The Strauss Blog

Increasing Association Cyber Security on a Budget of $0

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The purpose of this article is to make you aware of prioritized doable and no-cost steps to make your association’s computers and computer system “safer” from cyber-attack. Learning from the Equifax Hack One-half of adults in the United States, and 100,000 Canadians, had their personal identifiable information (PII) […]

Marketing Your Association Event Beyond Your Membership Base

When marketing an association event, the primary audience is the association’s membership. This makes sense as they make up the majority of the attendees and represent the group that the event was developed for. There may be, however, several other groups interested in the event. It is important to determine who these groups are and […]

The Importance of Updated Contact Information for Association Members

Data is what businesses and associations thrive on. It is very important to always maintain a high level of accuracy which includes having up-to-date contact information. Unfortunately, this is not always as easy as it sounds. There are a lot of challenges ensuring that associations have correct and accurate information and that it reaches the […]

You’re Ready for the Board Meeting, But Are the Board Members?

Directors of association boards are volunteers. They have full-time jobs, personal lives and they are not being paid for their time and responsibilities. It is important to take this into consideration when working with them as an association employee. Here are a few tips to ensure that both you and the association’s volunteer directors are […]

Leading with Limited Resources- Is it Good for Your Association?

Never had I thought that working with limited resources could be viewed in a positive light, especially when leading an association. That was until I attended the Federated Insurance (Federated) (https://www.federated.ca) annual conference for association executives. I have been enlightened and am excited to share this eye-opening experience. I was fortunate enough to attend Federated’s […]

Association Management Systems and Websites Are Becoming One and the Same

As an association management company, we spend a lot of time speaking to associations that are exploring different management options. During these discussions, some of the most common questions revolve around association management systems (AMS), which consist of databases, a website, payment systems, and sometimes much more. We are often asked: What AMS does your […]

Six Bad Habits of Association Accounting and How to Avoid Them

Are you worried some of your accounting methods are causing more problems than they prevent? Or perhaps you don’t know how some of your habits are affecting your association or your external auditors. We all know quick fixes aren’t the right answer but unfortunately these types of things happen a lot in accounting because you […]

Does Your Association Need Abuse Insurance?

If your association interacts in any way with youth, the elderly, or people living with disabilities, then you should investigate obtaining abuse and molestation insurance coverage (commonly referred to as abuse insurance). Abuse insurance could be one of the most needed types of insurance for your organization. This is because abuse claims can be very […]

Five Things to Do During the Quiet Months

The crazy, busy event season has just wrapped up, all financials have been settled, and final reports have been submitted to the association leaders. Now what? It is difficult to switch gears and adjust to not having to work at such a hectic pace. Issues and client requests are not as pressing or time sensitive […]