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Best of Association Jam: Association Links for April 2010

Lori Halley 28 April 2010 2 comments

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Social Media once again ranked as the top category for blog posts, reports, articles and news stories submitted to and voted on by visitors to Association Jam this month, but Leadership and Events both tagged along very close behind.

Here’s a look at the most popular links in each “AJam” category – Membership, Events, Leadership, Volunteers, Fundraising, Social Media, Fun, Technology, and Other – for the month of April 2010:


Do Nonprofit Boards Really Want Younger Members?
Rosetta Thurman | Chronicle of Philanthropy

Boardsource's Next Generation and Governance Report on Findings showed that nonprofit boards understand the benefits of having younger members, yet the report also highlights several disincentives for nonprofit boards to actively seek out younger members. Just because there are a lot of Gen Y'ers out there, doesn't mean nonprofit boards are looking for them.


43 Social Media Tips, Tricks, Big Ideas & Real World Examples for Meetings & Events
Samuel J. Smith | Interactive Meeting Technology

Think of this rich list of resources as a "social media launching pad" to get your event’s social media program off the ground:
• Resources & Communities of Practice
• Planning Your Event
• Promoting Your Event
• Social Networking & Community Building
• Backchannel & Twitter
• Other Useful Resources


Print Grows Trees
Kerry Stackpole | Wired for Leadership

Association executives who want to lead on "going green" will benefit from understanding the issues more completely.


Can A Spontaneous Mob of Strangers Change The World?
Jessica Kirkwood | HandsOn Blog

If the power of the internet is enough to persuade people to go to work without pants on, I wonder if it could mobilize people to make a spontaneous and meaningful difference.


Fundraising Tips: A Snapshot of Rural Donors 
AFP | Association of Fundraising Professionals

A study by Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy gives useful demographics on rural US donors: they may be less likely to donate, but give a signficantly higher percentage of their income to charity than their urban counterparts, and rural donors are more likely to give to religious causes than to secular causes.   

Social Media

What's a Fan Worth to an Association?
Maggie McGary | Mizz Information

Adweek reported that value of a Facebook Fan has been calculated: $3.60. Does this value hold true for fans of association's pages?

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How to Construct an Informative Presentation
Scott Meyer | Basic Instructions

A comic for anyone who’s ever had to create or deliver a presentation:

"Couldn't you just stop at the introduction?"
"Then I'd be introducing nothing, and what kind of introduction is that?"
"In this case...


Why You Need a Content Management System
David Gammel | High Context Consulting

Running a site without a CMS today is like writing a book on an old Selectric typewriter. You could do it but why in the world would you want to?  If you want a site that encourages collaboration, sharing and participation - the main elements of social media - then you need a CMS that supports those types of activities.


Branding Basics for Nonprofits
Howard Adam Levy | Nonprofit Brand Institute

Over the long-term, organizations with strong brands become well known and tend to raise more money… Three components create a brand: differentiation, credibility and authenticity. By assessing your organization’s strengths in each area, you’ll begin to understand how your brand value can be built, communicated and delivered.


Do You Have an Associations Story to Share?

If you’ve got a stand-out blog post, article, presentation, video, or other online resource to help associations and other not-for-profit organizations to be more effective, submit your links to AssociationJam.org. Follow @associationjam on Twitter (hashtag #ajam) to catch all the front page stories – and don’t forget to vote for your upcoming favorites!

Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Wednesday, 28 April 2010 at 10:10 AM


  • Jessica Kirkwood said:

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 at 12:20 PM


    Thank you so much for the mention.  It's a real honor.  I'm a regular reader and a subscriber to this blog so what a nice surprise!

    Thanks again!!



  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 29 April 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Jessica, I was delighted to discover your HandsOn Blog this month, through the link someone had submitted to Association Jam - and obviously it made a hit with others, too! Hope you won't be shy to submit your own stories in future, and any other goodies you come across in your travels... :)

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