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  • When it comes to doing business effectively, technology is one of the biggest assets in which a nonprofit organization can invest. Staff members gain valuable time back into their busy schedules and nonprofits perform at their best when data is streamlined and easily accessible. Here are three benefits your organization can gain by implementing true […] You're reading Customer Success Story: Marip...

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  • I’ve no doubt, as a nonprofit professional, you’re thankful for your donors. After all, they provide the fuel that keeps your mission powered; your community, served. But, do you sincerely and frequently express your gratitude? Nearly a quarter of donors say they were never thanked for their donations. That sounds impossible! Right? I suspect they […] You're reading Showing Thanks to Your Donors, ...

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  • Job opportunities rank as one of the top benefits that drive association membership, according to our recent Member Loyalty Study. It’s no surprise then that today most associations offer a niche job board on their website. Not only do job boards provide value to existing members and help associations attract new members, but they also […] You're reading Career Center Networks: The Good, The Bad, ...

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  • With the holiday shopping season fast approaching and the shift towards cyber-shopping as opposed to mobbing the mall, the likelihood of running into a window asking you to take an online survey to share your internet experience is almost certain. A quick way to gain your customers’ perspective on how your software is operating is […] You're reading The Discovery Process and Customers, originally ...

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  • True confessions. I’m not a huge fan of #GivingTuesday. I know. I know. Hear me out, though. I have two main issues. First, why do nonprofits have to go last … after Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Chances are good (or bad) your donors have already blown their discretionary income on tablets, TVs, sheets, children’s […] You're reading Are Your Technologies Ready for #GivingTuesday?, originally post...

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  • There are so many crazy things going on in the world right now – from natural to manmade disasters – you may be feeling a strong urge to step up and make a positive impact on our seemingly bleak current situation. Maybe Red Cross post-disaster work is calling your name. Or, perhaps mental illness awareness […] You're reading Picking the Right Nonprofit for You, originally posted on Forward Togethe...

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  • Many associations use exhibiting at tradeshows and events as a large part of their marketing efforts. With the cost of exhibiting being so high, it’s critical to use the time and money spent to exhibit wisely. The first part to getting the best return on your exhibit investment is to make sure you have visitors […] You're reading 5 Ways to Stand Out in the Exhibit Hall, originally posted on Forwar...

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  • It’s Halloween and fright is in the air!  For some continuing education professionals, Halloween isn’t the only scary day of the year. If you aren’t using a robust learning management system (LMS), you may feel haunted every single day by the overwhelming tasks that go into managing your education programming.   With all the scary movies […] You're reading Have a Happy Halloween Day and EVERY DAY ...

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  • Often the most essential element to a nonprofit organization’s overall success is the mission. What is the organization’s purpose and why does it exist? The mission says it all, and organizations that have a clear and relateable mission can bring immense value to their constituents and the community they serve. Some agencies will have their mission […] You're reading Trends in Nonprofit Accounting...

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  • Advances in technology do not stand still for associations or non-profits no matter how tight their budget. Even the simplest of computing advancements can require that some hardware or software be upgraded from year-to-year. But failing to keep up with the techno-curve and allowing your organization to steadily fall behind can leave your organization in […] You're reading Justifying a Tech Budget...

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  • We’re getting close to Halloween! Pretty soon all the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins will make an appearance in their quest for candy. It’s a fun time of year for kids (and adult kids) of all ages. But what about the real horrors you encounter every day? Not the things that go bump in the night, […] You're reading Don’t Let Accounting Nightmares Keep You Up at Night, originally posted on Forward Toge...

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  • When asked to describe Millennials in an Ipsos online survey people used the terms: materialistic, selfish, lazy, arrogant, narcissistic, entitled … just to name a few. Ouch. However, while the top answers were mostly negative attributes, there were some positive descriptions as well, such as: tech-savvy, ambitious, well-educated, idealistic, tolerant, respectful.   I’m a Millennial and […] You're...

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  • Member retention and engagement are always top of mind for association professionals. However, many find it difficult to be proactive in terms of identifying and developing a plan to address member satisfaction … before it’s too late. There are a multitude of reasons members join a professional organization, but according to our recent Member Loyalty […] You're reading Your Members Value Job Oppor...

