- 90% of DEI Platforms are Sponsored -
- You are one of 9 people sitting in a bar. Elon Musk suddenly walks in and now the average wealth of the group in the bar, including you, is 200 Million.-
If you are like many associations, you survey your members multiple times a year on a variety of topics. Those surveys are usually conducted with an off-the-shelf product and then your staff spends time on the backend configuring the results and creating reports to release the findings. These surveys may be conducted anonymously or in the case of benchmarking studies, non-anonymous. But let’s get back to the question at hand,
What happens with your data once your survey is completed?
In the past 6 months Amanda Kaiser with Kaiser Insights and the DB team have been asked numerous times to BRING BACK the New Member Engagement Study. Many of you are wondering how engaging new members has changed over the past few years and what others are doing successfully in this ever-changing landscape. Are there new techniques that other organizations have implemented that’s working? Do you feel like there is something missing from your new member engagement plan?
Question: What is worse than not having a DEI Strategy?
Answer: Having a DEI Strategy that does not involve your team.
The data is in, and study after study has shown that businesses who understand the DEI journey and have demonstrated meaningful results are more profitable and have a much better work culture.
What do your partner sponsors want or expect for their participation with your association?
Do you know the answer to that question with a high degree of confidence? Unless you have asked them directly the answer is “probably not.” Well, we do not either but we do know that a very high percentage of our association studies are underwritten by sponsors so we know for sure that sponsors are willing to make sizeable investments with associations.
A little over a week ago we attended Non-Dues-A-Palooza in Nashville, TN. We learned from forward thinking association executives just how they are implementing non-dues revenue at their associations. One of the sayings that stuck with me was “Non-Profit is a Tax Term, Not a Business Plan.” This statement was made by an executive director of an association who has implemented several for profit incubator programs that have poured millions into their endowment. Yes, I said millions.
The Dynamic Benchmarking team is excited to be participating in the Non Due$-A-Palooza event happening this week and we look forward to sharing what we learn at this exciting event. We hear from associations all the time that non-dues revenue is becoming increasingly important and at Dynamic Benchmarking, we have developed several programs that can help your association utilize benchmarking as a non-dues revenue generator and member benefit.
One of the items we get asked frequently is, exactly what constitutes a taxable item when non-profits like associations start increasing their non-dues revenue. Our friend at Tenenbaum Law Group, Jeff Tenenbaum recently wrote a blog article on this subject and since it's full of great advice, we thought we'd share it here with our followers.