Association News

What The Australian Federal Budget 2015-2016 Means for Not-For-Profits

For certain not for profit organisations the government is closing a major salary packaging opportunity. Those affected will include some charities and hospitals that allowed their employees to enjoy tax free spending on ‘meal entertainment’ benefits included; cruises, weddings, holidays and meals and alcohol in restaurants.
The change limits the access to benefits and places a $5,000 limit grossed-up cap per person. Any additional meal entertainment exceeding this grossed up cap can be counted as part of the employee’s existing FBT exemption or FBT rebate cap.

The Challenge of Board Diversity in Associations

It seems to be a common debate and well researched topic when it comes to the challenge of board diversity not only among associations but other large corporations. 
I have read two interesting articles one from Association Now and the other from NonProfit Quarterly both based on Ca

5 Strategies for Associations to Build Member Engagement in 2015

The association and not for profit environment is constantly adapting to keep up with changing user behaviour. Future trends and patterns are emerging rapidly as new tools are developed to meet these shifting movements.

In 2015 there are a number of tools that can be used to keep up to date with these changes in user behaviour and below are our top 5 strategies for Associations to keep in the loop with their member base in today's technological marketplace:

First Not-for-Profit Comprehensive Research Report by Curtin University

The first comprehensive evidence based analysis of Australian charities has been released, and the findings reveal diversity and previously unknown facts from within the sector. The analysis of charities was drawn from 38,341 Annual Information Statements submitted in their first year of reporting to The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) up to 30th June 2014. The report and findings is the first single source of evidence based research for the charity sector.

Welcome Dan Keller Who Joins the ME Team!

Aspedia Australia Appoints Dan Keller As Its New Sales Manager for Member Evolution!

Aspedia Australia is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Dan Keller as its new Sales Manager for the Member Evolution product. Dan commenced his new role with Aspedia Australia on 1 September 2014 and comes with a wealth of experience working with many associations, particularly after having previously worked as Sales and Marketing Director at another Australian based specialised software solutions provider. 

Association Government Privacy Principles 2014 Update

The Australian Government has introduced the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), replacing the National Privacy Principles, becoming effective from March 2014. The new Privacy Principles will apply to all organisations and agencies.

The 13 APPs are provided in the fact sheet for the 1st schedule of the Privacy Amendment which is to enhance the privacy protection Act 2013.

APP Privacy Policy

How to Recruit & Maintain Volunteers

Almost every association relies on aspects of their work to be done by volunteers, and it's often hard to recruit and retain these workers. It's easy to get volunteers excited on their first day or week but keeping them around for a longer duration which is every association’s goal, can be difficult.

Finding the balance between repetitive tasks and giving them the ability to take leadership and progress in their role will benefit your workers and enhance the work environment. 

Give your Volunteers a Voice

The Latest Developments Affecting Not-For-Profit Organisations

The September federal election was an interesting turning point for the Not-For-Profit Sector, and following the election it is vital for NFP organisations to closely monitor any changes and reforms that may have occurred within the governing sector.

A September issue was compiled by Email Ford Lawyers that will bring you up to date with the latest Not-For-Profit developments and will include:

AuSAE Networking Series 1 Wrap up

As an annual partner of AuSAE, Member Evolution has attended every networking lunch in the series so far this year and as such have experienced first hand the staggering re-invigoration of AuSAE in all cities nationwide and at the same time sampled some very fine food!

How to get Members to Backlink to your Website, Improving your SEO

What is SEO?

Search engine optimisation (SEO) involves the process of acquiring traffic from free 'organic' listings on search engines. The three major search engines that generate traffic are Google, Yahoo and Bing. The way Search Engine Optimisation works is by ranking either web pages or other content such as videos or local listings and showing them based on what is considered more relevant to the user. The higher your site is ranked in search engines such as Google, the more traffic will be sent to your site.