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  • How Changing Our Volunteer Interview Approach Increased Our Retention by 30%

    Terry Ibele  06 March 2017  2 comments
    If you’re experiencing low volunteer retention, you’re familiar with how much time and resources it can take to constantly market and recruit new volunteers. But what most nonprofits don’t realize is that the problem may lie in how your candidates are interviewed. In my experience, one simple simple change to that process may dramatically improve volunteer retention.
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  • February Update: What to Expect in Our First Major Release of 2017

    Dmitriy Buterin  27 February 2017  12 comments
    Find out what to expect in our 1st major release of 2017 and sign up for free expert webinars in February and March.
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  • #1 Free Membership Management Software for Small Organizations

    Terry Ibele  31 January 2017  2 comments
    Here's how to get the most popular free membership management software, perfect for your organization.
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  • January Update: Features Being Developed in 2017

    Dmitriy Buterin  31 January 2017  4 comments
    Find out which features we are developing in 2017 and sign up for February's free expert webinar.
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  • Seven Ways Top Nonprofit Leaders Avoid Burnout

    Donald Cowper  24 January 2017  0 comments
    Most people who join nonprofits find it hard to look after themselves. Here are seven ways top nonprofit leaders avoid burnout. From Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman, coauthors of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit, described by Arianna Huffington as an “essential guide for nonprofits.”
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  • Sold Out! One Simple Change Filled This Club’s Events Like Never Before

    Donald Cowper  20 January 2017  0 comments
    If your organization’s main form of accepting member dues and event registrations is through check or cash, there’s a good chance you’re missing out on registrations, new members and even cash flow. Find out how this club began to fill up their events simply by beginning to offer online registrations and payments.
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  • Four Things that Turned This Association’s Annual Conference into a Member Recruiting Machine

    Terry Ibele  12 January 2017  2 comments
    For many associations the annual conference is the biggest association event of the year. But, what many associations don’t realize is that the annual conference can also be their biggest member recruiter. Here's how one association uses its annual conference to add hundreds of members each year.
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  • December Update: A Year In Review

    Dmitriy Buterin  30 December 2016  0 comments
    It's the end of 2016. In this update, read about all our highs and lows of the year.
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  • Take The Quiz: Are You Managing Your Membership Database Like The Top Nonprofits?

    Terry Ibele  23 December 2016  0 comments
    To find out how your database management processes stack up against the top nonprofits, take this short quiz that Wes Trochlil (Founder of Effective Database Management) helped us put together. This quiz is designed to help you identify areas to improve, and give you expert tips. At the bottom of the quiz, compare your score against others.
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  • How an Uncashed Check Led to This Association Tripling Membership

    Terry Ibele  16 December 2016  0 comments
    In 2012, Kim Elliot discovered that a check she’d written never got cashed. This discovery would inspire her to take over an association that was struggling and turn it around, tripling its membership within the first two years.
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  • How This Mother Grew Her Nonprofit 300%

    Donald Cowper  12 December 2016  0 comments
    A few years ago, Sarah Rintamaki noticed her two-year-old struggling to speak. Sarah’s long and lonely search for help inspired her to found Connecting for Kids, an organization devoted to helping mothers like her quickly find the education and support they need. Although Sarah had no experience building a nonprofit, she did have one thing that helped her grow Connecting for Kids over 300% from 2012 to 2015. Read this post to discover Sarah’s secret behind this phenomenal growth.
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  • 50 Practical Tips For Succession Planning

    Terry Ibele  05 December 2016  0 comments
    Over the years, we’ve gathered tips from hundreds of board members who have all been through succession planning themselves. Right now, his is the biggest list of tips for succession planning on the internet!
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  • November Update: Major Software and Mobile App Updates

    Dmitriy Buterin  30 November 2016  2 comments
    I’m happy to announce that our next major version of Wild Apricot has been scheduled to launch in December. Plus, we will be releasing an update to our mobile app, featuring support for Square, the mobile credit card processing solution.
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  • How This Membership Manager Saved 20 Hours a Week Using Software

    Terry Ibele  28 November 2016  0 comments
    In this post, I’ll show you exactly how Frank, the membership manager of a sailing club, uses software to save him 20 hours worth of administrative tasks every week.
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  • Build vs Buy a Membership Management Solution: 10 Considerations for Choosing What's Right for Your Organization

    Terry Ibele  21 November 2016  0 comments
    Should your organization build a membership management solution? Or buy one? If you're a membership manager, you will eventually face this question. I put this post together to help guide you through the process of making the right decision for your organization.
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