Why ‘giving back’ isn’t what you need from volunteers

Aaron Wolowiec

Last week, Taproot Foundation founder Aaron Hurst pointed to an underlying issue in volunteering that speaks to the problems associations may struggle with: In an essay for the New York Times, he wrote that many volunteers are doing so because they lack a sense of purpose in their own work.

Monday Buzz: Recruiting Student Volunteers

Associations Now

Instructions include creating new Twitter accounts for content, finding top influencers in your field, and having an efficient method for reaching them. Travel stress relief: The New York Times recommends several meditation apps designed to help soothe people in transit.

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What a Recruiter Looks for in CEO Candidates

Associations Now

But that’s not the only thing a recruiter and hiring committee are looking for. So what are recruiters and hiring committees looking for? I’ve heard all of them, and search committees see through them in a New York second,” she says.)

Add Chapters to Make an Old Association Feel New

Associations Now

Launching a chapter network has helped PEN America, a literary organization with almost 100 years of history, recruit new members and reinvent opportunities for member engagement at the local level. New threats to free expression, press freedom, and discourse have emerged.”.

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This Is Not a Good Look for Us

Spark Consulting

It’s an open secret that associations are deeply concerned about – and struggling with – our ability to recruit and retain Millennial young professionals, both as members and as association executives and talent in our industry.

Report: Nonprofits Increasingly Challenged to Compete on Salary

Associations Now

Job opportunities at nonprofits are growing, but the pay often isn’t enough to bring in new recruits, according to a new report. Nonprofits may be expanding their staffs rapidly, but their relatively low pay remains an obstacle to attracting fresh talent.

Daily Buzz: A Better Strategy for Member Research

Associations Now

Fast Company makes the case that automating some hiring and recruitment tasks can make the whole process less painful. Erin Griffith of The New York Times assesses the trend. Analyzing the state of your membership? Don’t just lean on one type of research over the other.

Daily Buzz: The New Smart Office Building

Associations Now

Also: turning attendees into new members. Jane Margolies writes in The New York Times that, thanks to advances in technology, more office tenants now expect landlords to provide the technical aspects of a work environment that they might have once developed.

Reach Members on the Air with Podcasts

Associations Now

Podcasts are growing in popularity right now, and it could be a medium ripe for associations to recruit, retain, and engage members. In November, The Washington Post launched a daily podcast called Post Reports to compete against The New York Times’ highly successful The Daily.

Lunchtime Links: Gauging Member Expectations

Associations Now

Plus: the future of online recruitment. New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. The future of digital recruitment: Going to interview someone on the moon someday? What techniques do you use to recruit job candidates?

Send the Right Message About Membership ROI

Associations Now

It’s the New York Times podcast, The Daily. Meanwhile, in the New York City market, the Times recently started a pretty slick location-based ad campaign centered on two themes: “The Truth Is Local” and “The Truth Is Worth It.”

Facebook to Get Friendly with Sociologists at Association’s Annual Meeting

Associations Now

The leading social network will host a private event—part education, part recruiting—ahead of this year’s American Sociological Association conference.

Micro Change Can Lead to Macro Change

Association Subculture

From this: To this: There has been a movement underway for some time to replace the traditional symbol for "handicapped" with a new visual and to stop using the word "handicapped" on signs. What a beautiful idea to choose to use new terms to shift the conversation to one about "accessibility" not "disability." There is legislation currently being considered in New York that would do this statewide.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.4.19

Reid All About it

WBT Systems suggests ten factors you should consider while developing requirements for your new LMS. MemberSuite shares the secret to retaining new members. Vietnamese-style pork meatballs , a recipe from the New York Times, came together quickly for a weeknight meal.

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Survey: These Companies Set the Standard for Leadership

Associations Now

A new study finds that the best companies to recruit from have one thing in common: really, really good leadership training programs. So says a new report from Chally Group Worldwide ranking the top companies for leadership. Welch Learning Center in Crotonville, New York.

Hot Association Social Media Jobs This Week – January 13


Marketing and Social Media Internship , New York American Marketing Association – The New York Chapter of the American Marketing Association is seeking an intern for the Spring 2017 semester to provide digital marketing, social media and general administrative support.

Back to The Future: Associations in 2010

Portage Group

New Revenue Models Increased competition from sources such as the internet and social media are allowing people to access networks and resources without having to pay a membership fee. Social media will be a great tool for the innovative association looking to recruit, retain and engage.

Tuesday Buzz: Your Volunteers Should Represent Your Audience

Associations Now

Also: How augmented reality technology in the new iOS may be changing events sooner than you think. An Engaging Volunteers blog post points to a group called Refugees Helping Refugees, which works to provide citizenship to Somali refugees in New York City.

Hot Association Jobs: November 10


The Consumer Marketing Planning Director will also work on business development (strategy, financial modeling) for new ideas and managing the financials which includes troubleshooting, identifying important new trends, summarizing and presenting results, and assisting with managing expenses.

The Cost of a Neglectful Board

Associations Now

Last week, the New York Attorney General’s office announced that whopping figure as what a pair of direct-mail firms would be required to pay as part of a settlement for its work for the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.

