What usually happens? Right, you never do it. You don’t schedule it. You don’t make time. You forget. Months go by….

3 ways to transition your association’s career center from free to fee.

YourMembership Blog

Start delivering additional revenue for your organization and increasing programs and services for your members. Every day, associations offer free job postings to members.

The Simplest Way to Get Board Members to Help with Fundraising

Wild Apricot Blog

When it comes to fundraising, every extra hand helps, so what do you do when a board member isn’t cooperative? Fundraising expert, Amy Eisenstein shares her experience and the one simple thing that will get every board member to help out. Eisenstein amy Fundraising


Mark Your Calendars – SUMMER SOLSTICE 2017


Come to The Solar Foundation ’s seventh annual Summer Solstice event on June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC! SUMMER SOLSTICE 2017. Hogan Lovells, LLP, 555 13th St NW, Washington, DC. June 22. 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Join us at The Solar Foundation’s 7th annual Summer Solstice!

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Report: Nonprofit Fundraising Stays Strong, But Growth Slows Slightly

Associations Now

In a recent survey, the Nonprofit Research Collaborative found that the number of nonprofits reporting an increase in donations dipped slightly in 2016. Some organizations said the 2016 election had a negative impact on receipts.

The Great News in the Jive Acquisition

Higher Logic

Last week, Jive announced it was being acquired by Aurea, which would make Jive part of the Aurea customer experience management platform.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.26.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… Earlier this week, I finally read the new white paper from Elizabeth Engel and Sherry Marts, Include Is a Verb: Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion. Don’t be fooled, this is not a wonky paper.

4 key takeaways from ASAE’s Membership Marketing & Communications Conference.

YourMembership Blog

During ASAE’s MM&C Conference earlier this month, association executives and industry partners took part in 24 learning labs, three keynotes, two preconference workshops and networked to up their game on digital, content and branding strategies.

37 Free Nonprofit Webinars for June 2017

Wild Apricot Blog

Every month we compile the largest list of free nonprofit webinars. Here are 36 for June 2017. webinars nonprofit


How the Internet Works (Infographic)


A fun reminder. Because cats in hats. Cool Infographic Friday


4 Signs You Are A Burned Out Nonprofit Fundraiser

Beth Kanter's Blog

You’ve smiled through back-to-back-to-back-to-back meetings with donors and your best donor prospect just cancelled on you, and now you’ve got to finish that grant report before you can go home.

6 Key Features of the Best Learning Management Systems

Higher Logic

By 2020, 65% of all jobs in the U.S. will require some type of post-secondary education or training. Unfortunately, colleges and universities aren’t even meeting today’s needs. According to employers, new college graduates don’t have the skills to fill entry-level jobs.

Post-Conference Glow: Use It to Extend the Life of Your Events

Associations Now

You want attendees to leave your events feeling energized and ready to put what they learned to use. Consider these ideas for harnessing their energy to engage them in the months after.

5 concepts for associations we’ve learned in professional education.

YourMembership Blog

That’s after 15 years of success and even the mistakes which made them possible. In professional education, like in any field, there’s a preponderance of misconceptions which affect our daily practices and implementations. And the risky part is when they start cementing into practices.

Successful Volunteer Teams Have These Four Types of People

Wild Apricot Blog

There are four types of people, or personas that make for successful volunteer teams. I'll guide you through each of their motivations, which tasks they're best suited for, their behaviors, strengths, and opportunities. volunteering volunteer-teams

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Just Another Association

Potomac Core

Strive to Be More Than Just Another Association . Associations who seek to grow or expand revenues need to be more than just another association.

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Include Is a Verb: Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion


By Elizabeth Weaver Engel, MA, CAE, CEO and Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting. Association executives know that the Millennial generation, which will soon be the majority of our workforce and membership base, is the most diverse generation we’ve ever had in the US.

What Makes a High-Performing Team?

Higher Logic

Raise your hand if you were ever part of little league or played a high school sport. Or maybe you did Model UN or debate club? Whether it was sports teams or other team-oriented extracurriculars, many of us spent a good chunk of our adolescence learning how to function on a team.As

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Adopt Social Media “Next Practices,” Not Just Best Practices

Associations Now

Want More MMCC? Follow the learning and discussion at MMCC via Twitter with the #MMCCon hashtag.

Integrated, automated membership renewal campaign leads to $18,000 increase in revenue.

YourMembership Blog

How one association went from a low-cost email marketing program to a more efficient process and better data quality to streamline membership renewal campaigns.

5 Ways to Reach New Donors Online

Wild Apricot Blog

Many nonprofits miss out on donations by not having the right online presence. To help you, Jasmine Marrow, the director of nonprofit strategy at GuideStar, the world’s largest database of nonprofit information, shows you five ways to reach donors online. Jasmine-Marrow online-presence online-profile Fundraising donations donors nonprofits

Congratulations Geoff Thacker, CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau Business Member of the Year!

Portage Group

Sean Kelly, CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau President and Geoff Thacker, Executive Partner - Research and Strategy with The Portage Group.

Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

Beth Kanter's Blog

Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness. Capacity building includes both money (grants), consultants/technical assistance, peer learning/communities of practice, and collaboration.

How to Decide Between an Open Source or a Proprietary Community Platform

Higher Logic