Nonprofit organizations are only as valuable as the value they provide their members. That fact won't change. The rise of technology and the shift in generations have made it difficult to sustain a traditional nonprofit model. However, those things may not be so bad, as...
You may be exhausted after getting back from a conference, but you can’t lose momentum. Now’s the time to review your notes, follow-up with new contacts, share what you learned, and decide how your attendance may benefit your association.
Is your current structure stifling your mission? Do you have metaphorical tollbooths for your staff and volunteer leaders? Those tollbooths serve as permission-withholding stops and starts where every staff member and leader must get authorization and agreement to move an...
Tight budgets and growing competition are prompting associations to squeeze extra value out of their conferences. Web-based libraries of digitized abstracts and recorded sessions are dramatic value enhancers for members. As we’ll see, they yield many other benefits,...
Raise your hand if you’ve ever (almost) fallen asleep during a meeting. Hey, we’ve all been there. But meetings are a critical part of your organization’s success, and if you really want to keep members engaged, it’s important to add a little “oomph”...
“Success is a lousy teacher,” wrote Bill Gates in his book The Road Ahead. “It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” If you want to stay relevant, you can never stop seeking knowledge. The...
Board values are the guiding principles of an association's governing body. Each elected leader brings individual interests and values. It is the composition of the board that results in a set of guiding principles to advance the organization and serve its membership. Start...
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