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Jan 26
Peter Houstle
Yes-No-Maybe?

Nearly half of all associations have components – a catch-all phrase for chapters, special interest groups and the like – according ASAE’s last benchmarking study. Back 2006, two research undertakings by Mariner and Whorton and by the ASAE Component Section Council sought to answer the question “are chapters worth the effort – do they have a defensible ROI?” 10 years and a much different economy later, we’re still hearing the question “How do we justify the cost of chapter support?”, and it’s getting louder. We can relatively easily identify the costs (financial and otherwise), but struggle to monetize the value.

Blog
Jan 07
Carol Blattau
Listening

I am as guilty as anyone these days when it comes to the customary New Year’s google search for the perfect diet/exercise plan that will transform my life.

Blog
Jan 05
Peggy Hoffman
Action button

Start something ... a conversation, a journal, a following, a community

Blog
Jan 04
Peggy Hoffman
Light bulb burning bright in a pile of dead bulbs

Here’s to a brilliant new year … new years always give us a fresh start, a blank sheet. But sometimes that blank sheet can be intimidating so here’s a little help. We’ve curated 16 bright ideas we’ve spied that just might be the spark for you.

Blog
Jan 01
Peggy Hoffman

Who says 13 is an unlucky number? Not the three of us at Mariner! Year 13 was our best year yet. It was also our busiest. And it was chock full of firsts. Probably the coolest thing about last year was how lucky we were to try new things and work with some awesome new clients.

Blog
Dec 28
Carol Blattau
Yes I can

When PRSA Maryland needed volunteers for a one-time task, many of our active volunteers raised their hands. But when they were still coming up short, a “sure I can help” came from a longtime yet relatively inactive volunteer. This volunteer, while still on the books, had settled into very much a behind-the-scenes, third-string position.

Blog
Dec 23
Peggy Hoffman
gift box

On a recent webinar, I was asked again for ideas on how reward and recognize volunteers. It seems many people are stuck on what gifts they can give. Well, here are five that dare I say are in fact on your volunteer’s wish list …

Blog
Dec 23
Peggy Hoffman
Truth spelled out in a box

Let's tell the truth about volunteers. We know through research and practice that volunteering is changing but even the trends toward micro and virtual volunteering don't change many truths.

Blog
Dec 22
Carol Blattau
 FreeImages.com/ Hermann Schmidt

The best piece of advice I received when I was in college was to view each day I had classes as if I was on a 9 to 5 job. I was a working mom at the time juggling family, college and a job so any advice on balancing my life was welcomed. I heeded that advice and made it a point on those days I had class to get to the college early and stay after class to work on assignments.

Blog
Dec 21
Peggy Hoffman
Yes, No, Maybe Die

It’s that time of year again for many – the time when you have to go out and find volunteers. Here a few tips on responding to the yes, the no, and the maybe ...

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