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I crisscrossed the US this year working with dozens of associations and their volunteer leaders, one encounter really struck me. It was with a young, dynamic professional who is the Financial Planning Association’s NexGen Local Leader Liaison, Ian Harvey, CFP. The idea: mash-up of chapters for young pros.
When the email arrived, I was curious. How did my year size up? Well, if the email had come from ASAE, it would have definitely looked way fuller! So naturally I thought, this would have been cool if my association had done this - an idea!
At this time each December, I feel the pull of the new year and the promise of new. I gravitate to posts and conversations that give me ideas for something different next year. You know like a new member benefit, a new tool or a new way to thinking. Idea #1: Active Orientation!
Philip Howard’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post offered clarity to a personal pet peeve that has raised my blood pressure on far too many occasions when confronted with ham-handed attempts by associations to enforce compliance with their components, committees, etc. by imposing ever-increasing layers of red tape that focus on process rather than performance. So I ask again, Do We Really Need to Bring Our Volunteers to Volun"tears"?
Providing Micro-volunteering options is more than nice, its a critical if you want to build your organization's volunteer muscle, scout new talent and engage the busy boomer, the elusive Xer and the expressive millennial. Here's one approach to finding the right jobs.
High on the list of things we too often burden our chapter leaders with is adopting complicated rules and procedures. One example? “Chapters should follow Robert’s Rules of Order for all meetings.”
I did something a little different this time at #ASAE16 and it worked! From each session I attended, I sent an email to myself with a couple of key takeaways. I just read those emails and it was like a flashback. This was a perfect complement to my live tweeting which captured cool ideas, pics of slides and curated other learners’ insights. But my strongest aha was how important the session format is to learning and engaging.
According the 2016 Chapter Benchmarking report, associations lean on chapters for member engagement, leadership development, membership recruitment, marketing/communications and local resources – rating these elements as 'absolutely essential' to 'essential' roles. The rub comes in their ratings on effectiveness in those areas - all of which generated a gap between importance and effectiveness.
Why do associations want a mutually-beneficial volunteer relationship? According to ASAE Foundation study, volunteering increases retention and expands organizational capacity. Learn more at the Volunteers: The Air We Breathe session on Sunday, August 14 at 2pm. Peter Houstle, Kevin Whorton, Rick Grimm (NIGP) and Ann Turner (AALAS) join me to share the research and association stories.
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