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3 Ways to Engage More Association Members in Your Online Community

Posted by Christina Green on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Have you ever looked at an optical illusion like the one above? (If not, you have now.) In this example, the first thing that most people see is a white vase.

However, upon closer inspection of the black areas, you notice two faces nose-to-nose. Now that you’ve seen both the vase and the faces, you can’t “un-see” either one. You can never go back to seeing a single image.

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Tags: Association, Online Member Communities, Member Engagement, Volunteer Management

How to Use Activity Data to Identify Your Association’s Next Volunteers

Posted by Julie Dietz on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

$23.56 per hour.

According to nonprofit management and advocacy organization, Independent Sector, that’s the estimated worth of a job.

But what job? A paralegal? A dental hygienist? A mechanic?

All those careers pay close to $23/hr, but none are the job that I’m referring to.

What’s your guess?

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Tags: Member Engagement, Membership Management Software, Volunteer Management

4 Ways Your Association is Letting Volunteers Down (And How to Fix It)

Posted by Julie Dietz on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

What does your office look like? Are you close to your coworkers or your boss? What about your volunteers? Associations often have volunteers coming and going, emailing, or calling in order to get feedback and direction for their projects. You might talk to or email some of your volunteers more than your colleagues. Maybe you’ve even come to rely on them for help managing daily tasks, planning events, or welcoming new members.

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Tags: Association, Member Engagement, Volunteer Management

5 Microvolunteering Opportunities to Get Members Involved in Your Association

Posted by Julie Dietz on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Association employees are the ultimate multitaskers. With small staffs and big memberships, association professionals do more with less every day – and they’re good at it – but that doesn’t mean that membership magic happens without help. More often than not, associations receive well-deserved support from their volunteer programs.

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Tags: Member Engagement, Chapter Management, Volunteer Management, AMS Software

How to Recruit and Motivate Volunteers for Your Online Community

Posted by Hayley Rissler on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

Back in grade school, teachers would ask for volunteers and hands would shoot up around the room. Everyone wanted to do the teacher a special favor by running an errand down the hall or helping hand out pamphlets.

How eager we all were back then.

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Tags: Online Member Communities, Member Engagement, Online Community, Volunteer Management

Volunteer Management: 12 Volunteer Opportunities for Members in Your Online Community

Posted by Katie Oakes on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

A major issue for associations everywhere is the acquisition of volunteers. It is not uncommon for an association’s organizational structure to have volunteers that outnumber the staff. Typically, one staff member is doing the job of three, so finding volunteers is critical to their sanity.

Convincing someone to volunteer time out of their over-scheduled life is no simple task. Also, the people that you are recruiting are simultaneously being propositioned by other organizations. You’re competing against PTA, sports leagues, homework, aging parents, walking the dog, work schedules, even enjoying a night of doing nothing at all. Your members are pulled in different directions and the last thing any of them have is time.

Thus, it’s time to find some new ways to engage your members. As the demand for telecommuting and flexible scheduling grows, it is important that associations embrace a similar philosophy. Starting with volunteerism on members’ terms.

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Tags: Association, Association Management, Online Community Management, Volunteer Management

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