The Strauss Blog

Opportunities for Associations to Reduce Expenses While Improving Service

This purpose of this article is to suggest tactics to obtain the best price, for the correct product, from the right supplier. Determining the best price involves much more that just finding the lowest price. Do You Always Ask Your Suppliers If They Have Special Pricing for Associations or Registered Charities? Many suppliers of goods […]

GST/HST: What Your Association or Registered Charity Needs to Know

 “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers accountants.” These words were not spoken by the butcher in Shakespeare’s Henry The Sixth Part 2, rather they are from the mouth of a new treasurer of a not-for-profit association or registered charity who mistakenly thought that taxes and not-for-profit are mutually exclusive. Unfortunately, “exempt […]

How Good Is Your Association Record Keeping?

A standardized file folder naming system, for both electronic and hard copy/paper documents, has many benefits that go beyond making it easier to find things, such as efficiency in training new staff, and reduced misfiling. Below is an overview of the system used by Strauss for association record keeping that you might find valuable as […]

Sales Tax on Association Sponsorships and Tradeshow Booths

Sponsorships The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a published a guide GST/HST Information for Non-Profit Organizations; however, its section on sponsorships does not offer clear-cut information about sales tax on sponsorships. As an association management company, we add GST/HST to all sponsorships sold by our association clients, except under very special circumstances. We urge you […]

Insurance: What Event Planners Need to Consider When Organizing an Association Event

Your organization or association needs the protection insurance offers, for all of its events, even if you believe “there is no way that we could be at fault.” There are several varieties of insurance – read on to find out which (and possibly all) are right for your event. Commercial General Liability (CGL) Insurance “A […]

Event Management and Association Management Credit Card Security Best Practices

Have you ever wondered about the type of people who provide personal information in reply to emails from “lawyers” in Nigeria, or confirm credit card information in response to an email from an “alleged” bank or credit card company? Sending Credit Card and Debit Card Information by Email is Risky Unlike many merchants, most associations […]

Talking At Your Members Is Easy—Listening To Members Is Harder

Talking at your members is a one-way communication—pushing a message. Technology makes talking at the members of your association easy, all it takes is a few clicks of your mouse. You can find literally dozens of association communications software solutions at As well, MailChimp allows you to send two-thousand newsletters at no-cost. An easy […]

Increase the ROI on Your Events

“At most conferences, information flows from the top down in a numbing series of discursive, disconnected PowerPoints and sessions address topics relevant only to some of the people in the room. Participants leave slightly better informed than when they arrived.”[1] Your events do not have to be like “most conferences” described above. In the March […]

Delaying Your AGM: What Corporations Canada Says

Your association can apply to delay the date of its Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) requires that AGM’s must be held within six-months of the yearend. This is a challenge for federally incorporated associations whose yearend is December 31st and who have traditionally held their AGMs at the same time […]