The Association Blog: News and Resources for Association Executives

How Meetings Can Fuel Association Success

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Oct 1, 2015 6:25:00 AM

Meetings are an unavoidable fact of life in any organization. Board meetings, staff meetings, group meetings and conferences can either energize and excite their participants or waste their time and leave them dragging. In this week’s Association Debrief, we take a look at how meetings more effective, efficient, and enjoyable, as well as what constitutes an official meeting to see how meetings can fuel association success with members and the board.

Read More

Topics: association boards, member engagement, engaging association board members, Association Meetings

How to Successfully Lead Associations

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Sep 24, 2015 6:30:00 AM

For associations to succeed, they need the right leaders at the helm. No matter how strong the rest of the association structure is, it will suffer from poor leadership, and great leadership can help a struggling association thrive. In this week’s Association Debrief, we examine how best to manage association players, new ideas for leadership development, how to encourage emerging leaders and more as we discover how to successfully lead associations

Read More

Topics: leadership, association boards, association leadership, association management, association administration

Best Tips for Managing Association Players

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Jul 30, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Managing any organization is hard work. Membership-based organizations such as associations are particularly difficult, as they involve lots of moving parts and various stakeholders who all have roles in the successful operation of the organization. In this week’s Association Debrief, we take a look at the best tips for managing association players, such as Board members and staff members, and examine an alternative management structure where employees take the lead. Finally, the Debrief rounds out with pointers on how to bring out the best in your management style.

Read More

Topics: association boards, engaging association leaders, association management, engaging association board members, board member engagement

8 Steps for Running Effective Board Meetings

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Mar 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM

There are plenty of potential choke points and pitfalls waiting to ruin board meetings. Wasting time, getting sidetracked, and letting personal issues get in the way of work are only a few of the problems that can impede board member engagement and keep participants from actually getting work done.

Wild Apricot recently put on a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Rick Lent entitled “Tools for More Effective Board Meetings” in which he discussed the tools and steps you can use to get the most out of your board meetings. Dr. Lent’s approach is that the underlying structure of any meeting affects the tone and content of the meeting, just as the foundation of a house determines how the house will function. Basic meeting structures include the physical setup, how you use the time you have, and the processes you use to manage the meeting.

Read More

Topics: association boards, engaging association board members, board member engagement, board member recruitment

Lasting Relationships are Key to Association Success

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Jan 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Your association has a diverse group of participants, including members, donors, and Board members. Building lasting relationships with these participants is the key to keeping them invested and engaged in the long run. In this week’s Association Debrief, we look at tools for and benefits of making the most of your participant relationships with donors, members, and board members. Retention, existing participant engagement, and outgoing member relationships are all scrutinized to see where you and your organization can benefit through increased member involvement, member engagement, and board member engagement to ensure association success.

Read More

Topics: association boards, association management

3 Creative Ideas for Engaging Association Board Members

Posted by Allison Reilly on Nov 20, 2014 3:36:00 PM

Being on the board of a professional association is a great privilege- but also a great commitment. Board members of associations volunteer their time for the growth and success of their organization more than any other member. Without a monetary compensation and with a major time/effort investment, how do you engage and motivate board members to do all the work required to run an effective and successful organization? Here are three creative and proven ideas that other organizations implemented successfully. 

Read More

Topics: association boards, association leadership, engaging association board members, association administration

Association Board Management, Fundraising Metrics & Other News

Posted by Allison Reilly on Apr 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Associations may not be anything without their members, but associations can change a great deal depending on who's on the board and who's running the organization. An engaged board can boost membership, improve the quality of events while also giving more members more benefits. An unengaged or exclusive board will get little done and create an association culture that few will want to be a part of. This week's association news roundup covers board management, important fundraising metrics, and more.

Read More

Topics: lamees abourahma, association boards, engaging association leaders, association leadership, association management