2019

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101 Ways To Get New Members For Your Organization

Wild Apricot

Want to grow your membership? Here are 101 ways your organization can attract and recruit more members both in the short and long term.

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2019 Tech Trends: 3 Factors Associations Should Watch

Associations Now

After what feels like a decade of aggressive innovation, things are starting to slow down a bit—which might make tech a little easier for associations to manage in 2019. I have a lot to live up to with this year-beginning column. See, 12 months ago, my first blog post of the year predicted that there would be, and I quote, “ Tough Headwinds for Personalization in 2018.

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Has Your Leadership Evolved For The New Normal?

Velvet Chainsaw

Change is hard. Foresight—looking forward—is hard. Why? Because we prefer certainty and concreteness to ambiguity and abstraction. Becoming a new normal leader requires shifting your perspective. It means becoming biased towards consistent, persistent evolution, not inclined to keep things the way they are which results in stagnant-status-quo-sameness.

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Buying Association Management Software in 2019? Start Here.

Delcor

Before embarking on an association management software (AMS) selection this year, get clear on two things: Why you want a new AMS. What you want in a new AMS. LET’S START WITH THE WHY. Why is your organization considering new association management software? Do you need new functionality? Is your software so customized you can’t upgrade it? Is your association starting a new line of business?

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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Why Most Organizations Get New Member Onboarding Wrong — and 3 Ways to Do It Right

Wild Apricot

Associations tend to have very robust renewal programs, but meager new member onboarding programs. Here's how you can create a strong new member onboarding program in 3 easy steps.

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Fostering a Winning Conference Culture

Velvet Chainsaw

I have been struck by the disparity in how an association’s organizational culture translates (or doesn’t translate) to the on-site implementation or planning of its live events. There are many associations that tout their open and supportive cultures. But when it gets to “go time,” does that culture manifest at your conferences and meetings? Online forums have tackled this issue in recent weeks and it is clear that not all organizations support their on-site operations effectively or consistent

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Does Your Association’s IT Executive Need a Coach?

Delcor

Are you losing confidence in your association’s IT executive? Perhaps you’re beginning to wonder if you have the right person in the CIO or IT Director role. In professional sports, an owner is quick to replace their head coach when the team isn’t performing. However, when one of your dedicated, hard-working employees is struggling, bringing in a coach for your IT executive is often the best approach.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.29.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Will I see you at ASAE TEC next week? For me, TEC is like a reunion, camp and retreat combined in one. If we haven’t met and you see me walking around, please introduce yourself, I’d love to meet you. Association silos have been a topic of conversation for years now.

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Continuing Education: Not Just for Meetings and Conferences Anymore

YourMembership

A recent Community Brands study suggests it may be time for associations to focus on additional learning opportunities for their members. According to the Community Brands Member Engagement and Loyalty Study, meetings and conferences, which traditionally have emphasized training and continuing education, are one area where association professionals (Pros) are very focused.

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The Staffing Solutions Playbook for Associations

44 low-cost and free ideas to reduce employee turnover and improve morale. Employee turnover is disruptive, costs money, and impacts morale. But it’s preventable — or at least manageable — when you have a game plan. Read the Staffing Solutions Playbook for Associations, and you’ll learn: 21 ideas to boost morale and improve retention 12 key perks of time off, awards, recognition, and praise 11 strategies to keep new and existing employees involved and informed, and why this is fundamental to the

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11 Catalysts for Cross-Departmental Collaboration

WBT Systems

11 Catalysts for Cross-Departmental Collaboration. Read more about 11 Catalysts for Cross-Departmental Collaboration.

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The 3 Things Every CEO Should Know About Culture

Jamie Notter

One of my mantras is that workplace culture isn’t as complicated, difficult, vague, etc. as we make it out to be. I’m not saying it’s super simple and easy, but it’s definitely something we all can handle. And since we push it away as “too complex,” we lack a tangible vocabulary for it, which only serves to reinforce our (inaccurate) conclusion that culture is hard.

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Strategies to Justify Association Software

GrowthZone

Robust AMS (association management software) has far-reaching benefits to members, staff, the board of directors, and the organization as a whole. But justifying an AMS purchase can still be challenging. Most boards use a “big picture” approach to decision making. To ensure your board is “seeing the forest for the trees,” prepare a presentation that outlines quantifiable vs. indirect benefits and defines the difference between ROI and VOI (value on investment).

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Why and How Rituals Build Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

Last week I presented a session at the Nonprofit Technology Conference called “ Activating A Culture of Resilience for Sustainable Impact ,” with fellow NTEN board members, Ananda Leeke & Meico Whitlock as well as Carrie Rice. We each tackled a different aspect of resilience. I presented and facilitated a small group activity on rituals.

