Preparing to Change Membership Database Systems for an Association

By |2021-07-08T11:46:53-05:00July 8th, 2021|

Membership databases play a crucial role for the success of any association. Keeping track of membership information is important for organization and billing purposes. Most associations utilize some sort of membership system; whether it’s an online website, or the old school file cabinet, the information is kept somewhere. If [...]

The Association Board Binder

By |2020-10-22T10:23:00-05:00January 9th, 2020|

For all associations that our company manages, a board binder is created. The board binder stores several important documents and information regarding that association and is an important resource for all board members and association staff. Why have a board binder? The board binder serves a number of purposes: [...]

What is Quorum and Why is it Important for Associations?

By |2021-04-26T08:18:52-05:00October 24th, 2019|

Have you ever been part of a sports team and arrive to a game, only to find that many of your teammates didn't show up? For every sport, there are regulations in place that determine how many players are required for a game to start. The same goes for [...]

When to introduce a new product or service to your association

By |2020-10-21T15:21:40-05:00July 16th, 2018|

Member retention is an important area of focus for every association. Ensuring that your members are receiving value for their membership is a key to retaining existing members and recruiting new members. Many times, this means that the association should be identifying changing needs of members and introducing a [...]

Association Accounting Versus Business Accounting – What’s the Difference?

By |2018-06-07T14:19:37-05:00June 7th, 2018|

Association accounting is an area that may be confusing to some because the standards are slightly different than for a typical for-profit business. Not-for-profit associations can be run similarly to for-profit businesses in that they both have revenue, expenses, clients, directors, employees, etc. Yet, there are some key differences [...]

Why your association should use a graphic standards guide

By |2018-12-03T11:41:47-06:00June 1st, 2018|

What is a graphic standards guide? A graphic-standards guide, (which can also be knowns as a brand style guide,  brand identity guide, corporate identity guide, etc., etc.) gives an overview, best use practices, and examples for the visual identity of your brand. Contents of a standards guide can include direction [...]

The Role of the Administrative Support in an Association Office

By |2018-05-24T13:51:50-05:00May 24th, 2018|

I am frequently asked, “What is it that you do for work?”. When I tell people I work for Strauss Event and Association Management in an administrative position, I usually get a blank stare. Then, I explain what an association management company is, and what my role is within [...]

Member Retention & Personality Types

By |2018-06-21T14:12:42-05:00May 17th, 2018|

Member retention is very important for the long-term viability of every association (we discussed this in a previous article that can be found at: https://strauss.ca/introducing-association-members-new-membership-feature/ ). Figuring out how to retain members can be daunting at times as it is always important to remember that you want quality members [...]

Managing Change within an Association

By |2018-05-03T16:25:15-05:00May 3rd, 2018|

Change is a broad concept for associations and association leaders to work through. The world is changing at an alarming pace, which is affecting the way that boards and association leaders operate in many ways. I recently attended a session put on by the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian [...]

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