Category: Becker Blog

The Difference between Governance and Management

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Many non-profit Boards of Directors are working boards. They must attend to the functions of governance and management. Sometimes the distinction between the two gets lost. One way to think about the difference is to look at the roots of each word. The earliest reference to the notion of governance comes from the ancient Greek […]

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New CASL Management System For Becker Clients

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With the strict new Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) coming into effect on July 1st, the staff at Becker thought we would take the stress of yet another administrative task off of your shoulders. Adam Becker has developed a new service for our clients that will automatically manage your contacts lists to ensure your compliance with […]

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New Book Published

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Becker Associates has just published a new title: Romain Gary: L’impossible dérobade (ISBN : 978-0-919387-61-4) by Benoit Desmarais. The book Lecture de l’oeuvre de Romain Gary autour des thèmes de la clandestinité, du “coming out” de Roman Kacew (alias Gary) via Gros-Câlin signé Ajar. From the back cover – Ce que je voudrais être ? – Romain […]

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Strategic Planning vs Strategic Thinking

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Non-profit organizations often let strategic planning fall by the wayside. As a result, far too many associations function without a plan. Criticisms often cited include “it is too expensive”, “it takes too much time”, “nothing really changes afterwards”, and finally “things change so fast that we can’t keep the plan current”. However, strategic planning can […]

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AAO responsive web design

AAO 2014 Website

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Becker Associates revamped the website of the Archives Association of Ontario to be responsive and more dynamic. We did their last website update in 2010. Combined with a new template and new navigation, integration with their membership database was provided so there is now secure account lookup, with a link to order forms to pre-fill […]

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Becker Mos 2013

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Last year, the Becker Movember crew, Team Fun Hard, made a splash with our odd tribute collages in an effort to entertain for the cause of fighting prostate cancer. As many of you may known, it is an issue that is close to everyone at the company, particularly Adam and Christina Becker who’s father, John, […]

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Five Serious Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Cloud Solution

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For non-profits struggling to find ways of doing things and maintaining or sharing records, cloud computing offer great solutions. Making use of the internet as part of service delivery and managing the organisation is essential. With the growing number of services, some offerings can seem like no-brainers, but the reality is they often may not […]

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Recent Graduates, Your Fees, and Your Association

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Have you investigated the demographics of your association recently? I mean really investigated them. Have you noticed numbers slowly decreasing over the past 5 years and not been able to really put a finger on why? Chances are fairly good that if you take a close look, you’ll notice that older professionals are leaving your […]

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Board Development Workshops Now an Ongoing Event!

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After two very successful test pilots this year, we’ve decided to turn Christina Becker’s Board Development Workshop into a regular event! The next one will be held in Toronto on October 19th in Toronto at CSI Annex! You will learn • The concept of fiduciary responsibility • The roles and responsibilities of directors • Various […]

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The 2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study

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So: What’s going on with nonprofit email, fundraising, and social media? In short: Online revenue is up, monthly giving is booming, and social media audiences are growing too. But there are also some bitter truths about last year that you need to know about.

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Best Practices: What makes a Board of Directors great?

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As a non-profit board member, you may have sat through countless meetings over the years wondering why they aren’t more useful or efficient. You are a busy person and wonder if you might just be wasting your time. Too much energy is spent talking about operational details and not enough on policy or future direction. […]

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New Anti-Spam Laws to Affect Non-Profits

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New regulations being brought into force by the CRTC later this year will affect how every organization in Canada, including non-profits and associations, are legally permitted to communicate by e-mail. The laws, for which a specific start date has not been yet chosen, will require that recipients “opt-in” to e-mail lists to receive any sort […]

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