It’s safe to say that our support for components (chapters etal) took on a different look this past month. We had to scramble to re-orient messaging and timetables, shift resources, add resources, add time to support chapters shifting to virtual, and maybe cancel volunteer leader training. So how do we re-orient our support and training for the rest of 2020? What do we need to think about as long-term shifts? What other short-term shifts need to be adopted? Virtual Idea Swap #2 is about what’s next.read more
Mark your calendars: National Volunteer Week is April 19-25th! It’s the perfect opportunity to start thinking about ways to show your chapter volunteers the appreciation they deserve all year-round. Volunteering is one of the stickiest forms of member engagement, and happy volunteers can keep your association chapters on track for years to come.read more
When the ASAE Foundation debuted its initiative ForesightWorks, an evidence-based research initiative which identifies critical trends and issues on the horizon for associations, volunteering wasn’t specifically listed as one of those the drivers. Volunteering was officially named a driver last summer.read more
Recently, we were program facilitators for the Association General Contractors of America Leadership Conference and welcomed the panel of Gen Z’s. They shared willingly their perspective on industry engagement, moderated by a dynamic Gen Z, Josh Miller from the team of XYZ University. This panel was much anticipated. And, they delivered. Why? Because they were talking about this illusive generation with an authentic voice – including the moderator.read more
Yes, lots of national associations are acting to help members in this pandemic. And that’s great. Let’s not overlook though the need to to find help in my hometown. Its reaching across the street or county to get the extra help or the virtual hug. And, with so much of the effort to fight the pandemic is in the hands of the state – our ability to have the local voice for political advocacy is tripled! With that in mind, associations can tap chapters to strengthen their lines of engagement with members. Bottom line – you can be the superhero for your chapters. Here are some ways; read more on Billhighway.read more
Most predictions put the use, and the reliance, on digital meetings and work as rapidly increasing. The good news then is the skills we are rapidly improving in this time of physical-distancing will be useful long after the virus’ hold on us has ended. One set of skills I know we’ll be using are those needed for creating effective virtual meetings and work. Let’s jump start those skills with a few resources.read more
Chapters are vulnerable in the chaotic global health crisis, however that does not have to mean they will flounder or fail. We do have to intervene though on their part. Answering the how led us to host a virtual idea swap for association pros responsible for navigating this question. The swap brought together more than 70 association execs to explore how associations can support chapters. View the full Swap here and use this summary to help kickstart your own internal conversations.read more
Do you listen to podcasts? Well 1 in 4 Americans are active podcast listeners. This channel is reaching peak popularity for businesses and audiences alike. And during this time of meeting cancellations, the popularity is posed for another growth spurt. And that could be good for chapters.read more
A healthy chapter program delivers valuable benefits for an association. It drives member engagement, member satisfaction, and overall member growth. In this paper, you’ll discover practical ideas and approaches to help you evaluate your chapter program’s health and pinpoint ways to strengthen it.read more
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Fully Developing Your Volunteer Workforce – handout for #FSAE17 session.read more
Includes 5 key findings of the ASAE Foundation research, drivers for
volunteer satisfaction, and a tool for gauging your volunteer program.
The dashboard indicator concept flashes visual signs of organizational health. See how this tool can monitor key success factors and warn of problem areas that need fixing. Download the report for more information.read more
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.read more
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 Component Relationship Handbook (ASAE), IRS and Association Law Handbook (ASAE).read more
In 2006, ASAE’s Component Section Council reached out to members to ask how they determined the ROI for their chapters. The results were mixed. That is to say, that hard numbers were rarely reported, but chapters were nonetheless credited with moving mission and members.read more
What makes us different than any other organization is our members!
What makes us successful is engaging those members!read more
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