Wild Apricot News: Top Five Ways Technology Can Help Non-Profits Survive - and Thrive - in an Economic Crisis

Lori Halley 13 November 2008 0 comments

Web-based Software Provider Wild Apricot Shows Organizations How to do More with Less

Toronto, ON November 13, 2008 -- The economic slowdown is hitting everyone hard. No one feels the brunt of a recession like charities and non profits. Wild Apricot, a leading provider of web software  for the non-profit sector, is helping organizations weather the storm by doing more with less by maximizing their use of inexpensive or free technology online.

"A vast array of tools are available online to help non-profits build a fully-functional website and increase administrative efficiency, raise funds and communicate with members and the community," says Dmitry Buterin, Chief Apricot, Wild Apricot. "A custom web portal can cost a non-profit anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 or more. It's now possible to build and operate a similar site without major investments by utilizing resources available online, freeing up time and money to focus on an organization's true passion."

Wild Apricot offers web-based software that comes with everything needed to build a professional website and interact with members and supporters. More than 11,000 on-profits are already using Wild Apricot, which is available for as little as $25 per month, or free when supported by ads. Other popular web resources include tools for outreach (Twitter and Facebook), collaboration (Google Aps and Zoho) and project management.

Calgary-based  Meals on Wheels is using Wild Apricot to reach out to volunteers and donors. "With Wild Apricot we've been able to centralize a number of functions using one easy-to-use system," says Kathryn Robson, Communications & Development Manager, Meals on Wheels. "It has allowed us to better communicate with our volunteers, reach out to new donors and drastically reduce the time needed for many administrative functions. It's allowing us to focus on delivering meals, not technology."

Here are the top five ways organizations can benefit from using web-based software solutions:

1.   Save money - No need to pay upfront for packaged software, buy servers, or purchasing separate services for multiple functions - do it all and more with one software package that can be accessed for free or for a low monthly fee.

2.   Save time and effort - Eliminate duplicate entry of data and multiple member, registration or donor lists that may be out of date. With an integrated web-based solution, everything is tied to one single database.

3.   Eliminate costly administrative functions by going "self-serve" - Empower members and volunteers to get more active with the organization while at the same time freeing up administrative time by maximizing the use of online self-service tools.

4.   Increase interaction with members, volunteers and the community to keep your cause alive -     Use tools like blogs, e-newsletters, forums and Email to create your own social network to help keep your cause and community alive.

5.   Make it easy for people to donate money or their time - Automate donations, event registrations and more on your website to make it easy for people to get involved and engaged.

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Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Thursday, 13 November 2008 at 1:29 PM

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