June 2009


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Issue: June, 2009 



What You Need To Know About Swine Flu in the Office
According to the Centers for Disease Control, H1N1 (referred to as "swine flu" early on) is a new influenza virus, which was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. Spread of this novel influenza virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes, people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their eyes, mouth, or nose. ...(read more)

U.S. Charitable Giving Estimated To Be $307.65 billion in 2008
Charitable giving in the United States exceeded $300 billion for the second year in a row in 2008, according to Giving USA 2009. Donations to charitable causes in the United States reached an estimated $307.65 billion in 2008, a two percent drop in current dollars over 2007. ...(read more)

ASAE Releases Economic Impact Study
Results of a new economic impact study recently conducted by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership point to new challenges associations might have to face in the near future. The study (ASAE & The Center Impact Study: Beliefs, Behaviors and Attitudes in Response to the Current Economy) shows that although overall the association sector is doing well, there are some important points that association leaders should consider when planning their business strategies for this and next year. ...(read more)

Study Analyzes Campaign Budget and Funding Trends
A study from Campbell & Company and researcher Slover Linett Strategies provides important insights for nonprofits that are examining fundraising expenses and budgets. The web-facilitated survey of more than 300 nonprofits found that fundraising campaigns during the past decade have provided strong returns on investment, with 68 percent of respondents reporting spending less than a nickel for each dollar raised. The study also found that the majority of respondents were spending less than five percent of their operating budgets on fundraising. ...(read more)

Despite Economy, Employment Outlook Strong at Chicago Associations
Although some organizations have had to lay off employees and implement hiring freezes in response to the recession, many Chicago associations continue to fill new and vacant positions in spite of it, according to a new survey from the Association Forum of Chicagoland. The CEO Employment Survey asked 101 Forum CEO members about current hiring practices in their associations. It found that while 26 percent of associations have conducted a reduction in force (RIF) during the past six months, nearly three-quarters of them (74 percent) had not. What's more, only 12 percent of associations expect a future RIF. ...(read more)

Community Foundation Giving Increased 6.7 Percent in 2008
Even in the face of a worsening economy, the nation's 717 community foundations raised their giving by an estimated 6.7 percent in 2008 to a record $4.6 billion, according to Key Facts on Community Foundations, a new report from the Foundation Center. The amount given by community foundations also surpassed corporate foundation funding for the first time on record. ...(read more)

Measuring Customer Experiences
Customer experience strategies continue to be a more important part of organizations' agendas than in the past three years despite the current economic downturn, according to 80% of executives surveyed in Strativity Group's 2009 Customer Experience Management (CEM) Benchmark Study. "The biggest surprise was that certain companies decided to increase their investment in customer relationships rather than decrease it as the majority do. ...(read more)

New Tool to Assess Your Insurance Needs
Insuranceformynonprofit.org is a website that helps small and medium sized nonprofit organizations assess their insurance needs and submit requests for insurance quotes to participating insurers. The site includes: a free insurance needs self-assessment tool with basic guidance and suggestions based on your responses; free educational information about insurance, including material provided by the Nonprofit Risk Management Center; a process for submitting requests for insurance quotes to participating insurers; and access to detailed suggestions based on the user's self-assessment. ...(read more)


Member Highlights Include:

  • Gregory Boriff was named vice president of development for amfAR...

  • Diana Voto, national sales director, Disney Destinations, received her MBA in global business...

  • The Hawaii Convention Center, received the Professional Convention Management Association's (PCMA) Chairman's Award....

  • While the economy is not doing well, and some hotels are worried, the Marriott Residence Inn in Mystic, Connecticut, is not..

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