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  • Best of Association Jam: Association Links for April 2010

    Lori Halley 28 April 2010 2 comments
    Social Media once again ranked as the top category for blog posts, reports, articles and news stories submitted to and voted on by visitors to Association Jam this month, but Leadership and Events both tagged along very close behind. Here’s a look...
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  • Is Your Nonprofit Tax Status at Risk?

    Lori Halley 26 April 2010 5 comments
    Up to 25% of American nonprofits – charities, trade associations and membership groups – will lose their tax-exempt status at midnight on May 15, when the provisions of a 2006 federal bill kick in. As the New York Times reported , late last week: The...
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  • Moderating Forums: a Training Video

    Lori Halley 25 April 2010 0 comments
    If your nonprofit’s plan for online outreach includes a discussion forum – this one's for you. The first of three training videos produced to guide the volunteer moderators who helped run the British Columbia Library Association's 2009 Teen Reading...
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  • Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: Finding New Ways

    Lori Halley 23 April 2010 0 comments
    Taking a new look at something that you're used to can yield incredible results
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  • A Year’s Worth of Blog Topics Ideas

    Lori Halley 22 April 2010 9 comments
    Blogging is one of the most powerful communications tools a nonprofit can have in its online arsenal, if you’ve got the resources to put behind it. But yes, maintaining a blog can take a lot of time and mental energy – especially if you frequently run short of blog post ideas. Here’s a way to tackle that writer’s block – not just today, but for months to come.
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  • How to Backup Your Ning Network Content

    Lori Halley 22 April 2010 2 comments
    Recent changes in Ning’s business model (see News & Views About Change for updates) have Network Creators wondering whether to pay to keep hosting their online communities on the Ning platform, or to start looking at alternatives. We won’t be told...
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  • How to Optimize Your Images for the Web

    Lori Halley 20 April 2010 0 comments
    After yesterday’s post about the importance of website speed to your nonprofit’s audience, to search engines (notably Google), and to the health of the Internet in general, several Wild Apricot readers came back with one big question: What can we do to make our website faster?
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  • Wild Apricot Discounts for Customers and Fans

    Lori Halley 20 April 2010 0 comments
    In addition providing low-cost membership software, we're always looking for more ways to help you save money. We currently have the following coupon codes for customers and fans of Wild Apricot: iStockphoto - royalty-free stock images for your website...
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  • How Fast is Your Website?

    Lori Halley 19 April 2010 7 comments
    You’ve put a lot of effort into getting your nonprofit’s website to rank well in search engines, without the budget for an SEO expert to help. And now Google says your site needs to be fast, as well as “relevant”?
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  • Monitor the Web in Real Time: Instant Dashboards

    Lori Halley 16 April 2010 3 comments
    You've got bookmarks for websites you need to check daily, online tools, news alerts for tracking your nonprofit's keywords and issues, email, social networks, RSS feeds for favorite blogs… It's all too easy to miss vital information, or to waste a great deal of time checking for updates. Now imagine one custom site that lets you monitor all that data at a glance – a dashboard that's updated in real time.
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  • Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: Getting Your Hands Dirty

    Lori Halley 16 April 2010 0 comments
    Working in a garden, building you own solutions, or whipping together something using the best of everything - No matter how you choose to get involved, we have your bases covered in this post!
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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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  • Educate Donors (to Help Your Nonprofit) at Tax Time

    Lori Halley 13 April 2010 0 comments
    Looking into ways for a small nonprofit to remind donors of the tax advantages of charitable donations, I came across a real gem in Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work, a down-to-earth guide you can preview (free) with Google Books.
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  • 2010 Performance Benchmarks for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 12 April 2010 1 comments
    Benchmarking may sound like a term from the big-business board room, but it’s a useful practice for nonprofits of any size. While you can and should set your own internal performance benchmarks, it can be helpful, too, to look at benchmarks for the nonprofit sector in general, to see where your organization stands. Here are four new benchmarking reports to get you started.
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  • Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: Goals, Milestones, and Webinars, oh my!

    Lori Halley 12 April 2010 0 comments
    They say a failure to plan is a plan to fail. This week we're going full force in our development cycle, but how do we know exactly what to do and when to do it? I explain my little ways for keeping on top of everything.
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