- Cover Story: The New COO-CFO
By: Mark Athitakis As the business of running an association grows more complex, understanding its operations is inseparable from understanding how its money moves. Brenda Hargett, CAE, is a pro at both. As COO and CFO at the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, that dual expertise has saved her association millions. [Titled "Double Duty" in the print version.]
- The CFO's Survival Kit for the (Kinda-Sorta) Recovery
By: Whitney Redding The GDP is ticking up and the unemployment rate is ticking down, but a genuine economic recovery remains frustratingly out of reach. Amid such uncertainty, how should associations be thinking about their investments, budgets, real estate, and financial controls? Here's what you need in your survival kit.
- The Basics of Business Income Insurance
By: Gayle Bennett From tornado to fire to civic emergency, an unexpected calamity can interrupt business and hit your bottom line. This primer brings you up to speed on how business income coverage can help.
The A List
- Ask the CEO: TESOL International Association
Rosa Aronson, Ph.D., CAE, executive director, TESOL International Association, answers questions from TESOL member LaWanna Shelton.
- My Workspace: Play Ball!
By: Julie Shoop Even in the off season, Duane Eaton recalls the boys of summer.
- Comings and Goings*
A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.
- What Future Leaders Need
By: Mark Athitakis How to draw up a game plan for your next executives. [Titled "A Solid Start" in the print version.]
- 3 Lessons: Continuing Education
For William D. Pawlucy, MPA, IOM, CAE, leadership means constant learning.
- CEO to CEO: Qualities of a Great CFO
Association leaders share what they look for in a chief financial officer.
Money & Business
- Should You Raise Your Prices?
By: Andrew S. Lang, FASAE When it comes to fees, be more strategic than sentimental. [Titled "Pricing Tune-Up" in the print version.]
- Coverage for Cancelled Events
Eileen Hoffman, assistant vice president at Aon Association Services, on the essentials of event cancellation insurance.
- Should You Declare Yourself Tax Exempt?
By: Wayne B. Henry Associations don't need the IRS to formally declare them tax exempt. But if you choose to self-declare, know the pitfalls first.
- Data Nugget: Fundraising Frustration
A survey of nonprofits shows that fundraising directors are unhappy with their jobs, and their executive directors aren't happy with their performance.
- Is BYOD Worth It?
By: Katie Bascuas Chris Jenkins, chief technology strategist at the Ohio Society of CPAs, explains costs and benefits of the bring-your-own-device trend. [Titled "Why BYOD?" in the print edition.]
- Strength in Numbers and Data
By: Katie Bascuas Why the relationship between CFOs and CIOs is an important element of strategic success. [Titled "Shared Vision" in the print edition.]
- I Can't Live Without My ... TripIt
Consolidate all your travel plans in one place with this app that also lets you share your itineraries with friends and family.
- Dues Payments Via Check on the Decline
By: Joe Rominiecki The paper check is still common, but signs show that other forms of payment for association dues will likely surpass it soon. [Titled "Check's in the Mail?" in the print edition.]
- Open Your Association's Online Social Network to All
By: Roy Snell One association executive explains why you should take down the walls around your association's social network. [Titled "Open Wide" in the print edition.]
- Best Benefit Ever: Scholarships
The National Propane Gas Association helps its industry’s professionals send their kids to college.
- Go Green to Save Green
By: Kristin Clarke Greener meetings can help planners stay in the black.
- Destination: Greensboro
By: Samantha Whitehorne North Carolina's third-largest city is filled with history and unique spaces
- Data Nugget: Water Bottles at Meetings
Why more associations are moving toward pitchered water.
- Books: Struggle Pays Off
By: Kristin Clarke The challenges leaders face can be learning opportunities in disguise.
- Measuring Organizational Impact
By: Kristin Clarke How buildOn.org uses dashboards to track success.
- Assess Your Strengths and Talents
Career advice from Ann Ranson, coach and president, Bottom Line 3 Marketing. [Titled "Strength Training" in the print version.]
- Tax Time: IRS to Keep a Close Eye on Nonprofits
By: Chris Vest The IRS 2013 work plan shows what the agency will be watching as tax-exempt groups file their Form 990s this year. [Titled "Under Scrutiny" in the print edition.]
- Spring Meeting Flings with ASAE
Get ready for ASAE's packed spring meetings lineup. [Titled "Spring Flings" in the print edition.]
- Building a World-Class Team
By: Mark Athitakis Associations can struggle to identify the right talent for international staff, both at home and overseas. Some flexibility, a global mindset, and an awareness of cultural differences can bridge the gap.