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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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  • 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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  • How Do You Thank Your Volunteers?

    Lori Halley  06 October 2008  5 comments
     
    Thank you. It’s a powerful pair of words, and that simple statement of appreciation, spoken one-on-one, can go a long way to tell volunteers how much their work is valued — but you want to do more. A special effort or long-term commitment, in particular,...
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  • 6 Sources for Free Map Graphics

    Lori Halley  25 August 2008  3 comments
     
    No budget for custom graphics — yet you need a map for your website or presentation, to help show your membership reach or the areas in which your organization does its work? No problem. The internet offers a variety of free map graphics, many of which...
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  • Email-to-Snail-Mail Online Postal Services

    Lori Halley  05 August 2008  13 comments
     
    Has this ever happened to you? The printer jams, just as you’re trying to rush out a newsletter. Or you come up short on stationery and stamps, a few letters short of your mailing list run. Or you’re on the road with only a web-enabled phone at hand,...
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  • 4 Easy Ways to Embed a PowerPoint Presentation on Your Website

    Lori Halley  07 July 2008  20 comments
     
    Here are the four easiest ways to embed a PowerPoint on your website, with easy-to-follow instructions.
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  • 8 Tips for an Effective Online Survey

    Lori Halley  15 April 2008  12 comments
     
    Your organization may send out a feedback request with its appeals or reports to members. And perhaps you routinely ask those who attend your special events to fill out a quick survey. But if you need data quickly, or from a broader range of respondents,...
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  • Is Your Nonprofit Risking a Communications Nightmare?

    Lori Halley  09 April 2008  3 comments
     
    Could your organization get a message to all your members within 48 hours? One small association thought so -- until last week, when an unexpected event revealed a major flaw in how the group was communicating with its members. This is a real-life example of a real nonprofit organization: a small interest-based nonprofit with a very small budget, run by volunteers working a few hours a month from their own homes. Does this sound like any group you know?
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  • Case Study: Austin Contact Center Alliance on Growing Member Community

    Lori Halley  26 March 2008  0 comments
     
    This months' case study looks at Austin Contact Center Alliance (ACCA) - a progressive business association out of Texas. They share their top 5 lessons in building and growing their community. We discuss how their organization evolved and how they...
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  • Opening Doors for Younger Volunteers

    Lori Halley  04 March 2008  2 comments
     
    An aging population means that most nonprofit groups are working with an ever-shrinking pool of donors and volunteers. Are we making the most of those people who are available to volunteer, and willing to donate their time, energy, and resources to...
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