Sat.Apr 01, 2017 - Fri.Apr 07, 2017

4 Stages of a Learning Business

Web Courseworks Associations

OrgCommunity and Web Courseworks are excited to present the closing webinar of the Spring eLearning Thought Leaders series, The Learning Business Maturity Model , featuring Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele of Tagoras.

The Internet of Things Demands Interoperability

Higher Logic

Although half of all cyclists have had a bike stolen, new developments in bike lock technology have traditionally been limited to tougher metals and fancier keys. Lattis, the maker of the Ellipse bike lock, is introducing an alternative technology using the Internet of Things.

An AMS to optimize your association’s financial operations.

YourMembership Blog

YourMembership’s AMS now integrated with QuickBooks Online and Great Plains. We’ve been busy at YourMembership, enhancing our technology solutions to improve your association members’ experience, streamline your operations and processes, and help your organization grow.

DC’s Capital Area Food Bank Needs Your Help!

Spark Consulting

I was at my regular volunteer gig at CAFB this morning, and the shelves are BARE, y’all.

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The Glamourous Life

Eric Lanke

Those of you who are seasoned travelers, you might want to skip this one. I've been traveling on business since I started my career in association management -- twenty-four years now. In fact, my first flight on an airplane was the first time I traveled on business. It was Atlanta, if memory serves.

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How To Stop Your Nonprofit’s After Hours Email Habit

Beth Kanter's Blog

I recently taught several leadership development workshops at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership based on my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

The One Thing Every Sponsor Wants (And Nobody is Doing)

Wild Apricot Blog

There is one thing that your sponsors want more than anything else and nobody is doing it. Sponsorship Expert Chris Baylis tells you what that thing is and how to do it. sponsorship

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Special Announcement


As you all know, I am now fully immersed in startup land with WorkXO and our culture analysis and culture change work.

Consumer-Education Campaign Shines Light on Solar Energy

Associations Now

The Solar Energy Industries Association has launched a consumer-education campaign to help people understand the technology and the process of going solar. Solar energy is growing rapidly—1.5 million households have solar installed, and 4 to 5 million are expected to by 2021.

How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space

Beth Kanter's Blog

In the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , my co-author Aliza Sherman and I share a framework to think more broadly about creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.

The 21st Century Meeting Professional: Act Strategically, Think Both Functionally And Strategically

Velvet Chainsaw

What’s the role of the 21st Century meeting and conference professional? In the past, the answer was easy. Perform very straight forward, transactional, functional tasks related to the logistics of conferences, meetings and events. S/He fulfilled the same types of tasks on a daily basis.

Hot Association and Nonprofit Social Media Jobs This Week – April 5


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.

Membership Hack: The Gratitude Book

Associations Now

There’s a simple way to say thanks to dedicated members who serve in volunteer positions—sign and send a gratitude book. How to hack it?

What is the best way to deliver professional development to nonprofit emerging leaders?

Beth Kanter's Blog

Flickr Photo by Flower Factor. Note: This guest post was published on the Packard Foundation OE Blog reflects what was learned from designing and delivering leadership development for emerging nonprofit leaders.

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The Best Way to Avoid Choosing The Wrong Nonprofit Software

Wild Apricot Blog

How do you avoid bad software and choose a solution perfect for you organization? Fortunately, tech experts Jason Shim, Mark Hallman, and Shub Sengupta developed an easy test that any nonprofit can use, which reveals just that. tech-tools software

Re-Energize Online Learning for Members

WBT Systems

If you have been providing continuing education programs or professional development training via your website or learning management system, but your members don’t seem to be interested in the training you are offering, how can you re-energize online learning for members?

Report: Marketing Hires Are on the Rise

Associations Now

A new McKinley Marketing Partners report shows that digital marketing hires are on the rise. It also reveals that a majority of job seekers are open to the idea of working for nonprofits but are concerned about lower salaries.

Association Spring Cleaning: 3 Areas Worth a Little Focus


Spring is officially here! The birds are starting to chirp, the flowers are starting to bloom, the pollen is well on its way, and hopefully, so are those April showers! Yup, it’s the perfect time for a fresh start!

