How ACLU NJ Defines Social Media Success: The First Important Measurement Step

Beth Kanter

When nonprofits started to read and apply our book, ” Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” I noticed this tweet from the ACLU in NJ showing a white board capturing their team meetings to define success for social media. ACLU-NJ social media kitty.

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Best Benefit Ever: Matching Workers With Auto Shops

Associations Now

A lot of associations have a job board, but the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers/New Jersey (AASP/NJ) takes a different tactic. Call the AASP/NJ Labor Pool today and let us know that you are available,” the association states on its website.

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Hometown Association Gives the Boss a Museum Treatment

Associations Now

Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. The Monmouth County Historical Association will honor its most famous local resident, Bruce Springsteen, with a museum exhibit full of rare items. From the title of his first album, ?Greetings

How Nonprofit CEOs Use Social Media (Enthusiastically) for Personal and Organizational Leadership

Beth Kanter

Says Eliza Stram, ACLU-NJ Communications Associate, “I was able to make the sometimes intimidating prospect of tweeting approachable and very doable. By answering the public’s questions in a video Udi became an accessible, humorous, and more personal face for the ACLU-NJ.”

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.20.19

Reid All About it

On behalf of my fellow freelance writers, speak up if you live in CA, NY or NJ, please. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Your plans for the holiday season are probably like mine: feast. We’re the lucky ones.

Friday Buzz: Concrete Evidence on the Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships

Associations Now

A new report from the NJ Policy Research Organization provides a comprehensive look at how integral the bonds that tie businesses, associations, state governments, and academia are to economic success.

Momentum Picks Up for Federal Data Privacy Protection

Associations Now

Frank Pallone (D-NJ), the ranking member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, has said that “meaningful privacy and data security protections” will be a priority in the new year.

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No Smoking on Planes: Lung Association Reflects on Major Legislative Win

Associations Now

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and then-Rep. A quarter-century ago, the American Lung Association successfully made the argument to Congress that smoking shouldn’t be allowed on planes.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.2.16

Reid All About it

Amanda Kaiser of Kaiser Insights (the brains behind the Smooth the Path blog) and AH (aka Association Headquarters, an NJ-based AMC) are conducting the study. 120 days left in the year—what do you still want to accomplish? Have you contributed to the community as much as you’d like?

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You’ve Got to Read This: January 4, 2011

Reid All About it

Newark NJ mayor Cory Booker also spent many hours with his shovel and mobile Twitter application. I took a break during the holidays to enjoy time with my family and friends.

I’m Doing Giving Tuesday Not Black Friday: One Week To Go!

Beth Kanter

I’m spending the day with family in Atlantic City, NJ. I’m spending the day with family in Atlantic City, NJ. The Story of Stuff Project made this video to inspire more people to choose family over frenzy the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday.

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New Jersey Tech Council Has Its Eye on Post-Embargo Cuba

Associations Now

The more leaders we have, the better,” NJTC President and CEO James Barrood told NJ Biz. The technology trade group plans to take at least half a dozen executives from the state to Cuba, with the goal of eventually taking advantage of the country’s business opportunities.

Reads of the Week: March 22, 2013

Reid All About it

Old Howard Johnson’s at Asbury Park, NJ (Photo by mbtrama/Flickr). . Every time I see the word media in this post by Jeff Jarvis, I think associations. He talks about media’s business model : “building a pay wall around content because content is valuable, damnit.”

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Passengers Group Cautions Against Too-Stringent Rail Safety Measures

Associations Now

Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement new safety measures across the nation’s passenger rail systems. After the recent foiled terror plot on a high-speed Paris-bound train, U.S.

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Senate Bill Adds New Twist to Limits on Conference Spending

Associations Now

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Jeffrey Chiesa (R-NJ), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and John McCain (R-AZ). A new measure introduced last week has a one-conference-per-group provision that could severely limit agencies’ interactions with organizations in related industries.

Senate Bill Aims to Reform Federal Checkoff Programs

Associations Now

A bipartisan bill recently introduced into the Senate would require that industry-funded checkoff programs disclose their budgets and refrain from lobbying. The legislation is a response to controversies involving some checkoff boards in recent years.

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Amid March Madness, Gaming Group Calls for Regulated Betting System

Associations Now

D-N.J.) $ 29 The average bet placed per March Madness bracket, according to the American Gaming Association. AGA says about 40 million people fill out about 70 million brackets each year, and half of all NCAA tournament viewers have filled out a bracket at least once in their lifetime.

Latest Association-Nonprofit Social Media Jobs


Web Manager , Electrochemical Society (Pennington, NJ) – “manage the Society’s internal and external websites. Holy moly there are a LOT of social media positions out there! Didn’t we tell you the trend is UP for social media hiring?

The Subjects Most Often on Association Professionals’ Minds

Association Adviser

“The staff and board feel we communicate our value prop, and yet our members don’t always feel that,” lamented Carol Meerschaert, director of marketing and communications for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in Fairfield, N.J. As our annual Association Communication Benchmarking Report gets underway, we started checking in with our readers to see which topics and issues are most on their minds.

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Transportation Group Hopes Annual List Guides Infrastructure Decisions

Associations Now

The next most congested locations are in Fort Lee, N.J.; The American Transportation Research Institute’s annual list of the most congested areas for trucks offers decision makers information they can use to deal with problem spots on highways.

Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Stressed? Color Yourself Calm

Beth Kanter

Anne Marie Miller shared that they gave adult coloring books & crayons out at their Art Matters booth at the NJ League of Municipalities conference last month.

