The Strauss Blog

Is Your Association Set Up to Prevent Fraud?

It’s no secret that fraud is a large risk to any organization. There are numerous ways fraudulent activity could take place in an accounting system and it’s important to understand your risk factors and to take into consideration several things to prevent fraud in an association. Smaller associations are more vulnerable to fraud due to […]

Association Meeting Minutes: What You Need to Know

Whether you are attending an association Board or committee meeting in person, by conference call or videoconference, meeting minutes need to be taken. The meeting minutes are usually taken by an administrative staff member, the Board secretary or the committee chair. Meeting minutes serve as an official record of meetings of the Board or committees. […]

Adding Value to Association Membership: Creating Two-Way Communication Opportunities

As stated in one of our previous articles, “Members are the lifeblood of associations. Without members, an association would cease to exist. An association’s members are its most valuable asset and bring the life, the drive, and the mission to associations.” An association should be using a variety of techniques to find out what the […]

Managing Association Member Expectations: Is Your Member Database Doing Enough?

Members have come to expect a lot out of their associations these days. Many see membership in any organization as a give-and-take situation: they pay a monthly or annual fee, they receive the benefit of membership in return. The bottom line is that members always have expectations when they belong to an association. For an […]

Valuegraphics: How can it Help Your Association?

I get emails regularly talking about Millennials–who they are, how they act, how they make buying decisions, and what’s important to them. As an association management company, our association clients are constantly grappling with how to reach this large and powerful demographic to engage them as members, volunteers and customers. Age is certainly one factor […]

Why Survey Members of an Association?

Members are the lifeblood of associations. Without members, an association would cease to exist. An association’s members are its most valuable asset and bring the life, the drive, and the mission to associations. An association depends on a strong membership to ensure its continued success; therefore, it is important to confirm that the members are […]

Association Certification Exams: Setting Yourself up for Success

Whenever there is a certification connected to an association’s membership, it is likely that members have needed to challenge their College’s exam to use said title in their professional practice. In association management companies (AMCs), the association coordinator is tasked with organizing and planning the certification exams. This task may seem like a colossal undertaking […]

Association Leadership Changes Can Be Hard – Lessons Learned

I spent a large part of the last year leading a national trade association through a major management change. The year saw the departure of the long-time CEO, the appointment of an interim CEO, and finally the transition from a stand-alone association to one managed by an association management company (AMC). In addition to these […]

Incorporating a Human Resources Plan into your Association’s Strategic Plan – Part II

As mentioned in my last blog article, a strategic human resources plan is a process that identifies current and future human resources needs for an association to meet its vision and mission. To ensure your association is performing at its highest level, there should be a link between human resources management and the strategic plan […]

Prioritizing Your Day as an Association Coordinator

In association management companies (AMCs), we can often find ourselves in a time crunch trying to finish client projects at the last minute. In my role as association coordinator for an AMC that manages associations, staying on top of four or more associations can at times be overwhelming and stressful. Not only do I need […]