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The first Chapter Benchmarking Study sought to shed light on association chapter programs from structure to support to measurement. In this report you'll find data on a standard practices regarding membership, programming, requirements and metrics for chapters as well as insight on questions such as are chapters still relevant, are associations making changes to chapters and how do we evaluate our chapters.
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).
What makes us different than any other organization is our members!
What makes us successful is engaging those members!
Here’s a list of Top 10 elements for a volunteer management program that engages and inspires volunteers. One recommended resource on association volunteering that includes data on volunteering and guiding questions to help you use the data is The Decision To Volunteer: Why people give their time and how you can engage them by Beth Gazley and Monica Dignam (2008, ASAE-The Center for Leadership).
Activate an adhocracy to meet your member-volunteer needs. The why is clear as ASAE’s Decision To Volunteer and many other surveys tell us volunteers are looking for smaller, less time-intensive options and virtual jobs.This worksheet helps you translate traditional roles into micro roles.
An important key to your chapter's success is cultivating volunteers and leaders. Perhaps the most important indicator for success is strong, enduring leadership. This is no easy task. Successful chapters are turning to a different model – one that focuses on developing a talent pool of members who are willing and able to assist on short-term and bite-sized volunteer opportunities.
It’s a given that today's members have the ability to go "guerrilla" – thanks in part to social technologies – to make significant contributions in unconventional ways. And we in associations can react one of two ways: channel our inner Jane Goodall or act like poachers. Lindy Dreyer and I called on our best Jane “impersonations” to encourage association pros in our #MMCCon session to think of guerrilla volunteers as extensions of our communities. Use this handout to chart your own path for "going guerrilla".
Associations stand at a crossroads. We have more types and greater amounts of data readily available to us than ever before, and the cost of the tools needed to process all that data has declined dramatically. In fact, the combination of data and tools available in 2014 should allow us to move beyond the standard operational dashboards we've been using for years and get to the "good stuff," where we can start asking the kinds of meaningful, mission-driven questions that allow us to use data to inform our decisionmaking processes. But how?
Is volunteering dead? No - but the old model is dying. Explore the new volunteer model through research and the eyes of three associations.
General: Adhocracy, Association Management, Chapter, Community, Component, Innovation, iVolunteer, Leadership, Membership, Non Profit, Volunteering
How We Help: Build Chapters, Develop Leaders, Engage Volunteers, Grow Member Communities, Manage Associations
A group of ASAE members – virtual volunteers – are collaborating on a guide to help all associations harness the value of virtual volunteering. This paper will initially focus on the project outline and will be updated to capture the project progress.
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