How can you move members and legacy chapter systems into the future? Two associations – one state, one global – used visualization in two different ways to help evolve their models to meet their changing memberships.
What chapter doesn’t need more volunteer muscle? While associations in general are feeling the pressure in engaging volunteers, chapters’ pain is more acute. We could go into depth why chapters are struggling however simply put it’s a time/flexibility issue. One counterpunch is to make volunteering fun and appreciated.
Associations are tweaking, evolving and revamping their chapter programs. According the ASAE Foundation Mutually Beneficial Volunteering Relationships, 44% or associations in the study indicated they reviewed their structure and 41% added or deleted components or made a change within the past five years. Examples of this will be part of the conversation at CEX: Association Component Exchange on October 13 in Arlington, VA.
If you have chapters - geographic components of any form - join us for a full day of conversation focused entirely on how to "LeverageChapters. We're calling it CEX: Association Component Exchange. The "We" is a group of curious component relations professionals with hosts Billhighway and Mariner.
Looking for a learning event that's all about association chapters and other member communities? One where we don’t start the conversation with “why chapters?” but with “Yes, chapters …” It’s coming! October 13, 2017 #AssnCEX2017
#FSAE17 is the first of 3 stops this summer to share what we discovered in the ASAE Foundation research on optimizing association volunteerism through mutually beneficial programs. Here's a look at what we're sharing.
Did #NVW17 sneak up on you? There’s still time to act. Below are a few last-minute ideas. A week recognizing volunteers is nice but really showing #VolunteerLove means a commitment to your volunteers all 52 weeks a year.
It’s one of the quintessential love-hate relationships. HQ and its Chapters. You may refer to HQ as “national” or “parent organization” or use a multitude of different terms to refer to your geographic partners. Regardless, the relationship is often one fraught with varying degrees of mistrust, ineffective communication and mixed signals. Here are 5 self-help actions.
No, its not as difficult as you think! The ASAE Foundation Study on what makes a Mutually Beneficial Volunteer System illuminated a few points. (Read the full report here.) The list: effective training and orientation, accessible volunteer positions (think a mix of short-term, micro, and focused longer gigs), readily available resources, meaningful opportunities, and feedback.
The biggest challenge facing associations with chapter networks is "maintaining relevancy in a time where geographic boundaries are made increasingly irrelevant by technology," said one survey respondent in the 2016 Chapter Benchmarking Study [PDF], conducted by our firm, Mariner Management & Marketing, LLC. And this quote was by no means an outlier. The future for associations' geographic chapters is uncertain, and this model will be shaped largely by which of six trends gains the most momentum in 2017.
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