Firing a Volunteer

By Bob Harris, CAE and Candace Boothby, CCE Volunteering is a part of America’s culture.   People step forward to help advance a cause or community. There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit, exempt organizations in the US.   Each has a board of directors and committee structure composed of volunteers.   While every person intends to add…

The Second Wave

By Bob Harris, CAE and Dot Miller, CAE We are hopeful there will be no second wave of the coronavirus, or that mitigation will reduce its impact.   Health officials have predicted a return in the fall and through the winter. Associations must prepare.  Are we taking advantage of what we have learned in the…

Extending Board Terms

By Bob Harris, CAE An association relies on its board to govern.   It sets the vision and advances the mission to best position the organization and serve its members.   Through the pandemic, some directors may have reasons they can no longer volunteer.   Concerns about jobs, business survival, health and family come first.   It is…

Back the Strategic Plan with Resources

Bob Harris, CAE and Leonard Toenjes, CAE There is a saying, “Put your money where your mouth is.”  It means if you have an idea or plan, it should be supported by resources.  Without aligning resources any plan is unlikely to succeed.  In associations, resources include time, finances, committees, leaders, and staff. Roadmap A strategic…

Association Officer’s Workbook

By Bob Harris, CAE An association or chamber is a group of persons working together to advance a cause or mission. Nonprofit organizations have served the USA for more than 150 years. With 1.5 million nonprofit, exempt organizations, the common traits are a 1) mission statement and 2) a volunteer board of directors. Good governance…

Demonstrate Strength in Uncertain Times

By Bob Harris, CAE and Bill Pawlucy, CAE Now is the time to demonstrate strength, leadership and strategy.   Members expect to hear confidence and solutions from their association. Associations have always been resilient, during wars, recessions and crisis.   Boards and staff should portray a positive, “can-do” attitude. Position chief elected officer and executive director as…