Avoid Frustrating Association Volunteer Leaders

By |2024-07-18T09:17:21-05:00July 18th, 2024|

I've been thinking a lot about what frustrates association volunteer leaders based on my own experience and those I work with. I now see the work of associations divided into two columns: proactive work and reactive work. Some might see proactive work as positive and reactive work as negative. [...]

How Can Association Leaders Measure Member Satisfaction?

By |2024-07-11T09:59:46-05:00July 11th, 2024|

One of the biggest factors and key indicators of an association’s health is member satisfaction. Member satisfaction is vital  to an association’s health for a few  reasons. Happy members are more likely to renew their memberships, provide positive word of mouth to potential members and provide higher engagement and [...]

To Meet or Not to Meet; That is The Question; How Associations Look at Member Meetings.

By |2024-07-05T11:33:36-05:00July 5th, 2024|

  https://www.strauss.ca/top-10-tips-successful-association-task-force-meetings/How associations do business is changing and evolving. How does your association navigate the change? As an association management company (AMC), we are involved in many conversations related to the changing landscape of industries with our clients.   Value of The Meeting One of the value propositions that [...]

The Difference Between an Audit and a Review Engagement

By |2024-06-27T10:36:13-05:00June 27th, 2024|

This article was originally published in 2016 but remains to be one of the questions I get asked most as an accountant. We thought it was an important topic to share again with some updates, as it remains ever relevant to our clients when it comes to accounting/auditing.   [...]

How to Get to Know Your Association as Fast as Possible!

By |2024-06-20T10:59:25-05:00June 20th, 2024|

Congratulations on starting your journey as an association leader! Welcome to a very dynamic and fast paced environment, rich with adventure and problem solving. As you get started, your first tasks are to understand your role and equally, your association(s). Getting to know your association quickly requires a strategic [...]

Sustainable Event Planning: Green Practices for the Next Association Gathering

By |2024-06-13T09:32:27-05:00June 13th, 2024|

Sustainability is more than just a buzzword these days—it's something everyone should be paying attention to, including the events industry. As associations look to align with environmental and social goals, making an event more sustainable is no longer just a nice idea; it's essential. Plus, attendees love it when [...]

Why Checking Bank Balances is Important for Managing an Association’s Cashflow

By |2024-06-06T09:28:34-05:00June 6th, 2024|

Associations must carefully manage their finances to ensure they meet their mission-driven goals while maintaining financial stability. After all it can determine how much spending the association has annually for events, staff, marketing, and other key expenses for growth and membership value.   Checking bank balances is an important [...]

How to Engage Association Members to Volunteer for Committees

By |2024-05-30T10:30:13-05:00May 30th, 2024|

Association committees play a crucial role in the functioning and success of an organization. They can be structured to focus on various aspects of the organization's operations, member services, and strategic goals. Common types of association committees include executive, finance, awards, chapters, etc. Engaging association members to volunteer for [...]

Tips for Marketing New Events for Associations

By |2024-05-24T11:12:58-05:00May 24th, 2024|

Curating a new association event and seeing it come to fruition is exciting. Yes, logistically a new event can be a lot of work but the pay off is so worth it! There’s nothing more exciting then creating a new event that excites members and illuminates the value of [...]

Mastering Email Marketing: Best Practices for Associations

By |2024-05-16T10:30:51-05:00May 16th, 2024|

Communications is fundamental for fostering strong connections and engagement within associations. Among the multitude of communication channels available, email remains an essential pillar for associations. When used strategically, email marketing can be a powerful tool for reaching members, promoting events, and driving action. In this article, I will delve [...]

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