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New Years Resolution: Update your SOPs

You know what’s no fun? Chores. They are what you might call a, “necessary evil.” One of the hardest transitions in life is when you first leave home, and you suddenly realize A) just how many chores your parent(s) or guardian did that you took for granted and B) that you have no idea how to complete most of them. Fortunately, most of us are able to pick up the phone and get instructions on…

By Justin Burniske | February 7, 2017
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PODCAST: Salesforce with Kristan Singleton

Salesforce, by its very name, sounds like a product that only for-profit companies can leverage. Yet, as Kristen Singleton –  Director of Tools and Technologies at Education Resource Strategies (ERS) – explains, Salesforce can play a significant role in the information management at non-profit organizations as well. On this podcast we discuss how ERS is leveraging Salesforce, challenges they faced in transitioning to using a CRM, as well as several of the features ERS has started using that go beyond just…

By Justin Burniske | September 1, 2016
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PODCAST: Business Intelligence Tools with Mike Fletcher

Talking business intelligence (BI) tools with Mike Fletcher, the Director of Information Technology at the Endocrine Society. Mike recently went through the process of finding a BI tool, ultimately deciding on Power BI. We discuss why he wanted a BI tool, the process of picking a BI tool, some of the advantages the tool offers over using Excel, and features that you should consider when picking your own tool. 

By Justin Burniske | August 15, 2016
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Summer Cleaning Series: Database

Where has the time gone?! This year has flown by, and today marks the first day of summer! If you’re like me, you have left a lot of opportunities for spring cleaning untouched so here is our chance to redeem ourselves. Spring cleaning applies to your home but I am introducing Summer Cleaning, that applies to work and goes beyond cleaning out the piles of paper in your drawers. There are three areas that we can…

By Linh Hoang | June 16, 2016
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AMS Fest Midwest!

May 10th, just 5 days post Cinco de Mayo is another day for celebration in this month of budding optimism; AMS Fest Midwest in Chicago is the place to be and it’s cause for small associations to cheer. Those interested in examining AMS options, communicating their concerns or praises, and networking with like-minded and like-sized organizations will be in awe of such an invaluable event.

By Mary Glavin | May 5, 2016
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PODCAST: Dan Labert from NACBA

We’ve recently rebranded the podcast as the Non-profit Tech Podcast, presented by fusionSpan. This week I spoke over the phone with Dan Labert, the executive director of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys about his recent move from listservs to an online community platform (Higher Logic) integrated with their member database (netFORUM Pro). We touch on challenges he has faced, how he gets members’ input, and his general approach to strategic use of technology.

By Justin Burniske | December 9, 2015
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Shopping Around for the Best Deal

It’s that time of year again: families are gathered, work is closed… Oh, and EVERYTHING IS ON SALE! The question is, when do you get the better deals? For decades, people have been running out the day after Thanksgiving to get all the lowest prices for just about anything you can imagine. Now there’s another way to get great deals without even leaving the comfort of home. Which is best for you depends on what…

By Jessica Sansaet | November 25, 2015
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PODCAST: Conversation with Mark Ace about Collaboration

We got a chance to talk to Mark Ace, President of Kavi Corporation, about his recent blogpost, “Five Characteristics of High-Performing Teams.” We also discuss the ways different organizations are leveraging their technology in order to accomplish their collaboration goals, as well as some of the issues small staff organizations face with regard to technology that you should try to avoid. You can find the podcast both on Microstaff.org as well as on iTunes. Make…

By Justin Burniske | October 15, 2015
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PODCAST: Talking with Edward Grandi from the National Genealogical Society

I got a chance to sit down with Edward Grandi, the Executive Director of the National Genealogical Society. We talked about his approach to leadership, how he works to get the most out of a small staff organization, and what are some of the things front of mind for him going forward. Make sure to follow NGS on twitter @ngsgenealogy. You can find the podcast both on Microstaff.org as well as on iTunes here. Make sure to…

By Justin Burniske | October 1, 2015
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