Guest Author: Julie Dietz, Higher Logic
If your association has chapters, how many does it have? An impressive 84 is the average according to a 2016 benchmarking report from Mariner Management. That’s a significant number and likely means your chapters have a significant influence on your association’s overall performance.
Since 65 percent of associations don’t have any full-time staff devoted to chapter management, however, building solid relationships and increasing chapter performance is often a challenge. The good news is that challenge can be overcome without placing undue pressure on your staff or your chapters.
You just need to respect your chapters’ needs and empower chapter leaders – whether they’re volunteers or paid staff – to take initiative on projects that benefit both your association and chapters’ more localized members.
Here are six easy ways your association can manage chapters well and improve their performance.