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The Center for Association Resources is an association management firm focused on helping Non-Profit associations succeed in their mission.

Using your EQ to make your team stronger

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 SmartBrief:

IQ gets you hired. EQ gets you promoted.
This HR adage has been around sometime and while certainly valid, it does not address the entire picture when applied to an executive on the rise. Certainly the individual must have smarts, a combination of old-fashioned “book-learnin’” and business acumen. Additionally, the executive must possess the ability to maintain an emotional equilibrium with self and with others. Read More

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

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

Are We There Yet? A Conversation on Performance Measures in the Third Sector

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 NPQ Quarterly

What’s on the horizon for nonprofit accountability? How can scholars help practitioners make sense of these changes? Last month, 1,000 researchers and pracademics gathered in Chicago to discuss these and other questions at the annual meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Read More

Filed under: Association Resources, Center for Association Resources, Leadership, Strategy

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

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

The Eight Building Blocks of Strong Nonprofit Brands

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:

To some, the very idea of nonprofit branding is a vulgar topic. No doubt, the nonprofit sector should be about mission, about performance, about excellence. We all want nonprofits to get the support they deserve, and we may sincerely wish that effectiveness were the coin of the realm—but it rarely is. Not only are measures of performance imprecise in many fields, the metrics we do have are incommensurable across fields. For all the talk of social investing and venture philanthropy, the reality is that brands still dominate the capital markets in the nonprofit sector. Decisions about support are a function of what the public thinks a nonprofit is doing far more than what it actually knows about what the organization is accomplishing.
So, what is a brand? Read More

Filed under: Marketing, Non-Profit, Strategy

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

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

For Employers: Stay Interview Questions

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

There’s the job interview, aimed at finding the best person for a position, and the exit interview, a chance to pretend to learn from a departing employee what is good or bad about the organization.

And now, there’s the stay interview. As proposed by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans in their book “Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss,” the stay interview is a conversation between a manager and a valued employee aimed at keeping that employee in the fold. Read More

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

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