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Celebrating 7 Years of Wild Apricot

Lori Halley 19 July 2013 0 comments

Last week we held our annual Wild Apricot birthday bash. Our local clients, supporters, partners and staff gathered together in Toronto to celebrate our 7th anniversary.

There’s more than birthday cake involved

We all love a party – especially when there’s cake involved. But it’s also great to have an opportunity each year to meet our clients face-to-face. It’s a chance to introduce Wild Apricot users to our design and support team that work behind the scenes helping them build and manage their member base and connect with their supporters. 

I was so pleased to chat with a number of clients since I always get such great ideas for blog topics as well as possible Membership Knowledge Hub resources. In fact, this week’s Demonstrating Non-profit Success and The Overhead Myth post was inspired by a conversation I had with a couple of non-profit staffers at the party.

What motivates membership and non-profit volunteers and staff?

We know from talking to our clients as well as from the findings of our Small Membership Insight Survey, that a typical small membership organization is often led solely by volunteers or a skeletal staff. So many of our software users are volunteers who are spending their own precious time running membership organizations or non-profits. In order to serve these folks better, we want to fully understand what motivates them.

So this year, along with meeting new clients and touching base with long-time users, we decided to dig a little deeper and ask the membership and non-profit staff and volunteers to tell us:

What personally motivates you to do what you do?

We were thankful that a number of our party-goers were willing to take a moment away from the celebrations to answer this question on video. Here are a few quotes:

"I believe in giving back to the community. I want to see product management grow as a profession, see younger product managers have mentors, senior product managers to support them in their careers. I want product management to be a respected profession."

It's about friendship. We want to make friends and share memories of our time at Indian Institutes of Technology...

[it's about being able to] "network with a diverse group of non-profits...from small organizations that are grass-roots to large, savvy groups involved with advocacy campaigns. 

...The whole point is that it is all community-driven.

I love organizing, making things friendly, available and easy for our members. [As a communications staffer, she's motivated by] being able to say at the end of the day, this is a good association and our members know exactly what's going on."

"How to connect with people, networking and events."

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate our 7th anniversary, and especially those who offered us their frank testimonials.

What motivates you to volunteer or work for a non-profit or membership organization? We hope you'll share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 19 July 2013 at 8:30 AM
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