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The list starts off fairly simply with "Know Thy Membership" but ends with a bang on "Don't write-off non-volunteers". The latter may well be one of the most important commandments. The list is Beth Grazley's 10 Commandments for improving your volunteer program shared at the end of her Thought Leader Session on The Decision To Volunteer study undertaken by ASAE & The Center last fall.
ASAE & The Center's Decision To Volunteer study is packed with aha's, told-you-so's and myth busters. Read Ben Martin's review of the book published by ASAE & The Center and authored by Beth Gazley and Monica Dignam (and thanks Ben for the appreciation of the "acting on the findings" section in key chapters which was the handiwork of a team including me largely from the Component Relations Section Council).
Putting together the final pieces with co-presenters Chip Deale and Kimberly Fischer for our ASAE & The Center Connecting 08 session Chapter & National Databases: Do They or Don't They Interface and it occurred to me that despite the connectivity available we're still islands in so many ways. Just putting together this session, I've learned about CFA Institute and Promotional Products Association International cool data interfaces that I wasn't aware of previously.
Putting together the final pieces with co-presenters Chip Deale and Kimberly Fischer for our ASAE & The Center Connecting 08 session Chapter & National Databases: Do They or Don't They Interface and it occurred to me that despite the connectivity available we're still islands in so many ways.
Mariner Management and Whorton Marketing & Research conducted a 2006 study to examine the ROI of components by measuring the actual experience of members and found that chapters appear to have a powerful impact on association membership levels.
In 2004, there were 86,054 trade and professional associations, and 1,010,365 philanthropic or charitable organizations. Based on ASAE & The Center’s benchmarking data, we can predict that slightly less than half of the associations have some sort of component: that is a sub-entity which offers members a place to “gather” that relates to their location, discipline or interest within the overall organization.
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