DATA RETENTION POLICY: What is it and why have one?

Posted on January 31, 2014 by

Think back to the last email or electronic file you used.  When you were finished with the file did you just save it and file it away?  This laissez faire approach to file management may be tempting, but having a Data Retention Policy in place will benefit your organization as well as your members or […]

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Top Five Takeaways: Association-Sponsored Market Research Programs

Posted on October 23, 2013 by

Recently, Veris Consulting partnered with Venable, LLP to host a luncheon program and webinar. The program addressed the value of associations sponsoring their own market research programs based on information provided by their members while at the same time being aware of the potential antitrust issues and risks associated with such information exchanges. During the […]

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Statistical Programs and the Government Shutdown

Posted on October 11, 2013 by

An October 4, 2013 Bloomberg article uncovered a noteworthy concern facing a variety of companies, from manufacturers to investment firms.  In addition to the obvious issues with the current government shutdown, it is also causing a data blackout. “Over the past decade, we’ve seen a shift toward a more data-driven approach in business decision-making, and the […]

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Industry Market Reports: Understand the Size, Trends, and Movements of Your Industry

Posted on October 11, 2013 by

Manufacturing trade associations face the difficult task of providing worthwhile benefits to multi-national organizations.  In addition to providing training/certification programs, networking opportunities, and leading lobbying efforts, members look for their association to provide them with market data to help keep their companies competitive.  Associations can provide a valuable member benefit by sponsoring their own market […]

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How to Avoid Misleading Survey Results

Posted on August 28, 2013 by

The outcome of a poll recently conducted by the US Chamber of Commerce and Harris Interactive has been examined in The Washington Post Fact Checker column earning 4 Pinocchio’s for its highly misleading results.  The US Chamber of Commerce / Harris Interactive report claimed their polling was conducted through a probability sample, meaning that all […]

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Scale Readiness: Five questions nonprofits should ask themselves as they prepare to scale.

Posted on April 10, 2013 by

Scaling is critical to any nonprofit looking to increase impact—but of course, it is easier said than done. In addition to gaining board engagement around your strategyand building a focused business plan, organizations must secure sufficient capital—funds that they can raise only if potential donors have a clear enough picture of their growth plan and […]

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4 Ways a Satisfaction Study can Increase the Value of your Association

Posted on March 15, 2013 by

A satisfaction study will tell you how your members feel about your association.  This is normally accomplished through a survey sent out to all members by a third party who keeps responses anonymous and confidential. Both the association and its members can benefit from a satisfaction study in the following ways: By asking for your […]

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Rethinking Revenue White Paper

Posted on March 5, 2013 by

If there’s one thing the nonprofit community has learned over the ongoing economic rollercoaster ride, it’s that we have to get smart to survive. During a recent CEO roundtable, we sat down with nonprofit leaders to understand how their approach to revenue optimization has evolved, steps taken to raise their operational IQ and their plans […]

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The State of Scaling Among Nonprofits

Posted on March 1, 2013 by

Every nonprofit would love to reach more people, provide more services and move the needle further when it comes to delivering on their vision. But scaling is easier said than done, which is why we partnered with the Social Impact Exchange to determine the state of scaling among nonprofit organizations and initiatives. Here are some […]

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For Young Lawyers: Deconstructing Overhead Costs

Posted on February 26, 2013 by

Many damages claims may include some measure of overhead or indirect costs, and these costs may form a substantial part of the entire damages claim. However, overhead often receives less attention than it deserves. When quantifying damages in a breach-of-contract case, two important questions need to be answered. First, is recovery of overhead costs necessary […]

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Get Clear To Drive Better Business Revenue

Posted on February 21, 2013 by

Probably not surprising to most association executives, a recent industry survey found that two of the top financial challenges for nonprofits in 2013 are expected to be improving revenue forecasting and creating new revenue streams. What may be more noteworthy is that almost three-quarters of associations and nonprofit organizations plan to grow this year, if […]

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An Eye on Enforcement

Posted on January 24, 2013 by

There’s no rest for the weary in the world of financial fraud. Almost five years after the financial crisis, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has received more than $2.2 billion in penalties and other monetary relief associated with the conduct that led to or arose from the financial crisis. Since 2010, more than […]

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