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What to do About Under Performing Chapters?

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 Smooth the Path:

The carrot or the stick. A supporting response or a punitive response. What do we do with the non-performing chapters?
Perhaps we ignore non-performing chapters because while affiliated with us they are separate entities run by separate leadership. We’ve made the decision that they are self-supporting and self-regulated therefore we largely ignore them.
Except… Read More

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

Four Questions to Answer before Setting a Membership Growth Goal

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 Membership Marketing Blog:

The late, great Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might end up someplace else.”His thoughts certainly hold true in membership marketing. Everyone likes a catchy phrase. A leader may have stated a goal like, “20,000 members by the year 2020.” However, the frustration and challenge for many membership marketers is the goal may have been set without understanding the context of what it will ta ke to achieve the goal. Setting a membership development goal is a great idea, but to make it realistic, it requires the answer to four foundational questions. Read More

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

Meetings: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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 Knowledge @ Wharton:

They interrupt flow, and pop up unbidden on your iCal. They tend to convey all of the information you already knew and none of the things you really wanted to know. Meetings have emerged as one of the most universally despised conventions of American work life, and they show no sign of letting up. But if workers and managers alike feel put upon by meetings, experts say it’s not meetings per se that are the culprit. The problem is bad meetings.
Wharton management professor Nancy Rothbard says that if we are meeting more often than ever, it may be because we are now so busy we have to schedule time to simply think. “There are so many demands on us that leaders are scheduling meetings to get people engaged in the problem at hand,” she says. “I think people call meetings so they can have people’s mindshare, when it might have been more efficient to work through a problem independently.” Read More

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

From Small to Scale: Three Trade-offs for Smaller Nonprofits Trying to Get Big

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:

“Money often costs too much,” wrote the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Many leaders of smaller nonprofits, struggling to find the funds to grow or sustain programs, surely feel the same way. It is easy to rack up costs chasing after foundation grants, public donations, and government funds, and the wrong chase can be financially fatal. Read More

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

Why every nonprofit should track participant engagement

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 Stanford Social Interaction Review

A quick search of “millennials on nonprofit boards” yields more than 67,000 search results on Google. Most of the articles that turn up emphasize the value of millennial leadership, and include calls to engage and involve them in the social sector. But reality lags far behind interest and intentions. One large, national survey in 2012 showed that only 2 percent of board members were under 30, while 43 percent were between 50 and 64. Meanwhile, 70 percent of millennials spent at least an hour volunteering last year, and 84 percent made a charitable donation. More than other living generations, the millennial generation is focused on making a difference, being hands-on, and pursuing what it loves. Data like this makes it clear that millennials care about the state of the world and want to get involved—so why do so few boards have young members? Read More

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

Values in Your Organization and What They Have to Do with Raising Money: Part 1

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:

I believe that values are the starting point of an organization, the fundamental foundation, the critical framework.
How do we found a nonprofit organization? A group of people who share the same beliefs get together to fix something…or to provide an opportunity…or to fill a gap…or…
Sure, there is often an initiator. That person is called a founder. But the best founders bring together other people—pretty much immediately. A founder never owns a nonprofit. A nonprofit is a community-based organization, owned by the community. Read More

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

8 Ways To Communicate Financial Info

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 Times

Like many worthwhile lessons, financial information can have a value in inverse proportion to listeners’ interest in it. Regardless of interest, however, financial information is important, and it is important for nonprofit staffers at all levels to have some idea of the organization’s financial situation.
With that said, many financial officers encounter a great deal of difficulty in delivering financial information to people who are not in the financial know.
Read More

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

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