- Cover Story: From One-Time Grant to Long-Term Fundraising
By: Douglas R. Kelly If your foundation was presented with $1 million and the Hollywood spotlight, would it be ready? At the National Association for Music Education, a partnership with the producers of the television show Glee was an opportunity to make an immediate impact on school music programs, but it also presented a challenge to build momentum for a long-term future of fundraising. [Titled "A Grant to Grow On" in the print edition.]
- Why Senior Teams Get Left Out
By: Kristin Clarke CEOs regularly turn to their senior management teams to make smart, timely decisions, right? Actually, not so much. Research shows that more often, leaders quietly consult with trusted "kitchen cabinets," which frustrates and confuses senior managers. Leadership consultant Robert Frisch outlines why and how CEOs need to properly use their senior management teams. [Titled "Circle of Influence" in the print edition.]
- What Associations Can Learn from Political Campaigns
By: Mark Athitakis and Kristin Clarke The hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners world of presidential campaign politics may seem a far cry from association management, but much of what James Carville and Karl Rove know about strategy speaks directly to association leaders. In separate interviews, they shared their secrets withAssociations Now. [Titled "The Strategists" in the print edition.]
- The Right Price for Going Global
By: Mark Athitakis Associations need to be flexible when they enter new markets, but they sometimes err on the side of undervaluing their products. A close look at your balance sheet, your goals, and the country you want to expand into can help you arrive at appropriate prices.
- An Education Revolution
By: Kim Fernandez Associations are leaving behind the traditional education-session format and introducing interactive, lively, much shorter sessions—often minus the PowerPoint slides. Members are loving it.
- Negotiating Hotel Contracts
By: Jeff Waddle For your association's big conference, you want a top-notch facility and a positive experience for your members. The hotel wants your business now and in the future. Both parties can meet their goals when you prepare thoroughly, stay firm but flexible in negotiations, and keep an eye on the details. [Titled "In the Fine Print, a Fair Deal" in the print edition.]
- The Courage to Face Conflicts of Interest
By: Greg Wilson, CAE An association executive explains how he has built the skill to directly address instances of conflicts of interest.
- Free Training When (and Where) It's Needed Most
By: Joe Rominiecki The Online News Association hits the road to train journalists in the newest tools of the trade.
- Key Takeaways From the Operating Ratio Report
See how your organization's operations stack up against other associations.
- Don't Get Burned by Contract Boilerplate
By: Jonathan T. Howe Six trouble spots to watch for in meeting contracts.
- Master the Live TV Interview
By: Kristin Clarke Tips for making the most of your moment in front of the cameras.
- The Favorites Game: Getting Big Attention for Little Associations
MSNBC political analyst Michelle Bernard on her favorite on-air moment, summer reading, and more.
- Six Trends Association Marketers Are Watching
By: Apryl Motley, CAE A new report spots the top trends showing up on marketers' radar screens.
- Take Your Meetings Back to School
By: Jeff Waddle A quick course in planning a meeting on a university campus.
- Chapters Hold Steady
How many associations have local affiliates?
- How to Prepare for a Sudden CEO Vacancy
By: Linda J. Shinn, FASAE, CAE Succession planning for the unexpected. [Titled "The Last Letter" in the print edition.]
- Five Steps to Woo New Members
By: Anne E. Collier Patience, persistence, and the right process turn prospects into members.
- Hard Numbers: Government Relations
A look at key data on association government relations.
- No Small Staff Is an Island
By: Samantha Whitehorne How the American Choral Directors Association has created a collaborative environment that benefits both its staff and members.
- CEO to CEO: Can't Miss Event and Staff-Volunteer Relationship
CEOs discuss the one event they find most valuable, and personal relationships between staff and volunteers.
- Innovating in Plain Sight: ASAE's New Product Development Framework
By: Mariah Burton Nelson, CAE Innovating in Plain Sight: ASAE's New Product Development Framework
- Associations in Action
A few of the ways associations have found to help their communities.
- Nailing the Interview
By: Christie Mims Questions to ask yourself before heading into your next job interview.
- Common Myths About the CAE Exam
Straight talk about the Certified Association Executive exam.
- Partner Corner: The Benefits of Collaborative Office Space
By: Emanuel G. Fitzgerald and Bradley J. Wilner How your organization can increase staff collaboration and reduce costs.
- Study Mission to Europe Connects U.S., European Association Executives
A wrap-up of ASAE's 2012 Study Mission to Brussels and Berlin