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 [...]

Your Guide to Networking at In-Person Association Events

By |2022-05-26T09:15:53-05:00May 26th, 2022|

Following a shift to virtual spaces over the past couple of years, association members are finally getting back to connecting in-person again. For some, this comeback will be like riding a bike, whereas for others, it could feel daunting and awkward. It’s not a one-size-fits-all members formula. However, there [...]

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 [...]

The Membership Application Form – A Member’s First Impression of Your Association

By |2022-01-27T11:44:09-06:00January 27th, 2022|

Is your association membership application form sending the right impression to potential members? Your membership application process is the way new members are introduced to your association. It is important to make sure that the process is user-friendly and uncomplicated. If it isn’t, it could turn off that potential [...]

Planning Your Membership Renewal Campaign: Convey the Benefits of Renewal

By |2021-10-14T15:17:07-05:00October 14th, 2021|

The fall is a busy time for everyone. Summer vacation is ending and students go back to school. Suddenly, your inbox, calendar, and to do list are all overflowing. That’s why when planning your fall membership renewal campaign, it is crucial to provide succinct information on the benefits of [...]

Rewarding Your Association Members with Awards

By |2021-09-16T11:34:39-05:00September 16th, 2021|

There are many exciting ways to engage the members of your association, whether it’s by involving them as volunteers or engaging them at events. Creating an award program for the members of your association - regardless of their professional field or industry - can be very beneficial. Everyone wants [...]

Migration Complete – Moving Your Membership Database to a New Platform

By |2021-08-26T12:12:09-05:00August 26th, 2021|

Have you ever taken a step back to consider whether your association membership database is performing at its peak for members? Have you thought about how migration to a new database could help increase workflow and productivity? Most importantly, is it user-friendly for your members? Migration can be simple [...]

How Associations and its Members can Continue to Work Efficiently in Quarantine

By |2020-10-29T09:16:47-05:00April 2nd, 2020|

I recently spoke with an association member that was trapped on a cruise ship during the current COVID-19 pandemic. She shared with me some ideas that helped her keep in touch with her staff and clients while stuck on board. You can see her interview on The Big Story [...]

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