Sat.Mar 01, 2014 - Fri.Mar 07, 2014

Mission Driven Volunteer Q&A

Spark Consulting

During our February 27 Higher Logic Learning Series webinar on The Mission Driven Volunteer , there were several questions Peggy Hoffman and I didn’t have time to answer. That’s not cool! So we answered them for this blog post. What is the certification for volunteers at c3 organizations?

Sharing our Great Ideas

Aaron Wolowiec

The ASAE Great Ideas Conference is right around the corner. If you’ve not attended before, I highly recommend looking into it (if not this year, then next year).

Advice for New Lawyers

Association Navigator

I’m speaking again this week to University of Alabama law students about career opportunities for lawyers working in government relations. It’s not an easy time for new lawyers to get started, so I’ve been thinking about what I can say to help them in their searches.

Scavenger Hunts and Industry Knowledge

Eric Lanke

image source It''s been a busy few weeks at my association. Our Annual Conference just passed, we''re now revving up for our big triennial trade show. In fact, when this post goes live, I''ll be in the thick of things at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Millennials Want to Know

Jamie Notter

In a recent Switch and Shift blog post , I made the point that communication from the top needs to increase dramatically in this day and age. In fact, it’s less about communicating specific messages from the top, and more about creating a culture of transparency.

Friday Top 5

Spark Consulting

I’m presenting for the FREE Associations 101 webinar series next Friday, March 14, on the topic of association marketing pieces. The Associations 101 series aims to share 10 tips in 20 minutes about common topics and issues in association management. Top five reasons you should register now.

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Alright, Alright Alright!

YourMembership Blog

While I was watching the Academy Awards the other night along with the 43 million other fans of all things Hollywood, I was struck by Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech for his Best Actor Award.

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Cool Social Tools: Ravetree


This is the second in my new series of posts from software and app and tech vendors who have new tools they’d like you to know about. Vendors are welcome to contact me at maddie[at]socialfish[dot]org to submit guest posts about their products for us to review.

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What I’m Reading

Spark Consulting

Jeff Hurt offers sound advice for improving your conference breakouts. Talk about a change of pace: why you should run your business like a nonprofit. Shelly Alcorn points out that a lot of people don’t trust associations , and maybe they shouldn’t. Impressed with the way the revamped Associations Now does content curation? Me, too. Ernie Smith shares some of their tips and tricks for content curation awesomeness. Good reminders about member engagement from Naylor.

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Culture Change for Bottom Line Results

Jamie Notter

Next week is the ASAE Great Ideas Conference , and I am delivering a session on Tuesday morning titled, “Culture Change for Bottom Line Results.”

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The Uncertain Volunteer


How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be? Unknown


[Case Study] Why Nonprofits Should Save Some Marketing Budget for Facebook Advertising


Guest post by Amanda Sides. —————– In its simplest description, Facebook advertising is essentially placing ads within the Facebook interface with a goal of increasing visibility for your target audience.

Coworking’s Sudden Growth Gives Traditional Offices Some Competition

Associations Now

Confidence Booster Are coworking environments good for productivity? According to a 2012 study from Deskmag , they often are—with 90 percent of respondents saying that they felt increased confidence when coworking versus working in a traditional office space.

Ellen’s Oscar Selfie Raises $1.5 Million for Humane Society

Beth Kanter's Blog

If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. oscars Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014. If you watched the Academy Awards, you know that Oscars’ host, Ellen DeGeneres, kept pulling out her Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during the show.

Always the Last to Know: TurnKey Linux

Spark Consulting

IT pros know that you need to test before making any changes to your production environment. But most associations lack the resources, including time, to set up a full test server environment, so a lot of times, we implement and pray. TurnKey Linux to the rescue. It’s a site that offers free open source virtual appliance servers you can get up and running in seconds. They offer: Web dev. Content management. Business apps like CRM. Email and chat. Project management servers.

“Hard to Say I’m Sorry” – And Other Leadership Anthems

Association Leaders

Remember that song by the seemingly timeless band Chicago? The lyrics go something like, “Hold me now, it’s hard for me to say I’m sorry, I just want you to stay; after all that we’ve been through, I will make it up to you, I promise to” You can almost hear the Chicago trademark horns in the background as you read those words right? I’ve been thinking about apologies a lot lately.

On The Road: Tips for Smooth Sailing on Your Next Business Trip

Associations Now

Traveling for work can be fraught with delays, mechanical difficulties, and missed connections as a new study by the Global Business Travel Association recently found. Here are some tips from one association professional and travel pro to help make your next trip go as smooth as possible.

