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Association Change, Not-So-Big-Data, and More

Lori Halley 04 July 2014 0 comments

What an exciting start to the month – Canada Day (July 1st) and the Fourth of July! Whether you are just getting your celebrations started or winding them down, we’re sending our best wishes and a little link love your way.

Each week we offer up a jar-full of membership goodness – curating the freshest, most pertinent posts on non-profit and membership topics. In honor of the 4th of July, here’s a look at 4 of the posts we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam lately!

Creating change within your association

In a post on Multibriefs, Meagan Rockett interviews Paul Smith (ED of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers) who “shares his experience with his organization, the change created, and the accomplishments achieved as a result.”

Paul Smith explains that his organization “recognized a need to standardize and streamline processes” and “addressed [their] "analysis paralysis" because we had too many committees operating.”

Mastering Not-So-Big Data

In an article on CSAE, Meredith Low tells us:

Big Data is clearly a Big Trend  –  but so is “not-so-big data,” as we all become accustomed to ready access to unprecedented amounts of information in all facets of our lives and our work.

…Associations are frequently sitting on data they don't maximize, and often don't gather data they could easily obtain. They also struggle with the cultural and political shift to a data-driven organization.

…Being purposeful about data-gathering and analysis means taking the time to think about what you will use the data for – and being open to surprises along the way.

Meredith offers tips for “using what you have”, “gathering what you need”, and “making the change”.

A Nonprofit Board Member’s Bill of Rights

Debra Beck (Laramie Board Learning Project) suggests:

In the spirit of the holiday week here in the U.S., I present my "Nonprofit Board Member's Bill of Rights." The individual "rights" will be familiar to regular readers, because they're part of the larger message of my advocacy for nonprofit boards. I offer them as a collection today, as a bookend to last week's post.

The Nonprofit Board Member's Bill of Rights

We the community leaders who serve on nonprofit boards, in order to govern toward a more perfect vision of the future and a fulfilling mission that advances that vision, require an environment conducive to fulfilling the responsibilities entrusted to us. To that end, we have the inalienable right to the following:

Debra offers a list of 10 board member rights, such as “1) A clear understanding of our responsibilities, outlined before we join the board, and clarity about why we are being asked to serve. …”

4 Donor Newsletter Hacks to Increase Donations

Kivi Leroux Miller (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) says:

Thinking of axing your donor newsletter because it costs more than it’s worth? WAIT!

It’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong.

Kivi offers 4 donor newsletter hacks “taken from The Domain Formula”.

Want more non-profit and membership links?

This is just a taste of some of the membership and non-profit posts and articles we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam lately. For more, you can check out the latest posts on topics such as: Membership, Volunteers, Communications, Events, Social Media, Leadership and Fundraising.

You can also find additional articles and guides on non-profit and membership topics in our Membership Knowledge Hub.

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

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 04 July 2014 at 8:30 AM
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