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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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  • Free Webinar: Setting up Your Wild Apricot Website

    Lori Halley 17 February 2011 0 comments
    Wild Apricot is offering a new FREE Webinar: Setting Up Your Wild Apricot Website - on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 3 pm EST. In this webinar, we'll dig deep into the website portion of our Wild Apricot, Membership Software - designed for small associations, non-profits, clubs and subscription websites - and demonstrate key operations related to website setup, customization and page editing.
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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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  • Cast a Wider Net for New Nonprofit Members

    14 February 2011 3 comments
    Hooking new members for your nonprofit takes the right bait, offered patiently and repeatedly, not to mention the challenge of landing them when you do get a bite! But the best tools and most canny tactics won’t be effective if you’re casting for new members in a fished-out pool.
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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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  • Tips for Building Productive Relationships with Your Leader Partner

    Lori Halley 09 February 2011 0 comments
    In this guest post, Trish Hudson, president of the Melos Institute, shares an approach she learned from her mentor, designed to forge strong partnerships each year with his leader partners. She presents four key focus areas that he incorporated into a special "expectations conversation" that not only helped get the year off to a great start, but also generated long-term productive working relationships.
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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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