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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

Common sense is not common

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:

What do your leaders celebrate in your workplace? Take a moment and write down the five to 10 things that leaders measure, praise, encourage, recognize, or reward on a regular basis.
Don’t look at service awards or other annual recognition that are given out. Note down the day-to-day messages that team members hear.
Next, categorize these messages, rewards, and praisings. Note which rewards are about results, performance and money, and which rewards are about cooperative interaction, citizenship and kindness.Read More

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

5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

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 Harvard Business Review

Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone in your company, “How are you?” they are more likely to answer “Busy!” than “Very well, thank you”? That is because the norm in most companies is that you are supposed to be very busy – or otherwise at least pretend to be – because otherwise you can’t be all that important. The answers “I am not up to much” and “I have some time on my hands, actually” are not going to do much for your internal status and career.
However, that you are very busy all the time is actually a bit of problem when you are in charge of your company or unit’s strategy, and responsible for organizing it. Because it means that you don’t have much time to think and reflect. And thinking is in fact quite an important activity when it comes to assessing and developing a strategy.
The CEO of a large, global bank once told me: “It is very easy for someone in my position to be very busy all the time. There is always another meeting you really have to attend, and you can fly somewhere else pretty much every other day. However, I feel that that is not what I am paid to do. It is my job to carefully think about our strategy.”Read More

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

Economic Impact: A New Approach for Proving Outcomes

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 Innovation Review

Impact. Defining it is often difficult. Measuring it can be harder yet. And the final step—communicating impact—remains a formidable challenge for many organizations.

Even in the midst of a climate primed for moderate economic growth, success in the nonprofit sector is elusive. Supporters, donors, and funding organizations comprise a limited pool of financial sustenance, which nonprofits of all shapes and sizes must continuously vie for with their messages to affirm the worthiness of their missions.

It’s a competition rife with nuance and largely decided by how substantially nonprofits can prove the mission-focused impact of their work. For decades, they have relied on two dimensions—efficiency and effectiveness—to define and frame their success. But these approaches are limiting and in some cases even detrimental when proving outcomes.

Luckily, nonprofits can supplement the shortcomings of these traditional means. There’s a more dynamic and tangible third dimension through which nonprofits can define, measure, and communicate their success: economic impact.Read More

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

A Nonprofit’s Cyber Liability And Data Privacy

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

Managers at nonprofits across the U.S. collect and store — in filing cabinets, networked servers and in rented “cloud” space — vast amounts of personal information. If you believe that the work of foreign hackers represents the greatest threat to the confidential information your nonprofit collects, you might be overlooking threats that are far closer to home.
Despite the increasing frequency of data breaches affecting public, private and nonprofit organizations, most nonprofit leaders admit knowing too little about the risks and consequences of failing to adequately protect personal information collected from employees, volunteers, clients and donors.
Here are common business activities that can lead to a data breach and potential liability for a nonprofit: Read More

Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Marketing, Strategic 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

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

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

A Few Very Critical Lessons from a Retiring Nonprofit CEO

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 Baby Boomers begin to retire from their long-term CEO roles with nonprofits, the best of them will leave behind their thoughts about what makes an extraordinary nonprofit executive.
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Filed under: Center for Association Resources, Non-Profit, Strategic Planning

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