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  • A Closer Look at Facebook Events

    Lori Halley 18 August 2008 13 comments
    Facebook is fast becoming a popular way to publicize an organization's event, invite guests, and track who plans to attend. Facebook Events may be just what your group needs -- but could you be shutting out some of the people who might support your event? The fact is, for non-members of the site, Facebook can feel like a frustrating series of closed doors...
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  • Does Open-Source Software Fall Down on Usability?

    Lori Halley 15 August 2008 4 comments
    This is the second part in our series taking a closer look at free and open-source software : the real costs, the barriers, and the trade-offs; the best FOSS alternatives to “brand name” software; and the resources to help you make the most of it....
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  • An Introduction to Free and Open Source Software

    Lori Halley 13 August 2008 5 comments
    As more cash-strapped non-profits, businesses, and individuals turn to free or open-source software to stretch their budgets, the open-source movement is booming. There may be no better time to talk frankly about the realities of using free or open-source...
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  • Statistics for Good

    Lori Halley 11 August 2008 2 comments
    A great deal of reliable statistical data has long been available to the public eye — but it’s often been a challenge for resource-strapped nonprofit organizations to track down the information you need for policy development or to support your fundraising...
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  • Techsoup Site Security Breach: Visitors Urged to Take Precautions

    Lori Halley 07 August 2008 3 comments
    Techsoup.org , one of the best non-profit resources online, has suffered an SQL Injection attack. The site was taken down promptly when suspicious activity was identified, but Techsoup account holders and anyone who has visited the site in the past...
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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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  • Does Your Nonprofit Need an Email Newsletter Service?

    Lori Halley 01 August 2008 11 comments
    Why would your organization want to pay for an email marketing service, instead of simply using Outlook and your regular email server to contact your members? There are a number of compelling reasons why even a small e-newsletter subscription list might best be handled by a dedicated email marketing service, starting — first and foremost — with reliable delivery.
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  • How to Make Your Own Custom News Page

    Lori Halley 29 July 2008 5 comments
    RSS is a very powerful technology , useful for anyone to gather and digest many information sources in one place — and even more useful for nonprofits to get their information out to their members and supporters. If you were to put all of your most...
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  • Wild Apricot Updates July 2008

    Dmitriy Buterin 28 July 2008 4 comments
    Our next Wild Apricot release is just around the corner — scheduled for early August. Here’s what you can look forward to seeing: Authorize.Net payment option. If you have your own merchant account via Authorize.Net payment processor, you can now use...
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  • Next Generation File Sharing Comes Out of the Box

    Lori Halley 24 July 2008 1 comments
    Online file sharing service Box.net made Webware’s list of the 100 best Web 2.0 applications for 2008 for three very good reasons. The award's not for its file storage capability, nor for the ability to access and share your stored files online — although it’s worth noting that Box.net just added iPhone access. It's not even for the user-friendly interface that feels comfortable from the moment you first sign in. What makes Box.net a winner is a powerful Web 2.0 trio...
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  • Top 12 Mind Mapping Tools for Web or Desktop

    Lori Halley 21 July 2008 7 comments
    The trick to effective mind mapping is finding the right tool for the job — whether that tool is pen and paper, as Guy Lewis used to unravel his personal life, or dedicated software, as Patrick Lynch used to explain Wild Apricot’s features to his colleagues....
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  • Get a Quick Word Count

    Lori Halley 17 July 2008 2 comments
    Few of us can accurately guess the number of words in a block of text, just by looking at it, even with years of practice. Fortunately, a 'ballpark estimate' is usually good enough for most purposes. There are times, however, when your word count does matter.
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  • Free Toolkit for Selecting Donor Management Software

    Lori Halley 14 July 2008 0 comments
    Selecting a donor management system is a big decision for any nonprofit. The right software can go a long way to helping you manage those vital donor relationships — but moving to any new system calls for an investment of time and money, and the software selection you make now will affect the work of your organization for some time. How do you choose which donor management software will be right for your nonprofit?
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  • Award-Winning Youth Helpline gets Web 2.0 Right

    Lori Halley 09 July 2008 1 comments
    People born since 1980 — the first generation to grow up in a wired world — have a whole new set of expectations about communication. Nonprofits who want to reach this audience need to rethink the traditional outreach methods and learn to understand...
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  • 4 Easy Ways to Embed a PowerPoint Presentation on Your Website

    Lori Halley 07 July 2008 20 comments
    If your organization makes PowerPoint slideshows for special events, meetings and conferences, you've probably put a lot of time and effort into creating each one. Why not get extra mileage from those PowerPoint presentations by putting them onto your website or blog for others to see? Here are four different ways to share PowerPoint files on the Web.
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