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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

Want Good Governance? Teach Hard Skills in Nonprofit Advocacy

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:

In “Reframing Governance II,” David Renz makes the point that some of the most powerful decisions affecting the communities and mission work of nonprofits are made at levels outside the purview of the board. Rather, they are made at the network level and often involve advocacy. So, do you and your board know how to deconstruct your state’s budget, or about the legal parameters about lobbying and campaigning in your state? These skills and knowledge bases should be required for many nonprofits because it allows them more influence over the policymaking and money flows that in many cases define how their missions can be actuated, but few funders and capacity-builders promote them as core competencies. Read More

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

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

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

A new study finds a key component of effective leadership is surprisingly simple

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 Business Insider:

Typically, when we envision successful leaders, we think of people who are charismatic, who know how to take control of a room, and who are comfortable in positions of power.

In fact, research suggests that extroversion is generally a strong predictor of successful leadership.

Yet a new analysis of 25 studies, led by Dana Joseph, Ph.D., at the University of Central Florida, complicates the idea that simply being outgoing is enough to make you an outstanding leader. Now, researchers say that positivity is key: Generally happy people make better leaders.

The analysis zeroed in on the relationship between trait positivity (or the general tendency to respond positively to situations) and several leadership criteria, including leadership effectiveness.Read More

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

Maximizing the Value You Deliver to Members

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:

Delivering products and services to members involves choices. How much of your budget, staff time, and promotional efforts should go into any given product or service? What products and services attract new members and help to keep them? Understanding this defines value.

One method to help make these decisions is to ask members and staff to rate offerings through two questions. How important is a given product or service? And how well does the organization deliver these offerings? Read More

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

Make Advocacy a Part of Every Board Member’s Duty

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:

Advocacy is essential to nonprofit work — but it’s not always seen as a crucial part of serving on a nonprofit board.

That view is changing, however, especially now that BoardSource, the organization that many nonprofits turn to for advice on governance, has put advocacy on its list of 10 basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards. Read More

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

The 3-step process for creating better habits across your team

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:

As a leader, it’s your job to ensure you’re always pushing your employees to form positive workplace habits. But like any ingrained routine, it takes more than motivation for it to truly sink in. Even the most promising change can fizz out if it’s not repeated on a daily basis.

According to international business speaker and author Michael Kerr, successful people tend to thrive on routine and consistent habits. Of course, you can’t force your employees to adopt a habit, but by finding the right work pattern and reinforcing it daily, you’ll build a culture that’s driven by consistency. And as a result, you’ll foster a more productive workplace. Read More

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

What Makes a Great 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 National Council of NonProfits:

What makes a great meeting? The best of them leave us focused and energized because the purpose of the meeting was clear; attendees felt engaged; and the process was smooth. Not-so-great meetings, on the other hand, drain energy, and lower morale.
To help you set the stage for meetings that are strategic, outcome-oriented, and productive for all, we’ve pulled together some tips. Read More

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

Adding Remarketing to Your Membership and Conference Marketing Mix

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:

In most cases, all of your marketing efforts drive members and customers to your website to join, register, or purchase an item. But the reality is that once a prospect comes to your website many do not complete their transaction on the first visit. Read More

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

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