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A previous post offered a primer on non-profit board functions.  It outlined five key activities of every effective NPO board member: Determine the mission and purpose of the organization Select an executive director of administrator Provide feedback, report, and review for the chief executive Foster effective organization planning Ensure an...

LinkedIn is a professional, business-oriented social networking service.  Over the past year, it has made significant changes in its functionality with real benefits to not-for-profit organizations.  Unfortunately, many associations spend precious resources on paid marketing efforts when LinkedIn’s new-and-improved functionality can accomplish many of the...

When people think of nonprofits they generally think of charitable organizations which are organized to help out society as a whole. The IRS, which grants corporations non-profit status indicates the following as the reason an organization can become a 501(c)3 - for any group “organized...

Who doesn’t love swag?  Pens, mints, stress balls, mugs, Rubik’s cubes, t-shirts, bags, umbrellas, flashlights…the list goes on and on.  As a general rule, If it’s mass produced you can get your logo it.  As a non-profit association it is of supreme importance that your...

While membership and conference dues provide a good portion of revenue for an association, Sponsorships and the companies who purchase them are a crucial part of running a strong membership or trade association. And while the sponsoring company generally has their own marketing personnel or...

Conferences, like associations, come in a variety of shapes and sizes. To have the most successful conference, you should be careful to choose a venue that is optimal for your organization's event. There are many different considerations your association can make when it comes to...

Good volunteers positively add to both the productivity and the culture of an organization. No matter how large or small their tasks, they often become some of the organization’s best advocates. Every board member and association manager knows that the importance of keeping volunteers happy....