Today we're heading into the last long weekend of the summer (sigh). Monday is Labor Day in Canada and the US, which marks the end of summer holidays and the start of the new school year. So here are five posts we've bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week that offer useful ideas and information to help you ramp up your fall planning.
This Labor Day Link round-up offers the August Nonprofit Blog Carnival; the latest event trends; tips for successful database management; thoughts on building better member benefits and a list of sources for low-cost images. If you only have time for a few posts this weekend, take a look at these top 5.
Kivi Leroux Miller (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) hosted the August Nonprofit Blog Carnival. This round-up offers 20+ posts from a wide range of non-profit bloggers who provide insight on getting along with others in the non-profit world. Topics range from: Working With Boards to Working With Fundraisers, to Working with Program Staff and much, much more.
Jeff Hurt (Velvet Chainsaw’s Midcourse Corrections) suggests:
The traditional conference meeting experience is out!
People today are looking for unusual, new, innovative conference experiences.
They don’t want to attend last year’s annual meeting that just changed the filler. They want something that feels as fresh as their first conference experience. They want an original experience.
Hurt outlines “26 conference trends coming to an event near you.”
Wes Trochlil (EDM – Effective Database Management) tells us:
I recently had the honor of joining the ASAE Executive Management Section (EMS) Council…. One focus of the EMS Council is volunteerism: Defining what volunteerism is, how to get members and volunteers more engaged, and how to measure the success of our volunteer programs.
It was that last point that got me to thinking about measuring the success of an association’s database. …So how do you measure if your database management is successful?
Trochlil offers three suggestions to help you “identify what success looks like”.
Joe Rominiecki (Associations Now) asks:
How often do you hear one of your association colleagues say, “We have so many great benefits, but we can’t seem to get our members to use them”?
Most association membership pros know that feeling. You’ve heard it, thought it, or even said it yourself. The solution could lie in a few places. Better marketing, perhaps, but that’s the easiest way out. Better benefits is another, certainly, though that requires some genuine innovation. But what if better design is the answer? Maybe you have good benefits but they’re just not very accessible or easy to use.
Beth Kanter (Beth’s Blog) suggests:
Images, visuals, videos, and infographics are being staples of nonprofit’s content strategy, especially for social channels.While Facebook recently launched a huge free stock photo archive for use in Facebook ads, finding compelling, high quality images that are low cost or free for image overlays, blog post and other channels can be difficult. I recently asked nonprofits on my Facebook brand page where they got their images. Here’s a round up of resources and advice.
Want more non-profit and membership links?
This is just a taste of the Delicious collection of membership and non-profit posts and articles we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam lately. You can check out the latest posts on topics such as: Membership, Volunteers, Communications, Events, Social Media, Leadership and Fundraising.
We hope you'll visit Apricot Jam often to see what’s new or subscribe to our RSS feed.
You can also find additional articles and guides on non-profit and membership topics in our Membership Knowledge Hub.