Give Miami Day raises record $5.2 million for nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Photo courtesy of The Miami Foundation. Give Miami Day raises record $5.2 million, organizers at The Miami Foundation realized that Give Miami Day 2014 would be their most successful Giving Day yet. Thursday’s Give Miami Day raised $5.2 This was the first year that The Miami Foundation promoted a funding goal for Give Miami Day, set at $5 million. “As Collaboration among nonprofits is key; Miami Arts Brigade was a huge testament to that.

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Miami Association of Realtors Looks to Attract Chinese Investors

Associations Now

The real estate group is teaming with a major property-search portal in China to help draw attention to the Miami market. Case in point: The Miami Association of Realtors (MIAMI) is trying to attract real-estate buyers all the way in China. Last week, the association announced that it was teaming with the property-search portal Juwai, in an effort to attract Chinese investors to the Miami market.

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The Bee Visits Miami – Top 10 Highlights from the 2012 PAC Grassroots Conference

Beekeeper Group

Beekeeper Group was thrilled to be part of yet another first-rate Public Affairs Council Grassroots Conference last week in Miami Beach. It’s pretty tough to beat warm weather, a cool breeze, sandy beaches and of course, the top Public Affairs … Continue reading → Uncategorized advocacy Advocates Beekeeper Group grassroots Online Engagement PAC public affairs Public Affairs Council

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A night away? We sure did pay.

Aaron Wolowiec

The next three top-dollar locations: Oahu Island in Hawaii ($221 a night), San Francisco ($207) and Miami ($185). And it seems three event hotbeds – Miami, Denver and Atlanta – may crimp your style. Filed under: Associations , Meetings Tagged: Atlanta , Denver , event , hospitality , Hotel News Now , hotels , Miami , Nashville , revenue , ROI , San Francisco , STR Inc. The last time I booked a weeklong family vacation, I was shocked at the prices of hotel rooms.

Q&A on Permanent Changes for Associations – Ask JP #031

Moery Company

There was a team called the Miami Hurricanes that could easily disrupt the wishbone with faster athletes on the defensive side of the ball than the offensive side of the ball. We’re running the wishbone and the world is now running the Miami defense.

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Can you really motivate association staff?

SCD Group

Yesterday’s paper carried two related stories: Miami Dolphins fire head coach “for failure to motivate players.” “But jamienotter ASAE association professionals Association CEOs association executives Miami Dolphins SCD Group Washington NationalsJamie Notter posted a great piece this week on culture headlined Why Successful Companies Are Okay with People Leaving. But your employees are humans, not spare parts, and that fundamentally changes asaethe equation.

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Melo’s Aria on the Bay allegedly plagued with construction defects: lawsuit (FL)

All the Blogs

Aria on the Bay may be the Melo Group’s signature project near Edgewater and the Arts & Entertainment District, where the developer has built most of its residential buildings in Miami. Designed by Arquitectonica, the 53-story luxury tower features units with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offer expansive views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami’s skyline.

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Monday Buzz: How Valentine’s Day Flowers Get to Your Door

Associations Now

Go behind the scenes of Valentine’s Day flower delivery to find out how they arrive at your home via the Miami airport. If you are, then you’re part of a multibillion-dollar international flower industry that kicks into high gear this time of year, according to the Miami Herald. Each year, importers fly in billions of flowers from countries including Ecuador, Mexico, and the Netherlands, with most entering the United States via the Miami airport.

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What to Do Before and After a Hurricane (FL)

All the Blogs

And I say Florida now, because we are serving not just Southeast Florida, but also Southwest Florida with offices in both Miami and Fort Myers. Hello, and welcome to Community Association Matters, the podcast that serves homeowner and condominium associations in Florida. So we’re very excited about that opportunity.

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Optometric Association Offers Free Lyft Rides to Eye Exams

Associations Now

Under the partnership, a free round-trip ride, up to a $25 fare, will be offered in 10 cities: Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Miami, New York City, St. Noting that nearly six in 10 Americans haven’t had their eyes checked in the last two years, the American Optometric Association is offering Lyft rides in 10 cities to help people get to their eye exams. March is Save Your Vision month, according to the American Optometric Association.

Are Tattoos Becoming Less Taboo at Work?

Associations Now

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Miami and University of Western Australia Business School and published in the journal Human Relations , revealed no statistically relevant differences between the salary and employment levels of workers with tattoos compared to those without them. A recent study says people with visible tattoos have less trouble finding a good job than they used to, but another suggests that some employers still take an old-school view.

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Bee-hind the Scenes of Beekeeper’s Latest Video

Beekeeper Group

In preparation for the upcoming 2012 Public Affairs Council National Grassroots Conference in Miami, Beekeeper Group put together this video depicting our mascot’s search for his Valentine. Though the clip itself is short, the filmmaking process was anything but. From … Continue reading → Digital Tactics advocacy Beekeeper Group PAC Public Affairs Council

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Privacy: It’s Personal, or Is It?

