May, 2017

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.

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.

Online Learning Needs a Robust E-Commerce System

Web Courseworks Associations

When I write blog posts for Web Courseworks, I’m typically focused on the philosophy and design of adult education, and for good reason: there are many special educational considerations for adult learners, and I want to design curricula that best meets their needs.

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

Wild Apricot

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.

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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.

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….

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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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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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The Simplest Way to Get Board Members to Help with Fundraising

Wild Apricot

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


5 Urgent Questions To Ask Of Your Association's Website Content

Vanguard Tech

Timely. Relevant. Meaningful. Ideally, these terms should describe at least some of your association’s website content. And while we can all agree that these qualities are key, the real challenge is determining if your content is any of these things. And, if not, how do you make it so?

Walking Your Talk on D+I

Spark Consulting

For those of us who are “on the bus” on the value of genuine diversity and inclusion, this is the crux of the matter: how do we effectively walk our talk on D+I? .

What 3 things will your association do well this year?

YourMembership Blog

Be selective with where and how you spend your time and resources. As association executives, we all know we must evolve our business models to remain relevant. It’s not enough to do what’s always been done.

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How to Leverage Your User Group to Differentiate Your Company in the Sales Process

Higher Logic

Sales are competitive. Even companies with quality products that get great results must fight to win new customers because there are always half a dozen other options that customers are comparing to yours. Every good sales professional knows that.

6 communication tips for encouraging members to stand for election

Optimist Consulting

Membership organisations often require members to sit on their board/council to oversee the strategic direction of the organisation. Like with any volunteering opportunity, it can sometimes be a challenge to find people who are willing to come forward.

Chapters– A Defensible ROI?


Most of us know how much our chapters cost (staff support, rebates/grants, training programs, tech platforms, etc.), but few seem to have a good handle on the actual return on that investment.

Get Specific About Your Workforce Needs

Eric Lanke

Like a lot of manufacturing based trade associations, our organization is working hard to tackle the workforce issue our members consistently cite as the number one challenge facing their companies.

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.

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.

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.

Include Is a Verb

Spark Consulting

Associations know the research that the Millennial generation that is rapidly becoming the majority of our workforce and membership base is the most diverse generation we’ve ever had in the US – and that the yet-to-be-named generation coming up behind them is even more so.

Private-Public Collaborative Group Advocates for Library Funding

Associations Now

Through the Corporate Committee for Library Investment, organizations and businesses are banding together to help protect and secure federal funding for America’s libraries.

Chose Your Dimensions of Diversity and Get Started

Eric Lanke

Spark Consulting is out with another white paper -- this one on the sometimes challenging topic of diversity and inclusion -- and it's another thought-provoking read for association CEOs.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.19.17

Reid All About it

Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… You can buy everything except time–our most precious resource. I enjoyed watching this short video of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates talking about time in an interview with Charlie Rose.

10 keys to creating and growing a customer service culture at your organization.

YourMembership Blog

What does a culture of accountability look like at your association or nonprofit? Here’s a guest blog article from Abila‘s Director of Client Success Jessica Lane who answers the question. As we have seen, time and time again, word of mouth can make or break a company’s reputation.

Why Everyone Needs to Be a Community Manager

Higher Logic

“You can never go wrong by investing in communities and the human beings within them.” – Pam Moore , CEO and Founder of Marketing Nutz. As an association, you can never go wrong investing in your members, which is part of what makes your private member community so powerful.

Why Do Our D+I Efforts Fall Short?

Spark Consulting

Our D+I efforts fail for a number of reasons: Beautiful statements and a handful of ghettoized programs don’t fundamentally change behavior. We create “goals” that are not actionable and have no measures attached. Every single person has implicit biases – sometimes against things that they themselves are – and we don’t do enough to combat them. Mandatory training tends to bring out our inner misanthropic teenager: “You’re not the boss of me!”

Trump Relaxes 501(c)(3) Political Activity Rules

Associations Now

In an executive order signed earlier this week, President Trump eased restrictions on political activity by churches, charities, and other 501(c)(3) organizations.

Let's Stay the Course

Eric Lanke

I continue to put the necessary pieces into place for our annual strategic Board retreat. This week it was a discussion with our outgoing and incoming Board chairs about the strategic conversations we want to build an agenda around.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Successful Volunteer Teams Have These Four Types of People

Wild Apricot

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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When Goals Seem Impossible

Eric Lanke

Kudos to Amanda Kaiser at the Smooth the Path blog for recently voicing typically heretical thoughts in the association community. In a post titled Commonly Used Association Goals Doomed to Failure , she says: Often we set goals for ourselves that are likely to fail.