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[Cool Infographic Friday] The Ultimate Guide to Creative Commons


Tip o’ the hat to Jeff Hurt for this one. How To Attribute Creative Commons Photos by Foter. Related Posts [Cool Infographic Friday] Big Data Big Profits [Cool Infographic Friday] Periodic Table of Google Analytics [Cool Infographic Friday] – What can you outsource?

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From the Olympics to the Oscars - Non-profit Newsjacking Gold

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are some great examples of how bloggers have "newsjacked" the Sochi Olympics and the Oscars and tips on how non-profits can use this tactic. social media

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Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

Beth Kanter's Blog

Photo from Librarianismchronicles Blog. At this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I’m thrilled to be doing a panel on nonprofit technology training and it has a bit of a star wars theme, “ Learn You Will.”

Survey: Volunteering Numbers Are On the Decline

Associations Now

28.4 % The volunteer rate among women in the United States, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Women volunteered at a higher rate than men across all major demographic categories in the survey. The total male volunteer rate was 22.2 percent.

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Improve Your Tradeshow Performance With The Right Apps


Heading out to a big tradeshow soon? Better have a few apps at the ready. Tradeshows are known for being great places to network and build new client relationships in person , so many people head out to the big shows without thinking about the apps that are on their mobile phones.

10 Tips to Make General Sessions More Interactive.Immediately

Cvent Association Tips

Fortunately, many organizations and associations are moving to a more interactive format for conferences and internal meetings. Making a session more interactive doesn't have to significantly increase the length of your meeting or blow your budget.

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Member Recruitment Gone Wrong

Wild Apricot Blog

In this guest post, Meagan Rockett describes her personal experience with membership recruitment gone wrong and offers some tips for getting it right. Membership renewal membership

Should You Go “Speed Dating” for Board Members?

Associations Now

Board recruitment is still a struggle at associations. A recent event offers a lesson in the virtues of actively expanding your volunteer pool. Earlier this month more than 150 organizations gathered in San Francisco to go hunting for board members.

Vote now for the DoGooder Video Awards!


Why yes, it is that time again! See3, along with YouTube, NTEN, Cisco, The National Alliance for Media and Culture and the National Youth Media Network launched the 2014 DoGooder Video Awards , celebrating video creators in the nonprofit and cause space on February 1st.

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Flat Design: Millennials and Technology Impacting Web Design


© Thinkstock. You have got to see this! I am going to ask you to do something that breaks all the rules of good blog writing. I’m going to suggest you whip out your cell phones and take “scroll” through this site because this IS the future…Just make sure you come back and finish reading.

The Oscars Are Over - Time For The DoGooder Video Awards

Wild Apricot Blog

Public voting for the 2014 DoGooder Video Awards is open - cast your vote today! Non-profit vid

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A Million Strong: The Association Behind Drupal’s Massive Install Base

Associations Now

The open-source CMS platform Drupal recently announced a footprint topping 1 million websites worldwide. And like many community-driven efforts, the platform has an association helping to push it forward.

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Newsjacking Offers Opportunities for Associations

SCD Group

David Meerman Scott “invented” the term newsjacking which he defines as “the art and science of injecting your ideas into a breaking news story and generating tons of media coverage and social media engagement.”

Where is your organization in its life curve?

Plexus Consulting

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LinkedIn's New Publishing Platform--What's in it For Users?

Mizz Information

Yesterday when I logged onto LinkedIn, I noticed that I''d been granted access to the new publishing feature. Of course I was curious so I reposted a post from this blog using their platform and clicked "publish" and waited for some kind of magic to happen. As I''m sure you can imagine, it didn''t.

The Science Behind a Viral Association Video

Associations Now

The American Chemical Society recently revamped its online video series, incorporating lessons learned in the past five years of production to make even more relevant and engaging videos, and it seems to be working.

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Causes Help Reduce Association Hiring Challenges from Retiring Boomers

SCD Group

One Boomer turns 65 every 8 seconds. That means 3.9 million Boomers will turn 65 in 2014. And in the next 5 years, the number of Boomers turning 65 totals 19,656,000! Now, we know that not everyone will retire when they turn 65. But, many of the 19.6

'Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.'—Leo Tolstoy

Plexus Consulting

By Steven Worth This famous quote touches a sensitive spot, doesn''t it? Whether it is about organizations or individuals, we all seek to change the world in one manner or another but in my experience few actually are ready to change themselves. The nonprofit world is full of would-be world changers, but this recent article in the Wall Street Journal should give us pause.

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Is it Just me or has Twitter Jumped the Shark?

Mizz Information

If you know me, you know I used to be a Twitter devotee. And if you follow me on Twitter, you also know, not so much in the past year. Sure, I still use it on a daily basis, but much less than I used to use it.

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How “Unmembership” Gets Back to the Roots of Associating

Associations Now

A look at one small association that tossed its membership model 12 years ago and has been thriving as an informal community ever since.