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  • I’ll admit, I was a bit late to the podcast craze, but since season one of Serial, I’m officially hooked. True Crime? I’ve heard them all. S-Town? I listened to the whole series over a weekend. This American Life? A road trip is just not complete without it. According to the folks at Edison Research, […] You're reading Podcast Explores Member Loyalty, originally posted on Forward Together - Insigh...

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  • We all know nonprofit accounting can be frightening at times, particularly when your accounting system has one foot in the grave. From auditor boogeymen creeping down hallways, to beastly balance sheets that have minds of their own, to recurring transaction nightmares. YIKES! But nonprofit accounting doesn’t have to be all double, double, toil, and trouble. […] You're reading Nonprofit Accounting ...

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  • I’m a numbers girl, it’s true. Data tells such a rich story when used appropriately, and can really be a guide to so many decisions we all make daily. As influencers in our organizations, it’s crucial we have the data in our back pocket to justify spending allocations, strategies, and execution. Community Brands recently sponsored […] You're reading “Association Learning + Technology” Report: Key ...

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  • A robust collection of donor data is an amazing asset to a nonprofit, though finding the best details to include and the best way to use what you know can be overwhelming when you get right down to it. There are some amazing professionals out there who can help you parse through your fundraising data, […] You're reading 5 Must-Know Donor Details to Improve Supporter Engagement, originally posted o...

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  • We all know that in relationships, if you want to make a meaningful connection you really have to get to know someone. Think about your last first date, whether it was years ago or just last weekend, I’m sure you can remember it was full of questions flying back and forth between you and your […] You're reading How to Discover Your Members’ Learning Preferences, originally posted on Forward Togeth...

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  • Cloud computing seems to be all over the news these days. According to a recent story from Forbes, since 2009, cloud computing spending has been reported to grow 4.5 times the rate of IT spending, and is expected to grow more than six times the amount of IT spending from 2015 through 2020. But what […] You're reading Has Your Nonprofit Considered Moving to the Cloud?, originally posted on Forward ...

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  • There is a legendary tale about Abraham Lincoln that tells of him saving a burlap bag full of unwanted piglets that had been tossed into a river to die. Upon diving into the river and saving the porcine payload, onlookers remarked what an upstanding and moral person he was. To which Mr. Lincoln responded, “Am […] You're reading Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Nonprofits and Associ...

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  • Like thousands of others who parent young boys, I spent a couple hours this past weekend in a darkened movie theater watching Lego’s “Ninjago” movie, immersed in the adventures of good guy Lloyd and his secret ninja squad of friends as they attempted to defeat the evil warlord Garmadon (who also happens to be Lloyd’s […] You're reading Put Your Super Members to Work for Your Association, originall...

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  • Your organization’s data can be your best friend or your worst enemy – depending on how you prioritize and strategize. When maintained and managed well, your dataset can provide valuable insights into your constituents, their behavior, and their relationship with your organization. On the other hand, if there are a few more cobwebs in your […] You're reading Data Hygiene: Get Personal, originally ...

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  • Associations struggle to communicate their value to members. However, when used correctly, content can play a key role in reinforcing the value of an organization to its members. In our latest Member Loyalty Study, we wanted to better understand how members like to consume content and the part it plays in member retention. Instead of […] You're reading Take the PLUNGE to a Member-Focused Content S...

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  • In yesterday’s post, I had the opportunity to dig into the first five ingredients of a winning learning management system (LMS) recipe. Today, I’ll share the eight remaining elements to ensure your association has sweet success with its continuing education programs.  CE Management: Providing learners with an easy way to report and claim credits is […] You're reading An Analyst’s “Secret” Recipe f...

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  • The continuing education market is sweet. By some estimates, continuing education (CE) represents $47 billion of total formal training spending in the U.S. alone. So, it’s no surprise that the CE market is attracting a broad spectrum of providers. Associations, for-profit commercial training companies, academic institutions, and subject matter experts everywhere are competing for a […] You're read...

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  • Amanda Myers, Director of Member Strategy at Abila, highlights key predictions that will have the biggest impact on associations in 2017 including: - Education as a focal point - Integrations will be essential - Importance of chapter and national relationships - Rise of the foundation - Advocacy will emerge as a powerful tool - Membership of Things Abila is the leading provider of software and se...

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