Category: Becker Blog

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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Another Successful Movember

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Although this is my second Movember, this was a first for a Becker Associates team: Team Fun Hard. This year we all pulled together, even our Mo Sistas, to raise $470 and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. Thank you to all our donors for their support and encouragement. […]

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Refuge Journal Makes Transition to Open Access

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Refuge Journal is transitioning to an entirely open access electronic publication, starting with its 28.1 issue. Open access will not only make Refuge more accessible to readers from all countries and continents, but a digital publication will also be more eco-friendly and cost effective. Refuge will save on printing costs, freeing up resources that can […]

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Becker Associates is raising funds and awareness for Movember!

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Under the moniker “Team Fun Hard”, Adam, Christina, Tammy, Ryan and Séamus are participating in this year’s Movember activities to aid in the advancement of prostate cancer research and men’s mental health, often referred to as a silent crisis. The “Mo Bros” will be growing and trimming their facial hair into manly, possibly embarrassing, displays […]

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Digging Further on Membership Dues Cycles: Associations Now

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This is a perennial question for associations. Many factors need to be considered… newsletter or magazine cycles, access to protected online content, how members’ budget cycles work and does your website allow good self-management of membership accounts and renewal. Digging Further on Membership Dues Cycles: Associations Now Need help working through the ramifications for your […]

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Adam Becker Attended CHSS in Chicago

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Adam Becker has just returned from Chicago where he supported the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery in their journal and membership promotion. The WSPCHS and Becker Associates worked out a new communication plan to members – to give regular and relevant  news of the Society’s activities. Our attendance helped keep the Society […]

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Foundations Must Return to Multi-Year Grantmaking | Stanford Social Innovation Review

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Multi-year funding has collapsed. Unless executives and trustees of our nation’s grantmaking foundations take steps to re-establish multi-year giving, nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve are in for years of increasing uncertainty and diminished impact. Read full article: Foundations Must Return to Multi-Year Grantmaking | Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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Some universities require students to use e-textbooks – USATODAY.com

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Students don’t seem to want to buy e-textbooks. So some schools are simply forcing them. While several colleges across the country are pushing electronic textbooks, touting them as more efficient and less cumbersome than regular textbooks, students are reluctant. E-textbooks still account for only 9% of textbook purchases, says Student Monitor, which researches college student […]

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Generation Y Leads in Book Buying

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Generation Y, those born between 1979 and 1989, spent the most money on books in 2011, taking over long-held book-buying leadership from baby boomers, according to the 2012 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Review. The Review notes that GenY’s 2011 book expenditures rose to 30 percent — up from 24 percent in 2010 – passing […]

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