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  • Baby Boomers are a huge opportunity for non-profits

    Dmitriy Buterin 19 January 2007 1 comments
    At 77 million, baby boomers have power and non-profits should pay attention to them. That’s what a recent article listed in Nonprofit Charitable Orgs Newsletter, Top 8 Tips for working with Baby Boomer Volunteers points out. As they begin to retire,...
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  • Developing Effective Content for the Web

    Lori Halley 16 January 2007 3 comments
    Your content – and how you present it – is a vital piece of the puzzle in selling yourself on the Web. You may have a very nice looking and sleek site, but if the writing on it isn’t concise, easy-to-read and relevant, visitors might only take a look...
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  • What can non-profits learn from businesses? ………Trustiness!

    Lori Halley 12 January 2007 0 comments
    Non-profits and businesses have a lot to learn from each other. Non-profits would likely do better if they placed more emphasis on earning their donors' trust and businesses too would make more profit if they focused their efforts on building trusting...
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  • Non-profits are using emerging web 2.0 tools and you should too

    Lori Halley 11 January 2007 0 comments
    It should come as no surprise. The buzz about Web 2.0 tools and software-as-a-service (SaaS) has been caught and non-profits are adopting them. That's the gist of the recent article in IT Business In fact, there are a lot of ready-to-use software-as-a-service...
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  • dotOrganize study: how non-profits feel about technology and how do they actually use it

    Lori Halley 09 January 2007 0 comments
    The recently released report by dotOrganize in September 2006: "Online Technology for Social Change: From Struggle to Strategy," has been welcome for non-profits that are trying to harness the Web's power to grow their lists, engage constituents and...
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  • Fundraising – not as scary as you might think!

    Lori Halley 05 January 2007 0 comments
    Fundraising! The word itself is scary! But it doesn’t have to be. Wild Apricot might be able to alleviate your fundraising pains - create and maintain a website for your cause, handle online donations, stay in touch with donors and supporters. Copyright,...
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  • What 'AJAX' means and why non-profits should care?

    Lori Halley 03 January 2007 0 comments
    AJAX is a pretty techy term (it stands for Asynchronous JAvaScript and XML ). It has been a buzzword among geeks for the last few years – but why should a non-profit organization care about it? Simply put, AJAX technology helps to build web applications...
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  • Marketing Practices for Non-Profit Organizations

    Dmitriy Buterin 02 January 2007 2 comments
    Does a non-profit need a marketing plan? Why? Your non-profit definitely needs a marketing plan (and a lot of patience) to cut through the signal-to-noise ratio - especially on the Web . Unlike other methods of obtaining visitors through traditional...
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  • Who Are You? Branding Your Non-Profit Site on the Web

    Dmitriy Buterin 22 December 2006 3 comments
    Branding is not a "dirty" marketing word. It applies to non-profit organizations of all kinds as well - charities, associations, support groups, clubs or any other kind. In order to engage people on your Web site, it’s a good idea to know what your...
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  • Transforming Your Web Visitors into Eager Donors and Volunteers

    Dmitriy Buterin 18 December 2006 5 comments
    Your website can be a great tool in engaging prospective donors and volunteers. To do this you need to foster a sense of community with your target audience, and then call them to action. Here are a few things you might want to consider: Build meaningful...
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  • New account plans start at $12/month, new features.

    Dmitriy Buterin 14 December 2006 0 comments
    We have just released Wild Apricot v 2.9 - our 9th release since July 1st 2006. Our sincerest thanks to all our customers and others who have been evaluating Wild Apricot and providing feedback and asking questions. We are good with technologies and...
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  • On decision-making in non-profits

    Lori Halley 12 December 2006 0 comments
    As a company providing products and services to the not-for-profit sector, it seems to us that one of the challenges in running a non-profit organization is slow decision-making. You often need to consult with so many different types of stakeholders:...
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  • Podcast interview with Allan Benamer - non-profit IT blogger

    Dmitriy Buterin 04 December 2006 0 comments
    Allan Benamer runs a "Confessions of a non-profit IT director" blog He is the IT director for a medium-size non-profit and built his blog as a ”safe” space for harried non-profit IT directors/sysadmins/developers to share experiences and wisdom regarding...
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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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