How we work

At Rabuso we are passionate about the activity of associations and this leads us to be very resilient, a company in permanent change.

We have been pioneers in implementing the AMC model for trade associations in different sectors. To do so, we develop solutions to manage, represent and suppot national and international associations.

In addition to the external management model, we also offer assistance solutions, aimed at transferring our experience to associations managed by the members themselves or by their own staff.

At Rabuso, we provide the knowledge of a team completely focused on this activity, along with many synergies derived from a large network of contacts, an extensive experience in various fields and projects, combined with a high degree of innovation applied to the associative field.

 

Management models

Self-management

In general, in associations it is frequent to find altruistic and free collaboration from some of their members.

In very small associations, very restricted to a certain region or with very specific purposes, it is common that a group of members are those who volunteer their time or part of their staff at the disposal of the association, without being paid for their cooperation.

This management model has two main advantages: the low economic cost of the association and the high level of knowledge of the sector/activity that the members have.

Logically this model also poses disadvantages or possible tensions: the extra resources provided by the most involved members (who assume an overload of extra work or investment of their own resources), the lack of specialized knowledge for the daily management of associations, the lack of time for the day-to-day work or for the management
of different projects.

 

Management by employed staff

Direct management, by means of staff hired by the association, allows to have people who are exclusively dedicated to the management and development of the association’s projects.

Generally, they have a very limited staff (usually one person acting as secretary general of the Assembly and manager/director of the association).

The main advantage of this model is that the association has a dedicated staff, who knows each of the members well and offers a personalized follow-up to every ongoing project.

In addition, the staff employed often acquires a high level (given their specialization) of technical knowledge related to the association’s activity.

A logical disadvantage of this model is the economic cost. But the disadvantage of lack of specialists in other fields or areas in the management team is even more important.

In other words, the staff hired may not know or be an expert in everything related to the associative activity: all the legal part, communication, marketing, accounting, events,…

 

External management

External management in associations has traditionally been understood as hiring a law firm, which would take care of the legal paperwork and the accounting of the association.

But in the same way that the number of associations and their variety has multiplied, their management has become more complex and their needs increase day by day.

An Association Management Company, AMC, is composed of professionals specialized in various fields, who provide services to associations.

It is a very widespread model in countries such as the United States, UK, Belgium or Scandinavia, where associations have gone through other phases of development and there are specialized AMCs.

This model of external management consists of developing the associations with a multidisciplinary team of professionals, specialized in diverse fields, who work for several entities.

The main advantage of the external management model is the knowledge and specialization of the team in the field of associations, as it will have to deal with similar problems in different areas and for many organizations.

The disadvantage of this model is that the team is specialized in association management and areas of work, but at the beginning cannot be an expert on the topics of each association, in which the members themselves must provide their support.