Managing the staff,
and volunteers at an
association — all while
and vision — can be
quite chaotic. But
Chaos for Breakfast:
Practical Advice and
Humor for Nonprofit Executives by Association Forum member Robert A. Hall, CAE,
is a new downloadable e-book on association management that gives the chief staff
executive hope through a collection of
more than 30 tongue-in-cheek musings
and straight-ahead advice articles. Some
titles include “How to Know When It’s
Time to Go,” “Murphy’s Laws for Associations,” “Must There be Metrics?” “How to
Wreck Your Association in Only One Year,”
and “ 10 Rules for the Care and Feeding of
Volunteers.” Hall has been an association
executive since 1982, managing the
Florida Psychological Association, the
Pennsylvania Optometric Association, the
Graphic Arts Association, the National
Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Cosmetic
Dentistry, and the American Association
of Hip and Knee Surgeons, where he currently is executive director. Published by
the American Society of Association Executives, a portion of the proceeds from
each book sale is donated to The Center
for Association Leadership and the
Orthopaedic Research and Educational
Salary increase budgets average 3.8 percent in 2008 across non-exempt, exempt
and executive employee categories, while
salary increase budgets for non-exempt
hourly employees average 3. 7 percent,
The Conference Board reports.
For 2009, the median budget for salary
increases is projected to be 3. 75 percent
for both non-exempt salaried and hourly
employees. The median salary increase
budget projections for exempt and executive employees are higher at 3.8 percent
for exempt and 3. 9 percent for executives.
The information for this report was
gathered from more than 350 organizations surveyed in April and May 2008.
Among the 250 organizations that
responded both last year and this year, 35
percent reported lower actual 2008 salary
increase budgets than they projected last
year for executives and exempt employees.
“Companies are responding to a sluggish economy by remaining disciplined on
labor cost increases,” says Charles Peck,
compensation specialist with The Conference Board. “They are aided in this
resolve by moderate inflation.” The Conference Board currently projects a 2. 7 percent rise in inflation for 2008 and 3. 4
percent for 2009. This means the typical
employer is budgeting for salary increases
just slightly ahead of inflation in 2009.
Across industry categories, diversified
financial services reported the highest
increases in 2008 for all employee categories, while trade
reported the lowest. The highest
for 2009 was
reported by consulting services,
while trade again
was the lowest.
Philanthropy on a Shoestring
In the most challenging economy since 2001, charities across the nation are bracing themselves for declining contributions this
holiday season and potential donors are looking toward innovative and free ways to help their favorite causes generate funds.
There are at least two solutions: Using a search engine called GoodSearch.com and online shopping mall GoodShop.com.
More than 60,000 nonprofits have partnered with GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com to
enable their supporters to generate donations just by searching the Internet or shopping
online. The prices at GoodShop are the same as going directly to the retailer, but by going
through GoodShop, up to 37 percent of the purchase price is donated to the user’s
favorite cause. More than 700 online retailers are featured including Target, Apple, Macy’s,
Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Orbitz and others. Every search conducted on
GoodSearch.com generates approximately 1 cent that is donated to the user’s favorite
charity. There is no charge to shop or search via these Web sites.
Supporters of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for
example, have raised more than $16,000 to help animals in need by shopping on
GoodShop and searching on GoodSearch. Similarly, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
has earned more than $8,500.