What is association management?
Association management refers to all aspects of running an organization’s operations–from program management, financial management, membership management, marketing, meeting planning, collaborative and member systems, government relations, and more.
What is an association management company or firm?
An association management company usually refers to an entity that offers the services to help support the daily operations of all types of organizations like: associations, consortia, trade groups, alliances, unions, federations, and other collectives.
Is IEEE-ISTO an association management organization?
ISTO is not a traditional association management company or firm. ISTO is a global 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation or federation of member programs that promote industry standards and technologies in the electro-technical sector. By joining ISTO’s Federation, Program Members can access a wide range of services similar to the services an association management firm offers plus the added benefit of operating under the ISTO infrastructure and legal umbrella under which member alliances and trade groups can stand themselves up as legal operating not for profit entities. As a Program Member of ISTO–similar to an association management company–you can access support services and other offerings for legal, finance, IT as well as administrative assistance, marketing, meeting planning, executive leadership and strategic guidance.
Why hire an association management company to help manage your organization?
The benefits of outsourcing the management of an association are many and usually the top reasons are cost efficiency, access to knowledge and experience as well as resources and solutions. A primarybenefit of outsourcing operations is the reduction of the burden of non-mission driven tasks and activities to your volunteers.
When you are building your community/organization the usual alternatives for managing the day to day operations is volunteer run or hiring paid staff. Partnering with an association management company or firm offers immediate benefit by providing you with access to a broad range of knowledge, skills, tools and resources – in less than 48 hours.
How can an association management company help my organization grow?
A technical community can grow its membership under the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable association management company that has a proven track record of helping associations accomplish their goals. Through their experience and insights, association management can help you develop the strategies you need to grow.
ISTO offers more than 20 years of technical association management, executive guidance and leadership to help identify opportunities and create your roadmap for success. This, along with synergies afforded with the IEEE, we can help diversify your community and offer exposure to key areas.