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  • 25 Sep 2014 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    likert scale exampleSurveys: in the association industry, you likely have seen many number of surveys from membership feedback, conference evaluations, board and committee responses, and more. The Likert Scale is a useful survey format for getting responses, particularly if done properly.   

    Do a quick google images search for Likert Scale.  You will find many examples of the scale where the "positive" responses (strongly agree, excellent, etc) are on the left side of the scale, and many others where the "negative" responses (strongly disagree, poor, etc) are on the same left side.  

    When designing a survey, which side should this be on? Is there a correct answer?  It may not seem to matter, particularly when searching through all of the likert scales used in surveys and seeing a close to 50-50 split in this ordering.  Nevertheless, research has been done to provide some feedback on this issue.  Intelligentmeasurement has some results from research on this topic.  You'll find their findings interesting if you do a lot of surveys.  Check it out here

  • 18 Sep 2014 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    One item from a recent article from Corbin Ball titled "Ten Transformative Meetings Technology Trends for 2015" jumped to our attention.  "Data breaches and app hacking will likely target events in 2015".  Mobile event apps have become very popular in recent years, and are now a staple at most events.  

    The benefits of apps are undeniable: branding, logistical planning, engagement, networking, content and marketing are some.  But, with the major news items affecting Home Depot, Target and others, it is an interesting risk associated with your event.  You certainly do not want the publicity and potential damage to your members and attendees.  

    So, partnering with a security firm and keeping your clients informed are must have's in this arena.  Working proactively with your vendor is another wise decision. 

  • 08 Nov 2013 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    empowering womenThe American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. 

    Their Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls.

    2013–14 Grant Year

    One-Year Grant: $2,000–$7,000
    Two-Year Grant: $5,000–$10,000
    Applications Available: August 1, 2013 – January 15, 2014
    Application Deadline: January 15, 2014
    Funding Period for One-Year Grant: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014
    Funding Period for Two-Year Grant: July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016

    Read more and apply at:

  • 25 Oct 2013 9:24 AM | Anonymous
    Non profit association administrationThe Smarter Cities Challenge is an IBM Corporate Citizenship initiative that contributes the skills and expertise of teams of top-talent IBMers to address the key challenges facing cities around the world.

    Cities around the world are invited to apply for the Smarter Cities Challenge. Cities with pressing concerns, commitment to publicly available data, and a track record of innovative problem solving will be strong candidates for the grants.

    The 2014 cycle closes on November 8, 2013.

    See for more details and to apply.
  • 22 Oct 2013 10:25 AM | Anonymous
    Grants addressing root causes of domestic violenceThe Mary Byron Project

    These awards recognize institutions that demonstrate an innovative approach to confronting the root causes of domestic violence and developing solutions to break the cycle. The Foundation selects programs that can serve as models for the nation and offers cash awards in recognition of their pioneering efforts. 

    Four awards of $10,000 each are presented annually.

    Nominations must be postmarked by November 22, 2013 - no email for fax submissions.

    Learn more at the Mary Byron Project web site,

    Additional information: The Mary Byron Project was established in 2000 in memory of the young woman whose tragic murder led to the creation of automated crime victim notification technologies. As a nationally recognized thought leader on domestic violence, the Mary Byron Project cultivates and supports efforts that extend beyond crisis management to attack the root causes of this epidemic and help build safer, healthier communities.

    10401 Linn Station Road
    Louisville, KY 40223 
  • 04 Oct 2013 11:31 AM | Anonymous
    Associations produce quite a lot of content via newsletters, web site posts, articles, and internal publications.  But without the proper agreements in place, these content pieces may not be owned by the association.  

    Katharine Meyer, Esq. tackles this issue on her blog.  "A fundamental principle of copyright law is that ownership vests in the person who creates the work. Therefore, even if a person is paid to create a work for the Association, the Association will not own the work unless the work is a “work made for hire”."

    For more specifics, follow this link to obtain the entire article. 
  • 04 Oct 2013 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The goal of the Foundation’s Strong Local Economies Program is to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses and access to quality jobs. The Foundation aims to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. The basis of their work is guided by a strong commitment to social justice and equity. 

    There are three main categories of work in this program area: 
    • Business Development and Acceleration 
    • Equitable Economic Development
    • Job Quality and Career Pathways
    They generally seek nonprofit organizations that:
    • Prioritize and engage low-income individuals, communities of color, women, and immigrants;
    • Utilize policy advocacy, organizing, and capacity building as approaches;
    • Use both research and demonstration projects/programs to prove the benefits of equitable economic development and quality jobs;
    • Leverage the buying power of anchor institutions (universities, hospitals, local/regional government, schools, sports teams, etc.) to drive local economic growth;
    • Increase leadership capacity among populations who have been historically excluded from decision-making processes (low income, immigrant, and communities of color);
    • Utilize strategic communications to make the case for including equity and sustainability in development decisions;
    • Work in urban areas and in a regional context.
    Submit an online letters of inquiry as the first step in the review process.  

  • 03 Oct 2013 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, October 09, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

    Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising.

    This class is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising.

    The course will address such questions as:

    • What groundwork do I have to have in place before approaching foundations for funding?
    • What are the steps to obtaining incorporation and nonprofit status and where can I get some help to do so?
    • What are the characteristics of successful nonprofits?

    This session will provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help you determine your own readiness for foundation fundraising.

    View website for more details

  • 01 Oct 2013 12:22 PM | Anonymous
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a nice article explaining how the U.S. Federal Government shutdown could affect non-profit organizations, including those receiving federal grant funds. 

    The article points out that many staff salaries at non-profit organizations are dependent on money generated from federal grants.  Those positions may be in for short or longer term elimination.  Interestingly, these funds may end up being distributed at a later date.

    Advice for non-profits included "keep a careful tally of how the shutdown adds to your costs and prepare to make a claim to recover those expenses post-shutdown".
  • 27 Sep 2013 9:26 AM | Anonymous
    The American Hiking Society has a grant program called the National Trails Fund.  The program provides $500-$5,000 support to grassroots nonprofit organizations throughout the country working toward establishing, protecting, and maintaining foot trails in America. 

    Applying organizations must be AHS Alliance Members. Online applications may be submitted from November 1 to December 13, 2013. See for full details.

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