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Growth Crises and Three Phases of Governance Response

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 Non Profit Quarterly:

This article looks at the ways in which board/staff relationships played out in four small cultural organizations—two museums and two performing arts companies—as each passed through three distinct phases of a growth/financial crisis. This research may inform nonprofit boards and managers in a couple of ways:
It identifies patterns of board response around a crisis that may help in understanding and negotiating similar situations;
It describes how trust and distrust play roles that are individually destructive but when combined are healthy and productive. Read More

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

Better Together: How to Make the Biggest Impact Through Nonprofit and For-Profit Partnerships

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 The Huffington Post:

No matter what cause, industry or issue a nonprofit focuses on, the goal remains the same: make the biggest impact possible.

While the nonprofit community is already making a huge difference with the $358.38 billion in charitable giving driving their activities, there’s always a need to be met and always more that can be done. So it’s no surprise that corporate social responsibility (CSR) is on the rise with for-profits. Businesses are realizing the value in incorporating social good into their company mission, both for the community and for the bottom line. As a result, partnerships between nonprofit and for-profit organizations are a no-brainer. Both stand something to gain by working together to enact change. Read More

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

From Idea to Awesome: 7 Steps to Manage Change While Innovating

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 Technology Network:

Innovation and change go hand-in-hand. You can’t innovate without changing things; you typically can’t change things without innovating. The problem is innovation is shiny and sexy and it’s easy to get excited about but… Everyone. Hates. Change. So you come up with a truly innovative idea, do your best to plan for the changes ahead, launch the project, but then you still encounter people problems that slow down adoption, or at worst, could lead to your project fizzling out. Read More

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

Tackling the Trends in Nonprofit Communications

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 MC Talks:

With so many different communication channels out there – websites, newsletters, emails, and more – communicating with your association’s stakeholders can often seem overwhelming. What channels are the most effective? How often should you be sending out messages? What types of messages should you be communicating in the first place? The list of questions goes on and on. Read More

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

A New Way to Think About Why Members Join

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:

Over and over we hear that professional development and networking are the top reasons members join any association. Here’s another way to think about why members join. They are searching. Here are some of the things they are searching for: Read More

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

Maximize Your Company’s Exposure By Partnering With the Press

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 Mission Connected Blog:

…Don’t sit back and wait. The life of a journalist is multi-faceted, fast-paced and busy. So, if you want your story in front of the one covering the beat under which your organization and its work falls, take it upon yourself to reach out. Contact the reporter instead of waiting to be contacted, and be ready to give the meat of your story concisely but thoroughly.
Make your news relevant to the reporter. Be respectful of the reporter’s position keeping in mind he or she is going to choose whether or not to pursue your story. Make sure you look at what you’re offering from their professional perspective, not just from the value you have placed on your organization or topic. Garry suggests utilizing a communications/research intern to not only find the right reporting contacts but to also track and advise what trends exist in the coverage to see how your organization’s dealings might just fit in. Read More

Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Marketing, Planning, Strategy

Accentuate the positive

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 SmartBlog on Leadership

How do you motivate yourself?

That’s a question I sometimes get and when I do I like to give a three-word answer: Accentuate the positive! It’s the title of a Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer tune from the 1940s. Also consider the maxim that legendary basketball coach John Wooden used to preach: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

That simple statement offers such clarity. So often we sabotage ourselves by thinking negatively. We may posit a lofty intention and then we de-loft it when we weigh the obstacles in our path.

Indeed the biggest obstacle may not be a boss or a circumstance — it is ourselves. And so we kill our motivational motor just as it begins to turn over.

Instead, learn to “accentuate the positive.” Read More

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

10 ways to keep fundraising on track

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:

Fundraising is a duty that comes with with a considerable workload and it is sometimes difficult to gauge whether one is heading in the right direction while operating in a pressure cooker.
Give your donors what they want. Referred to as donor-focused or relationship fundraising, donors need to receive what they want when they want and how they want it in order for a strong, long-term relationship to be forged. Usually, this coincides or can coincide with what the organization wants. Read More

Filed under: Fund Raising, Leadership, Non-Profit, Planning

Brave Leadership

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 Great Leadership:

Widely. For some bravery could mean facing a tough personnel decision or making investment decisions to enter a new market. And while those decisions can often be brave, I contend that the highest form of bravery in an organizational context is keeping at bay the opposite of bravery; fear. In our business organizations fear has a growing influence. This can be seen in our capital allocation decisions, how we react to competitors and how engaged our employees are in the mission of the organization that you are leading. To be a truly great leader you must tackle the three primary areas that fear can influence your organization and prevent your business from realizing increased returns and long-term value creation. Read More

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

Opportunities Missed From Too Many Fundraising Channels

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 The NonProfit Times:

Most fundraisers (68 percent) use four or more channels to engage constituents, and the most popular engagement channels are email (86 percent), website (72 percent) and in-person events (71 percent) and direct mail (68 percent).
While most nonprofits use multiple channels to engage their supporters, there still are missed opportunities when it comes to online fundraising and the time it takes to acknowledge donations. Some 60 percent of organizations have only one online fundraising page or no fundraising page at all and 76 percent of organizations take 72 hours or more to acknowledge a donation. Read More

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

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