• Cover Story: Fresh Ideas for Fundraising
    By: Joanne Sammer Today's fundraising toolkit contains everything from social media to member-to-member outreach. Whatever methods you choose, you'll achieve more when you tell a compelling story that captures donors' desire to invest in something they believe in and shows how their contributions enhance member value.
  • Smarter Tech, Better Board
    By: Beth Ziesenis Cloud computing, tablets, and myriad other new technologies are making the work of association boards faster, more efficient, and even more eco-friendly. Several associations share how they've upgraded their boards' tech savvy, without breaking the bank.
  • How to Improve Your Financial Controls
    By: Mark Athitakis Small associations can have a difficult time making sure that their finances are safe. But as one chapter learned, the consequences of doing nothing can be severe. Here are some ways to ensure your accounts are protected, even if the finance department is just one person.  (Titled "A Lock on Your Finances" in the print edition.)
  • Where to Find Your Next CEO
    By: Jacqui Cook If your CEO resigned tomorrow, do you know who would take over? Whether your association already has someone in mind or needs to find a replacement quickly, there is a smarter way to conduct a search. Learn how—and where—to find your next CEO. (Titled "Seeking a CEO" in the print edition.)
  • Is Your Tax Status in Trouble?
    By: Nancy Mann Jackson In a troubled economy, local, state, and national governments are looking for ways to manage their budget shortfalls, including by tapping funds from traditionally tax-exempt organizations. Associations can curb this trend by staying knowledgeable and doing some aggressive advocacy work. (Titled "Is Your Tax Status Under the Microscope?" in the print edition.)


  • What I Learned From Talking With 200 Association Executives
    By: Shelly Alcorn, CAE In the span of a few months, one association consultant conducted in-depth interviews with more than 200 association executives. The process left her with renewed optimism about the industry and a new appreciation for qualitative research.
  • Office Design With Collaboration in Mind
    By: Summer Mandell One association designed its new office space with help from its members. The new space allows employees to interact informally and has contributed to increased morale.
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  • Get Out to Get Together
    By: Jeff Waddle All work and no play makes for a dull conference. Budgets are still tight, but meeting planners are looking for new ways to hold team-building and networking events away from the convention center. The venues are as far away as the desert and as close as a famous department store.
  • Find the Right Consultant
    By: Kim Fernandez When your association is in the market for consulting services, you need someone who understands your organization and brings the best expertise to your project. You'll find the right partner if you investigate candidates thoroughly, communicate with them clearly, and tap the experience of colleagues in the association community. (Titled "Make a Good Match" in the print edition.)