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Redirecting the leadership path
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The road to volunteer leadership is more open than ever, as more organizations are trying to engage diverse volunteers and position new leaders sooner rather than later. Associations are finding new ways to identify and nurture their future leaders by rethinking the traditional leadership pipeline. More

Education deserves some respect
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In most nonprofit associations, education deserves some respect. Yet, it is frequently treated like the Rodney Dangerfield of the association world. Typically, education is one of the top three reasons an association even exists. It's why people pay a membership fee to join the association; it's why people attend the association's annual meeting; it's usually even listed in the mission statement and strategic plan. But in a recent survey of association professionals, nearly 75 percent of nonprofit association respondents did not have a senior-level executive dedicated to education or professional development. Education was entrusted to mid-management or entry-level employees. Why is that? More

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5 lessons from world changers
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Now is the time to change the world. The past decade has been one of remarkable transformation and seemingly endless crisis. We've seen millions rise from poverty to the ranks of the middle class, but we face persistent  problems like disease, economic recession and financial turmoil. Correspondingly, we need leaders who are willing to address those challenges. But what would it take for us, as individuals, to be world changers? More

How personalization can help your renewals
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When it comes to renewal, technology can really help you out. Take advantage of your database. Ideally, members' histories are cataloged, so you'll know whether or not they've bought literature, volunteered or participated in programs. The more customized and personal a renewal letter is, the greater chance there is of an on-the-fence member renewing. More

Consensus is not a dirty word
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Recently, on ASAE's CEO network listserv, a rather energetic discussion on consensus emerged. One of that dialogue's most forceful and articulate participants took a hard-line stance against consensus, dismissing it as just a synonym for unanimity. Of course, it's nice when a decision is unanimous, but how often does that happen? According to Mark Golden, CAE, in the real world the majority rules and once a decision is made it is the board's duty to support the outcome and the staff's duty to do their jobs and make it so. More

Case study: Providing event attendees with wireless Internet
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In a follow-up survey question after the National Council on Family Relations conference, 82 percent of attendees felt having Internet access was very important. What many conference attendees don't realize is just how unaffordable it is to provide blanket wireless access on the meeting room floors at major hotels. A September 2011 industry report published by the Professional Convention Management Association found that respondents spent an average of over $7,000 on Internet access, and only 37 percent provided free WiFi to attendees. More

6 reasons your association should sponsor a sports program
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CAE Cindy Butts provides six reasons why sponsoring a sports team or program in your area makes sense for your association. More

Pitfalls for nonprofits that receive federal funds: Lessons learned from ACORN
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On the heels of an embezzlement scandal, in September 2009, allegations of voter registration fraud and other questionable behavior by employees of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now surfaced following the release of several undercover videos. The alleged conduct of ACORN employees gained national attention, led to federal legislation prohibiting the distribution of federal funds to the organization, and ultimately led to the organization's bankruptcy and dissolution in 2010. The downfall of ACORN serves as an important lesson to all nonprofit organizations. More

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