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  • The countdown is SO ON! Our first ever Community Brands conference – Xperience 2018 – is just 13 days away! To get you excited about attending, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the event by the numbers … # 1 association and nonprofit technology event of the year! 4 inspiring […] You're reading Only 13 Days Left to Register for Tech Conference of the Year!, originally posted on Forward ...

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  • This post originally appeared on #Onward, the blog of YourMembership, another member of the Community Brands family.  Whether your association is working on an integration of your LMS and AMS, or don’t know where to start, here are the ins and outs to the benefits, challenges and support you need to succeed. Perhaps one of the […] You're reading AMS/LMS Integration Blueprint: Create Efficiency, En...

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  • Has your nonprofit been experiencing a lot of growth or have you started adding funding through new grants? It’s great, right? You’re able to better support your community and have more resources to help fulfill your mission. But, with more funding, comes a few more problems. A lot of smaller nonprofits go for the fast […] You're reading More Funding, More Problems?, originally posted on Forward T...

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  • It’s hard to believe Xperience, Community Brands first ever tech conference, is less than a month away! Attending this event is going to be an amazing opportunity for you to network with fellow partners, customers, industry leaders, and Community Brands team members. Because our partners are such vital members of the Community Brands ecosystem, we’ve developed a full […] You're reading Community B...

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  • Let me admit something right off the bat: Despite the title of this article, great associations may not actually do everything in this article every single day. But the truth is, at the very least, they’re likely considering them every day. After working for nearly a decade in association- and member services-related roles, I’ve learned a […] You're reading 5 Things Great Associations Do Every Day...

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  • With 140+ educational sessions, 2,000 professional peers, inspirational keynotes, and a venue like the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, we want to ensure your time at our first ever Community Brands conference, Xperience 2018, is well spent! Here are five suggested must-dos for accounting, finance, and operations professionals: 1.     Review Helpful Information Letter for […] You're read...

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  • This blog was originally posted to #Onward, the YourMembership blog.  Xperience 2018 is just a few weeks away, and around here we’re gearing up for four days’ full of learning, networking, innovation, and fun! This year’s conference is bigger and better than ever, with tracks targeted specifically for continuing education professionals like you. Make sure […] You're reading Xperience 2018: Must-Do...

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  • It’s almost time for the Nonprofit Technology Network’s annual Nonprofit Technology Conference, and we could not be more excited! This year’s event, held this Wednesday through Friday, April 11 through 13 in the beautiful city of New Orleans, offers more than 120 educational sessions. The only downside to the conference will be that we can’t […] You're reading 5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for 18NTC in ...

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  • This blog was originally posted on #Onward, The YourMembership Blog. It’s hard to believe another year has gone by, and what a year it’s been. A year ago, Community Brands was formed when we brought together association and nonprofit technology leaders Abila, Aptify, NimbleUser, and YourMembership. We later added Configio for registration and event management […] You're reading Xperience 2018: Wha...

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  • Is GDPR a four-letter acronym at your association? Short for General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR is legislation passed by the European Union (EU) Parliament to protect the personal data of EU residents. Scheduled to go into effect next month, GDPR grants individuals greater control over their personal information, giving them a say about how their […] You're reading GDPR: The What and Why Beh...

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  • Audits can be scary – and you and your team may dread them – but preparation can go a long way to a successful audit. So, where do you start? Whether you’re new to audits or perform two a year, it’s always a good idea to brush up on audit basics to begin preparations. This […] You're reading Have an Audit Coming Up? Refresh With Audit Basics, originally posted on Forward Together - Insights and id...

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  • In my office, our breakroom overlooks Suntrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves (that’s our view, above). With all the excitement next door, it isn’t uncommon for me to have baseball on the brain while I enjoy my lunch, and today is no different … especially since it’s opening day! With the Braves season kicking […] You're reading How to Knock Your Webinars Out of the Park!, originally posted on F...

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  • Are you stressed because you have an audit coming up? Don’t be! Audits need not be painful, IF you prepare for them. To help, here’s some of our best advice for making your next audit painless and using it to align your nonprofit’s financial practices with your mission. Selecting the Right Auditor Work with your […] You're reading Best Practices for Your Nonprofit Audit, originally posted on Forwa...

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  • Grants are essential sources of revenue for most nonprofits. They’re critical for your mission, but carry with them a high burden of monitoring and accountability. Proper allocation, tracking, and reporting are essential to ensure your organization receives ongoing funding. A lot of you out there are probably trying to manage this via spreadsheets, and maybe you’re […] You're reading Effectively M...

