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What Birthdays Mean at 38-Years-Old

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

I woke up this morning at 3 a.m. with a surge of energy and a house full of sleeping family members. I thought about trying to go back to sleep, but after a few minutes decided the effort was futile and headed upstairs to brew some coffee and read. It is my birthday today and I am now 38-years-old.

More than turkey and stuffing

Aaron Wolowiec

And so it begins. Thanksgiving is upon us, and soon we’ll be spending the day with family and friends, gorging on our favorite foods, watching football and talking about our many blessings. Thursday kicks off the holiday season. So now what? Try starting with “thank you.”.

People at the Top: Make Your Choice on Culture

Jamie Notter

Having spent a fair amount of time over the last few months with CEOs in organizations with amazing cultures, I’ve been thinking about the role of the CEO. I’ve written about this before. It sort of bugs me that the CEOs have so much sway over culture, but they do.

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Facing Your Fears

Association Management

I hate heights. My sister is still mad that we never made it to the top of the Statue of Liberty in 1974, because I froze up on the stairs. So, of course, yesterday I climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Ok, I’ll confess, while I made it to the top, I hated it.

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Mild musings from the front desk.


I was sent an old high school picture by a friend, which by itself was horrifying. But what really struck me was the text underneath


How To Write A Post That Will Rock Your Facebook


Guest post by Cari Bennette. ————-. Are you getting the kind of response you want from your Facebook posts? You know, the kind where you get lots of reader engagement, ‘likes’ and clicks on your calls to action?

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Learning and Growth

Eric Lanke

I''ve been writing about a facilitation workshop I recently attended--a workshop to learn how to be a better facilitator and how to teach others to do the same. And it''s probably time I mentioned that it was organized and led by Jeffrey Cufaude of Idea Architects. I got a lot of takeaways that are relevant to the work I and my staff do with our association''s Board, committees, and task forces. Here''s another.

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22 Free Non-profit Webinars for December 2014

Wild Apricot Blog

It''s Black Friday and you won’t find a better deal than the 22 free non-profit webinars in our monthly round-up! nonprofit webinar


Making Sense of Social Media Analytics


Whew, it’s been a busy few weeks. At the beginning of October, I had the pleasure of finally going to (or at least *near*) Boston for the first time in my (long) life to present about social media analytics at NESAE’s Technology Conference.

Record-breaking donations on Give to the Max Day in Minnesota

Beth Kanter's Blog

GiveMN launched its “Give to the Max Day” over 6 years ago. It was one of the first 24-hour day of giving that rallies and inspires to donate to charities. On November 13, Minnesotans broke a record Thursday, donating more than $18 million to schools and non-profits.

Email Marketing: Time to Rethink What’s Possible

Associations Now

It’s easy to look at something that’s long been consistent and reliable—such as email marketing—and think you’ve mastered it. Careful, though: You might unintentionally be holding back your potential.

1-On-1 With Claire Kerr Zlobin: From Grassroots To Mainstream

Wild Apricot Blog

Part 1 of our interview with Claire Kerr Zlobin, offers insight into how Life With a Baby grew from a small peer support group to a multi-regional organization serving 8000 parents and caregivers and 12,000 children. nonprofit Small-Membership-Advisory-Group-membership

[Cool Infographic Friday] Facebook vs Snapchat


Thanks to DPFOC UK & Ireland for sending this one in. Cool Infographic Friday


#thankful4home: Raising Awareness Around Homelessness

Beth Kanter's Blog

#thankful4home: A Lesson in Project Based Learning & Gratitude guest post by Lisa Colton.

“Leaning In” Is Just the Beginning

Associations Now

Women are speaking up to address the gender gap in associations, which is good news. But effective solutions demand that the men in power pay attention as well. Running an organization is tough enough without the unsolicited fashion advice.

Activating Attendee Heart Coherence Thru Intentionally Crafted Conference Experiences

Velvet Chainsaw

What type of emotions does your conference experience activate? you say. “My My conference is supposed to connect on an emotional level with attendees?” Whether you like it or not, your conference does initiate some type of emotion.

Happy Turkey Day from the SocialFish!


We are grateful for all of you who read this blog. Thank you! Mark Your Calendars


Software News November 2014: Version 5.2 Coming Soon

Wild Apricot Blog

Here''s a preview of what is coming in Version 5.2 – which includes 14 new features from our Wishlist and solves 40+ challenges identified by Wild Apricot users

Vaping Industry in Tough Fight Over e-Cigarette Bans

Associations Now

With cities and states around the country considering how to regulate e-cigarettes, the American Vaping Association is making its case for the devices as a healthier alternative to tobacco products. But with momentum building for regulation, it’s an uphill fight. vape (v?p) p) v.,

6 Thoughts on Innovation

SCD Group

With rapid changes impacting association members, associations need to be innovative as they move forward. Here are six quotes to empower you: When there is no market, create one. Sony co-founder Akio Morita Great innovators are successful because they are not aware of their limitations.

