The Strauss Blog

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 […]

Associations by Graphic Design: What to Think About When Taking on a New Association

People often struggle with change—change is hard and can force people away from what they are used to—but change happens. When there are big changes in association staffing or service providers, or even how an association is managed, it can be challenging for association members, board members and staff too. Big changes can happen for […]

Understanding Accounting to Better Manage Your Association

As an accountant working with associations, one question I’ve been asked is, “What is the difference between management accounting and financial accounting?” These are two distinctly different areas of accounting, and if you didn’t study accounting, this is probably something you were not aware of. Up until 2016, these two areas had different educational and […]

Association Membership Management Systems: Is it Time for a Change?

Thinking of switching membership management systems for your association? Here are a few things to consider before making the change. There are a variety of Association Management Systems (AMS) available. These systems are used for many association services, including membership signup, membership renewal, event registration, sales, and marketing. They range from being able to manage […]

Why Should Associations Blog? Let us Count the Ways

If you’ve searched for something online recently, you have undoubtedly encountered at least a blog or two, maybe even without realizing. Studies show that most people read several blogs a day, and overall, 23% of time online is spent on blog and social network webpages. For those researching a specific topic, a well-written, relevant blog […]

Leveraging Association Relationships to Maximize Training Opportunities

When two associations are similar but different, how can you leverage the similarities to offer dynamic educational opportunities? We offer association management services to two associations that have many similarities but can also be viewed as competitors (they compete for consumers’ recreational dollar spending). When the board of each started discussing training opportunities connected to […]

What is the Best Way to Engage Association Members?

Member engagement means nurturing and managing relationships to increase an association’s membership volume, value, and retention, and it is critical for an association to break down what engagement looks like for them. Associations should focus on driving those activities that provide value to members, as well as those that will support the mission of the […]