Reid All About it

This year’s Art Basel Miami Beach included an installation that prompted attendees to weigh the cost of privacy. Google’s new privacy policy takes effect on March 1. It allows them to collect and consolidate user data from all its web properties — Search, Gmail, YouTube, Picasa, Maps and about 50 other Google services. You can’t opt out. Google has always collected this data at its individual sites. Now it will combine them to get a fuller profile of each of us.

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Ready for Valentine’s Day? The Bee Is!

Beekeeper Group

Voting for the Bee Mine competition has closed and the Bee, back from Miami, has been very busy preparing to surprise his new Valentines. Attendees of the Public Affairs Council 2012 National Grassroots Conference voted in large numbers for coworkers … Continue reading →

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What Do You See When You Look In the Mirror?

Association Leaders

Check out this video clip and short blurb from a 2014 NBA Playoff game between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. Good leaders have many common traits and behaviors. We’ve explored many of them through this blog.

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Hospitality Industry Urges Congressional Action on Zika

Associations Now

But even with a lack of federal funds and with new cases of the virus emerging, meetings continue to go on as planned in Miami. Meetings Go On in Miami. Yet, despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel advisories and a lack of government funding to fight the virus, conferences and meetings—association-related and otherwise—continue to go on as planned in Miami. million visitors to Greater Miami and the beaches is a top priority,” GMCVB said.

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Membership Hack: Opportunity to Do Good in a Disaster

Associations Now

Due to Hurricane Irma, the Textile Rental Services Association canceled its annual conference in Miami. Earlier this month, Hurricane Irma forced TRSA to cancel its annual conference in Miami. It gave attendees and sponsors the option to turn their fees into donations for disaster relief. How to hack it? When a natural disaster causes you to cancel a meeting, what do you do? The Textile Rental Service Association decided it was an opportunity to give back.

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Mosquito Control Group Spreads Zika Education

Associations Now

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a community just north of Miami where Zika is actively circulating. In addition to the travel warning, the Aedes aegypti mosquito has infected more than a dozen people in Miami with Zika. Even though Conlon concedes there is some hype around Zika, he said it is a serious problem and that he was dismayed to read accounts of people in Miami remaining complacent about it.

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AARP Foundation Boosts Employment Initiative

Associations Now

in the greater Miami area). Through the Back to Work 50+ Women’s Economic Stability Initiative, the two community college grantees—Miami Dade College, North Campus, in Miami, and Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama—will focus on helping women 50 and older find jobs and build their financial savvy.

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How Associations Are Helping Shape the Super Bowl Behind the Scenes

Associations Now

Whether it’s the NFL Players Association representing the interests of the players on the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, groups like the Stadium Managers Association offering support to Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, or even brand collectives like Avocados From Mexico advertising during the big game, associations can be felt everywhere. The Super Bowl is the ultimate show of lots of people coming together to put on something really big.

How to Get Attendee Personalization Right

Associations Now

A few weeks ago, I went down to Miami for some rest and relaxation, and most importantly, beach time. While some members may see personalization as creepy, if associations do it right, it could turn prospects into attendees and lead to more engaged participants onsite. Before we left, the hotel sent us a brief survey that asked a few questions about our interests and preferences.

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Get to know me, really

Association Advocacy Chick

My favorite cities include Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago and New Orleans. If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I do government relations for an association, have my CAE, and a DELP scholar. However, I think it’s time to open up about the other aspects of this association advocacy chick. So here are some fun facts about yours truly. I’m a middle child. I have an older sister and younger brother.

The Association That’s Defending the ‘Stache

Associations Now

A mustache advocacy group is criticizing Don Mattingly, at one time a mustachioed New York Yankees icon, for enforcing a “no facial hair” rule as manager of his current team, the Miami Marlins. But with his new position as manager of the Miami Marlins, Mattingly has apparently found a new perspective on the hair thing, because the Marlins have a “no facial hair” policy , and Mattingly is the guy in charge of enforcing it.

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Catch Me Online and In Person

Jamie Notter

NACS: NACS Leadership Forum, Closing Session , Miami, FL, Feb 9. Happy new year everyone! 2018 is already shaping up to be a busy year, particularly in the speaking department. Here are some of the venues you can hear me speak in the near future, both online and in person: QuestionPro Webinar: Workplace Culture Benchmarking, Challenges and Opportunities. Tomorrow(!), Jan 8.

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Can There Be Such a Thing as Truly Black Art?

Reid All About it

Ligon, who coined the term “post-black,” is one of the better known artists in 30 Americans which “highlights the work of 31 contemporary African American artists in an exhibition organized by and drawn from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Florida.”. “We’re always at the mercy of people’s desires to place us in certain identities.”.

Hostels Are Gaining Ground With Business Travelers

Associations Now

We’re in negotiations in New York now, and we’re looking at Washington, DC, Miami, L.A., We’re in negotiations in New York now, and we’re looking at Washington, DC, Miami, L.A., They may not have nearly as many amenities as the average four-star hotel, but hostels are an option business travelers are increasingly open to using. Why’s that? Because the offerings are improving. Forget everything you remember about hostels from your old backpacking days.