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  • Competition in the continuing education space is stiff! With the growing amount of learning options available, remaining your members’ go-to source for education can be a tall order. But, don’t just take my word for it. In a recent interview with Mahmood Sheikh, Deputy Executive Director for the Idaho State Bar, he stated, “We face […] You're reading 4 Online Learning Best Practices From the Idaho...

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  • If your nonprofit provides programs and services, chances are they’re more than a valued and central resource to the community – they’re a crucial source of revenue and core to fulfilling your mission. Unfortunately, we know managing these programs and services can be complex on a daily basis for a variety of reasons. In our […] You're reading Nonprofit Spring Cleaning: 5 Programs and Services Hea...

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  • Often through our research, we uncover misalignments in member expectations, opinions, and needs when compared to the priorities of their association. Our Digital Member Study is no different. There is a growing member experience disconnect as gaps exist between what members value and where they believe their organization delivers the best experience. We have learned […] You're reading The Online ...

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  • Want to better engage your younger association members to build a stronger member base going into the future? Consider letting go of the “antiquated” concept of the desktop – or even laptop – computer and embrace the notion of mobility in the workplace. Like it or not, the sheer number of mobile users continues to […] You're reading Mobile First by Design, originally posted on Forward Together - I...

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  • According to our recent Digital Member Study, technology drives member loyalty. In fact, members who see their organization as an early technology provider are significantly more satisfied with their membership and feel more connected to their organization. However, not all technology is created equal, and that’s okay. It’s imperative to think about the immediate needs […] You're reading Advantage...

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  • It’s no secret technology is changing the way we do business. There are countless examples of this – just one being nonprofit accountants transforming accounts payable (AP) processes and saving time and trees with automation. Holding on to paper may seem safe, but paper processes are the highest target for fraud, missed payments, and manual […] You're reading Three Best Practices to Optimize Your ...

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  • From our Digital Member Study, we learned there’s a strong correlation between member loyalty and technology. Members who believe their professional membership organization is an early technology adopter are generally more satisfied and feel more connected to their organization. We see these loyalty metrics rise even more when members perceive their organization’s use of technology […] You're read...

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  • The long-awaited tax legislation, formally known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted December 22, 2017, is hailed as “sweeping” reform by some. While you may wish you could just “sweep” it under the rug and keep rolling, nevertheless, this is a new year and there are new rules.    Payroll Impact  Just as the […] You're reading New Year, New Rules: Tax Act Implications for Nonprofits, originally ...

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  • Your association’s career center helps you boost member engagement, gain insight into prospective members, and generate valuable non-dues revenue. So, how do you drive more traffic to your center? Here’s how … Find out more, here!   You're reading Drive Traffic to Your Association’s Career Center, originally posted on Forward Together - Insights and ideas on best practices, trends, and issues for ...

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  • With more than 700 learning management system (LMS) solutions in the marketplace, choosing the right one can be downright intimidating. How does one even begin to understand which LMS will best meet the needs of the organization? What bells and whistles are critical to developing, maintaining, and growing a successful learning program? While this undoubtedly […] You're reading LMS Selection: Maste...

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  • I know a lot of you out there run programs and services as a means of fulfilling your mission and generating revenue. Providing these services is your core, right? But, managing billing and collections can get complicated quickly and can impact your organization financially – not to mention, programs and services may be covered by […] You're reading Keep Up With Your Nonprofit Programs and Service...

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  • Do you know how to spot fraud before it occurs? Most nonprofit professionals think it can’t happen at their organization. So, unfortunately, when it does occur, they aren’t prepared and don’t know what to do in the aftermath. It happens time and time again – from both internal or external sources. Someone notices a misappropriation […] You're reading Following Clues: Detecting, Preparing, and Prot...

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  • Your nonprofit staff members are some of the most important individuals within your organization’s community. From your development director to your major gift officer, your team will need to be built with philanthropy-oriented and hardworking people. Finding the perfect candidate isn’t always easy, but finding the right person starts with how you craft the nonprofit […] You're reading 4 Things to...

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  • Simply having online giving forms ready for your donors isn’t enough. If your team really wants to take online fundraising by the reins, you’ll need to take a second look at how you raise money online – from the top down. This means you’ll need to meet donors where they already are: online. By doing […] You're reading 11 Online Fundraising Strategies to Revamp Your Nonprofit, originally posted on ...

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