July Update: 8 Super Easy Tech Tools to Grow Your Membership

WildApricot Updates July 30, 2019

Shawn Klerer

By Shawn Klerer

Are you looking to increase your organization's membership and awareness?

 tech tool webinar

Technology can be a useful tool to automate tasks, simplify communications and free up more time to focus on attracting new members. Automating a few tasks can save you hours each week and maximize the time you spend creating a greater impact in your community.   


To learn more, join us for a free webinar with nonprofit technology expert Amy Neumann: 8 Super Easy Tech Tools to Grow Your Membership and Motivate Your Volunteers.


Amy will show how you can use tech tools to make more time in your day and to find and reach out to more people in your audience.    


In this webinar, you'll learn:   

  • Tech tips to manage projects more efficiently and effectively.   
  • How to increase engagement with potential members and volunteers - and track your results.   
  • How to use tech tools to proactively network and find new people to connect with who share an interest in your organization.      
  • And more!  

Tuesday August 27  

2PM - 3PM ET  

Click here to register


Also in this month's newsletter, you'll find:

Recurring Donations Feature 

If you work with a charity, nonprofit, church, or any other organization that accepts donations, this new feature could help you boost your revenue and make life easier for your donors.   


Recurring donations are subscriptions to automatically donate to your organization at regular intervals. Your donors can set the amount they give so it suits their budget, and they can also choose how frequently they want to donate.   


You can now add the option for regular giving to your donations form with just a few clicks. This is an exclusive feature for customers using WildApricot Payments. If you have WildApricot Payments (AffiniPay) connected as your payment system, you’re ready to start accepting recurring donations! If you’re using another payment system, click here to find out more about WildApricot Payments.


Click here to see an introduction to the feature. You’ll learn:

Support FAQs

Why are my blog posts and forum posts identifying Anonymous as the author?

Normally, blog posts and forum topics identify the author using their first and last name. There are two possible reasons why your posts and topics identify the author as Anonymous:

  • You’re an administrator but not a member

  • You’ve chosen to hide your profile from others in your privacy settings

Blog author image support faq july update

To fix the issue of not being a member, you can set up a hidden membership level just for blog and forum authors. With this approach, you’d want to set the membership fee to zero, uncheck the option to allow the public to apply, and set the renewal period to Never.


If the problem is that you’ve hidden your profile, you need to check the Show profile to others option within your privacy settings.


How can I set an initial or default value for a form field?

You can set the initial or default value for multiple choice fields, radio button fields, and dropdown fields, so that the value you choose is preselected on the form where the field appears.


To set the initial or default value, select the field within the field list then click the item within the items list that you want to be the preselected value. Now, click the Select button beside that item and save your changes.

form fields support faq july update 

I’m getting notices from my payment provider about SCA. What is it and do I have to do anything about it?

Starting September 14th, 2019, a payment regulation called Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) is becoming mandatory for organizations based within the European Economic Area (EEA), an area that encompasses the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. 


We will be supporting SCA for Stripe, PayPal Express Checkout, and PayPal Payments Standard, so if you are based in the EEA and accept online payments, we recommend you use one of the supported payment providers. If you are already using Stripe, PayPal Express Checkout, or PayPal Payments Standard, or if you’re not based in any of the EEA countries, you don’t have to do anything about this new regulation. Support for SCA will be included in the 7.3 release of WildApricot, currently planned for late August. 


Meet the Team

Stephen Rowlinson, Onboarding Specialist

Hey there! My name is Stephen Rowlinson and I'm an Onboarding Specialist here at WildApricot. I joined our technical support team back in 2015, and I've likely spoken to, chatted with, or emailed a good number of you who are reading this right now! 

One of my favorite hobbies is digital preservation and archiving. I love making backups of all sorts of obscure media to ensure that it remains accessible for future generations. I also play quite a few games on the side! 

At WildApricot, I consult with people who are interested in the software to see if it has the functionality their organization is looking for. I also help answer any questions they have during their free trial period. We want to make sure you get a strong start on the platform so you can take advantage of all the benefits of our tools for automation.  

To help you do that, we've developed the WildApricot Boot Camp, a collection of five video tutorials designed to guide both trial users and new administrators through all the key areas of the system's functionality. Click here to take a look.  

Whether you're a brand new trial user seeking advice on how to proceed, or a paid user who needs a little technical support, my team and I are always more than happy to help you out - it's why we chose to work in this field in the first place! Please feel free to get in touch with us: https://www.wildapricot.com/contact-us


Blog of the Month: A Guide to Effective Team Management for Nonprofits 

team management blog
If you’re leading a team at a nonprofit, it can feel like you’re trying to catch a chicken. Keeping people on task, following up to remind people of what they said they'd do, fielding a hundred new ideas...
And somehow trying to do it all without hurting anyone's feelings. 

However, we’ve seen firsthand how managers can transform from frazzled and frustrated to confident and efficient by developing their team management skills — and how you can too. 


In this blog post, you’ll learn how you can lead and manage your team, what skills are needed, how to manage team burnout, and about free team management software you can use to make it all easier. 


Click here to read the full post


Here are the rest of this month’s blog posts:

10 Amazing Gym Management Software Solutions That Save Time and Money

Choosing Donor Management Software: 19 Options You Can Try Today

4 Reasons to Launch Your Team of Passionate Messengers Today

How To Write An Amazing Nonprofit Newsletter + 5 Inspiring Examples

New Recurring Donations Feature: What you can do, and how to use it

48 Free Nonprofit Webinars for August 2019

The Top 15 Free and Inexpensive Volunteer Management Software Solutions for Any Organization


Organization Spotlight 

The Mother Connection

The mother connection image

The Mother Connection is a fun, supportive, and educational community resource for mothers and families in the Merrimack Valley. TMC was created not only to provide resources and fun things for mothers to do with their children, but to serve as a venue for mothers to share and build their skills by volunteering to help maintain this growing organization. 


The TMC website includes directories of preschools and enrichment programs, an event calendar with monthly themes for activities, and information on member perks.  


Website theme: Fiesta - Garden Salad


Visit the website


The Membership Growth Report:

Benchmarks & Insights for Growing Revenue and Constituents

Get the report now!

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