What Associations Can Learn from Regret

By |2022-10-05T09:15:16-05:00October 4th, 2022|

Your association board has been approached to make a statement about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI/DEI). In feeling the pressure to do something, members of the board create a statement and post it on the association’s website. A group sees this post and starts posting negative comments on social [...]

How to Handle the Loss of an Association’s Accounting Software

By |2022-09-29T13:07:40-05:00September 29th, 2022|

In today's world, we rely on technology, software, and automation for a lot of our work. It is no different in the association world, and the need for the right software is paramount in how an association is functioning. Software is essential to an accounting department's efficiency, speed of [...]

A Practical Guide on How to Structure Your Remote Workday as an Association Leader or Volunteer

By |2022-09-15T11:24:30-05:00September 15th, 2022|

For association board members or directors, it becomes essential to have proper communication and productivity in a virtual or remote setting with your association leaders or volunteers. If you are an association leader or a volunteer who is not used to working remotely, here are some helpful tips to [...]

Stepping Into Association Management- Roles and Responsibilities

By |2022-08-18T12:00:57-05:00August 18th, 2022|

New to association management? So was I as of seven months ago. Stepping into my new role, I found it fascinating to learn how my personal life and related work experiences transferred into the association world. Yet, there was still a period of transition. Even though I felt supported [...]

Association Membership Recruitment

By |2022-08-11T11:36:16-05:00August 11th, 2022|

Association members usually fall into two categories: mandatory and voluntary membership. While mandatory associations typically support regulated professions, voluntary associations can be a community of like-minded industry professionals, general enthusiasts, or businesses whose combined dedication allows the organization to exist. Membership recruitment comes into play for voluntary associations since [...]

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 [...]

Recognizing the Value of Association Volunteers

By |2021-04-21T14:32:04-05:00April 15th, 2021|

Associations depends on volunteer members; their work is critical to its success. Imagine setting up a lemonade stand for your entire neighbourhood during the annual block party. You can probably do it on your own, but just think about how much easier it would be if you had some [...]

Is It Time Your Association Hosts an Indigenous Sharing Circle?

By |2021-01-05T13:58:41-06:00September 24th, 2020|

Our society is currently adapting to the restrictions and guidelines of the COVID-19 pandemic while confronting the systematic oppression of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). Our associations are not unaffected by present events, and we cannot ignore issues that affect members. It is difficult to invoke instant [...]

Association Ethics for Staff and Volunteers

By |2020-10-27T15:15:35-05:00September 17th, 2020|

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 [...]

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