January

Features

  • Listen to Members for Meeting Success
    By: Tracy Krughoff Meetings can easily fall prey to external factors. One association learned that by listening carefully to what its attendees said they wanted, it could deliver in creative ways and ultimately fill its exhibition and session rooms, despite a down economy. (Titled "Tune in to Your Members' Wavelength" in print version.)
  • Build a Mission-Friendly IT Department
    By: Jennifer J. Salopek If your association's vision of IT is a staff in the basement working on a host of dull-but-necessary tasks, you're selling your employees short and failing to think of technology as a revenue driver. Luckily, you can take steps to align IT strategy with an association's goals and financial success. (Titled "Technology, Meet Mission" in print version.)
  • Association Finance Trends and Advice
    By: Facilitated by Andrew S. Lang Risk, fraud, audits, nondues revenue, the economy: Just a few of the topics a group of association financial experts recently discussed. Learn what it all means for your association and how you can be better prepared. (Titled "Navigating the New Economy" in print edition.)
  • Many Chapters, One Brand Strategy
    By: John Sotirakis When the American Planning Association began to look at its branding five years ago, it had an array of chapters and sections with wildly different public faces. Unity was critical, but it was about more than just getting everybody to agree on a typeface. (Titled "A Look That Lasts" in print version.)
  • Why Association Members Give
    By: Beth Gazley The first rule of fundraising: Know thy donors. New research from ASAE & The Center, the latest in the "Decision to" series, uncovered some surprising answers to the question, "Why do association members give?" (Titled "Why They Give" in print version.)

Departments


Horizons
  • Passionate Pragmatism for Advancing Social Change
    By: Myrl Weinberg, CAE When facing the fear of change, striving for practical benefit can bring sides together.
Ideabank
  • 7,300 Ways to Say "Hello"
    Calling all your members can be a great way to connect and hear their concerns.
Intelligence
  • A Day in the Life: Growing the Profession
    Nicholas Bailey of the Association Forum of Chicagoland offers a glimpse of his work toward diversifying the association community.
  • Contracting With Outside Consultants
    By: Eileen Morgan Johnson When working with consultants, avoid potential pitfalls (and tax implications) with the right contract.
  • Two Associations, One Office
    By: Aria White Co-locating with another association offers more than monetary benefits.
  • The Economy’s Effect on Ethics
    Has economic pressure brought workplace behavior down or lifted it up?
  • Direct Selling Success Tips
    By: Amy M. Robinson Improve your association’s sales efforts with advice from selling experts.
  • Disability Etiquette
    Etiquette advice to help you provide excellent service for members and attendees with disabilities.
  • Pursuit of Partnership
    By: Suzi Wirtz, CAE Friendly rivals find common cause, and both their memberships benefit.
  • The Favorites Game: Bill George
    By: Kristin Clarke, CAE What leadership expert and author Bill George likes best.
Small scale
  • Make the Most of Your Content
    By: Janet Bandows Koster One small-staff association shares how it got to know its members closely in order to tailor its communication to their needs.
Community now
  • CEO to CEO: Tech Strategy and Job Wish Lists
    How do you integrate technology into your association’s strategy? What’s one thing your job doesn’t allow you to do that you wish you could do?
  • Technology Conference: Notable Quotes from Speakers
    Associations Now asked speakers from the 2010 Association Technology Conference & Expo about the next big tech trends.
  • An International Learning Experience
    By: Interview by Aria White A Q&A with a past study mission attendee on the value of international learning.
  • Partner Corner: Management Liability
    By: Eric Johnson If your association employs general counsel, does your directors-and-officers insurance policy cover them?
  • Social Responsibility in the Workplace
    By: Ann Ranson A look at the definition of social responsibility and how to incorporate it in the workplace.
  • Life After Earning the CAE
    By: Elizabeth Langston, CAE One CAE recipient shares her story of volunteering with the CAE Commission.
Supplements
  • The Benefits of a Local Speaker
    By: Jeff Waddle Your Southeast event already features plenty of the locale's sights, smells, and tastes. The speakers you invite can add regional flavor to what you hear during your meetings as well.