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 [...]

Association Members Are Talking – Are You Listening?

By |2022-05-19T15:38:24-05:00May 19th, 2022|

In association leadership, we know how important it is to members that they feel heard and seen. With this in mind, we survey members, request feedback, and provide ample opportunity for them to communicate their needs and priorities. This process is extremely important, but if we aren’t actively listening [...]

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 [...]

The Crucial Orientation and Training for Association Board Members

By |2022-03-31T13:21:52-05:00March 31st, 2022|

As we start getting back to in-person board meetings, volunteer board members are craving a better understanding of their role as directors of an association. Zoom-based board meetings have taken away the personal interactions that happen around board tables and put board members into isolation which makes it harder [...]

Lessons of Leadership from Ted Lasso for Associations

By |2022-03-24T15:34:51-05:00March 24th, 2022|

We often discuss leadership within associations and need not look far for leaders that set a good example. There are many leaders within our partner associations that we can learn from. However, it is also useful to internalize lessons we learn from leaders in media and entertainment. One fictional [...]

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 [...]

Creating Successful Virtual Environments for Association Leaders

By |2022-02-24T11:48:41-06:00February 24th, 2022|

As the world continues to alter its response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the way in which associations operate has changed tremendously. Throughout the various changes, one thing has remained the same, the emergence of and importance of the virtual workplace. Seeing as many organizations are choosing to transfer [...]

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 [...]

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