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How the Pope Is Connecting with Younger Generations on Social Media: Pope Emojis

Beth Kanter

As you probably know, the Pope is visiting the United States this week in Washington, DC; Philadelphia; and New York City. While the crowds will gather on the ground for a change to touch the hand of Pontiff, there will be a lot of crowds online to celebrate his visit.

Student and Law Enforcement Groups Respond to Recent Campus Shootings

Associations Now

In an interview with The New York Times , Taylor noted that campuses present a unique policing challenge that can exacerbate the threat a shooter presents.

Nursing Groups Cite Looming Employment Shortage

Associations Now

The nursing industry says it’s struggling to meet a growing need for nursing care with fewer new nurses—a problem that one association says is compounded by a teaching shortfall. ” Some programs are trying new tactics to attract students into the nursing world.

Volunteers: How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Associations Now

Washington, DC, ranked highest at $34.04, followed by New York ($28.73), Connecticut ($28.26), and Massachusetts ($27.43). The most influential recruitment method was the direct ask, so organizations should approach potential volunteers directly.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.2.17

Reid All About it

Event Tech Tribe Unite 2017 (New York). Location: New York. If you’re thinking about a new AMS, implementing an AMS, or work closely with an AMS, you should join me. A top concern among executives is their inability to recruit and retain talent.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.12.17

Reid All About it

If you anticipate having to make the case to your board for a new AMS or for any type of new software , check out this advice from Aptify. The new CIO is more than a technology manager. How to Fuel Exceptional New Member Experiences. Location: New York NY.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.12.18

Reid All About it

Introducing a new conference format: long conversations. Then, every 15 minutes, swap out one for a new speaker. A few quick hits before we get to this week’s list of free webinars: How New York’s post-WW2 female painters battled for recognition. ( New Yorker ).

Great News – America’s Hiring and Associations have a Reason to Celebrate

YourMembership Blog

The ongoing race to identify and recruit qualified talent will only increase as we move into 2015. In New York City alone, there are 25,000 unfilled middle-skill jobs in the health care sector, a major industry among the association career centers we work with daily.

Give Members a Reason to Give You Their Data

Associations Now

“Google Plus gives you the opportunity to be yourself, and gives Google that common understanding of who you are,” Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product management for Google Plus, told The New York Times.

Lessons from Google Hiring Practices: Drop the Gimmicks

Associations Now

On the hiring side, we found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time,” Bock told The New York Times. In their latest movie, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn land an internship at Google after giving an out-of-the-box answer to a brainteaser.

Pope Francis: Catholic Student Associations Capitalize on Papal Visit

Associations Now

The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Catholic Student Association (PCSA) found that displaying a cardboard cutout of the pontiff during a recent recruitment event drew large numbers of prospects.

Study: Top Execs Willing to Jump Ship for New Jobs

Associations Now

New analysis of data from a decade ago finds 52 percent of executives were willing to pursue a new job if contacted by a recruiter. Back in 2002, more than half of executives were willing to actively consider a new job when contacted by a recruiter, according to a new study.

Speaking to Alabama Law Students about the Association World

Association Navigator

Because Senator Sessions was a new senator and a former prosecutor I’ve always assumed that it made it easier, as a lawyer, for me to understand the Senator’s point of view. All of these organizations present legal opportunities for new lawyers. (c)(6) courtesy of [link].

CPA Group’s Recognition Program Introduces Students to Accounting

Associations Now

A new recognition program from the American Institute of CPAs and NAF aims to get more high schools students interested in an accounting career. To get the best and brightest talent, the industry needs to start recruiting students early, Drumgo said. “So

What Should We Make of “Pay What You Want”?

Associations Now

Eight years later, The New York Times told the story of PWYW making its way to religious institutions, in an article last week, “ The ‘Pay What You Want’ Experiment at Synagogues.” ” Will New Members Pay More Later?

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Associations at Odds Over Proposed Massachusetts Ban on Noncompete Clauses

Associations Now

The noncompete clause—a common contractual tool employers use to prevent competitors from poaching their employees—is drawing new attention in the Bay State. LINX argued that it was trying to protect information on its unique training methods from competitors, the New York Times reported.

Delayed Adulthood: The Hidden Root of Your Young-Member Struggles

Associations Now

Workforce development matters, and it’s bigger than your membership recruitment efforts. What is your association doing to help its industry create more jobs and grow the crop of new professionals to fill them?

Friday Buzz: Tweet for Help

Associations Now

Social management giant Hootsuite has a new trick up its sleeve that involves an old-school form of social media—the telephone. It takes that social out of the open conversation and brings it into a phone call in a one-to-one manner,” HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes told The New York Times.

Diversify Your Retention Rate, and Other Membership Ideas

Associations Now

Here’s a new membership metric for your association to track: retention rates. I attended the New York and Connecticut events—and, if not for the overlap, would have joined NE/SAE as well. ” “Member-keep-a-member” is the new “member-get-a-member.”

Don’t Be Camera Shy: Making The Case for Instagram

Associations Now

Now, the popular account, which features men reading while riding the subway in New York City, is partnering with nonprofit social enterprise First Book in an effort to raise $50,000 to provide new books for kids in low-income families.