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5 Habits of Growth-Oriented Associations

We’ve identified the five defining characteristics of future-focused associations. Adopting these traits allows your organization to chart a course for long-term growth and success. Find out: Why some organizations are more adept at navigating and overcoming challenges facing all associations. The success formula for thriving associations, including a behind-the-scenes peek at some flourishing organizations.

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The Essential Guide to Nonprofit Email Marketing

Wild Apricot

There's a lot more to nonprofit email marketing that meets the eye — if you actually want to get your emails read, that is. Learn how to create the perfect email strategy, as well as 5 email marketing platforms you can try.

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Nonprofit Credit Card Processing: Everything You Need to Know

Wild Apricot

Credit card processing for nonprofits may sound high-tech and complicated, but even the smallest organization can easily get set up to receive payments. Here's how to get started.

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Crowdfunding for Nonprofits: How to Succeed + 5 Platforms You Can Use

Wild Apricot

Crowdfunding for nonprofits might seem intimidating, but many organizations are using it to great success. In this post, I break down the steps your organization needs to take to succeed as well as reviewing 5 common crowdfunding platforms.

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30 Post-Event Survey Questions (+ Why They Matter)

Wild Apricot

Looking for the perfect post-event survey questions to get feedback on your event? Here are 30 you can use as, well as some best practices for structuring your event survey.

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How to Design a Seamless & Personalized Digital Donor Journey

Speaker: Tim Sarrantonio

The average nonprofit uses five or more different software platforms to create their donor’s journey, making the experience clunky and disjointed. If you want to design a magical online giving experience for donors, making their journey as seamless as possible is key. In this webinar with expert Tim Sarrantonio, you’ll learn the fundamental steps to create an immersive and personalized online giving experience for your donors.

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The Ultimate Guide To Creating Nonprofit Annual Reports

Wild Apricot

Getting started with a nonprofit annual report for the first time, or just want a refresher? Simplify the process with this ultimate guide full of expert advice and examples.

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Why Your Organization Needs a Member Directory

Wild Apricot

Wondering how to keep your members connected? Consider creating a member directory for your organization to facilitate outreach, support your communications, and more.

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6 Simple Ways to Ease Into Advocacy as a Nonprofit

Wild Apricot

Want to start getting involved in advocacy, but not quite sure how? Bethany Snyder of Snyder Strategies explains 6 easy steps you can start following today to solve big nonprofit problems — and raise more money too!

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7 Proven Ways to Increase Member Retention Right Now

Wild Apricot

Here are 7 proven ways to increase Member Retention. Expert Advice, Real life examples, research, and more. By the end, you'll have the blueprints to create a solid strategy to start increasing member retention at your organization right away.

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Virtual Training, Real Results: Exploring the Potential of VR in the Workplace

Speaker: John Blackmon - CTO, CAIO ELB Learning

Did you know that (VR) training is becoming more of a mainstream strategy in the eLearning Industry? This learning modality has changed dramatically over the past 2 years, and several organizations have proven it has better results than traditional eLearning - but why and is it worth it? Join John Blackmon, CTO and Chief AI Officer of ELB Learning, and creator of CenarioVR and Lectora, for an honest look at data points and common myths — including needing a camera to get started or a headset to

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Here Are All The Nonprofit Jobs for April 2019 We Could Find

Wild Apricot

Every month, we compile a list of nonprofit jobs within the United States. Whether you’re looking for a career change or looking to enter the nonprofit space, this list is a helpful way to keep track of nonprofit opportunities in your area.

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How to Write a Volunteer Program Report That Proves Your Volunteers’ Impact

Wild Apricot

Want to help your organization see just how valuable your volunteers are? Elisa Kosarin, CVA, explains how to prepare a volunteer report that will prove their value.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Organization's Member Experience

Wild Apricot

Wondering how to keep your members around forever? Here are 9 ways you can improve their member experience of your organization and engage your members more than ever.

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How to Provide Member Development Opportunities in Your Organization

Wild Apricot

Members typically join associations because they want to grow on both personal and professional levels. Read these seven member development ideas and start providing more value to your members!

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Why Nonprofits Are Seriously Interested in eLearning Tech

The time is right for nonprofits to do more with learning tech! Nonprofit organizations seem to have accelerated their interest in eLearning tech as of late. Driving this need are several factors including reaching a remote workforce, growing demands for training, and changing regulations. The challenges nonprofits face are not dissimilar from for-profit companies, yet there are notable differences.