As trade and professional associations focus on bringing extra value to members through efficiencies and priority-setting, many are shifting away from securing their own offices, hiring staff and putting dues-based revenue into overhead. The trend is to engage an association management company (AMC) and gain access to governance and leadership resources, best administrative practices and continuity between volunteer leadership cycles and HR changes.
We have been offering association management for decades. More recent association clients have come to us for assistance in the transition to new federal and provincial Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and the increased requirements for transparency, accountability, financial stewardship and reporting to memberships. Governance is critical and a duty.
While professional associations provide networking and professional development opportunities to people within specific professions or trades/business sectors, they also provide advocacy for the profession/sector and career mentorship. By shifting to a professional association manager, organizations free volunteer leaders to concentrate om programs and policies that advance the organizational mission rather than being bogged down in administrative tasks. A professional association manager is an affordable option to accessing high-level management expertise, professionalism and shared resources.
Core competencies in governance, leadership, mentorship programs, facilitation, conflict resolution, event management, conference planning, sponsorship relationships, member relations, digital and social media and web-based member database management are some of the many benefits of brining your association under the management of The CG Group.
Samuel de Champlain is credited with founding the first association in Canada in 1604 when he established L'Ordre de Bon Temps (the Order of Good Cheer) on Ile Ste-Croix in Nova Scotia, the first French settlement in North America.
While the years from 1900 to the end of World War II saw a steady increase in the number of associations formed, the greatest period of growth occurred during the economic boom of the 1960s. More than one-third of all federally incorporated associations established since the turn of the century were registered in the last half of the sixties. Today, there are thousands of active non-profit organizations in Canada. Some sources indicate that there are as many as 70,000 associations registered in Canada today, as well as some 4,000 charities registered annually.
On June 23, 2009, the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (the “NPCA”) received Royal Assent establishing a modern governance era for Canadian non-share capital corporations. Sound governance and transparent administration to support new By-Laws are driving many organizations to improve professional management of their associations through external AMCs – association management companies – such as The CG Group.