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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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  • Does Your Nonprofit Website Need a Privacy Policy?

    Lori Halley  11 February 2008  4 comments
     
    Do you have a nonprofit privacy policy? If not, here's why you need to set one up today.
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  • Data Collection Made Easier with Google Forms and Spreadsheets

    Lori Halley  08 February 2008  8 comments
     
    The more you know about your members, the better your organization can serve them. As we've mentioned, a variety of free tools for online polls are available to answer the simple questions -- but sometimes you need more detailed information from your...
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  • How to Use Mail Merge to Create Custom Membership Cards

    Lori Halley  06 February 2008  7 comments
     
    Spend just a half-hour in a nonprofit office, and you're likely to be all too familiar with MS Word's mail merge feature -- or at least, with the sheets of peel-and-stick mailing labels that can quickly be generated with it! And where would a nonprofit...
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  • 14 Free or Cheap Photo Sharing Sites Perfect for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley  13 December 2007  16 comments
     
    Upload, edit, and share your photos with these 15 free or cheap photo sharing sites and tools perfect for a nonprofit of any size.
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