Free Highlight Report for Participants: ARC Survey on Membership Models Launches Today!

Many associations today are re-evaluating their traditional membership models in the face of growing challenges like how to meet the increasingly diverse needs of various member groups, and how to attract and retain members during tough economic times, particularly when there are so many associations and other resources out there for them to choose from.

If you have ever wondered how other associations are grappling with these issues and how, if at all, they are evolving their membership models in order to continue to survive...and hopefully, then we hope you will take 10 to 15 minutes right now to participate in the Association Resource Centre’s 2013 Membership Model Survey.


This survey will look at how, if at all, associations across North America are evolving their membership structures, fee structures and program and service offerings to better deliver value to today’s association members. In addition to probing at what is working and what isn’t among associations that have undergone a change in their membership model, the survey will also touch on the topic of membership diversity. Specifically, the survey will examine what associations see as the biggest challenges and opportunities when it comes to attracting and retaining under-served member groups.

As thanks for your participation, you will receive a complimentary PDF copy of the highlight report in June. In addition, we will be sharing some of the results of the survey at the following upcoming presentations:

All of your responses will be kept strictly confidential.

Thanks for your input!

Third Annual CharityVillage® Salary Survey

Ever wonder how your compensation package, or the compensation program within your nonprofit stacks up?

Calling all Canadian charities!  CharityVillage®'s third annual Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey is live and awaiting your input!

This is the only comprehensive study that focuses specifically on compensation and benefits in nonprofit organizations from across Canada. With almost 1,400 respondents reporting data on over 15,000 employees in the Canadian charitable sector in 2012, the study has been a huge success.

Take a few minutes to add you or your organization's compensation profile and you will:

  • Receive a complimentary copy of the Executive Summary;
  • Be able to pre-order the full report for only $49 (50% discount); and
  • Be entered in a draw to win a new Apple iPad Mini

What are you waiting for?

Association Evolution: What Association Leaders are Thinking About for 2013 and Beyond

Well, it's 2013 and we're still here. The Mayans mixed things up, got tired of writing their calendar or maybe they just wanted to freak us out a bit. Whatever the reason, I know that all you association leaders out there are constantly thinking about how to do things better and how to better serve your members in what in all likelihood is a profession or industry that is going through a lot of change. The association sector is changing in so many ways, I hardly know where to begin. So, to kick off 2013 on the ARC blog, I thought I'd share four (just four!) of what I think will be some of the key challenges and trends associations will face over the next year...and more
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Digital Natives or Digital Immigrants: Who Should Lead the Social Media Charge for Your Association?

While I feel that the best social media strategies are those that incorporate people from all areas of the organization, somebody needs to be in charge when it comes to heading up and overseeing the organization's strategy in this key area - The ideal person to fill this role has characteristics from both the digital native and digital immigrant crowd. Whether you are doing it yourself, adding social media to the role of your marketing person or hiring a dedicated social media manager, here are five criteria to consider for this important role:
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Stuck in a Rut? Four Ideas to Get the Juices Flowing at Your Next Association Staff or Board Meeting

It can be hard to focus on being innovative, creative and strategic during a staff meeting or board retreat when the sun is shining and the patio beckons. But alas, the work of associations never stops. Decisions still need to be made, problems solved, ideas generated and work still needs to get done. Here are a few ideas to help get the creative juices flowing at your next retreat or meeting:
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Do You Need A Survey to Tell You What Your Members Think?

You probably already do a lot to keep a finger on the pulse of your members: You see and make a point of talking to members at association events. Perhaps you make it a habit to pick up the phone or drop in on members periodically to talk to them one-on-one. Maybe you even survey or poll them internally on their satisfaction with events, programs or new issues coming down the pipe. These are all very important tools to keep your association connected to members on an ongoing basis...but what about when it comes to your planning activities? Typically, member feedback is used as a peripheral driver of the process, if it's used at all.
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Association Resources: SSU Webinars Short, Sweet and Jam-Packed With Value

If you haven’t done so already, you should check out Support Services Unlimited’s bi-monthly webinar series for associations.

I really like SSU’s webinars because they are focused on top-of-mind trends, issues and challenges faced by association sector professionals, ranging from governance and public speaking to online content strategy, NPO accounting challenges, and more...

Plus they’re short and sweet! And did I mention they're free? I’ll be honest that it’s rare for me to be able to set aside (and sit still) for an hour-long webinar, so the SSU format is great for somebody like me: Speakers are limited to fifteen minutes of speaking time and an additional five minutes to field questions. 

Check them out here – you’ll be glad you did!


Done With Dull! Shake Up Your Next Strategic Plan Free Webinar Recap


Want to develop a strategic plan for your association that isn’t boring? Missed last week’s webinar?  No problem! Check out this 15 minute recap on how you can create a plan that gets folks motivated and thinking ‘big’ when it comes to your association.


Strategic Planning for Associations in 20 Minutes or Less

Who? YOU...and me!

What?  Discuss how you can develop  a strategic plan that is effective, easy-to-follow and that gets everyone excited and pulling on the same set of oars to help turn your Association’s strategy into a reality

When? April 2, 2012. 4:00PM PST

Where? From the comfort of wherever you like via webinar or in-person at SSU's gorgeous Gastown studio

Why? Because I know you want to develop a plan that works...and that doesn't make everyone want to press the snooze button!  

How?  Register Here For Free!


CharityVillage Launches 2nd Annual Salary Survey for Canadian Nonprofits

CharityVillage launched it's 2nd annual Salary survey for Canadian nonprofits yesterday.  

The initiative hopes to build on the success of last year's inaugural study, which was the first of its kind to focus specifically on compensation and benefits in nonprofit organizations from across Canada.  Last year saw almost 1,200 respondents report data on almost 16,400 employees in the Canadian charitable sector.

They are hoping to do even better this year!  Participants recieve...

  • A complimentary copy of the Executive Summary;
  • Be able to purchase the full report for only $49 (50% discount); and
  • Be entered in a draw to win a new Apple iPad

Click here for more info and a link to the survey



Done with Dull! Shake Up Your Association’s Next Strategic Planning Retreat

All you ED’s out there have been here: it’s 2:30pm, you have a belly full of roast beef from lunch and despite the gallon of coffee you’ve been ingesting steadily since your strategic session began this morning at 8am, you are getting sleeeeeepy...sound familiar? If so, it's time to shake things up at your next strategic planning session!
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What’s the Big Deal About Content Curation for Associations?

That giant toolbox we call social media is getting fuller every day with different types of tools to help associations and nonprofits. Well, there’s a new-ish kid on the block in this arena and its called Content Curation. These type of websites allow people and groups to aggregate online information on a specific area (or areas) of interest in one place. Here's the low-down...
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Changing Your Organization

Guest post from Bob Mackie: I notice a lot of energy around the notion of changing our organizations these days. To make them more innovative, to make them more collaborative, to make them more open, etc. But I think sometimes the emphasis is misplaced. Because the most important factor in achieving this is not the organization, its processes, its vision, etc. The most important factor is people.
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Seth Godin Says...

...That 'average' won't cut it in our post-industrial working world. This is true at many levels. The idea also makes sense if you look at it from a nonprofit point-of-view: If your organization is just average, it's going to get lost in the shuffle in an environment that is becoming increasingly crowded with other groups offering a lot of what looks like the same thing. That's no secret. On the other hand, I can't tell you how many trade and industry associations we work with that are in a mad scramble to help their members recruit and retain skilled workers.
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