The Think Tank For Associations

Focused on Collaboration, Leadership & Strategy

We Drive the Evolution of Associations

Grau & Associates is an association management firm that offers direct, accommodating solutions to associations’ most pressing needs. Our holistic, comprehensive approach centers on:

1) optimizing internal operations and

2) invigorating public-facing, externally-oriented engagement strategies. We recognize associations need assistance at various stages. Some associations seek to establish themselves in response to a vacuum or need in their particular industry, while other longstanding organizations require a recalibration of operations or an expansion of their organization that includes increased membership engagement, event management, advocacy, and partnership building.

Regardless of your association’s status, our highly qualified team of subject matter experts works adaptively, collaboratively, and transparently to optimize your association’s operations and maximize its industry presence.

For nearly a decade, we have worked with a wide range of associations – from small charities to international nonprofits in a variety of industries, and we look forward to continuing our partnerships with current and future clients into the future.

Our mission is to provide holistic association management to facilitate long-term, sustainable success.

What Are You Looking to Accomplish?

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START

A NEW ASSOCIATION

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ENGAGE

YOUR EXISTING MEMBERSHIP

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GROW

YOUR MEMBERSHIP

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Services & Methods

Association Operations

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Legal, Tax, & Risk Management

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Governance

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Board Management

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Finance & Budgeting

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Human Resources

Association Engagment

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Education

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In-Person & Virtual Event Management

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Communications

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Advocacy

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Executive Directorship

“Grau & Associates not only helped establish APPS, it has also been instrumental in growing the association. Key among its activities has been its ability to coordinate with outside organizations with which APPS needs to work to facilitate our educational and workforce development testing and evaluation. For example, without G&A APPS would not have a productive relationship or MOU the National Society of Professional Surveyors. G&A’s coordination with NSPS is ongoing and instrumental to APPS’ progress and success.” Greg Gbur, Member of the Board, Association of Professional Pipeline Surveyors

“When Grau & Associates began working with our association its first order of business was evaluating our finances and immediately finding ways to strengthen our fiscal position. Among the many benefits those cost savings provide is an ability to improve our events: content, marketing, logistics, catering, venue, etc. IIUSA is very grateful for the effective gatherings, benefits, and efficiencies G&A help us realize.” Steve Strnisha, Treasurer & Member of the Board, Invest in the United States of America

“The IoTEA is a new organization focused on the manufacture of Internet of Things hardware, especially as they apply to the transfer of electricity. Standing the association up and assuring that it complies with all the necessary corporate and tax requirements as well as developing and maintaining the association’s internal governance was no easy task. Grau & Associates expertly walked us (and continues to shepherd IoTEA) through these requirements, record keeping, and compliance. G&A is an invaluable resource.” Greg Puschnigg, Chairman of the Board, Internet of Things Energy Association

“In 2018 Neighborhood Allies used a grant to hire Grau & Associates to help one of our partner organizations, a low-income housing facility called the Lemington Residential Corporation, redevelop its board of directors, reformulate its mission and strategic direction, and promote these refreshed ideas/purpose to LRC’s residents and the community. We were so satisfied with G&A’s ability to help us do so, Aaron is now a member of the LRC board! We highly recommend his services.” Shad Henderson, Program Manager, Neighborhood Allies

“Grau & Associates not only helped establish APPS, it has also been instrumental in growing the association. Key among its activities has been its ability to coordinate with outside organizations with which APPS needs to work to facilitate our educational and workforce development testing and evaluation. For example, without G&A APPS would not have a productive relationship or MOU the National Society of Professional Surveyors. G&A’s coordination with NSPS is ongoing and instrumental to APPS’ progress and success.”

Greg Gbur, Member of the Board, Association of Professional Pipeline Surveyors

“When Grau & Associates began working with our association its first order of business was evaluating our finances and immediately finding ways to strengthen our fiscal position. Among the many benefits those cost savings provide is an ability to improve our events: content, marketing, logistics, catering, venue, etc. IIUSA is very grateful for the effective gatherings, benefits, and efficiencies G&A help us realize.”

Steve Strnisha, Treasurer & Member of the Board, Invest in the United States of America

“The IoTEA is a new organization focused on the manufacture of Internet of Things hardware, especially as they apply to the transfer of electricity. Standing the association up and assuring that it complies with all the necessary corporate and tax requirements as well as developing and maintaining the association’s internal governance was no easy task. Grau & Associates expertly walked us (and continues to shepherd IoTEA) through these requirements, record keeping, and compliance. G&A is an invaluable resource.”

Greg Puschnigg, Chairman of the Board, Internet of Things Energy Association

“In 2018 Neighborhood Allies used a grant to hire Grau & Associates to help one of our partner organizations, a low-income housing facility called the Lemington Residential Corporation, redevelop its board of directors, reformulate its mission and strategic direction, and promote these refreshed ideas/purpose to LRC’s residents and the community. We were so satisfied with G&A’s ability to help us do so, Aaron is now a member of the LRC board! We highly recommend his services.”

Shad Henderson, Program Manager, Neighborhood Allies

Let’s Collaborate

We embrace each new opportunity to collaborate, prioritizing your association’s needs, values, aspirations, and vision. Contact us today to let us know how we can help.