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Association Boards

Board Training Checklist: Going Beyond the Orientation

The start of a new governance term can be an exciting time. Your board gains fresh ideas and perspectives. New board members start with energy and enthusiasm. Returning board members have renewed optimism. Capture that dynamic to propel your board into a productive year by starting with effective, ongoing, board training.

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Conferences/Tradeshows/Events

Free Step-by-Step Event Marketing Plan

A successful event doesn’t just happen by luck. It requires well-planned marketing that effectively reaches the right audiences with the right messages at the right times. This easy-to-use template will help an event marketing professional at any level conduct a successful marketing plan from start to finish.

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E-books

Board Training Checklist: Going Beyond the Orientation

The start of a new governance term can be an exciting time. Your board gains fresh ideas and perspectives. New board members start with energy and enthusiasm. Returning board members have renewed optimism. Capture that dynamic to propel your board into a productive year by starting with effective, ongoing, board training.

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Membership Development in Focus

The best strategy for increasing your membership and engagement is to bring focus to your membership development efforts. This e-book outlines three ways to ensure forward momentum in your organization’s membership development.  

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The 5 Reasons You’re Not Getting New Volunteers (And What Your Association Can Do About It)

We’ve all heard the 80/20 rule; 80 percent of the work is done by 20 percent of the people. But today, most associations are operating closer to a 90/10 ratio when it comes to volunteer engagement.

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Financial Management

Avoiding Non-Profit Financial Pitfalls

As a stakeholder of a non-profit organization, these are words you never want to hear. But every day, non-profits find themselves facing these issues. Most had no prior indication that something was amiss–and even more thought it could never happen to them.

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Marketing Resources

Free Step-by-Step Event Marketing Plan

A successful event doesn’t just happen by luck. It requires well-planned marketing that effectively reaches the right audiences with the right messages at the right times. This easy-to-use template will help an event marketing professional at any level conduct a successful marketing plan from start to finish.

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Membership

Membership Development in Focus

The best strategy for increasing your membership and engagement is to bring focus to your membership development efforts. This e-book outlines three ways to ensure forward momentum in your organization’s membership development.  

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Selecting an Association Management Company

AMC/Volunteer Responsibility Grid

The AMC/Volunteer Responsibility Grid  is an example of a tool that boards can use to determine appropriate responsibilities. This will allow you to list all the things that you do as an organization into buckets (membership, events, leadership, etc.), and look at what the board “has to do” or has the expertise/time to do.

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Sample Scope of Work

When selecting an AMC, it’s important to ensure mutual clarification of the duties to be performed by the AMC. Click the link below to download a sample scope of work that can help you identify the areas where an AMC can help.   Click here to download: Sample Scope of Work

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Steps to Finding an AMC

Finding, selecting and contracting with an Association Management Company (AMC) is a valuable process in and of itself, but it does take time. For many associations, this process helps Board members capture a snapshot of their organizations and clarify current and future needs.

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A Busy Board Member’s Guide to Selecting an AMC

An AMC offers efficiencies that can help you meet your board meet its goals while reducing the amount of volunteer resources required. This can translate to happier members, a more financially sound organization, and a more productive board. But when it comes to finding an AMC, where do you start?

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Strategic Planning

How to Prevent Your Strategic Plan From Failing

Strategic planning typically starts with excitement and high expectations. A group chooses a great facilitator, sets the date of the meeting, and anxiously awaits the planning process. That magical date comes, and there’s a feeling that this time, the plan is really going to make a difference.

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