Association Executive Services

4 Lessons All Association Executives Must Understand

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Leading and managing associations can be very complex. There are various stakeholders to wrangle (usually with competing interests), operating in the not-for-profit sector presents unique challenges of its own, and you must ensure that you’re delivering value to your members—and that’s just to name a few of the most common challenges. This is why—over  .. read more

How Can Australian Associations Grow? Here Is What You MUST Offer Members

Monday, November 27, 2017

According to our latest research (the AES Association Management Best Practice Survey 2016), traditional membership benefits are failing to attract new members. More and more, members are expecting their association to go above and beyond, to demonstrate that the association is providing real-world tangible value, to deliver a return on their investment. Luckily, .. read more

The Future of Associations - Outsouring resources

Friday, November 17, 2017

There are over 25,000 associations in Australia, covering all types of human pursuits—there really is an association for just about everything. Most associations are classed as small businesses, with their administrative functions relying on a combination of full-time, p .. read more

5 Ideas to get your members to renew their membership

Friday, November 17, 2017

Are you about to send out your membership renewals? If you are, then be prepared for your association to come under scrutiny from your members. Regardless of how much growth you may have experienced in the past year, members who are undecided as to whether to renew their membership will critically asses .. read more

What every new Association or NFP Board Director should ask before they join the Board

Friday, October 20, 2017

Here are some key tips for directors or officers about to be newly appointed in to manage their association, society or not for profit organisation. Is the association financially sustainable? A new board director must be sure the association is not trading whilst insolvent or there is an immediate danger of being in that position. If you are new director an .. read more

The importance of an induction program for association directors, committees and CEO’s

Friday, October 20, 2017

Over the last twenty years I have noticed a significant change association or not for boards and their relationship with the CEO or staff. In the early 90’s the idea that association boards or committees or CEO’s could be personally liable for the decisions they make was virtually unheard of. However, with the increasing change in the business environment and high profile l .. read more

Associations and Rental Value - ATO New Standards for NFP 'S

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My association is provided with some rental space within one of our members’ or partner’s building as we cannot afford the rental of a fully functional office. We only pay a very minimal amount – what impact will that have under the new accounting standards? In December 2016, the Australian Accounting Standards Board gave Not For Profits (NFPs) an  .. read more

How to Prepare for an Audit or Review

Friday, July 28, 2017

It’s two days before the AGM papers have to be sent out and the audit still hasn’t been signed off..… Hopefully you have not been in this situation. Unfortunately though, many associations feel frustrated at the time required to complete an audit or review of their financial statements. Like so many things, the difference between a smooth audit process and a l .. read more

Australian Associations Targeted with Copyright Breaches

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Last year we featured a webinar regarding issues concerning copyright and the risk to associations. This week we received calls from Associations that have been targeted for breach of copyright of Getty Images photos on their website. Getty uses a bot to trawl through websites and when they find a photo, which they claim they have a licence for copyright, they ale .. read more

A Matter of Minutes?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Minutes of association board meetings and formal members meetings such as those taken at the AGM are an important part of the governance requirements of all associations. They record the outcomes of the decisions of board meetings, AGMs and special membership meetings. Minutes are very important, are legal records and could be presented as evidence as part of .. read more