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Association Members: How To Make The Most Of Conferences


For members, one of the best reasons to maintain their membership with professional associations is the frequent opportunities to interact and network with others at regular conferences and events. Many associations provide several opportunities per year, and offer numerous members-only perks of attending, such as discounted registration fees, members-only panels or parties, and private Q&A …

In the Lazy Days of Summer – Keep Your Members Active and Engaged


For many businesses and organizations, summer time can be somewhat slow in terms of activity. Kids are out of school, many families take vacations, and it is the time people are most likely to be getting married, traveling, and other things that may temporarily take them away from work. One expert even wrote a piece …

Association Culture – Why It Matters


Think of the best job you’ve ever had. Why did you love it? Was it the great salary and benefits alone, or was there something more intangible? Was the work-life balance just where you needed it to get your job done and still make it to the PTA meeting? Did you really love working alongside …

An Illustrated Report of The NTEN/Avectra 2013 Nonprofit Engagement Data Study


You may remember that back in March, NTEN and Avectra partnered to conduct a research project to learn how today’s associations and nonprofits are managing their constituent, donor and member engagement data.

 You told us how you track and use your engagement data – that is, the actions, interactions and even conversations that you have with …

The Power of One


There’s an abundance of metrics that show the growing influence of social media and social platforms on an organization’s ability to successfully attract, engage and retain donors. Yet the statistics reported in the 2012 survey commissioned by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Urban Institute, the 2012 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report demonstrated the continued …

Innovation, Extensibility and Upgradability – Our Founding Principles


Note: this is a follow-up to Jay B. Love’s blog post:

By Don Prodehl

Sharing Ideas, creating joint requirements and, in many cases, actually participating in co-development efforts with our customers has been a way of life at Avectra for the better part of the 10+ years that I’ve worked here. We learned early on the …

Countdown To AUDC13 – #12 – What To Bring? What To Take?


Have you packed your bags for some balmy Orlando weather or, like me, do you wait ‘til the last possible moment to pack?

As I was taking a moment to plan (procrastinate on) what I would take with me to AUDC13, I thought about what are the most important items, and attitudes, to take with me. …

Countdown to AUDC13 – #11 – Keynote Speakers Are Announced!


With just about a month until AUDC13 begins, we are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speakers. Larissa Fair (the Queen of everything AUDC) joined me to tell you about our great speakers. You can also read their full bios on our website.


We’re looking forward to seeing you in Orlando in March, so be sure …

Countdown to AUDC13 #10 – Conference Sessions


 The Session Schedule is now live on the AUDC13 website.

This year there are two full days of sessions, spread across eight subject tracks, and inspired by the themes of creativity, innovation and member success.


While you don’t have to pick which sessions you’ll attend right now, you do need to register and secure your place for …

Countdown to AUDC13 – New Innovation Awards


AUDC13 is only 50 days away and my Conference Countdown Continues!

This year we’ve completely revolutionized our Innovation Awards, so please watch this short video to find out how this new award program will work.


To learn more about how to nominate an organization or company, and the People’s Choice judging model, please visit the Innovations Awards …