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  • Facebook Page Not Found in Facebook Search?

    Lori Halley  12 November 2009  9 comments
     
    One of Wild Apricot's blog readers created a Facebook Page for his nonprofit organization, but the new Page doesn’t show up in the results for Facebook’s own Search tool. "Why is this?" he asks.
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  • Case Study: CivPol (Civic Police) Alumni Association

    Lori Halley  05 November 2009  0 comments
     
    Association for Civilian Police Saves Thousands, Boosts Fundraising Through Wild Apricot Member Management Software Business Challenge: The CivPol Alumni Association's 1,400 members are American police professionals under contract with the U.S. State...
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  • Can't Register a Facebook Page Username?

    Lori Halley  05 October 2009  4 comments
     
    One of Wild Apricot's readers got in touch recently about a problem with getting a custom username for her organization’s Facebook Page. Just in case other nonprofits have run into a similar situation, Jenifer has kindly given permission to share her...
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  • How to Get Started with LinkedIn

    Lori Halley  10 September 2009  1 comments
     
    Whether you’re looking for a first job or making a career change, or simply looking to meet other professionals in the non-profit sector, LinkedIn is the social network of choice. Can online networking help your career? Already, 45% of all US employers use social networks to find qualified employees, and 72% plan to step up their online recruiting.
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  • The Good, the Bad, and Missed Opportunities: a Fundraising Case Study

    Lori Halley  25 August 2009  1 comments
     
    We know that it's key for non-profits to connect online activities with real-world actions , but the reverse is also true, as a door-to-door fundraising campaign reminded me last week. People need to be able to take action for your cause in a way that...
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  • Google Alerts Simplified — A Complete Tutorial

    Lori Halley  07 July 2009  4 comments
     
    If your organization is active in social media, you already know the importance of closely monitoring what’s being said online about your organization and your cause. Set up a few key Google Alerts, and your listening task becomes a whole lot easier.
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  • Amazon Offers Free Online Payment Processing to US Non-Profits

    Lori Halley  19 June 2009  5 comments
     
    We’ve talked before about some of the most popular online payment processors suited to smaller non-profits who want to accept donations or sell fundraising products on their websites. Now there’s another payment option you might want to look at: Amazon Payments.
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  • When Rewarding Your Donors Can Backfire

    Lori Halley  09 April 2009  1 comments
     
    Technology can make it much more convenient for people to follow through on pledges and donations, but what motivates donors to reach for their wallets or credit cards in the first place? What’s in it for your donors? Rewards for donation may be tangible...
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  • Wild Apricot News: Wild Apricot's 21st Century Spring Cleaning Strategy for Condo and Homeowners Associations: Go Paperless

    Lori Halley  12 March 2009  0 comments
     
    Condo and Homeowners’ Associations can increase efficiency, improve communications and boost member satisfaction with Wild Apricot Website and Membership Management Software. March 12, 2009 -- It's time for spring cleaning. Wild Apricot offers homeowner...
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  • Low-Cost Magazine Publishing On Demand

    Lori Halley  03 March 2009  1 comments
     
    Flying quietly under the Hewlett-Packard umbrella, MagCloud is a new online service that helps groups and individuals to publish their own magazines in the US, Canada, and the UK. It's affordable for even the smallest non-profit, and print-on-demand technology means that no paper (or money) is wasted on printing copies that might not be sold.
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  • Top 6 Popular Site Search Widgets

    Lori Halley  10 February 2009  10 comments
     
    As your website grows in size over time, you may want to think about adding a site-specific search box or widget, to help your readers to find the information they’re seeking among your web pages. According to stats released by Lijit last November,...
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  • How to Shorten URLs and Track Clicks

    Lori Halley  03 February 2009  14 comments
     
    If you’ve ever received an email with a long link that breaks across several lines, so you’ve had to copy-and-paste the URL into your web browser, the benefits of a URL-shortening service will be immediately clear. Short URLs are a better fit wherever your messages are restricted in length, and they’re simply easier to remember. There are many free URL-shortening services to choose from, with a variety of useful features — such as previews, bookmarklets, and, in some cases, the ability to track the clicks on your shortened links.
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  • Motivating Your Volunteers: Needs, Barriers, and Psychology 101

    Lori Halley  22 January 2009  8 comments
     
    Finding ways to reward and motivate volunteers is a perpetual challenge for nonprofits. We can create opportunities to volunteer that meet the needs of our supporters, or we can remove the barriers that keep them from volunteering. Ideally, we’ll do both - but removing the barriers must come first, if volunteer activities are to compete for time and attention in a busy world.
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  • Wild Apricot News: Wild Apricot Offers Five Simple Ways to Use the Internet to Answer President Obama's Call to Action

    Lori Halley  22 January 2009  0 comments
     
    Smart Website Software Helps You Become an Agent of Change Toronto, ON January 22, 2009 -- The inauguration of President Barack Obama has ushered in a new spirit of hope, and with it the call for a new era of responsibility in America and around the...
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  • How to Create a Nonprofit Social Media Policy

    Lori Halley  08 January 2009  15 comments
     
    Who should speak for your organization in social media? How can you control what’s being said about your group and your cause? If you're not sure, it may be time to work out a social media policy for your staff and volunteers who blog and chat and comment online, where the personal and professional lines often blur.
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