Community Manager Spotlight

Monday Buzz: Happy Community Manager Appreciation Day!

For most of the year, community managers shine the spotlight on others. Now it's their turn to be the center of attention. Plus: an activity-driven calendar for nonprofits.

It’s time to applaud the member of your team who keeps your association’s community engaged and thriving. Community managers put in a lot of work, and today, on Community Manager Appreciation Day, they’re being heralded not only for their work but also for the valuable insights they share.

Founded in 2010 by Jeremiah Owyang, cofounder of Crowd Companies, the day has expanded from an appreciative Twitter conversation to a 24-hour community-building extravaganza, with events on and off the internet.

To celebrate its own community, the team behind Community Manager Appreciation Day is announcing awards for standout members of the trade, updating the #CMADSelfie Hall of Fame, and holding a series of panels ranging from fostering employee development to live-streaming tips to managing online volunteers. But it’s not all buttoned-down seriousness; as you might expect, some humor is entering the #CMAD conversation.

And perhaps most important for association community members, even if you miss out on the live broadcasts, they’re archived on the My Community Manager YouTube channel, where they’ll join past broadcasts.

Calendar of the Day


Membership management software provider Wild Apricot has a ton of data at its disposal, and the company most recently put it to use to discover when common events happen most frequently for organizations. Check out the full calendar here.

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Morgan Little

By Morgan Little

Morgan Little is a contributor to Associations Now. MORE

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