Leverage this tool to transform your association marketing


I think you’ll agree with me, it’s a constant struggle to engage your blog readers with new and interesting content. Even if you come up with a great blog idea, nail the length and formatting, and create a catchy title, there is no guarantee that your post will attract a large readership.

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The New Kind of Conference

Association Success

Designed entirely for idea sharing. When you step into a conference session, here is the generally expected outcome: Thought leader at the front of the room speaks. Audience members take notes. Audience walks away feeling enlightened. But think back to the sessions you’ve actually attended. As you sat there, I’ll bet you weren’t just simply taking notes. Anecdotes came to mind that were relevant to the talk. Insights from your own experiences flashed before you.

Thousands of Nonprofits to Congress: Don’t Repeal the Johnson Amendment

Associations Now

A longstanding rule that bars charitable nonprofits from backing political candidates has faced increasing calls for its repeal to allow churches to take a more active role in election campaigns.

Bright Spots Are a Source of Association Inspiration

Smooth The Path

Related: Watch who you watch. 3 Effective techniques to adopt before times of stress in your association. Check out – Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath. The post Bright Spots Are a Source of Association Inspiration appeared first on Smooth The Path.

2 Types of Renewal Emails You NEED to Be Sending


Renewals are SUCH a big part of managing your association. Recruitment is tough enough, so once you have those members, you want to make sure they stay.

Virtual Associations: How to Transition Away From the Brick & Mortar

Association Success

There are all sorts of new considerations when going virtual. Working virtually can mean anything from accessing technology that allows you to work when you’re not in the office to running a company without a physical location. Association managers and members are already using tools to access information and network virtually. Imagine how a virtual environment could improve member services, create operational efficiencies and increase the well-being of your team. What Works Best For You?

After Congress Rolls Back ISP Privacy Rules, Backlash Puts Telecom on Defense

Associations Now

With the passage of a bill rolling back consumer privacy rules on internet providers, public backlash has been picking up—leading major companies, as well as trade groups like USTelecom, to reassure customers that their privacy is safe.

Conversations, Collaboration and Chemistry

Velvet Chainsaw

Judith E. Glaser, an author, business executive, and self-described “organizational anthropologist,” says science has now proven that the chemical nature of relationships, conversations and collaboration is more than an attraction metaphor: it’s a reality.

Do Associations Really Have it Worse?

Smooth The Path

Would you say you are luckier or unluckier than most people? Many of us would say we are somewhat unluckier than most other people and this is a cognitive bias.

What to DO with Your Member Data: 2 Tips for Association Pros


As an association professional, you have all sorts of data at your fingertips (whether or not that data is organized and structured). And let me tell you, that data is POWERFUL. It has insight into what your members and potential members like, respond to, and gravitate towards.

Five Ways for Getting the Most Out of Your Sponsorship Packages

Associations Now

Sponsorships are a great way to bring in nondues revenue to either your national association or one of its chapters. Here are five tips for creating a successful sponsorship program.

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Release Notes


Each month we like to release an update of the highlights of what we’ve been working on and how the product is improving. Here’s what we launched last month. Generate Upcoming Invoices: Be even more specific when sending upcoming invoices for memberships.

Member-Proofing Your Association

Smooth The Path

A four-year-old was throwing mulch all over the sidewalk at the local zoo. An hour later the mulch was still there creating a tripping hazard for others walking on the path. The zoo didn’t guest-proof their grounds.

Should You Seek Out Interns at Your Small-Staff Association?


We’re officially in the spring season, and that means within the next month or so, college students will be finishing up their finals and gearing up for summer vacation. Now summer means a lot of things for college students, but one popular “to-do” in particular: internships.

News Media Alliance Tackles the Fake News Epidemic

Associations Now

As the issue of fake news continues to grow and become part of public debate, a new campaign from the News Media Alliance is working to set the record straight.

5 Lessons on Employee Engagement From Ari Weinzweig

Association Success

Learn the highlights from our interview with Ari. Ari Weinzweig is co-founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which is world-renowned for their superior customer service.