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  • Non-profits are using emerging web 2.0 tools and you should too

    Lori Halley 11 January 2007 0 comments
    It should come as no surprise. The buzz about Web 2.0 tools and software-as-a-service (SaaS) has been caught and non-profits are adopting them. That's the gist of the recent article in IT Business In fact, there are a lot of ready-to-use software-as-a-service...
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  • dotOrganize study: how non-profits feel about technology and how do they actually use it

    Lori Halley 09 January 2007 0 comments
    The recently released report by dotOrganize in September 2006: "Online Technology for Social Change: From Struggle to Strategy," has been welcome for non-profits that are trying to harness the Web's power to grow their lists, engage constituents and...
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  • Fundraising – not as scary as you might think!

    Lori Halley 05 January 2007 0 comments
    Fundraising! The word itself is scary! But it doesn’t have to be. Wild Apricot might be able to alleviate your fundraising pains - create and maintain a website for your cause, handle online donations, stay in touch with donors and supporters. Copyright,...
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  • What 'AJAX' means and why non-profits should care?

    Lori Halley 03 January 2007 0 comments
    AJAX is a pretty techy term (it stands for Asynchronous JAvaScript and XML ). It has been a buzzword among geeks for the last few years – but why should a non-profit organization care about it? Simply put, AJAX technology helps to build web applications...
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  • Marketing Practices for Non-Profit Organizations

    Dmitriy Buterin 02 January 2007 2 comments
    Does a non-profit need a marketing plan? Why? Your non-profit definitely needs a marketing plan (and a lot of patience) to cut through the signal-to-noise ratio - especially on the Web . Unlike other methods of obtaining visitors through traditional...
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  • Who Are You? Branding Your Non-Profit Site on the Web

    Dmitriy Buterin 22 December 2006 3 comments
    Branding is not a "dirty" marketing word. It applies to non-profit organizations of all kinds as well - charities, associations, support groups, clubs or any other kind. In order to engage people on your Web site, it’s a good idea to know what your...
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  • Transforming Your Web Visitors into Eager Donors and Volunteers

    Dmitriy Buterin 18 December 2006 5 comments
    Your website can be a great tool in engaging prospective donors and volunteers. To do this you need to foster a sense of community with your target audience, and then call them to action. Here are a few things you might want to consider: Build meaningful...
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  • New account plans start at $12/month, new features.

    Dmitriy Buterin 14 December 2006 0 comments
    We have just released Wild Apricot v 2.9 - our 9th release since July 1st 2006. Our sincerest thanks to all our customers and others who have been evaluating Wild Apricot and providing feedback and asking questions. We are good with technologies and...
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  • On decision-making in non-profits

    Lori Halley 12 December 2006 0 comments
    As a company providing products and services to the not-for-profit sector, it seems to us that one of the challenges in running a non-profit organization is slow decision-making. You often need to consult with so many different types of stakeholders:...
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  • Podcast interview with Allan Benamer - non-profit IT blogger

    Dmitriy Buterin 04 December 2006 0 comments
    Allan Benamer runs a "Confessions of a non-profit IT director" blog He is the IT director for a medium-size non-profit and built his blog as a ”safe” space for harried non-profit IT directors/sysadmins/developers to share experiences and wisdom regarding...
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  • The Evolution of Fund-Raising – From Telethons to Online Giving

    Lori Halley 30 November 2006 0 comments
    Many years ago, I worked for the local telephone company, and was responsible for setting up all of the local and toll-free lines for telethons. There were so many back then, raising money for everything from childhood diseases to adult medical conditions...
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  • New features: Custom member fields, event attendee database and currency options

    Dmitriy Buterin 28 November 2006 3 comments
    Release 2.8 for November 29th, 2006, Wednesday. One great advantage of hosted web software (Wild Apricot being an example of such a service focused on non-profits) is that you do not have to bother with system upgrades. We take care of that for you....
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  • What is NOT a best practice for saving money in your non-profit organization

    Dmitriy Buterin 27 November 2006 1 comments
    As discussed in an earlier post on Trends and Best Practices , "scrimping" (cost-cutting) is a harsh reality for associations - and all other non-profits There are smart ways to "scrimp" - for example using web technologies to reduce your communication,...
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dmitriy Buterin 23 November 2006 0 comments
    Warm wishes from Wild Apricot team - Happy Thanksgiving!
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  • Trends and Best Practices for Associations

    Dmitriy Buterin 15 November 2006 5 comments
    I greatly enjoyed the recent CSAE seminar on Trends and Best Practices for Associations (and many of them apply to other kinds of non-profit organizations). The world is changing and we all have to adapt - or deal with (unpleasant) consequences! The 7 measures of success study done with Jim Collins as the advisor (author of famous business bestseller Good to Great) was also quite interesting, I will probably do a separate post on that one. Here is a short recap of 8 Super Trends discussed: 1. Demassification (break-up of the mass market). (And this word sounds made-up to me. I prefer "mass customization") The mass market is breaking into smaller pieces, as differences in lifestyles, preferences, and priorities further segment the population. Members and prospective members alike are interested in focused efforts to meet the needs of their smaller, more specialized groups, not in a one- size-fits-all package of association products and services. (I am definitely seeing this trend. One very cool idea we are working on in our Wild Apricot system which will help to support this notion is a tagging concept - to let people "tag" member records and events just like they tag pictures on Flickr or bookmarks on Del.icio.us)
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