The Strauss Blog

Is Your Association A High-Performance Association?

Has the performance of your association been thoroughly evaluated? How do you know if it is time to begin the process of progressing your association into a high-performance association? High-performance associations possess the following key characteristics: The vision and mission of the association are owned and shared by all stakeholders Strategy is performance-based and the […]

How QuickBooks Can Work for Your Association

No matter what type of association you are managing, keeping accurate financial records is essential. Keeping your accounting records organized is important for many reasons, including a quick and low-cost audit or review engagement and being able to get useable information when it is needed to help manage your association. QuickBooks is one of the […]

Six Things to Do and Four to Avoid When Using Social Media For Your Association

After Introducing Social Media to a Reluctant Association, you need to figure out how best to take advantage of it. When used well, social media can work for your association by building awareness, promoting advancements, and connecting with prospective members. Social media can be overwhelming, but it is manageable. Read on fora few pointers to consider […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – The Honeymoon is Over July 1st

CASL’s (Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation) three-year transition period ends on July 1st, 2017. Before you celebrate our sesquicentennial, you might want to call your insurance broker, lawyer, and IT professional—plus, educate yourself and all your employees. What is CASL? On Canada Day 2014, CASL came into effect. It applies to “commercial electronic messages” (CEMs), which are […]

The Rapid Pace of Change: The Association Challenge

I recently attended the kick off breakfast for the Electrical Association of Manitoba’s annual conference. The opening speeches were very typical with a Minister from the provincial government talking about industry, and the president of the association thanking everyone for attending and discussing the expectations for the next two days. The more interesting aspect of […]

Association Cyber Risk: Reducing It, and Insuring Against It

“It’s no longer if you are going to have a cybersecurity event, it is when.” This grim prediction comes from the co-author of the Guide for Cybersecurity Event Recovery published by the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. What is Cyber Risk “Cyber risk means any risk of financial loss, disruption […]