The words “nonprofit trade association” or “nonprofit professional society” are, while technically accurate, but don’t let the word “nonprofit” fool you. Your association still needs to make money and here’s why.
A successful association requires inspired leadership. If your board of directors creates a shared vision, challenges the status quo, and empowers and encourages members, your association will be well on its way to becoming the high-performing organization your profession or industry needs.
Being a volunteer leader in an association can be challenging. You can’t just order your fellow committee or board members around. Even a board chair has limited formal authority and cannot just dictate what the board can and cannot do.
Here are a few ways volunteer leaders can increase their influence within an association, and help their association—and its members—achieve great things.
Here’s something that’s true in every association, regardless of industry or size: An engaged, dynamic board creates an engaged, dynamic association. A disengaged, stagnant board creates a disengaged, stagnant association. Even if you have an engaged board now, there’s no guarantee that future boards will have the qualities your association needs to ensure your organization […]
A Budget isn’t Just an Exercise in Financial Management. It’s the Blueprint for an Association’s Future.
One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of being an association executive, or working for an association management company, is the opportunity to brainstorm and plan for the future. That’s not a typo: In associations, strategic planning can actually be fun. Think of it—most association boards of directors are made up of a group […]
Associations, like all businesses, go through different stages of growth and change. At some point, part of that evolution may lead to choosing a new management option. If you are considering Sentergroup’s unique blend of expertise and innovation for full service management of your association, we want to help you understand how we can best […]
Wondering why your association should hire an association management group? Here are some key reasons. Leading an association board of directors is one of the most difficult challenges a professional may face in his or her career. Why? By its very nature, an association board is full of accomplished, opinionated experts. Whatever the profession or […]
Associations love surveys. In a really intense way. It’s the kind of love that causes teenagers to write the other person’s name in their notebook, over and over, using little hearts to dot any lowercase “i” that happens to show up. It’s the kind of love that can lead to a restraining order, if you […]
How does a board of directors know whether or not it is doing a good job in its role as steward of an association’s resources? In part, association boards will know how effective their efforts are through the information contained in the financial statement. While these statements won’t typically provide information on specific program achievements […]
Serving on an association’s board of directors isn’t just about the opportunity to gain an intricate knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order (something you always knew you wanted to do, right?). It’s also: Meaningful: The decisions made by an association board of directors not only impact member businesses, but entire industries, professions, and sectors of […]