Happy Thanksgiving Day


“I run from hate, I run from prejudice, I run from pessimists.”

What’s NOW and What’s NEXT for Digital Advocacy Content

Beekeeper Group

Think of how fast change occurs. Just ten years ago, many of us didn’t own cell phones. Our social media of choice was Myspace or an online journal. We filled in our election ballot with a No. 2 pencil and never spoke of our choice publicly, much less was it tracked alongside other data online.

Half of CIOs Think Mobile App Development Takes Too Long, Study Says

Associations Now

New research suggests a lack of strategy as the reason why mobile apps may take up to a year to develop. Find out how CIOs are trying to create more efficient development processes.

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Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.

SCD Group

Despite all the bad news around the world and in spite of all the Black Friday hoopla, most Americans have benefitted from the freedom and abundance of this country. Take time to be thankful. associations Thanksgiving


Gates Foundation Makes Bold Push Toward Open-Access Research

Associations Now

In a move that could change the nature of academic research, the Gates Foundation will require the researchers it funds to publish their findings in easily accessible places.

Social Media Roundup: Let Your People Speak for Your Brand

Associations Now

A brand-first approach doesn’t work so well on social media. Fortunately, plenty of humans work for you behind the scenes. Also: how performing arts organizations are expanding their reach through content marketing.

Legal Hackers: Group Works To Combine Law, Technology

Associations Now

A relatively new group in the legal space hopes to show that there’s room for technology to help solve common legal problems. The organization has already inspired a few apps of its own.

5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Members

Associations Now

As Thanksgiving approaches and we contemplate that for which we are grateful, remember your members. You and your association wouldn’t be here without them! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! For your sake, I hope you’re already off work, spending time with family and friends, and dreaming about turkey. But if not, thanks for reading. In fact, “thanks” is a good theme for today. Membership work in associations can sometimes be frustrating. Why won’t they join?

Keeping the Heat On: Gas Groups Remedy Last Winter’s Supply Problems

Associations Now

With the holidays—and lower temperatures—on the way, officials in the propane and natural gas industries are working to reassure the public that they’ve been improving the supply chain issues that left some out in the cold last winter.

Farm Bureau: Families Will Spend More on Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

Associations Now

Cost of Turkey Day Using data from the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual, informal survey of the cost of a Thanksgiving Day meal for 10, here’s a look at the average total cost over the last 10 years: 2005: $36.78. 2006: $38.10. 2007: $42.26. 2008: $44.61. 2009: $42.91. 2010: $43.47.

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Best Benefit Ever: Helping Realtors Optimize Their Online Presence

Associations Now

The National Association of Realtors is giving members web tools to boost domains. What’s the benefit?

Wednesday Buzz: We Don’t Upgrade Our Tablets Very Often

Associations Now

A new research report suggests that the tablet boom is over—especially for the iPad. Also: what a well-timed Popsicle can teach you about marketing. The tablet still matters. Perhaps it just matters less than we thought it would.

New Calorie Labeling Rules Hailed by Restaurants, Panned by Grocers

Associations Now

Although they have been welcomed by the National Restaurant Association and a key vending industry group, new rules requiring that calorie counts be listed on menu items and food packaging have proved controversial in sectors that sell restaurant-style food—but not as their primary business.

Coalition Urges Action on Charitable Tax Extenders

Associations Now

Over 1,000 associations and nonprofit organizations asked Congress to find a way permanently extend the charitable giving provisions of the tax code, which are set to expire on January 1. But the chance of any movement on the issue seems slim.

Texas Court Rejects Claim That Association’s Lawyer Represents Members

Associations Now

In a decision involving the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, a state appeals court rejected an argument that the association’s general counsel had an attorney-client relationship with a member embroiled in a lawsuit.

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Monday Buzz: How to Benefit From the Government’s Green Initiatives

Associations Now

The federal government’s renewed focus on environmental issues presents associations with a huge opportunity—if they can seize the day. Plus: How to understand social media analytics.

Coalition Pushes Congress to Pass Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

Associations Now

A group of business insurance policyholders took to Capitol Hill last week, urging Congress to move to reauthorize the legislation before it expires on December 31. Failing to reauthorize the act could threaten U.S. economic stability, according to the coalition.