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Innovation Process Will Keep You Strategic, Focused, and Accountable

   3.6.17|

There’s unrelenting pressure on associations to keep pace with trailblazing for-profit businesses and innovate, innovate, INNOVATE! But, what exactly is innovation? If you’re like many, the words mysterious, magical, indescribable might come to mind.

However, according to William Mallon from the Association of American Medical Colleges, who presented yesterday at ASAE Great Ideas conference, it’s a …

Win an Abila Excellence Award!

   1.26.17|

Is your association or nonprofit doing really cool things with the help of an Abila product? Maybe you’re impacting member retention with our learning management software. Or gaining valuable member insights through our association management system. Or enhancing the member experience through an online community.

We want to hear about it and celebrate it! It’s that …

No Tricks Here. Only Treats!

   10.31.16|

We don’t know about you, but we could sure use a break around here! After all, it’s Halloween! So, treat yourself to a little brain break and check out these hysterical, scary, weird, clever, and adorable pet costumes! Why not, right?

Happy Halloween from your Abila Blog Team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Your Financial Statements More About Outcomes Than Outputs

   6.30.16|

“I love financial statements.”

And, so began Dennis Morrone’s AICPA Not-for-Profit Conference session earlier this week.

After a deft comedic pause for laughter and applause (who knew CPAs were so funny), Grant Thornton’s Morrone went on to say, “But, it’s clear to me after many conversations with nonprofit stakeholders that they fall short of the users’ expectations.”

So, …

What Exactly Are Nonprofit CFOs Doing?

   6.28.16|

Based on the title of today’s AICPA Not-for-Profit Conference session – Poll the CFOs – it promised to be educational and entertaining. And, it certainly delivered on that promise.

One of the most interesting questions asked by an audience member was, “What will CFOs be spending their time doing in the next year?” Here’s a quick-and-dirty synopsis of panel …

In Honor of Adopt-a-Cat Month, Meet One of Our Favorite Humane Societies!

   6.23.16|

June is bursting at the calendar with loads of fun stuff. There’s the widely celebrated Father’s Day. And, Flag Day, of course. But there’s also the more obscure National Yo-Yo Day, Name Your Poison Day, and Repeat Day.  Repeat Day. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

June is also National Adopt-a-Cat Month, sponsored by the American Humane Association. So, we thought …

Seven Risky Habits and Why Nonprofits Practice Them

   3.24.16|

In our current digital age, data risk is the new normal.

This was the foundation of yesterday’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC16) session titled, “Seven Highly Risky Habits of Small to Medium-Sized Nonprofits.”

The presenters – Dan Rivas, Managing Writer at Idealware and Leon Wilson, Chief Technology and Information Officer at Cleveland Foundation – emphasized over and over: …

How to ACE Change Leadership

   3.22.16|

If you’ve been an association professional for any length of time, you’ve no doubt tried to institute change within your organization.

How did that go for you?

Not so well? Knowing you’re not alone probably doesn’t make you feel any better; however, knowing the human brain is hardwired to resist change may give you some comfort. You …

ASAE Great Ideas’ Attendees Get Their Content Strategies On!

   3.16.16|

Does your association have a formal education content strategy, or do you merely throw some proverbial spaghetti at the fridge and see what sticks?

If the informal poll at the beginning of Debra Zabloudil’s ASAE Great Ideas’ session titled, “Get Your Content Strategy On” is indicative of the sector as a whole, most associations are in …

ASAE’s Reggie Henry Wows at Abila Conference

   3.8.16|

Our Abila User and Developer Conference (AUDC 2016) came to a successful close this past Saturday. And, I would bet that all who had an opportunity to attend Reggie Henry’s Leadership Series session are back in their offices this week enthusiastically sharing his ideas, and determining how they might apply them in their own organizations.   

For …