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Resources for Associations and Nonprofits

A Note to Hints from Hieran Visitors: After much thought, I've decided to discontinue updating and promoting Hints from Hieran. I'm sorry for any inconvenience to those of you who have come here looking for information and resources. Feel free to e-mail me any time with your questions. I will try to answer them, and if I can't, I'll try to point you in the right direction.

Please also feel free to let me know when you find broken links on this page and to send me suggestions for new links to add. I will try to make these changes as time permits.

If you're an association executive looking for information, you may want to visit the website of the American Society of Association Executives. It offers a wealth of resources for associations.

In addition, I've listed below some of my favorite resources for webmasters and web marketers and for executives of nonprofits. I hope you find these helpful! There are also some targeted ads from Google to the left that I hope will direct you to additional online resources.

Thanks for your support,
Robin Mayhall


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General Information
  • An excellent resource for association publishers is the Authors and Experts website. Writers and editors may locate authors and experts to interview for their articles or features.

  • Microsoft has an area on its huge site called Industry Solutions, which features resources for various specialized industries. These may be helpful if your association is in a highly specialized industry such as healthcare or insurance.

  • The Technology Section of the Public Relations Society of America has a lot of good general resources and links for budding and experienced webmasters. A lot of the links are specific to PR and marketing, but a lot are of general interest as well.

  • The American Society of Association Executives also has an excellent and active Technology Section with lots of resources.
Other Useful Sites
  • The useful little site called Bobby, which would test your website both for compatibility with various browsers and for accessibility toward people with disabilities, unfortunately no longer exists. But the Web Accessibility Initiative maintains a list of possible alternatives.

  • Another site that may help you make your page more compatible to a wide variety of users is the Web Page Backwards Compatibility Viewer. This page is, in my opinion, not quite as easy to use as Bobby, but if browser compatibility is very important to you, it may be worth the effort.

  • Knowbility is a group that focuses on making the internet accessible for people with disabilities. They hold an annual contest for web developers to build accessible websites in a one-day marathon.

  • The Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin offers scores of informal classes for potential webmasters. If you're not located in Austin, check the website of your local university or community college for similar courses.

  • Bray Communications offers a full range of communications services, from newsletters and magazines to web site content updates and article writing.

  • CommerNet, Inc. provides e-commerce marketplace components for trade associations.

Information on Online Copyright Issues
  • FindLaw has a Cyberspace Law Center with some good basic information on legal issues concerning cyberspace.

  • Ivan Hoffman is an attorney whose website is devoted to issues that affect businesses on the net, including contracts, copyright, and other legal issues.

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    A bureau of the US Commerce Department charged with promoting the progress of science and the useful arts by securing, for limited times to inventors, the exclusive right to their respective discoveries.

  • The Web Design and Web Developer Contract Swipe File
    Sample web design agreements and contracts for web designers, developers and programmers.

  • World Intellectual Property Organization
    WIPO is responsible for promoting the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among States, and for the administration of various multilateral treaties dealing with the legal and administrative aspects of intellectual property.

  • U.S. Copyright Office

  • 10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained
    Software architect Brad Templeton says of his page that it's "An attempt to answer common myths about copyright seen on the net and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication."

  • Copyright Website
    Comprehensive, practical and relevant copyright information for web developers and others.

  • An article on how to correctly use your domain name as your trademark can be found here

  • Here's another article on trademark issues.

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