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Association Ethics for Staff and Volunteers

Ethical behaviour means acting in ways that are consistent with behaviours that society, individuals, and businesses have deemed to be “proper” or “correct.” Good values involve demonstrating respect for key moral principles that include honesty, fairness, equality, dignity, diversity, and individual rights[1]. The most important influence on ethical values in an association is its overall […]

GST/HST and QST on Registration Fees for Virtual Meetings and Trade Shows

Many associations have been forced to cancel in-person professional development meetings and/or trade shows because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as described in my colleagues’ recent article Association Trade Shows Gone Virtual. The cancellation of these events both reduces the value of association membership and threatens some association’s financial sustainability. Virtual meetings and trade shows can and […]

Cash Flow Management for Volunteer Board Members

As the accounting manager of an association management company, one challenge that I have encountered is that most volunteer association board members do not have a diverse accounting knowledge or background. Most people have an idea of how to manage their personal finances, but this is likely being done on more of a cash in, […]

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 […]