According to Urban Dictionary, (yes, I think that at times, it can be considered an accurate source), there are two wings of "millennial" that are often at odds with each other: Generation Y, people born between 1981-1991, and Generation Z, people born between 1991-2001. Both Generation Y and Generation Z can be called "Millennials," with the primary difference between the two being technology. Generation Y (my generation) grew up on personal computers, cell phones and video game systems. Generation Z has been attached to tablets, smartphones and apps since birth. While neither likes to be “lumped in” with the other, both generations are transforming and altering communication and identity all over the world. These changes directly effect how companies and associations are (and should be) marketing to millennials.
It’s DRAFT DAY! Today is the day that football fans everywhere gather and tune-in to see where the fate of their team and its upcoming season lie. While it may seem far-fetched, associations can learn a lot from the NFL when it comes to “drafting” its own team. We’ve collected a few things to consider when developing your team, whether it be staff or volunteer, that will score you a definite touchdown.
National Volunteer Week, powered by Points of Light, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers who come together to tackle tough challenges and build stronger, more resilient communities. Each year, Points of Light shines a light on the people and causes that inspire others to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities.
A successful association board of directors has an eye to the future. They understand the strategic needs of the association, both short and long-term. One area that can sometimes fall outside of the normal strategic discussion is succession planning. Having an established succession plan ensures the long-term success of the association.
If you work with an association, you know that collaborating with volunteers located around the country or even the world is an everyday occurrence—and, at times, a challenge. Volunteer leaders of associations have day jobs and busy schedules, after all, which makes it more critical to ensure efficient and effective communication and making the most out of the times we can get everyone on the phone together! We at Talley Management know how vital collaboration between volunteers is to an association’s well-being and future, which is why we’re dedicating this post to some of our favorite tools for organizing successful and seamless online board or committee meetings.