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  • The Evolution of Fund-Raising – From Telethons to Online Giving

    Lori Halley 30 November 2006 0 comments
    Many years ago, I worked for the local telephone company, and was responsible for setting up all of the local and toll-free lines for telethons. There were so many back then, raising money for everything from childhood diseases to adult medical conditions...
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  • New features: Custom member fields, event attendee database and currency options

    Dmitriy Buterin 28 November 2006 3 comments
    Release 2.8 for November 29th, 2006, Wednesday. One great advantage of hosted web software (Wild Apricot being an example of such a service focused on non-profits) is that you do not have to bother with system upgrades. We take care of that for you....
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  • What is NOT a best practice for saving money in your non-profit organization

    Dmitriy Buterin 27 November 2006 1 comments
    As discussed in an earlier post on Trends and Best Practices , "scrimping" (cost-cutting) is a harsh reality for associations - and all other non-profits There are smart ways to "scrimp" - for example using web technologies to reduce your communication,...
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dmitriy Buterin 23 November 2006 0 comments
    Warm wishes from Wild Apricot team - Happy Thanksgiving!
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  • Trends and Best Practices for Associations

    Dmitriy Buterin 15 November 2006 5 comments
    I greatly enjoyed the recent CSAE seminar on Trends and Best Practices for Associations (and many of them apply to other kinds of non-profit organizations). The world is changing and we all have to adapt - or deal with (unpleasant) consequences! The 7 measures of success study done with Jim Collins as the advisor (author of famous business bestseller Good to Great) was also quite interesting, I will probably do a separate post on that one. Here is a short recap of 8 Super Trends discussed: 1. Demassification (break-up of the mass market). (And this word sounds made-up to me. I prefer "mass customization") The mass market is breaking into smaller pieces, as differences in lifestyles, preferences, and priorities further segment the population. Members and prospective members alike are interested in focused efforts to meet the needs of their smaller, more specialized groups, not in a one- size-fits-all package of association products and services. (I am definitely seeing this trend. One very cool idea we are working on in our Wild Apricot system which will help to support this notion is a tagging concept - to let people "tag" member records and events just like they tag pictures on Flickr or bookmarks on Del.icio.us)
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  • Better ways to search

    Dmitriy Buterin 09 November 2006 0 comments
    Your non-profit organization probably has a large database of contacts - your members, donors, volunteers. How do you quickly find one record among many thousands? Especially if you only vaguely recall things like 'his name is probably Bill', 'his...
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  • Webpages accessible only to your members

    Dmitriy Buterin 02 November 2006 0 comments
    Member-only webpages Many organizations find that one important way to attract and keep members is to provide them with valuable content. Industry research, whitepapers, how-to guides, checklists, electronic versions of presentations from their events...
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