Why You Should Consider Having a COW

Most associations are governed by a volunteer board of directors. Despite their dedication to the cause of the association, these directors have other jobs, and the time they can devote to the organization is almost always limited.

On the other hand, it is difficult and expensive to hire good administrative and clerical staff. Someone who knows something about your association's field may know very little about how to manage an association. Can they keep the books, write a news release, put on a conference, layout a newsletter, design and update your web site, or maintain an up-to-date membership database?

Then there's the matter of renting an office, buying or leasing office furniture, computers, copy machines, fax machines, phone systems, answering service, file cabinets, insurance, office supplies and on and on.

Communicators of Wisconsin (COW) provides a way to bypass these obstacles. While we are the Executive Directors for some associations, we also simply do the newsletters for others. And we keep our client base small enough so that each association has our personal attention.

Let us show you a whole new way to (re)vitalize your association.

Some of What We Offer:

  • Serve as Executive Director or Division Coordinator
  • Maintain computer and hard files
  • Compose correspondence & replies
  • Your own post office box address
  • Your own telephone number
  • Design & maintain web sites
  • Twenty-four hour answering service
  • Fax and Email service
  • Maintain ledger accounts
  • Deposit receipts
  • Pay bills
  • Prepare invoices
  • Maintain membership database
  • Design newsletters & brochures
  • Arrange for bulk mailings
  • Design and implement advertising plans
  • Conduct election process and tabulation
  • Represent organizations with media
  • Serve as information clearinghouse
  • Staff assistance to boards and committees
  • Planning and implementation of meetings, workshops, seminars, clinics, conferences, conventions, etc.

Costs You Won't Have

  • Rent for office space
  • Utility bills
  • Office furniture
  • Office cleaning
  • File cabinets
  • Day-to-day office supplies
  • Employee benefit expenses (like insurance)
  • Withholding & Unemployment taxes
  • Computer equipment
  • Specialty computer software
  • Copy machine
  • Telephone system
  • Email & Internet charges
  • Broadcast fax equipment