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Auto Industry: WiFi Bill Could Hurt “Talking Cars”

Associations Now

Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the WiFi Innovation Act , which recommends opening up the 5.9

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New Senate Airfare Pricing Bill Offers Another Take On Transparency

Associations Now

Robert Menendez (D-NJ), would maintain the current Department of Transportation regulations, which require airlines and travel sites to include taxes and fees in the full airfare price, and would increase penalties for violations.

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MASAE Event Thursday

Moving through the Association World

This week I am heading up to Princeton, NJ for the upcoming MASAE event, Top Legal Issues for Tax-Exempt Associations. In keeping with my New Year's resolution I am working on attending as many educational opportunities as I can. With this upcoming event focusing on legal issues, it fits right in with one of the areas I need more experience and education in. It also helps that the event is only an hour away and fits into the old budget.

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IATA Bags Controversial Carry-On Plan After Outcry

Associations Now

Bob Menendez (D-NJ): The ranking member of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, Menendez led a group of other senators, including Schumer, in penning a letter to the CEOs of major U.S.

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Normalcy, Resiliency, and “Boston Strong”

Guilt by Association

That night, from a friend’s living room in Westfield, N.J., Today, my community is trying to regain some sense of normalcy. On this sunny, mild Sunday, I did some yard work, watched a little bit of baseball, and bought groceries. Much has been made of “Boston Strong,” and I do believe in it.

Best Credit Repair Companies


Credit Saint : This company has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and it is based in Oakland, N.J. If your credit report is a complete mess, and your credit score is low, you may have some trouble getting loans and credit card approvals.

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Government Shutdown: Associations Prepare, Help Members

Associations Now

Rush Holt (D-NJ) breaks down the practical impact on his website.). 240 The number of industry groups, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce , that signed a letter sent to Congress warning lawmakers about the dangers of a federal government shutdown.

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Is A Downer News Cycle A Factor in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Success?

Beth Kanter

Technology rock stars have also joined the bandwagon, including Bill Gates , Robert Scoble , and Mark Zuckerberg (who was challenged to do this by Chris Christy, Governor of NJ).

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Creating The Village It Takes To Do Coalition Work

Beth Kanter

In addition to her recent work with and Crisis Text Line, she is the proud mom of an almost 3-year-old and lives in Maplewood, NJ.

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#OceanLoveEarl: RIP Earl Kanter, MD – 12/23/21 – 6/23/13

Beth Kanter

My father was an OB-GYN in Margate, NJ for many years. My Dad with his Greg Noll Surfboard with me and my brother. RIP: Earl Kanter, MD. Love Never Dies. December 23, 1921 – June 23, 2013.

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How Nonprofit Leaders Make Time for Social Media and Other Secrets to Adoption

Beth Kanter

In earlier post where I profile Udi Ofer, Executive Director of the ACLU-NJ and how he uses social media and mobile tools for leadership of his organization, several nonprofit leaders offered their views and tips.

Association 141+: Challenge Accepted: Make the World a Better Place

Association 141+

Ok, so the back story to this one is that I grew up in NJ near Six Flags Great Adventure. Association 141+. Monday, January 9, 2012. Challenge Accepted: Make the World a Better Place.

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Building Exhibitor Relationships One Show at a Time

Association Adviser

This past spring I attended my first trade show, NAFA’s Institute & Expo in Atlantic City, N.J. Evan Brown, Naylor CMG. For the millennial generation and others who are so electronically connected, it is easy to lose sight of the importance of nonverbal communication. It is also easy to lose sight of the importance of building relationships with those you are working with or for, and the effort and sincerity required to achieve a lasting relationship with them.

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Eric Lanke: Stop Calling It Strategic Planning

Eric Lanke

Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. Eric Lanke. Association executive and author. Pages. Leadership. Innovation. Member Engagement. Generations. Books Read. Fiction. Monday, January 23, 2012. Stop Calling It Strategic Planning. image source.

Data Shows Associations ‘Not Getting and Not Asking’

Association Adviser

“You just described my life,” related Carol Meerschaert, director of marketing and communications for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in Fairfield, N.J. Mahatma Gandhi, the revered Indian humanist and spiritual leader once said, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

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Quit Comparing: Creating Content that Works for Your Association

AMR Management Services

If you'd like to learn more, I'll also be speaking at the upcoming annual conference for the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives in Atlantic City, N.J., by Becky Rasmussen. Content Marketing for Nonprofits & Associations by Becky Rasmussen. "So, So, how do you actually define 'content'?". This was the question raised as we neared the close of a 3-hour session on content marketing for associations.

On Collins’ “What Makes Powerful Nonprofit Leaders” – a conversation with Association Trends’ 2007 Young and Aspiring Association Professionals


I was asked to start a conversation going with my fellow bloggers/readers and the other eleven 2007 Young and Aspiring Association Professionals (listed at the bottom of this post, who may or may not be familiar with this kind of blog-conversation format) as named by Association Trends back in November.

Authors and Social Media: a recap of 12.15 #SMfastfwd


DKRex : Deb Rexon, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ – AF librarian; will vacation anywhere. Scotia Systems ( @scotiasystems ) has put together an excellent recap of the 12.15 #SMfastfwd tweetchat on “Authors and Social Media” It is also well done visually. They have graciously allowed us to use their write-up here on the ChatterBachs blog. The original post can be found on the Scotia Systems site. It should be noted that @maddiegrant was also a guest panelist.