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  • Wild Apricot Updates and Plans. April 2008

    Lori Halley 30 April 2008 0 comments
    There haven't been many April showers, but a lot of flowers have already bloomed! On April 10th, we released an update that included the following key changes: Ability to specify different fields for different membership levels. This was a frequently...
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  • Bring Your Nonprofit Success Stories to the Blog Carnival

    Lori Halley 30 April 2008 0 comments
    Wild Apricot is pleased to be hosting the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants on Monday, 5 May 2008, and the theme will be "Web 2.0 Nonprofit Success Stories" Tell us how you're using the Internet -- and specifically Web 2.0 tools and technologies --...
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  • Free PDF Tools for Mac

    Lori Halley 29 April 2008 9 comments
    When we caught up with educator Dave Riddell on Twitter the other day, he was looking for a new low-cost tool to create and edit PDF files — the web's default format for sharing printable documents. Here, for the benefit of other Macintosh users, he...
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  • Affordable Online File Storage for Multiple Computers

    Lori Halley 28 April 2008 5 comments
    All it takes is a sudden hard-drive crash to sell a computer user on the value of backing up all important documents. And if you travel, or move between different computers in the course of your work, secure online data storage means you'll never find yourself going into a meeting without that one file you urgently need.
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  • Dilbert.com Goes Web 2.0

    Lori Halley 24 April 2008 1 comments
    How would you define Web 2.0 ? Wikipedia does a pretty good job of explaining it, but why use words alone to explain such a complex idea, when you can show-and-tell? Try this: Flip open just about any North American newspaper to the comics page......
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  • Producing Demo Videos - Sharing Our Experiences

    Lori Halley 22 April 2008 1 comments
    We have recently put together first 5 videos demoing basic functionality of Wild Apricot software. This has been a great learning experience and we would appreciate any feedback on our videos (which are still work in progress!). We also wanted to summarize...
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  • Free Online Color Testing Tools for Accessible Website Design

    Lori Halley 22 April 2008 4 comments
    Accessible websites are the fast-approaching future of web design, and accessibility is already the law in many jurisdictions. We're talking about websites whose designs don't create artificial barriers for people of differing abilities, or those with...
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  • Making a Case for Social Media Marketing

    Lori Halley 18 April 2008 1 comments
    Social media and social networking are hot buzzwords in the world of online marketing, but what do they mean in practical terms? Is social media marketing just a passing fad, or could it be a worthwhile strategy for your organization? In a survey done...
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  • 8 Tips for an Effective Online Survey

    Lori Halley 15 April 2008 12 comments
    Your organization may send out a feedback request with its appeals or reports to members. And perhaps you routinely ask those who attend your special events to fill out a quick survey. But if you need data quickly, or from a broader range of respondents,...
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  • NonProfits on Video: Using YouTube to Promote Your Cause

    Lori Halley 12 April 2008 7 comments
    Conventional wisdom says that it is the small nonprofit organizations who stand most to benefit from Web 2.0 opportunities, where so much can be accomplished for such a small investment of time and resources. Online video, for example, puts multimedia...
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  • Is Your Nonprofit Risking a Communications Nightmare?

    Lori Halley 09 April 2008 3 comments
    Could your organization get a message to all your members within 48 hours? One small association thought so -- until last week, when an unexpected event revealed a major flaw in how the group was communicating with its members. This is a real-life example of a real nonprofit organization: a small interest-based nonprofit with a very small budget, run by volunteers working a few hours a month from their own homes. Does this sound like any group you know?
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  • Get Started with FeedBurner

    Lori Halley 07 April 2008 13 comments
    If your nonprofit website includes an RSS feed, are you making the most of that technology? A free online service called FeedBurner turns your blog's RSS feed into a browser-friendly page that makes it easy for readers to subscribe to your blog updates. But that's just the beginning of what FeedBurner can do for you --
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  • NPT Offers Free Corporate Philanthropy Search Portal for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 03 April 2008 0 comments
    A new online search portal just launched by The NonProfit Times, in partnership with internet search company NOZA, gives nonprofit fundraisers free access to more than 4,300 searchable records of major corporate gifts to U.S. charities valued at $1 million or more.
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  • Campaign Maps: How 3 Nonprofit Organizations use Online Maps to Send a Message

    Lori Halley 01 April 2008 7 comments
    Maps have come a long way from the traditional classroom wall map that many of us grew up with. Online, maps have taken on added dimension with multimedia mashups and a new level of interaction: the information they can deliver goes far beyond topographical features and geo-political boundaries. Here are three maps from three different nonprofit websites: all deal in some way with food sources, but each sends its message in a very different way.
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