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  • Apricot Chat: 5 years of Wild Apricot

    Lori Halley  30 June 2011  0 comments
     
    July marks the 5th Anniversary of Wild Apricot's Member Management Software, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that over 20 clients who joined us in 2006 still have active accounts with us! Join us as we take a look at some of our early clients, and learn why they are still with Wild Apricot today.
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  • Naming Your NonProfit

    Lori Halley  10 June 2011  6 comments
     
    Does your non-profit name reflect your mission? In this guest post, Howard Adam Levy offers advice on assessing your organization's name and ideas to consider if you are thinking of a name change.
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  • Refreshing Your E-newsletter

    Lori Halley  09 May 2011  0 comments
     
    It's spring cleaning season - a good time to review and refresh your e-newsletter. Here are some tips to get you started.
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  • 5 Options for Low-cost Event Publicity

    Lori Halley  04 May 2011  2 comments
     
    Here are some ideas for low-cost event publicity - as requested in our blog reader survey. By focusing on media relations, event calendars, your website, email and social media, even organizations with limited resources can promote events with little or no cost.
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  • Managing Volunteers and Expectations

    Lori Halley  15 April 2011  1 comments
     
    Many organizations struggle to harness the goodwill being offered due to lack of resources for effectively recruiting, training and managing potential volunteers. How can we close the gap between what volunteers are looking for today and how organizations are engaging these individuals?
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  • Are You Ready for National Volunteer Week?

    Lori Halley  07 April 2011  3 comments
     
    National Volunteer Week takes place April 10 - 16, 2011 in Canada and the US. Here are some ideas and links to help your organization celebrate.
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  • Membership Database Selection Part 3 - Making Your Choice

    Lori Halley  04 April 2011  0 comments
     
    This is the final post in our 3-part Membership Database Selection blog series. Part 1 explained how to identify your specific needs and Part 2 offered an overview of the possible software or system choices. In Part 3 we’re suggesting the steps you can follow to choose the right solution.
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  • Membership Database Selection Part 2 - Understanding Your Choices

    Lori Halley  23 March 2011  4 comments
     
    Part 2 of our 3-part blog series on membership database selection outlines the software/system options available and their pros and cons in meeting small non-profit/membership needs.
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  • Q and A: Volunteer Scheduling, Time Tracking and Accountability

    Lori Halley  18 March 2011  10 comments
     
    Today we’re tackling some questions on tools and tactics for volunteer management that were asked in the most recent Wild Apricot blog reader survey. The reader questions fall into three areas: scheduling volunteers, tracking volunteer hours, and how...
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  • Membership Database Selection Part 1 - Defining Your Needs

    Lori Halley  16 March 2011  0 comments
     
    This is the first post in our 3-part blog series on membership database selection. This blog series is designed to help small organizations: identify your membership database requirements (Part 1); understand the options available (Part 2); and choose the solution that meets your specific needs (Part 3).
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  • Member Communications and Information Overload - Finding Balance

    Lori Halley  03 March 2011  0 comments
     
    One of our readers asked some great questions in a comment to a recent post about getting started with social media: What will people find interesting and useful? Will they find excessive messaging annoying? How does an organization find a balance? Since many membership and non-profit organizations may be asking themselves these very questions in terms of their member communications, we offered some ideas on how you can begin to answer these questions.
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  • Have You Outgrown Your Membership Database?

    Lori Halley  16 February 2011  0 comments
     
    In our recent Blog Reader Survey, membership growth/acquisition ranked as the second most important issue facing small membership-based organizations for 2011, just behind member communications and engagement. But before you start brainstorming ideas for member engagement and recruitment strategies, there is an important building block that you need to have in place as a foundation - an effective member/contact database.
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  • Cast a Wider Net for New Nonprofit Members

    Lori Halley  14 February 2011  3 comments
     
    Hooking new members for your nonprofit takes the right bait, offered patiently and repeatedly, not to mention the challenge of landing them when you do get a bite! But the best tools and most canny tactics won’t be effective if you’re casting for new members in a fished-out pool.
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  • Are You Ready For the Volunteer Boom?

    Lori Halley  11 February 2011  8 comments
     
    There are 77 million Baby Boomers in the US and another 10 million across Canada. "Boomers" are generally well educated, wealthy and skilled individuals who have already proven their willingness to volunteer - with nearly a third of Boomers volunteering for formal organizations. But to take advantage of this "untapped resource of extraordinary proportions" organizations need to rethink how they attract and utilize Boomer volunteers.
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  • Recalibrate Your Association Membership Renewals

    Lori Halley  06 January 2011  2 comments
     
    With the New Year comes a new renewal cycle. Are you confident that your renewal process will demonstrate value and deliver 80-90% renewal rates? Here is some food for thought on what Association members might be looking for this year and tips on renewal timing, frequency and communication strategies.
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