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May Update: Join a Community of 800 Membership Managers

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Dmitry Buterin
Published on May 30, 2017

This month we launched our Facebook Group: The WildApricot Membership Tribe and over 800 of you have joined already.

Everyone in the group is dedicated to supporting one another and sharing tips on how to grow and run a membership organization.

I think this is a great opportunity for all our customers to connect with each other and our network of experts, like Beth Kanter, John Haydon, Amy Sample Ward, and many more.

If you haven’t joined already, I’d love to see you there.  

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Feature Development Update

We continue to focus on developing top wishlist suggestions. On May 15th, we released version 5.11, which contained a number of features you asked for, including the abilities to:

  • manage discounts for membership renewals and level changes
  • choose which fields to show on donation forms
  • manually add contacts into a waitlist
  • plus a number of bug fixes

For more details about the release, see the 5.11 release page. To see which requests we’re working on currently, check out our wishlist forum.


Reminder: WildApricot Makes a Move for Improved System Performance


Just to remind you, WildApricot will be switching to a new hosting provider – Amazon Web Services (AWS) – on July 4th. We chose AWS based on their worldwide reputation for being the fastest and most reliable cloud platform available.

This will be a big leap forward for WildApricot in terms of system stability and performance. Once our move to AWS is complete, you should notice an improvement in the reliability of your WildApricot site.

The migration to AWS will begin at 2 AM (ET) on Tuesday, July 4th. We anticipate only 15 minutes of downtime but there could be brief interruptions during the hours that follow.

As we get closer to the AWS migration, we’ll be sending emails with more details about the move. 


Reminder: Canadian Anti-Spam Penalties Kick in on July 1st

If you use WildApricot to send commercial or promotional emails to Canadian residents, then you need to comply with the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL). CASL went into effect on 1 July 2014, and applies to any organization that sends commercial electronic messages to recipients based in Canada. Penalties for non-compliance come into force on July 1, 2017. The maximum penalty for violations is $1 million for individuals and $10 million for businesses. 

To help you obtain express consent to send emails to your Canadian contacts, WildApricot added an opt-in mechanism as part of the 5.11 release (May 2017). If you enable the opt-in mechanism, you can send consent request emails to your contacts, then track their opt-in status from each contact’s Email settings and log tab.

For more information on CASL and what it means to WildApricot sites, click here


Free Expert Webinar: The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising®

2001-06-20 Larry Johnson Blog SidebarIf you get anxious when it comes to raising funds for your organization, we have the perfect remedy for you. On June 20, we are hosting a free webinar with Larry Johnson, one of the world’s most renowned experts on fundraising and the author of The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising®

In this free webinar, Larry will show you how to: 

  • Overcome the biggest obstacle to fundraising most organizations ignore 
  • Create the mental framework that inspires donors to give
  • Build a pool of philanthropic investors who will support you through thick and thin

Sign up now and we’ll see you on June 20, at 2:00 PM (ET) / 11:00 AM (PT). 


Raise More Money with These Free Resources

Amy Eisenstein4 Free Tools Every Fundraiser Needs

If you need some extra help fundraising, major gifts expert Amy Eisenstein has put together a package of four very useful free tools to help you raise more money:

  1. 3 Secrets to Raising Major Gifts You Can’t Survive Without (free web class)
  2. 10 Steps to Improve Major Gift Fundraising (report)
  3. Is Your Organization READY to Raise Major Gifts? (assessment)
  4. 31 Rules for Better Fundraising and a Better You (checklist)


Chris BaylisThe Definitive Guide to the Sponsorship Proposal 

If your organization relies heavily on sponsorships, you may want to check out this great guide created by sponsorship expert Chris Baylis. He explains everything you need to know about creating winning sponsorship packages and how to write a sponsorship proposal that actually works. Check out the free guide here.


This Month’s Blog Posts

If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit, or know someone who is, we just finished up a massive guide on everything you need to know about How to Start a Nonprofit the Right Way and Get Your First Paying Members. The guide is full of steps and strategies on how to do absolutely everything, like:

  • File for incorporation
  • Find and hire the best board members
  • Where to get free or discounted nonprofit software
  • How to build a website that grows your organization for you
  • And more

How to start a nonprofit the right way

This guide is one of the biggest we’ve ever created, we hope you find it helpful. As for the rest of this month’s blog posts, you’ll find them below:

That’s all for this month’s update. Thanks for reading!



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