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Resources for Measuring What Matters

Beth Kanter

The presentation was prepared for the Miami Philanthropy Conference and addresses a familiar issue: Many nonprofits feel that demonstrating impact through performance measurement is a top priority for their programs and communications efforts including social media. I’ve been curating resources on nonprofit measurement over on Scoop.It, with eye towards collecting useful material related to social media and social impact measurement.

A Court Verdict Raises the Pressure for Website Accessibility

Associations Now

As the Miami Herald reported , the plaintiff in the case, a legally blind Miami resident named Juan Gil, was able to visit many other sites, including those of competing grocery stores, using his screen-reading software. If you’re serious about building an inclusive community in your association, you’re probably already paying attention to website accessibility.

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Tennis Association Gives Local Courts an Artistic Touch

Associations Now

Open tournament, which started Tuesday and continues through September 9, USTA commissioned artists to adorn public tennis courts with their work in five cities: Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. Marking the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open, the U.S. Tennis Association commissioned artists to transform public tennis courts around the country. Grass? Hard court? Old news. The U.S. Tennis Association is trying a new kind of surface: an artistic canvas.

Help Your Donors Overcome “Overhead Aversion”

Associations Now

In a recent op-ed for The Conversation , for example, economics professor Joseph Stinn of Miami University argued that the pressure to keep costs low creates a “starvation cycle” in which organizations skimp on salaries and budgets for administrative functions that are vital to carrying out the mission.

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Monday Buzz: Kickstarter Becomes a Benefit Corporation

Associations Now

Take a step back and read these simple steps from Kaufman Rossin Marketing Principal Janet Kyle Altman, via the Miami Herald. One of the biggest online crowdfunding hubs announces its new status. Plus: How your association can make big improvements using big data. The notion of online donations isn’t new. But crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way for entrepreneurs, artists, and organizations to generate and gain support from communities and customers.

Are you ready to make something spectacular happen?

Association Adviser

Over the weekend, my University of Miami Hurricanes won their baseball series against the University of Virginia thanks in part to this amazing catch by outfielder Dale Carey. Through the quotidian routine of daily tasks, are you staying alert for opportunities to make something spectacular happen? Even a casual baseball fan knows that baseball is not a continuous action game like hockey or basketball.

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A Gridiron Tale About Updating Your Technology

Associations Now

The player and his agent had to go to a FedEx Kinkos in Miami to send the document, but it wasn’t showing up on the other side.) The reaction: As a result of the incident, the NFLPA announced it would work with DocuSign to allow players, including newly drafted rookies to sign contracts electronically, avoiding the last-second hassles that Dumervil faced at a Miami FedEx Kinkos last month. Although … Maybe your old technology still does the job?

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Ahead of Give Local America, 7 trends in Giving Days

Beth Kanter

The Giving Day analysis, conducted by Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies , looked at Giving Days run by the Blue Grass Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and GiveMN, The Miami Foundation and Mississippi Gives. But The Miami Foundation and Boulder an increase in participating nonprofits and overall amount raised.

After Zimmerman Verdict, NAACP Petition Draws Massive Online Response

Associations Now

” The association, which will hold its event in Miami (Trayvon Martin was from Miami Gardens) on July 27 and 29, says the case highlights the “continued injustices” faced by blacks in the American legal system.

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What’s New in Social Media for Associations


I had never done it at all until three years ago when Debra Stratton of Stratton Publishing & Marketing asked me if I’d present with her at ASAE’s Great Ideas conference, which just happened to be in Miami in February. I have a confession: one of my least favorite things to do is public speaking.

Conference Circuit: Literacy Education

Associations Now

Speakers include Miami-Dade’s 2017 Francisco R. Rundown Attendees: 5,000 plus. Educational Sessions: 300. The International Literacy Association’s 2017 Conference and Exhibits begins this weekend in Orlando, Florida. More than 5,000 are expected to attend.

Medical Associations Tell Teens to Walk Away from “Cinnamon Challenge”

Associations Now

Lipshultz, an author of the report and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami, told The New York Times. “We A new study by pediatricians and warnings issued by poison control experts highlight the efforts associations are making to help curb a dangerous stunt.

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Why NAACP’s Airbnb Partnership Is Worth Watching

Associations Now

But one benefit of the agreement is that both organizations seem to be approaching it carefully, according to Wired , only launching in the Miami area in May and around Los Angeles in June. A year-old agreement between the home-sharing company and civil rights organization aims to help support communities of color, and it comes with a revenue-sharing agreement to boot. Airbnb and the NAACP are treading slowly in rolling the idea out, however.

Wednesday Buzz: Facebook Ups Its Events Game

Associations Now

Fresh off its launch yesterday, the feature can be seen by iOS-based users in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The massive social network will now curate hot events in a new feature box. Plus: how to team up with others to design your meetings. Need to promote your next conference or fundraiser?