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Xperience 2019: Discover Exciting Keynotes and Register for Early Bird Savings


Access to incredible speakers is one of the top five reasons to attend conferences, according to a HuffPost article. We couldn’t agree more! That’s why we’ve lined up some inspiring orators to be our keynotes at Community Brands upcoming user conference Xperience, set for November 10 through 13 in Orlando, Florida.  

Here’s …

See You in Orlando, Florida, for Xperience 2019!


Ready for a little innovation, insight, and inspiration? We’ve got just the thing! Xperience 2019, the preeminent technology show for association, nonprofit, and K-12 school leaders! Created by Community Brands, the immersive digital experience is packed with new product announcements, user training, inspirational keynotes, research, education, a bustling expo hall, and valuable networking opportunities.

Last year, some 1,400 …

A Salute to Veterans


Sunday is Veterans Day – an opportunity for us to honor the men and women who have served our country in war and peace. Here at Community Brands, we’re extremely proud of all our employees who are veterans, as well as those who continue to serve in the National Guard and Reserves. In addition, we’re …

Only 13 Days Left to Register for Tech Conference of the Year!


The countdown is SO ON! Our first ever Community Brands conference – Xperience 2018 – is just 13 days away!

To get you excited about attending, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the event by the numbers …

# 1 association and nonprofit technology event of the year!
4 inspiring days …

New Tool Moves Engineering Society From Low Tech to High Touch


National Society of Professional Engineers’ (NSPE) members are among the nation’s top engineers in a myriad of disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, forensic, environmental, aerospace, and structural engineering. Their members design. Build. Create. Innovate. Inspire. Enhance lives. Improve our quality of life.

And NSPE supports them in all their endeavors. So, when we can play a tiny …

Innovation Process Will Keep You Strategic, Focused, and Accountable


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!


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!


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


“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?


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 …