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  • Moderating Forums: a Training Video

    Lori Halley 25 April 2010 0 comments
    If your nonprofit’s plan for online outreach includes a discussion forum – this one's for you. The first of three training videos produced to guide the volunteer moderators who helped run the British Columbia Library Association's 2009 Teen Reading...
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  • Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: Finding New Ways

    Lori Halley 23 April 2010 0 comments
    Taking a new look at something that you're used to can yield incredible results
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  • A Year’s Worth of Blog Topics Ideas

    Lori Halley 22 April 2010 9 comments
    Blogging is one of the most powerful communications tools a nonprofit can have in its online arsenal, if you’ve got the resources to put behind it. But yes, maintaining a blog can take a lot of time and mental energy – especially if you frequently run short of blog post ideas. Here’s a way to tackle that writer’s block – not just today, but for months to come.
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  • How to Backup Your Ning Network Content

    Lori Halley 22 April 2010 2 comments
    Recent changes in Ning’s business model (see News & Views About Change for updates) have Network Creators wondering whether to pay to keep hosting their online communities on the Ning platform, or to start looking at alternatives. We won’t be told...
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  • How to Optimize Your Images for the Web

    Lori Halley 20 April 2010 0 comments
    After yesterday’s post about the importance of website speed to your nonprofit’s audience, to search engines (notably Google), and to the health of the Internet in general, several Wild Apricot readers came back with one big question: What can we do to make our website faster?
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  • Wild Apricot Discounts for Customers and Fans

    Lori Halley 20 April 2010 0 comments
    In addition providing low-cost membership software, we're always looking for more ways to help you save money. We currently have the following coupon codes for customers and fans of Wild Apricot: iStockphoto - royalty-free stock images for your website...
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  • How Fast is Your Website?

    Lori Halley 19 April 2010 7 comments
    You’ve put a lot of effort into getting your nonprofit’s website to rank well in search engines, without the budget for an SEO expert to help. And now Google says your site needs to be fast, as well as “relevant”?
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  • Monitor the Web in Real Time: Instant Dashboards

    Lori Halley 16 April 2010 3 comments
    You've got bookmarks for websites you need to check daily, online tools, news alerts for tracking your nonprofit's keywords and issues, email, social networks, RSS feeds for favorite blogs… It's all too easy to miss vital information, or to waste a great deal of time checking for updates. Now imagine one custom site that lets you monitor all that data at a glance – a dashboard that's updated in real time.
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  • Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: Getting Your Hands Dirty

    Lori Halley 16 April 2010 0 comments
    Working in a garden, building you own solutions, or whipping together something using the best of everything - No matter how you choose to get involved, we have your bases covered in this post!
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  • Wild Apricot News: Web Hosting for Membership Websites

    Lori Halley 13 April 2010 0 comments
    A question we often get about our membership software is "do we need to find separate hosting?" The short answer is "NO!" Web hosting for membership websites running on Wild Apricot is included as part of your monthly subscription plan. This is one...
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  • Educate Donors (to Help Your Nonprofit) at Tax Time

    Lori Halley 13 April 2010 0 comments
    Looking into ways for a small nonprofit to remind donors of the tax advantages of charitable donations, I came across a real gem in Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work, a down-to-earth guide you can preview (free) with Google Books.
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  • 2010 Performance Benchmarks for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 12 April 2010 1 comments
    Benchmarking may sound like a term from the big-business board room, but it’s a useful practice for nonprofits of any size. While you can and should set your own internal performance benchmarks, it can be helpful, too, to look at benchmarks for the nonprofit sector in general, to see where your organization stands. Here are four new benchmarking reports to get you started.
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  • Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: Goals, Milestones, and Webinars, oh my!

    Lori Halley 12 April 2010 0 comments
    They say a failure to plan is a plan to fail. This week we're going full force in our development cycle, but how do we know exactly what to do and when to do it? I explain my little ways for keeping on top of everything.
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  • Social Media Not Working For Your Nonprofit?

    Lori Halley 09 April 2010 14 comments
    Sometimes life doesn't work out the way you want it. Sometimes all the planning and preparation in the world amounts to absolutely nothing... The same goes for social media. A lot of times we hit a wall. Things stop working. Twitterers aren't banging down doors trying to follow you. Facebook pages go limp. Blogs dry up. It happens. The thing is, you're a nonprofit. You don't have time to figure things out. You don't have the money to fix it. So what do you do?
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  • 5 Tech Tools for More Engaging Events

    Lori Halley 07 April 2010 6 comments
    Real-world events are the ultimate in social networking, and nothing beats face-to-face communication. But it can be challenging to connect with everyone you want to meet at a large event, or to follow up afterwards. And what about your colleagues who can't attend at all? High-tech tools can help, without breaking your budget.
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