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The William E. Smith Institute for Association Research was created to honor our founder, William E. Smith and to conduct practice-based association research. SmithInstitute is a logical evolution from that initiative.

William E. Smith
SmithBucklin Founder

To ensure its client associations remain vital, create value and endure over time, SmithBucklin believes organizations must acquire certain organizational competencies. These competencies include effective governance, strategic thinking and action taking, innovation, leadership development and change management. SmithInstitute helps associations develop these competencies.

Its charter is to advance knowledge and practice in association management by delivering:

  • A methodology for strategic thinking and action taking
  • Board development and education
  • Leading practices in effective governance structure and culture
  • Practice-based research
  • Timely idea and thought leadership
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