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Ice Bucket Lightning, Happy Meetings and More

Lori Halley 22 August 2014 3 comments

We’ve found some hot non-profit and membership links to go with the hot summer weather this week.

Unless you’ve been vacationing somewhere off the grid, you must have seen all of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge coverage on lately. So we've started our link round up with a post that offers some insight to be gleaned from this viral social media campaign.

If you’re just getting started with your Fall organizational or meeting planning, we’ve got some insightful posts to help with that too.

Here are five of the freshest non-profit and membership posts that we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week.

Can Your Cause Catch Lightning in an Ice Bucket?

Ritu Sharma (Social Media For Nonprofits) suggests:

The world is buzzing with ice bucket news, with marketing and communication professionals scratching their heads wondering how to replicate the same results for their own organizations. After all, a nearly 1000% increase in donations from the previous year, and almost 400,000 new donors would be a miracle for most nonprofits.

This is an excellent opportunity for us to recognize the power of social media and how great an equalizer it is. This organic and grassroots campaign eclipsed the best and highest spend media campaign in the news cycle. It demonstrated how it is possible for nonprofits to compete with brands and organizations with multi-million dollar ad buying budgets by being creative and harnessing the power of social media and social activism.

Sharma offers six “takeaways” that the rest of us can learn from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, including: “Believe in the Power of Clicktivism”; “Going Viral –It’s All in the Details”; “Keep it Real and Make ‘Em Feel” and more.

How to Make Your Meetings Happy and Productive – 3 Questions You Can Ask

In a guest post on the Getting Attention Blog, Dennis Fischman tells us:

We love talking with friends.  We hate going to meetings.  Why?

Too often at meetings and conferences, we’re listening to people we don’t know, talking about an agenda that doesn’t matter to us.

With friends, we can share not only thoughts and plans, but hopes and dreams–the things that make us get out of bed in the morning–the things that make us human.

If only we could invite people to bring their whole humanity to the conference room. But how? 

Fischman outlines three questions that can make your meetings more happy and productive.

Let Your Givers Grow 

In this post, Joe Rominiecki (AssociationsNow) offers highlights of author Adam Grant’s presentation to ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition. He notes:

Grant classifies people into one of three personality styles: givers, takers, and matchers. Givers are helpful, selfless, and sharing; takers are the opposite, and matchers believe in quid pro quo. The more givers in an organization, the better it performs, but the problem is that givers grow cautious when takers lurk.

… Grant says this is all especially pertinent in the world of associations, which thrive on collaboration and the power of members connecting and helping each other, and where a culture of giving must be cultivated both on staff and among volunteers.

Rominiecki outlines five steps to help “foster a giving culture at your association”.

4 Tips for Planning and Hosting a Successful Roundtable

Kelvin Newman (Event Manager Blog) admits:

When I first started out organising conferences they weren’t the most sophisticated events. One person standing in front of a big screen. They would have a Powerpoint deck projected on the screen and we’d work through a dozen speakers a day.

As we’ve matured and our audience has changed we’ve tried out a variety of different formats. Each with differing degrees of success. One of the most successful has been the roundtable.

Newman shares insights which he hopes might prove useful "if you’re organising your first or hundredth roundtable.”

6 Lessons I Learned from Running a Nonprofit (Terribly)

Will Folsom (NonprofitHub) suggests that while learning from failure is invaluable, we can learn from his mistakes. He admits that he made “boat loads” of mistakes running a campus magazine set up as a non-profit.

Folsom offers 6 lessons learned, including:

  1. Embrace Technology
  2. Stay on Top of Social Media
  3. Be a Fiscal Hawk


That’s it for this week’s link round-up – want more non-profit and membership links? 

That was 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, 22 August 2014 at 8:30 AM


  • Ritu Sharma said:

    Friday, 22 August 2014 at 12:51 PM
    Lori: Thank you for selecting and sharing our blog! I love your curation style with excerpts!
  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Friday, 22 August 2014 at 1:08 PM
    Ritu: You are so welcome - great post and wonderful example of "newsjacking" too.
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