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

Beth Kanter

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. Here’s what Dana Nelson had to say about their dramatic giving day results, their secret to success, and what is next.

6 Articles for Associations and Millennials

SCD Group

Via FastCompany Next year, people born between 1981 and 1996 are poised to become the new workforce majority and will eventually remake the workplace in their own image. More than half of the hiring managers agreed that it was difficult to find and retain millennial labor. As it turns out, how millennials work and what they want from their work environment is not drastically different than what Generation Xers and baby boomers want.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.14.17

Reid All About it

Check out this Futurism article to find out how augmented reality (AR) is going to transform your life. It’s going to be a while before we experience AR in our everyday life but I love reading about AR experiments and possible scenarios. Digital entrepreneurs are discovering how to make lots of money in what was once association territory: online courses and membership communities. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not too product-centric.

Monday Buzz: Prince, NABJ, and the Expectation Gap

Associations Now

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), like any other association would be, was undoubtedly excited to offer a star-studded event to its members. Last week, the organization announced that members at its national convention in Minneapolis would be able to attend an exclusive event with musical legend Prince. But what followed was an “unusual night,” in the words of Minnesota Star Tribune music critic Jon Bream.

GiveMN 2012 Giving Day by the Numbers

Beth Kanter

Note From Beth: I’m a huge fan of Giving Days because they raise the awareness, engagement, and donations to nonprofits and being generous. Last week, we watched as a national day of giving and awareness campaign for “Giving Tuesday” unfold and spur spikes in donations. I’ve been cheering GiveMN for four years now and every year they graciously agree to do a reflection post on how it all went and what they learned.

Luggage Tags and Breath Mints: How MSAE Refreshed Itself As Associations North

Association Adviser

Most associations wouldn’t risk offending or confusing their members by giving them air freshener and breath mints, but earlier this year the Midwest Society of Association Executives handed out plenty of both to members in celebration of their “fresh,” new name, Associations North. Her insight into their rebranding research process left us with the strong impression that their new tagline of “moving professionals forward” is much more than a platitude; but a promise to members.

Content, Millenials, Videos 7 best of the week for associations

SCD Group

How to Overcome the ''No Time to Create Content'' Challenge By Joe Chernov via How can we maximize our content output in the minimum amount of time? HubSpot recently surveyed nearly 3,600 marketing and sales professionals for our annual State of Inbound report (available at link; email required), and asked several questions related to content creation and impact. Great marketing strategies? And, here’s how we know we’ve done it.

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Building a Facebook Presence


It’s time to figure out how to use the tool to create brand loyalists. The thing is, it doesn’t matter how your company makes its money, your customers are on Facebook. It’s time to get on the proverbial bandwagon. Develop a strategy. Just like anything else in your business, having a strategy and measurable goals around your Facebook campaign are imperative. Is it because you feel like you have to in order to do business on the web?

Part 3 of Life after MLS: Technology Strategic Plans : Off Stage

Off Stage

For those associations with MLS operations, the mission-critical imperative to develop a solid and consistent base of technology strategy is often obscured—our members are up close and outspoken about where our resources belong. And once you get that problem solved, please figure out what to do with $%^& program that doesnt find all the listings for the searches I enter.” Plan to replace or upgrade in segments. is to have them and keep them updated.

Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Peter Panepento wrote a thoughtful piece earlier this week about #givedaylessons and gave me permission to republish it here. Community foundations across the country have been promoting local giving days to motivate people to support nearby charities, encourage nonprofits to embrace technology, and bolster their reputations. For its part, Kimbia’s technology team tried to fix the problem. Still, some damage was done, according to Ms.