An Association Management Company
ASCENT Management, LLC is an association management company located in Alexandria, Virginia. Committed to building win-win partnerships with clients, ASCENT Management’s team of dedicated professionals leverage their expertise, listening skills and creativity to develop custom solutions that move associations forward. Whether you need to outsource a project, function or full-time management for your association or non-profit, ASCENT offers a variety of options to meet the unique needs of your organization.
Staffing can be challenging in the best of circumstances. That’s why choosing a smart, experienced management partner who is flexible and dedicated to your success will help your organization reach its full potential.
- Full-Service Management
Working with your association’s leadership, ASCENT will create and implement a management plan designed to meet the specific needs of your organization. Using best practices and our deep experience with organizations of many sizes, ASCENT is adept at handling the day-to-day responsibilities and programming with attention to set processes and high standards, so you can focus on leading, envisioning and planning for the future of your association.
- Outsourced Association Services
Outsourced Association Services
Our subject area specialists are available to provide additional support on an upcoming project, fill a staffing gap or to manage an entire function or department. Organizations that partner with ASCENT benefit not only from economies of scale but also from the knowledge and experience our seasoned association professionals bring to the table on your behalf.
- Accounting & Financial Management
Accounting & Financial Management
Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with reliable financial management using generally accepted accounting principles. In addition to accounts receivable and accounts payable, we can process payroll, facilitate an independent audit and file your organization’s yearly tax statements. ASCENT’s financial team will efficiently and accurately process all of your association’s financial transactions to streamline your operations and make reporting easier. Armed with a complete understanding of your association’s current financial position, you can rest assured knowing you have the right data to make sound decisions. More info.
- Communications & Marketing
Communications & Marketing
Engage your key stakeholders in your organization’s mission through effective marketing and communication strategies that have withstood the test of time. ASCENT’s team of professionals can help you cut through the noise and get your message across effectively. Whether you’re looking at social media, email marketing, advertising, segmenting your database, grassroots advocacy, media relations, creating collateral, envisioning a fundraising campaign or setting up e-commerce, our experienced professionals can develop strategies that deliver the results you’re looking for and also meet your organization’s specific requirements. More info.
- Educational Programming
The most successful associations provide high-quality and cost-effective educational programming members value. Working hand-in-hand with your organization’s leadership, ASCENT’s staff will develop a program that will draw participants and accomplish your educational goals. From webinars, educational videos, publications and certifications to full-scale trainings, ASCENT’s team can plan and execute all aspects of your association’s educational programming, leaving you with time for other priorities. More info.
- Meetings & Special Events
Meetings & Special Events
Make your next meeting or conference a resounding success by hiring ASCENT Management’s experienced meeting professionals. Take advantage of our experience selecting a location, negotiating with the event venue and catering, managing logistics, working with volunteers, inviting speakers and panels, handling A/V and livestreaming needs, organizing an expo, selling sponsorships and advertisements, marketing, and all event follow-up. Skilled with meetings of all sizes, ASCENT’s team will manage your conference, trade show, meeting, seminar, or special event efficiently, on time and on budget. More info.
- Membership Development & Retention
Membership Development & Retention
A growing membership is crucial to an association’s success. That’s why ASCENT places a high importance on helping associations increase member satisfaction and cultivate high levels of engagement. ASCENT’s team of professionals will partner with your organization’s leadership to distill your unique selling points and to better understand the unique needs of both current and prospective members. Our staff endeavors to understand the barriers to and motivators for joining an association, and design tailored marketing campaigns that address those issues to promote the value of your association’s membership. ASCENT can help you understand how to build and monitor your brand value over time, and implement membership programs to encourage member retention and recruitment. More info.
- Non-Dues Revenue Generation
Non-Dues Revenue Generation
In these changing times, smart organizations diversify revenue streams from multiple non-dues revenue sources to keep your association fiscally sound. ASCENT Management can identify, negotiate, and implement a range of revenue sources, such as advertising, event or program sponsorship, partnerships, exhibits and select affinity benefits that will add value to your membership, provide a measure of security in changing economic times and help your association prosper. More info.
- Strategic Planning & Leadership Development
Strategic Planning & Leadership Development
Associations need both strong leadership and a strong vision to thrive. ASCENT Management is a trusted advisor who can provide leadership development to strengthen board effectiveness and educate them on best practices surrounding board roles and responsibilities. In addition to leading planning retreats, ASCENT’s experienced professionals can provide strategic planning guidance to determine measurable goals and create a blueprint to realize their implementation. More info.
- Technology Services
To succeed, associations need a strong technology infrastructure to support and streamline their operations. ASCENT’s technology professionals provide guidance to determine the solutions that are best for your organization. Take advantage of our experience working with many different types of technology services, expediting maintenance and upgrades, phone systems, regular backups, and training for organizations of different sizes and scopes. Our team has experience performing technology audits across organizations or for specific needs, so we can offer, design and implement scalable solutions that fit your unique situation. More info.
- Website Design & Development
Website Design for Associations
Your association’s website is your organization’s most visible marketing tool and is often the first point of contact with members and potential members. The ASCENT Management technology team will work with your association to plan, design, develop and launch a site that is visually engaging, easy to navigate, and integrated into your association’s data capture and e-commerce processes. Using the latest technology, our professionals can help you select a Content Management System that is customizable and scalable over the long-term. In addition, we can help you integrate social media tools effectively, measure results, and leverage search engine optimization strategies to make sure your website gets found. Let us help you build an online presence for your organization that is consistent with your mission and goals. More info.