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Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From Palmetto Grant Consulting

There are many ancillary benefits to writing and submitting grants that go beyond the economic development of your organization. They are outlined below. With funders moving more and more toward partnering with strong, efficient, and effective organizations, you may want to assess whether you are as strong as you could and should be.

  • Increased Organization and Clarity – Proposal development helps in gaining significant insight toward mission and vision, as well as formulation and progress on goals, objectives, and strategic plans. It helps with identifying gaps in services, needs, target populations, and evaluation methods.
  • Resource Management – In clarifying mission, goals and objectives, resources, such as time, personnel, and finances, are managed more effectively and efficiently.

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Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Fund Raising, Leadership, Non-Profit, Planning

How to Run an Incredible Meeting

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From Sharing the Goodness:

Do you often feel frustrated after your committee meetings? Do you feel that you are not accomplishing what you set out to accomplish? What do you do when meetings seem endless or unproductive? First, you need to figure out why. Common reasons include:

  • You’re not clear on what you want to get out of the meeting
  • People are getting off topic
  • People aren’t participating or staying engaged

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Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Leadership, Non-Profit, Strategic Planning

Refresh Your Board’s Elevator Pitch

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From Source:

We’ve been busy, busy with board trainings this summer. It makes sense. This is often the slowest time of year for fundraising and smart fundraisers know that they’d better get the building blocks in place for the fall season before it actually hits!

This is a great time revisit and refresh your board’s skills as ambassadors and fundraisers.

If you want to do a full-blown fundraising training, check out this earlier log for some tips. But, even if you don’t have time to go whole-hog, think about taking the time at your next board meeting to help board members develop their spiel.

Of all the things board members ask for when it comes to training, is “what on earth do I say about my organization?” Read more

Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Fund Raising, Leadership, Non-Profit

Succession Planning is Not Only about the Successor

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From Nonprofit Quarterly:

As a retired executive of nineteen-and-a-half years from one of the largest Jewish federations in North America, I have observed numerous succession transitions, including my own. But there has not been much written about the role of the retiring executive in succession planning, which is natural, as succession signifies the successor. But through many conversations over the years, I would like to highlight some principles to ensure a more successful transition. Read More

Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Non-Profit, Planning

Managing for Value: Organizational Strategy in For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Governmental Organizations

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

All organizations benefit from committing themselves to a strategy that describes the value that an organization intends to produce, the means it will rely on to produce that value, and how it will sustain itself in the future. The most well-developed and commonly relied upon models for developing organizational strategies come from the private sector. Yet, these models fail to take account of two crucially important features of the strategic problem faced by nonprofit organizations and governmental bureaucracies: first, that the value that these organizations produce lies in the achievement of social purposes for which no revenue stream is readily apparent rather than in creating wealth for shareholders or satisfaction to customers, and second, that nonprofit and governmental organizations receive revenues from sources other than customer purchases of products and services. Read more

Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Leadership, Non-Profit, Strategy

10 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofits

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From Nonprofit Tech for Good:

Nonprofits are familiar with writing blog posts that provide program updates, tell success stories, comment on breaking news and current affairs, and promote calls to action. This type of blog content is standard in nonprofit communications and should continue to be reported on regularly; however, some of your most shared, retweeted, and +1′d blog posts will be those that are out of the ordinary. With more than 250 million blogs in existence and countless online news outlets worldwide, your new media manager must excel at writing and have the ability to expand their storytelling, marketing, and fundraising content beyond traditional blog writing. The rise of mobile and social media has profoundly altered how journalists frame and format their stories, and the same is true for nonprofit bloggers. Read More

Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Marketing, Non-Profit, Strategic Planning

IRS 990: What’s in it for me?

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From Nonprofits Assistance Fund:

When nonprofit organizations complete the IRS 990, the standard federal reporting requirement for nonprofit organizations, most probably aren’t thinking about how they will use the form. The 990 is essentially a compliance document, explaining to the IRS the mission, governance, year. The IRS uses the form to not only program activities and financial situation of an organization for the prior make sure the organization still exists, but also to check to see that the organization is meeting the rules for charities, and basically doing the things that it said it would do. Many organizations view the annual filing of the 990 as an administrative task to check off the list every year.

The IRS isn’t the only organization that wants to see 990s. Funders are interested in them too. Read more

Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Leadership, Marketing, Non-Profit

New Study Reveals Challenge of Recruiting New Leaders May Not Be on the Supply Side

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From Nonprofit Quarterly:

A study released today by Third Sector New England reveals that more of the troubles in leadership transitions may be on the “demand” rather than the “supply side.” In other words, the challenge may not lie in the supply of competent emerging leaders, as has been heralded in the past, but with the attractiveness of the job of executive. The study surveyed 877 leaders – mostly executive directors, and 330 board members in some detail. Read More

Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Leadership, Non-Profit, Strategy

Employers: 6 Components of a 
Positive Workplace Culture

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From Nonprofit Talent Match:

There’s no denying that this isn’t your father’s Corporate America. Since Don Draper’s day, workplaces have become more casual, more connected, more innovative, and more flexible. But have they become fun? Maybe so, or at least, that’s what the latest crop of employees hope to find when they settle into their new environment.
According to a recent report from Accenture, 60 percent of Class of 2015 graduates said they would take a pay cut to work where there is a “positive social atmosphere.”
“Most employers don’t actually need to see the results of a study to know that a positive, even fun, company culture is a deciding factor for young people who are entering the job market,” according to Michael Houlihan, co-author along with Bonnie Harvey of The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People and The New York Times bestseller The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand. Read More

Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Leadership, Non-Profit, Strategic Planning

How to Attract the Right Nonprofit Talent for Your Organization

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

From Nonprofit Hub:

Spoiler alert: we’re hiring. We’ve had some amazing applications come in, and it got me thinking about the hiring process at nonprofit organizations. We’ve also had countless inquiries from people whose hearts are in the right place, but don’t necessarily fit the job description.

But let me tell you, nonprofit professionals, there is a person out there who is the right fit for whatever nonprofit job you’re trying to fill. You just need to do a few things to make sure you find them. Check out these ways to find the right balance of passion and experience.
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Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Leadership, Non-Profit, Strategic Planning

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