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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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  • The Internet's Role in Creating and Sustaining Groups

    Lori Halley 04 February 2011 1 comments
    The Social Side of the Internet - a new survey report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project - is a must-read for membership or volunteer-based organizations. The report confirms that "the internet is now deeply embedded...
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  • Leverage Your Social Influence to Raise Money

    Lori Halley 02 February 2011 1 comments
    Raising money can be an arduous task. As a small member-based or non-profit organization, you know that it can feel like pulling teeth to find the funding necessary to reach your goals. This guest post by Ja-Naé Duane, explains how you can leverage your social networks to raise money.
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  • Wild Apricot Software News - January 2011

    Dmitriy Buterin 31 January 2011 0 comments
    The New Year started on a pretty good note for us at Wild Apricot - we released version 4.1 on January 12th. This Software News post offers an overview of the key new enhancements in version 4.1 as well as an update on our next upgrade - 4.2 - scheduled for May.
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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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  • Wild Apricot Blog Reader Survey Results

    Lori Halley 26 January 2011 0 comments
    We launched a Wild Apricot Blog Reader Survey to find out what type of information would help small membership-based organizations thrive in 2011. If you want to have a look at what our Blog followers told us - here is an overview of our survey results.
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  • Adding Facebook Plugins To Your Wild Apricot Website

    Lori Halley 24 January 2011 3 comments
    Have you been wondering if you should add social plugins - such as a Facebook Like Button or Activity Feed - to your website? Our helpful support Apricots have developed easy-to-follow instructions on how you can add 5 Facebook plugins to websites...
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  • 31 Free Non-Profit Webinars for February 2011

    Lori Halley 21 January 2011 5 comments
    It looks like February is going to be as busy month - with 31 (and counting) free non-profit webinars already scheduled. There is a wide range of webinar topics, so have a good look through this round-up, since there's bound to be something of interest to you or other folks in your organization.
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  • Building a Non-Profit Website: Choices, Choices!

    19 January 2011 6 comments
    So your non-profit organization needs to get a website, finally – or to revamp the existing website, perhaps to make it work better for your members and donors, perhaps to reflect a change in direction or brand. No matter what your non-profit website’s design and content will be, there are two big questions you need to nail down early in the planning process: How will we build our website, and where will its files be hosted?
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  • 2011 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

    Lori Halley 17 January 2011 4 comments
    Is your organization one of the 49% of nonprofits who said they have no formal marketing or communications plan for 2011? If you are still developing your plan or are curious to see what other nonprofits are planning this year, you should have a look...
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