The Association Blog: News and Resources for Association Executives

Structuring Options for Organization Success

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Dec 8, 2015 6:30:00 AM

If you are a membership-based organization, your organization structure and your membership structure determine the operation, growth potential, and success of your organization. Different structures will work for different organizations, so in this week’s Association Debrief, we present multiple structuring options for organization success.

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Topics: association debrief, association management, challenges for professional associations, Association success

How Organizations Can Find Success Through Partnerships

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Nov 17, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Partnerships can take many forms. Sponsor partnerships, public-private partnerships, and a host of others can help organizations achieve success that they wouldn’t have been able to reach on their own. In this week’s AssociationDebrief, we examine partnerships between associations, the public sector, academia, and for-profit companies to determine how organizations can find success through partnerships.

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Topics: business networking, association debrief, association industry, challenges for professional associations, association partnerships, Association success

How Your Membership Structure Determines Your Success

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Nov 12, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Membership structure is definitely not one size fits all. Different organization constituencies have different needs, and what works for a 10,000-member national organization won’t work the same for a 500-member local organization. Determining the correct membership structure for your organization is essential – your membership structure will affect how members and potential members perceive the value in membership and program offerings, whether they will pursue membership in your organization, and whether they stay members once they’ve joined. Here, we discuss how your membership structure determines your success, as well as the importance of talking to your association’s constituency to see what works best for everyone.

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Topics: association branding, association industry, association management, challenges for professional associations

Current Challenges for Membership Organizations

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Sep 17, 2015 6:30:00 AM

No membership organization is without its challenges. Even the most up-to-date, well-run organizations will run into trouble with one of the vast number of moving pieces that make up an organization’s operations and strategy. In this week’s Association Debrief, we take a look at some of the current challenges for membership organizations.

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Topics: member outreach, member engagement, association debrief, membership solutions, challenges for professional associations

Helpful Programs That Can Spur Member Based Organization Success

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Aug 6, 2015 11:37:54 AM

Member programs are a big part of what draws and engages members and creates value for an organization’s membership. However, successful organizations rely on many more programs than those specifically geared towards their members. Customer loyalty programs, marketing and email programs, referral programs, and fundraising programs can all be essential elements of a membership organization’s function. In this week’s Association Debrief, we take a look at how programs that can spur member based organization success.

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Topics: member engagement, association debrief, content marketing, membership solutions, association industry, member experience, challenges for professional associations

Top Tips for Board Member Engagement

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Feb 17, 2015 6:30:00 AM

The Board of Directors play a crucial role in any membership-based organization. Boards and board members can play many roles, but their level of engagement is vital to the productivity and success of any organization. Below, we present some top tips for board member engagement.

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Topics: board member engagement, board member recruitment, challenges for professional associations