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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Do You Partner with Other Nonprofits?

    Lori Halley  08 October 2010  7 comments
     
    By partnering with other nonprofits that share your cause, instead of competing with them, you can pool those limited resources for greater impact and give your supporters a clear call to action.
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  • 33 Free MS Office Templates for Non-Profits

    Lori Halley  14 September 2010  0 comments
     
    You've heard about some time-saving free Google Docs templates that can save time for non-profits creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations – but did you know Microsoft.com has a bundle of free Office Suite templates that are designed especially for non-profits?
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  • 4 Fabulous Ideas for Your Association Networking Event

    Lori Halley  14 July 2010  1 comments
     
    While certain websites have co-opted the term 'social networking,' there's still a big opportunity in booking some real-life face time. Holding networking events can be a terrific way to provide value to the members of your professional association...
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  • 8 Quick Quizzes for New Volunteers

    Lori Halley  12 July 2010  5 comments
     
    Volunteers will stay longer and work better for your non-profit organization if you can match their personalities and passions with appropriate tasks. Could a simple quiz help you to ensure your volunteers are matched up with the kind of work they'll enjoy for the long haul?
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  • Online Microsoft Word Editor: An Easy Way to Edit, Create, and Share Documents

    Lori Halley  11 June 2010  4 comments
     
    Here's how to edit a Word document online for free in ten seconds!
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  • Make Your Own Infographic

    Lori Halley  25 May 2010  13 comments
     
    Infographics are to data what storytelling is to an annual report: a more engaging way to help bring attention and understanding to your nonprofit’s cause. Let’s take a closer look at these visual representations of data and ideas, along with great resources to help you get started on making your own infographic.
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  • Swipe your Social Media Response Plan from the US Air Force

    Lori Halley  11 May 2010  2 comments
     
    Should a nonprofit organization look to the military for social media advice? Perhaps so, if it’s the US Air Force we’re talking about! In fact, their Web Posting Response Assessment flow chart can serve as a strong models to guide your staff in best practices of online conversation.
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  • Wild Apricot News: Web Hosting for Membership Websites

    Lori Halley  13 April 2010  0 comments
     
    A question we often get about our membership software is "do we need to find separate hosting?" The short answer is "NO!" Web hosting for membership websites running on Wild Apricot is included as part of your monthly subscription plan. This is one...
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