November 3, 2014
At Kellen, we manage trade associations, professional societies and charities. The issues that each organization faces can vary. Some challenges are industry-specific, but there are “pain points” that seem to arise for similar type organizations. We polled our Account Executives around the world and they say the top pain points for professional societies and charities are the five below. We don’t have all the answers, but some of our recent posts offer strategies for mitigating these challenges.
- Limited Budget/Limited Staff Time
- Use Your Summer Downtime to Prep for the Year Ahead – Use your slower months to accomplish tasks ahead of time.
- Apps for Meeting Planners – Our meeting planners recommend mobile apps that can make your job easier.
- Leveraging Retired Members – Tapping into Volunteers with Experience and Free Time – If you reach out to an untapped volunteer base, retirees can alleviate some of the staff’s workload.
- Best Practices on Delegating – Association staff leaders can benefit from delegating appropriate tasks.
2. Managing Volunteers/Rogue Volunteers
- Volunteers Behaving Badly and How to Deal – Rogue volunteers are a reality in professional societies, but there are ways to work with them.
- Helping Boards Lead and Succeed – A productive Board is the best thing an organization can have.
- Best Practices for Board and Committee Orientations – Having clear-cut expectations for Board members and volunteers can ensure that individuals understand their role.
3. Mission has no Bound
- Getting Your Board to Focus on Strategy – Many volunteer leaders can be distracted by exciting new activities, but it’s important to have a Board that focuses on your organization’s overall mission, and strategies to achieve it.
- Strategic Planning for Associations- When organizations have an effective strategic plan, all activities can be linked to a strategic objective.
4. Membership Retention
- 5 Tips for an Effective Membership Renewal Campaign – Tactical tips for improving your membership renewal to improve your renewal rates.
- Satisfying Your Members Need for Value – If your members aren’t renewing, they may not find value in the benefits that you offer.
5. Managing Chapters
- Same Industry, Different Priorities – Sometimes other organizations and chapters don’t have the same priorities as your organization. That can definitely be a challenge, but open communication between chapters and other groups can help.
Do you agree? Or are there other areas of pain you feel we’ve missed?