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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.
Yogi Berra famously said: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Successful associations begin the journey with a well-defined end in mind and a plan that serves as a guide. No matter the size of your organization, get a plan down on paper! Business Plans are a management tool to chart a path and then keep you on the path. The process of developing a business plan is as valuable as the end document. For making chapters the business plan is far more important and valuable than a strategic plan which is often outdated before the ink dries. We've found that chapters who build business plans using the organizational vision and mission and the national association strategic plan as a framework produce better outcomes.
What if you could build your chapters from scratch? What would you keep? What would you toss out? What would your volunteers keep? And toss out?
What makes a successful chapter? It really comes down to just four things: a passionate group of leaders, engaged members, a couple of right-on programs or activities held during the year, and an administrative hub that allows you to keep in touch with members, keep a tab on members, keep your money and resources straight and archive the history.
The established chapter with a large membership base, robust list of programs and services and strong revenue base generally follows the form and function of a traditional organization with a twist that responds to the new volunteerism and the shifts in communication and engagement. We’ve included models and sample job descriptions here for the traditional model.
This could be titled “risk management” for that is what this is all about … managing your risk so you do not fall in trouble with the IRS, federal government or your state government. This is intended for information only and should be misconstrued as legal or financial advice. Do check with your national association and/or your own CPA for specific advice.
An association management company (AMC) is a professional firm providing specialized administrative and strategic business services to associations.
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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