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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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  • How to Check Your Website on Different Browsers

    Lori Halley 02 July 2008 7 comments
    Cross-browser compatibility has long been a frustration for website designers. What looks fine in one browser may be more or less “broken” in another, with sidebars shifted and elements overlapping... But does it really matter, how your website looks in different browsers, in the big picture of what your organization is trying to accomplish online?
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  • What's Your Rapleaf Reputation - and why should you care?

    Lori Halley 30 June 2008 1 comments
    We all know that the Internet is a very public space -- but do we always act that way? The separate compartments of social networking sites, once isolated in their own little boxes, have created an illusion of privacy where none may exist -- and now...
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  • Wild Apricot Updates - June 2008

    Dmitriy Buterin 26 June 2008 3 comments
    On June 26th, we released our regular update — Wild Apricot version 2.34. The biggest enhancement is what we refer to as the Integrated credit card payment option — yes, we have been working on that one for a while! PayPal is still the payment processor,...
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  • Facebook Applications for Your Non-Profit Page

    Lori Halley 23 June 2008 49 comments
    So you've signed up your nonprofit group for a Facebook Page -- now what? It can be challenging to know what to put on your Page to make the best use of the space, especially if you're setting out to build a new page from scratch. And if you're new...
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  • Easy RSS Updates with PingShot

    Lori Halley 19 June 2008 1 comments
    Most of the search engines and web-based feed reading services will check for updates to your blog from time to time, but what if you have breaking news that you want to get out fast? You can notify ("ping") each feed reading service separately whenever...
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  • How to Set Up a Non-Profit Facebook Page

    Lori Halley 16 June 2008 136 comments
    New features and other enhancements have been added to Facebook since Wild Apricot's Beginner's Guide to Facebook for Non-Profits , and nonprofits are learning more about making the best use of the popular social networking site. We've talked about...
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  • Crowdsourcing: How Business and Nonprofits Tap into the Wisdom of Crowds

    Lori Halley 11 June 2008 3 comments
    “Welcome to the age of the crowd,” wrote Jeff Howe in The Rise of Crowdsourcing (2006). In coining the term "crowdsourcing," Howe pointed to the rise of the open-source software movement; to the success of user-created Wikipedia; and to profitable businesses like MySpace and eBay “that couldn’t exist without the contribution of users.” Nowadays, user-driven innovations and crowdsourced solutions are popping up faster than you can say "open API" and "online community"...
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  • Social Media in Plain English: Video

    Lori Halley 09 June 2008 0 comments
    It turns out that ice cream and social media have a lot in common -- at least, according to the latest video by Lee Lefever of Common Craft, Social Media in Plain English. Using a deceptively simple paper and whiteboard technique, Common Craft specializes in short, amusing, and easy-to-understand videos that explain complex ideas. This latest video focuses on basics of Social Media: "new technology that makes everyone a producer and tools that give everyone a chance to have a say."
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  • 5 Keys to Effective Knowledge Transfer for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 06 June 2008 2 comments
    Effective communication – and more precisely, the effective transfer or exchange of knowledge – is vital to any nonprofit organization. It lies at the root of everything a nonprofit does – from pitching your cause to donors and funding agencies, to...
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  • Free Job Postings for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 04 June 2008 2 comments
    If your nonprofit has a job opening you'd like to publicize, Idealist has a deal for you. Through the month of June, any nonprofit organization is invited to post its job listings on the Idealist.org website at no charge.
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  • Top 5 Web Tools to Create Your Own Online Quiz

    Lori Halley 03 June 2008 11 comments
    In response to our Top 10 round-up of tools for online polls and surveys, some readers asked about the best web-based tools to create custom quizzes and tests. Here, we've rounded up 5 web-based quiz tools to help get you started. Some of these quiz-makers are ideal for student-teacher use. Others can more easily make the leap to nonprofits, helping to engage visitors with your organization and your cause. As the lasting popularity of TV game shows like Jeopardy prove, we all love a chance to test our knowledge!
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  • Free All-Access Animoto for Educators

    Lori Halley 31 May 2008 2 comments
    Imagine a Web 2.0 tool that combines your images and music to create a flashy video presentation. It's quick and easy to use, and the results can make the standard digital slideshow look like something from the last decade. That's Animoto.
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  • Wild Apricot Updates and Plans. May 2008

    Lori Halley 28 May 2008 2 comments
    Recent updates On May 22nd, we released our longest update ever — Wild Apricot version 2.33. It included two really big chunks of work: Redesign of payment workflows for events, donations and membership payments. In our next release, around the end...
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  • Easy Embedded Tables for Your Website or Blog: Part 2

    Lori Halley 26 May 2008 5 comments
    In the first part of this article, we talked about various ways to show data in tables on your website or blog -- their strengths and their limitations. Here, we'll take a closer look at how to use Zoho Sheet, Google Spreadsheets, or DabbleDB to create a searchable, interactive table that you can easily embed in your web page, and update as easily as you update the original spreadsheet.
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