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If your association’s annual election is approaching, you likely have questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting governmental restrictions will affect your ability to hold your election. Should we reschedule the election? What if we have already sent out the request for nominations? What if there are no more candidates than there are open seats? What if we’ve already sent out the ballots?

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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. One of the many important lessons the ACLU-NJ has gleaned from the “The Networked Non-Profit” and “Measuring The Networked Nonprofit” is the benefit of involving outside staff members in communications-related decision making.

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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. ” Why it works for them: Like the construction industry , AASP/NJ has struggled to bring younger generations of workers into its professional fold.

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No swimming: Why opening pools in a pandemic isn’t so simple


Albert Pellegrino, CMCA, AMS, with P&A Management in Hamilton, N.J., Pools might be one of the most desired amenities in community associations, but opening pools in the middle of a pandemic isn’t so simple. That’s what CAI discovered when surveying board members, community managers, and other stakeholders in the industry to share their approach to pools this year. Only 7% of respondents reported opening their community’s pool on time, while 40% said their pool remains closed.

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

Beth Kanter

The executive director for the ACLU-NJ, Udi Ofer, had that exact conversation with his staff when he was started last February and set up a Twitter account @UdiACLU and started using Instagram and YouTube to answer questions about marriage equality, DOMA, police misconduct, and other issues on the organization’s docket. While the communications department has suggested the idea, he was on board from the start.

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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. Many of your neighbors, including children and seniors, won’t have enough to eat during the holiday season.

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? If not, take 15 minutes to participate in the Association Leadership Study.

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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 didn’t read much online but caught a few outstanding blog posts and conversations, particularly Joe Flower’s post and resulting comments about his decision to not renew his ASAE membership and a follow-up post by Maddie Grant. I’ll go into this topic further in my post this week at SmartBlog Insights.

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. A study of the past five years of economic activity in New Jersey reveals a number of insights about partnerships that associations nationwide can learn from. Plus: How can you make the perfect password?

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. This week, the association celebrates the anniversary of that achievement—and looks forward to the steps it hopes to take next. Before we got rid of smoking in restaurants, we got rid of smoking on airplanes.

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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.” And then says, “I’ve been arguing to media that relationships are more valuable.

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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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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. With a tough California law soon to take effect and a new Congress heading to DC, associations are making their case that the federal government should step in with new rules for data privacy and, potentially, new legislation.

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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. A little less than 1,300 miles separate New Jersey from Cuba, but with a new association endeavor, that distance could get a little smaller.

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. The latest legislative move to rein in federal spending on government-sponsored conferences and limit government employee attendance at outside meetings came last week from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

Senate Bill Aims to Reform Federal Checkoff Programs

Associations Now

Cory Booker (D-NJ) may have won an enthusiastic response to his speech at the Democratic National Convention this week, but on the day-to-day front, he’s earned quieter praise—specifically from farmers—for sponsoring legislation that he says will improve transparency and accountability in federal commodity checkoff programs. A bipartisan bill recently introduced into the Senate would require that industry-funded checkoff programs disclose their budgets and refrain from lobbying.

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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. lawmakers are urging the Transportation Security Administration to step up passenger screening in the nation’s rail stations. The National Railroad Passengers Association is asking Congress to pump the brakes.

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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?

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. Almost all the bets placed on the NCAA tournament are illegal, but Americans should have a way to wager legally on March Madness and other sporting events, the American Gaming Association says.

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. As part of the research for my next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit , with Aliza Sherman, I’m not just reading, but actually testing out some of the techniques suggested for mindfulness. One of the most popular: coloring books. Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore.

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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 A new Senate bill that would open up more of the wireless spectrum is getting a chilly reception from auto trade groups, which say the plan could affect their efforts to introduce vehicle-to-vehicle communication. The groups say the bill could hold back a potentially lifesaving technology.

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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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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. A new Senate measure, a direct response to a House bill that would remove taxes from displayed airfares, claims the high ground on transparency in pricing. The ongoing debate over transparency in airfares just got a new wrinkle.

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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. We do not, as a whole, wallow in self pity. We are scrappy, and yes, sometimes we are arrogant and self-important.

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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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. The International Air Transport Association kicked up a hornet’s nest of backlash in North America with its plan to standardize carry-on-bag sizes worldwide. Now, IATA is putting the idea on hold.

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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. Bad credit causes most people to stagnate financially and leaves them unable to make any big decisions concerning money. Your credit score – which we have explained in great details in this article , determines most of your financial decisions.

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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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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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Creating The Village It Takes To Do Coalition Work

Beth Kanter

In addition to her recent work with ReachOut.com and Crisis Text Line, she is the proud mom of an almost 3-year-old and lives in Maplewood, NJ. Note From Beth: One of the principles in my book, The Networked Nonprofit, was that networked nonprofits consider people and organizations as part of their networks to make change.

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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. After a long and painful battle with Parkinson’s disease, my father passed away peacefully this week. While I feel a profound sense of loss, what gives me comfort is that I had a remarkable father in so many ways. I’m left with one final life lesson from him: love never dies.

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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.” ” While sales folks have adopted Gandhi’s wisdom to mean: “Don’t be afraid to ask for the order,” association professionals need to take it a step further.

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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.

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. Last week I was in Chicago to facilitate a session about leadership and social media as part of Knight Digital Media Center’s Digital Strategy for Community Foundations and Nonprofits.

News Revenue Hub Expands as Journalism Membership Programs Grow

Associations Now

” The first five members of the group were InsideClimate News , NJ Spotlight , Honolulu Civil Beat , The Lens , and PolitiFact. NJ Spotlight , which has attracted $86,000 in donations, has tiers that start at $35. An initiative by Voice of San Diego to bring membership programs to media outlets is picking up enough steam that it’s being spun off into a separate nonprofit.

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. Though I have been playing blog catch-up lately, when I came across Maddie Grants great post/challenge on what steps each of us plan to take in 2012 to make the world a better place I could not resist responding. For the association world: Collaborate.

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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. So Im working my way through Humanize , and like most everyone else, Im really enjoying it. This will probably be the first of several posts describing the thoughts it provokes for how I am and should be running my association.

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.

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.