Association Reserve Funds

By |2022-06-23T11:22:37-05:00June 23rd, 2022|

What is a Reserve Fund? Reserve Funds are liquid assets that associations set aside for anticipated future expenditures, or to serve as a cushion against any unplanned expenses. Five Best Practices for Managing your Restricted (Reserve) Funds Use the Class tracking functionality in your accounting software If your association [...]

Creating Organized Communications Content for Associations

By |2022-06-16T09:18:48-05:00June 16th, 2022|

To say that communication is essential is an understatement for associations. Two years ago, when the unexpected pandemic hit us, the world as we knew it went digital overnight. This meant that all the brainstorming meetings and detailed explanations to designers or writers were now being conducted over long [...]

Giving Better Feedback as an Association Leader

By |2022-06-06T09:54:22-05:00May 31st, 2022|

Picture this. As the board chair of your association, you’ve been noticing that the membership committee chair, Bob, is not fulfilling his responsibility as a volunteer leader. Bob has been absent for meetings, is not engaging the rest of the committee, and is not sticking to agreed-upon timelines. The [...]

Making the Most of In-Person Association Board Meetings

By |2022-05-12T11:21:17-05:00May 12th, 2022|

My last pre pandemic blog article discussed how The Best-Intentioned Association Boards can get Sidetracked. As I reflect on the way we conducted board meetings during the pandemic, it is interesting to reflect on this article from over two years ago. It focused on making the best use of [...]

Connecting with Association Members Using Online Tools – Part II

By |2022-04-21T14:22:04-05:00April 21st, 2022|

In a past blog, I shared the following three helpful tools to connect with association members: Doodle to create polls, QuestionPro to create surveys, and Campaign Monitor to send bulk emails. Since the pandemic began, we’ve elevated our use of online resources to stay connected with members. I would [...]

The Business Behind Association Events

By |2022-04-12T16:06:30-05:00April 7th, 2022|

Now that in-person events are re-emerging, it is time to start planning! Your association members are ready to meet in person and begin receiving the benefits of their membership. Your association’s operating budget is begging for increased revenue to help provide better services and programs to your members. There [...]

The Key to Organization for Association Leaders

By |2022-03-17T14:37:33-05:00March 17th, 2022|

For association board members it can be difficult to keep your association to-do lists organized, especially when your professional life gets hectic. I am here to provide some ideas on how you can stay organized in your day-to-day role as an association leader. The fast-pasted association environment has taught [...]

Plant Seeds and Cultivate Leadership Within Your Association

By |2022-03-03T13:49:37-06:00March 3rd, 2022|

Leadership is a quality that can occur in any person. However, not every member of your association has realized the potential leader lying dormant within them. An association’s board of directors often seeks new leaders among its committees and at events. However, it is just as good a practice [...]

Courage: Try, Trust, and Tell

By |2022-02-17T16:04:59-06:00February 17th, 2022|

Despite the constant struggle with COVID-19, restrictions, and exhaustion that we have been facing over the past two years, the association world has shown that it can pivot and continue to grow in the face of adversity. It takes a great deal of courage from many people to achieve [...]

Getting Together Again – Adjusting Expectations (Again)

By |2022-02-10T09:28:35-06:00February 10th, 2022|

Over the second year of the pandemic, we have experienced a lot of starts and stops. In October 2021 we felt that it was safe for our association clients to be hosting in-person events. However, by the end of the year, we had cancelled in-person association events for January [...]

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