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  • Is Your Organization LinkedIn Yet?

    Lori Halley 21 March 2011 4 comments
    While LinkedIn has mainly been used by individuals for networking or career development, it might be time for non-profits to consider a presence on LinkedIn. With more than 90 million members in over 200 countries and updated social sharing and company page features, LinkedIn might want to include it as part your organization's social media mix.
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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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  • New Initiative to Engage Canadian Volunteers

    Lori Halley 14 March 2011 1 comments
    Two new volunteer websites - GetInvolved.ca & GetVolunteering.ca - are part of an initiative launched by Volunteer Canada and Manulife Financial. These websites offer information, resources and a Matching Tool to help Canadian volunteers and volunteer-seeking organizations.
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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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  • Free Webinar: Managing Your Membership Database in Wild Apricot

    Lori Halley 10 March 2011 0 comments
    Want to learn about Wild Apricot membership management? Attend our free webinar on Thurs. Mar. 17 at 3 pm EST. We'll dig deep into the membership database portion of Wild Apricot software, including online database structure and composition; membership directory; integrating widgets into Wild Apricot; and much more.
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  • Non-profits Are You Listening?

    Lori Halley 09 March 2011 0 comments
    Many small non-profits and membership organizations are wondering how to get started with social media. As we noted in an earlier post, Is Social Media a Waste of Time for Your Association, if you are new to social media, you should start by listening.
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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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  • Member Communications and Information Overload - Finding Balance

    Lori Halley 03 March 2011 0 comments
    One of our readers asked some great questions in a comment to a recent post about getting started with social media: What will people find interesting and useful? Will they find excessive messaging annoying? How does an organization find a balance? Since many membership and non-profit organizations may be asking themselves these very questions in terms of their member communications, we offered some ideas on how you can begin to answer these questions.
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  • Heart and Soul Grant Competition

    Lori Halley 01 March 2011 4 comments
    Do you want to celebrate the heart and soul of your non-profit? If you can write an original 4-8 line poem that reflects your non-profit's mission, your organization may be eligible for a Heart & Soul Grant of $10,000 or $5,000 USD! The competition starts today - March 1 and ends March 28, 2011.
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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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  • Wild Apricot Software News - February 2011

    Dmitriy Buterin 22 February 2011 10 comments
    In the month of February we kept our noses to the grindstone -- working on Version 4.2, currently planned for release in May. As a quick refresher, here's a brief list of features in the works: Quickbooks integration (BETA) - export of financial transactions...
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  • Apricot Chat: Spotlight on a 501(c) Organization -- Professional Insurance Agents of Florida, Inc.

    22 February 2011 0 comments
    We had a chat with John Herd, the Director of Communications at the PIA of Florida, a 501(c)6 organization that has been with Wild Apricot since November 2009. John left us a great review about our product on LinkedIn, so we decided to see what other insights he had to share. Check out the great things that John has done with his organization's website; hear what he has to say about our functionality and support; and learn the valuable tips he provides for newer Wild Apricot users!
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  • Free Non-profit Webinars for March 2011

    Lori Halley 22 February 2011 4 comments
    Here is our round-up of free webinars for non-profits and other membership organizations that we've gathered for the month of March. We found over 24 webinars on topics such as: building capacity with Boomer volunteers; social media metrics and benchmarking; project management for non-profits; and numerous leadership and fundraising sessions. So be sure to look through the list to see what might interest you or others in your organization.
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  • Member Engagement - Sharing Stories

    Lori Halley 18 February 2011 0 comments
    As I was preparing a series of blog posts on member engagement and communications (the #1 issue facing organizations in 2011 according to our Blog Reader Survey), one of January's Nonprofit Blog Carnival posts - Nonprofits and Information: Sharing Our Stories - caught my attention. In this post, Jennifer Hoyer (of the Edmonton Social Planning Council), notes that those of us in the non-profit world often take for granted the information that we work with each day, and forget that those outside of this world usually don't hear about this information unless we tell them. Are you keeping your members, volunteers or supporters informed? Are you sharing your stories?
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