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501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) – What’s the difference?

J. Scott Dick, CPA, CAE, AMR Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations

Thinking of starting a new, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization? Trying to decide whether to organize as a c3 or c6? Know the difference? Whereas the c3 and c6 are alike in terms of exemption from income taxes, their qualifying characteristics, the application process (IRS Form 1023 vs. 1024), and the various rules governing their ongoing activities can be quite different.

NAGDCA Sponsors National Save for Retirement Week

Liz Fossett, Deputy Director, National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators

National Save for Retirement Week (NS4RW) occurs annually during the third week of October. In 2015, it will be observed October 18-24. Sponsored by the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA), NS4RW  aims to help employers communicate and educate their employees about the importance of saving and grow awareness of retirement preparation.

How to Increase Hype for your Break-Out Sessions

Emily A. Lane Program and Brand Coordinator, National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Though break-out sessions are an integral piece of any conference, keynote addresses and general sessions take top billing when it comes to marketing. Program abstracts, website descriptions and podium announcements help remind attendees of the break-out topics and times, but could we be doing more? This past year NASCIO piloted a few marketing efforts to increase awareness and excitement around these insightful sessions.

Meetings 101 – More Planning, Less Panic

Natasha Pedigo, CMP, AMR Conference & Events Manager

Being a Conferences & Events Manager comes with a laundry list of “To Dos” prior to conference However, there is one box that always strikes fear in the heart of every planner:


I started my event career on the facility side of the business working for a convention center. I was constantly amazed at the number of planners who would come to me wild-eyed and panicking when the storm sirens would sound. It was clear at that point that they were relying on me, the facility, to provide direction and organization for them and their attendees should a crisis situation evolve. While it is recommended that you work with your facility partners, as a planner, you need to have a well-rounded plan in place before ever leaving the comfort of your office.

4 Tips for Avoiding Volunteer Burnout

By Tracy Tucker Vice President of Client Services, AMR

As an association executive who has worked with many different associations, the question of how to avoid volunteer burnout often comes up. While I don't think there is a simple answer to this question and what works for one association may not work for another, here are a few things I've learned over the years.