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  • Membership Database Selection Part 3 - Making Your Choice

    Lori Halley 04 April 2011 0 comments
    This is the final post in our 3-part Membership Database Selection blog series. Part 1 explained how to identify your specific needs and Part 2 offered an overview of the possible software or system choices. In Part 3 we’re suggesting the steps you can follow to choose the right solution.
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  • Apricot Chat: Spotlight on Multi-Chapter Organization ASTD

    31 March 2011 2 comments
    This month, our spotlight is on The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) – which now has a multi-chapter partnership with Wild Apricot, making our software the recommended platform for their 128 US Chapters. We spoke with Chapter leaders to find out why they chose Wild Apricot and how it is helping their organizations.
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  • Best of Association Jam - Top Links for March 2011

    Lori Halley 25 March 2011 0 comments
    Here’s a look at the most popular links on Association Jam in March 2011 - where blogs or articles on events, leadership, volunteers and social media received the highest number of votes from the visitors to AJam this month.
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  • Membership Database Selection Part 2 - Understanding Your Choices

    Lori Halley 23 March 2011 4 comments
    Part 2 of our 3-part blog series on membership database selection outlines the software/system options available and their pros and cons in meeting small non-profit/membership needs.
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  • Q and A: Volunteer Scheduling, Time Tracking and Accountability

    18 March 2011 10 comments
    Today we’re tackling some questions on tools and tactics for volunteer management that were asked in the most recent Wild Apricot blog reader survey. The reader questions fall into three areas: scheduling volunteers, tracking volunteer hours, and how...
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  • Membership Database Selection Part 1 - Defining Your Needs

    Lori Halley 16 March 2011 0 comments
    This is the first post in our 3-part blog series on membership database selection. This blog series is designed to help small organizations: identify your membership database requirements (Part 1); understand the options available (Part 2); and choose the solution that meets your specific needs (Part 3).
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  • Membership Database Selection Blog Series

    Lori Halley 11 March 2011 0 comments
    One of the issues facing small membership organizations identified in our Blog Reader Survey was finding ways to better manage membership databases. So in response, we’re creating a blog series to help organizations identify your membership database requirements; understand the various options available; and help you determine the best solution for your specific needs.
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  • Membership Marketing Resources

    Lori Halley 07 March 2011 1 comments
    Here are three free resources that offer food for thought for membership and non-profit organizations in your marketing efforts. For membership organizations that want to better understand relationship building - or breakup; the power of content; or if you simply want to hear what other nonprofit communicators have to say on these topics, we've identified a report that outlines what drives engagement through email, Facebook and Twitter; a white paper on why marketing is content; and a Guide to Nonprofit Marketing Wisdom.
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  • Association Jam - Top Links for February 2011

    Lori Halley 24 February 2011 0 comments
    In February, blog posts and articles on Social Media, Membership, Volunteers, Leadership and non-profit communications (listed under "Other") were the top rated links on AssociationJam.org. Here's a look at some of the most popular links submitted to Association Jam in February, 2011 by category:
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  • Have You Outgrown Your Membership Database?

    Lori Halley 16 February 2011 0 comments
    In our recent Blog Reader Survey, membership growth/acquisition ranked as the second most important issue facing small membership-based organizations for 2011, just behind member communications and engagement. But before you start brainstorming ideas for member engagement and recruitment strategies, there is an important building block that you need to have in place as a foundation - an effective member/contact database.
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  • Are You Ready For the Volunteer Boom?

    Lori Halley 11 February 2011 8 comments
    There are 77 million Baby Boomers in the US and another 10 million across Canada. "Boomers" are generally well educated, wealthy and skilled individuals who have already proven their willingness to volunteer - with nearly a third of Boomers volunteering for formal organizations. But to take advantage of this "untapped resource of extraordinary proportions" organizations need to rethink how they attract and utilize Boomer volunteers.
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  • Social Media Round-up

    Lori Halley 07 February 2011 2 comments
    Through our Wild Apricot Blog Reader Survey and comments to recent posts, we're hearing that our blog followers want more information on social media for membership and non-profit organizations. So we thought we'd offer a "Round-up" of Wild Apricot blog posts that might be helpful for organizations just getting started with social media.
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  • Association Jam: Top Links for January 2011

    Lori Halley 28 January 2011 3 comments
    In January, the top rated links on AssociationJam.org were for blog posts and articles on Membership, Volunteers and Fundraising, with Technology and Social Media not far behind in the votes tally. There were also some highly rated marketing-communications...
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  • Recalibrate Your Association Membership Renewals

    Lori Halley 06 January 2011 2 comments
    With the New Year comes a new renewal cycle. Are you confident that your renewal process will demonstrate value and deliver 80-90% renewal rates? Here is some food for thought on what Association members might be looking for this year and tips on renewal timing, frequency and communication strategies.
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  • Association Jam: Top Links for December 2010

    Lori Halley 30 December 2010 1 comments
    In December, a Social Media blog took the top spot in the links tally at AssociationJam.org. Given the season, it wasn't surprising that Fundraising articles were also popular in the links voting. There were also a few interesting articles and blog posts on Leadership, Events and Volunteers. Here's a look at some of the most popular links submitted to Association Jam in December, 2010 by category:
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