• Cover Story: Advocacy Partnerships That Work
    By: Bryan Ochalla Small associations with tight budgets often struggle to get their voices heard by legislators, so partnerships are critical. Here's how a number of organizations worked together to amplify a shared message, even when their core goals differed. (Titled "Different Missions, One Direction" in the print edition.)
  • Building a Flexible Culture from Chaos
    By: Samantha Whitehorne An inside look at how National Association of Catering Executives CEO Bonnie Fedchock transformed the organization in four-and-a-half years, creating a culture that's collaborative and flexible and puts members first.
  • The Demand Perspective
    By: Anna Caraveli and Andrea Pellegrino Think your association meets the demands of your members? Think again. Becoming a demand-driven organization requires an organization-wide commitment to adopting the perspectives of your members. Here are seven steps you can take to realign your association toward member demand.
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah on Honor and the Boardroom
    By: Interview by Mark Athitakis Whether it's tackling a major social justice issue or addressing a breach of ethics within your board, a sense of honor is critical. Author and philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses how issues of honor have played out throughout history, and why it can be so hard to cultivate today. (Titled "The Honorable Thing to Do" in the print edition.)
  • Improve Your Nominations
    By: Leigh Wintz, CAE If your last call for volunteers didn't attract the kind of talent you hoped for, maybe it's time to rethink how you use volunteers and how you put out the call. Here's how two associations addressed their volunteer structures to attract engaged members who are eager to serve. (Titled "A New Way to Nominate" in print edition.)


  • "You Want Me to Pay More Money? Now?"
    By: Stephen E. Peeler When the American Moving and Storage Association decided to raise dues, it faced a difficult challenge in getting members to buy in, in the midst of a recession.
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  • Small Group, Big Space Needs, No Problem
    By: Jeff Waddle Meetings that have a low number of attendees but require lots of meeting space can be seen as "ugly ducklings" by many hotels. But as some Texas associations have learned, a little advance planning and flexibility can make for an event that charms everybody. (Titled "Sitting Pretty" in the print edition.)
  • When Disaster Strikes Your Meeting
    By: Jeff Waddle Florida offers eclectic environments and big-city amenities just steps from the beach, but wild weather and other disasters can put a damper on your event. Find out how you can be prepared if you encounter an emergency