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Better Association Management: APIs


In plain English, application program interfaces (APIs) are the technology that let one application integrate with another. A complex phrase for something that, when in use, should actually feel really simple.

In our 2017 Association Predictions, we predict the free flow of data between software solutions will continue to gain importance across associations of all sizes. …

2017 Presents Opportunity for Advocacy Initiatives


Earlier today I found myself wandering around the internet when I stumbled upon a blog post from Abila Product Partner, CQ Roll Call, summarizing the results from its 2015 special report, Increasing Engagement: How to Keep Members Active When Your Issues Aren’t Hot. According to the report, two out of three respondents say it’s somewhat …

New Year, New You: 3 Resolutions to Help Association Leaders Dream Big in 2017


Today I find myself working from a hotel room in advance of tomorrow’s start of the New England Society of Association Executive Annual Management Conference. In addition to polishing my presentation, it’s also meant some quality time with television and the seemingly endless parade of commercials hoping to capitalize on the New Year. Get fit! …

What Trends Will Have the Biggest Impact on Associations in 2017?


We dusted off the old crystal ball and peered deeply into its depths to see what 2017 holds in store for associations. Education, technology, and advocacy take center stage.

To help demystify these trends and more, our Abila association experts have compiled our 2017 Association Predictions. Below is a sneak peek:

For a deeper look, download our 2017 Association …

Member Engagement: Good Brands Never Stand Still


We don’t often think of associations or nonprofits as brands. But, truth be told, they are. When you see the color pink in October, you know it’s breast cancer awareness, and probably think of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. When you see a red kettle in December, you immediately think Salvation Army. And, when you …

Medical Societies: Gain Opportunities with Growing Segment of Employed Physicians


Like many who suffer through the seasonal allergies that plague us in Central Texas, I recently found myself in a doctor’s office. But, this was a new experience for me. My doctor – a longtime sole practitioner with his own office – had recently formed a practice with a number of other physicians.

As it happens, …

Providing Alternative Options Is the New Normal


We’re staring down the barrel of Q4, and the end of 2016 is almost here. Maybe you’re starting to look at your numbers – how many new members you brought on board this year and how your retention efforts fared.

Not where you hoped you’d be? You’re probably not alone.

Business as usual, the traditional approach many …

Starting a Nonprofit? If You’re a New Yorker, You’re in Luck!


Like any good reporter, I like to begin the process of writing blog posts with a little research. You’ll probably be amused, but not surprised, to know that when I Googled “start a nonprofit” alongside the word “headache,” our favorite search engine returned 1,720,000 results in 0.93 seconds.

Starting a nonprofit is tough, and managing through …

ASAE Special Report: Grow Your Membership While Raising Dues


Leading up to 2012, the International Coach Federation (ICF) found itself in the enviable position of having 17,000 members. Growth was strong, but starting to put a strain on the organization. And, the federation was looking towards global expansion and supporting the inevitable complexities that international membership can bring to daily operations.

In her ASAE Annual Meeting …

ASAE Special Report: Don’t Let Your Research Stagnate


We at Abila are big believers in the power of data. It can help organizations make informed decision, highlight untapped opportunities, and stop problems before they start. Many of the associations we serve value data too, not only as part of their commitment to reviewing and improving their own operations, but also as a unique …