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  • 4 Questions to Ask Before Using Free Software for your Association

    30 July 2010 0 comments
    For small associations or for any organization with a tight budget, the idea of getting free software can be very appealing. But 'free' should always be taken with a grain of salt. Using something that you don't have to pay for upfront can cost you...
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  • Best Practices for Contest Campaigns: AGC Lessons Learned

    21 July 2010 2 comments
    Results of a detailed evaluation of the 2009 America’s Giving Challenge competition have been released in the “must-read” 2009 AGC Assessment and Reflection Report. The best part? Lessons learned can be replicated by other non-profits, both for contest campaigns and for general social media outreach.
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  • 8 Quick Quizzes for New Volunteers

    12 July 2010 5 comments
    Volunteers will stay longer and work better for your non-profit organization if you can match their personalities and passions with appropriate tasks. Could a simple quiz help you to ensure your volunteers are matched up with the kind of work they'll enjoy for the long haul?
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  • One-Page Social Media Strategy

    06 July 2010 4 comments
    Overwhelmed by the task of developing a social media strategy for your non-profit organization? Don’t know whether you ought to “friend” or “like” or tweet” to get the best mileage for your message in the social networks? Jumpstart the planning process with Jay Baer’s smart one-page Social Media Strategy Worksheet.
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  • Bullying in the Non-profit Workplace

    03 July 2010 0 comments
    You’re working or volunteering with a non-profit organization, not in the dog-eat-dog business world. So the dynamics in your office should be all about happy teamwork and selfless cooperation towards a common cause, right? Not necessarily so. The...
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  • Free Facebook Guide for Small Non-profits

    25 June 2010 5 comments
    If your organization is struggling to figure out Facebook – and who isn’t? – social media consultant John Haydon has a free ebook for you: "The Complete Guide to Facebook for Small Non-Profits" is a comprehensive collection of strategies, tactics, tips, and tutorials to help small non-profits get more out of using Facebook.
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  • Report: Volunteer Levels Hold Steady in Canada

    24 June 2010 0 comments
    The new Not-for-Profit Pulse Report on Volunteering, just released by the Association Resource Center (ARC), based on a survey of 74 Canadian not-for-profit organizations, looks at the changes non-profits are seeing in the way people volunteer their time and what, if anything, they are doing to adapt.
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  • Wanted: Your Blog Posts on Managing Members Online

    31 May 2010 3 comments
    Do you have advice to share with non profit organizations who want to more effectively recruit, engage, connect, manage their members online? Wild Apricot Blog invites your blog post submissions for the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, June 2010 edition, on the theme of Managing Your Membership – Tips, Tools and Tactics.
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  • CanadaHelps: Online Giving

    18 May 2010 2 comments
    Have you seen the new video from CanadaHelps ? It’s a quick four minutes packed with stats on online giving with a Canadian focus, and the numbers make a compelling case for fundraising by way of your nonprofit’s website. For example, did you know...?...
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  • Facebook Business Tips for Nonprofits

    07 May 2010 3 comments
    If your nonprofit is on Facebook (or plans to be) you’ll want to check a new blog post that’s out this week from Tamar Weinberg. She’s an internet marketing consultant who manages Community Support and Advertising at Mashable.com, as well as the author...
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  • Is Your Nonprofit Tax Status at Risk?

    26 April 2010 5 comments
    Up to 25% of American nonprofits – charities, trade associations and membership groups – will lose their tax-exempt status at midnight on May 15, when the provisions of a 2006 federal bill kick in. As the New York Times reported , late last week: The...
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  • Moderating Forums: a Training Video

    25 April 2010 0 comments
    If your nonprofit’s plan for online outreach includes a discussion forum – this one's for you. The first of three training videos produced to guide the volunteer moderators who helped run the British Columbia Library Association's 2009 Teen Reading...
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  • How to Backup Your Ning Network Content

    22 April 2010 2 comments
    Recent changes in Ning’s business model (see News & Views About Change for updates) have Network Creators wondering whether to pay to keep hosting their online communities on the Ning platform, or to start looking at alternatives. We won’t be told...
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  • Educate Donors (to Help Your Nonprofit) at Tax Time

    13 April 2010 0 comments
    Looking into ways for a small nonprofit to remind donors of the tax advantages of charitable donations, I came across a real gem in Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work, a down-to-earth guide you can preview (free) with Google Books.
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  • 2010 Performance Benchmarks for Nonprofits

    12 April 2010 1 comments
    Benchmarking may sound like a term from the big-business board room, but it’s a useful practice for nonprofits of any size. While you can and should set your own internal performance benchmarks, it can be helpful, too, to look at benchmarks for the nonprofit sector in general, to see where your organization stands. Here are four new benchmarking reports to get you started.
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