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Blog
Mar 30
Peggy Hoffman

The value of attending a conference or any educational program can feel a bit intangible. Sort of like dining in a restaurant. #Ideas16 was different.

Blog
Mar 29
Peggy Hoffman

Just back from the ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference where I attended the pre-event workshop on The Membership Economy led by Robbie Kellman Baxter the author of one of my new favorite books (a must-read!) Guess what? You hear her for free.

Blog
Mar 11
Carol Blattau
Yes-No-Maybe

Looking back through my emails, I found this piece posted in the Baltimore Business Journal - 5 questions to ask before taking on a volunteer commitment. It’s a response to a question posed by a CEO who was trying to encourage his leadership team to volunteer for their professional associations as a way to build the brand. The CEO was getting some push-back from his team who felt volunteering is often a waste of time and of no true value. The response was on target by suggesting that potential volunteers do some homework and interview the association before fully jumping in.

Blog
Mar 02
Carol Blattau
Dunce Cap

Hi blog readers! A bit red face here at Mariner because we’ve been neglecting this blog a bit. Not because we don’t have anything to say – trust me, we have plenty to say – but because like most of you, we’ve been busy as bees. Between flying back and forth across the county (mostly Peggy) and driving back and forth from PA (mostly Peter), not to mention several big projects (Peggy & Peter), we’ve been a bit crazy here. Of course that’s a pretty lousy excuse but there it is.

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White Paper
Jan 26
Peter Houstle

Within the association community, we have many terms for our member communities that are somewhat vague and too often used interchangeably. This info sheet is intended to provide a guide for understanding the terms commonly used to refer to member communities and their relationship with a lead organization. Sources include the Component Relationship Handbook (ASAE), IRS and Association Law Handbook (ASAE).

Blog
Jan 26
Peter Houstle
Yes-No-Maybe?

Nearly half of all associations have components – a catch-all phrase for chapters, special interest groups and the like – according ASAE’s last benchmarking study. Back 2006, two research undertakings by Mariner and Whorton and by the ASAE Component Section Council sought to answer the question “are chapters worth the effort – do they have a defensible ROI?” 10 years and a much different economy later, we’re still hearing the question “How do we justify the cost of chapter support?”, and it’s getting louder. We can relatively easily identify the costs (financial and otherwise), but struggle to monetize the value.

Blog
Jan 07
Carol Blattau
Listening

I am as guilty as anyone these days when it comes to the customary New Year’s google search for the perfect diet/exercise plan that will transform my life.

Blog
Jan 05
Peggy Hoffman
Action button

Start something ... a conversation, a journal, a following, a community

Blog
Jan 04
Peggy Hoffman
Light bulb burning bright in a pile of dead bulbs

Here’s to a brilliant new year … new years always give us a fresh start, a blank sheet. But sometimes that blank sheet can be intimidating so here’s a little help. We’ve curated 16 bright ideas we’ve spied that just might be the spark for you.

Blog
Jan 01
Peggy Hoffman

Who says 13 is an unlucky number? Not the three of us at Mariner! Year 13 was our best year yet. It was also our busiest. And it was chock full of firsts. Probably the coolest thing about last year was how lucky we were to try new things and work with some awesome new clients.

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