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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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  • 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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