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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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  • Read the Words: Free Text-to-Speech Tool

    Lori Halley 23 May 2008 7 comments
    Sometimes it just isn’t possible for your website's visitors to read what you have to say. Perhaps a visitor has limited vision, or other physical challenges that make onscreen reading difficult. Perhaps reading itself may be a challenge for him. But accessibility can be about more than physical, mental, educational, and similar limitations. Some members of your target audience may simply be too busy to take the time to read your website or blog. If you can give those people the ability to multi-task — to listen to your blog posts on an mp3 player as they go about their other business, for example — you'll give your message one more chance to get out there and be heard.
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  • Help a Reporter — Get Free Media Exposure

    Lori Halley 20 May 2008 4 comments
    When your spokesperson is interviewed on the TV evening news, that's air time worth far more than most nonprofits could hope to afford as an advertising purchase. And when your organization is quoted in the press, that lends an air of credibility that you just can't buy at any price. Advertising is telling your own story. Publicity is when someone else tells your story for you. And there's no question which type of communication packs the biggest public relations punch.
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  • Easy Embedded Tables for Your Website or Blog: Part One

    Lori Halley 15 May 2008 1 comments
    Some kinds of information are best presented in table form: school alumni lists, genealogy data, annotated lists of resources, survey results and statistical data, and so on. When you have several data fields for each item, a simple list won't cut it. Here are 5 methods you might choose to show a table on your web page.
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  • 5pm offers Easy Online Project Management - with 50% discount for nonprofits

    Lori Halley 12 May 2008 16 comments
    Project management software is a tough and competitive field. With so many excellent choices out there, it's hard to know what tools will work best for your organization's needs. Do you want web-based or desktop application? Which features will you...
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  • How Well Does Your Website Work for its Users?

    Lori Halley 08 May 2008 5 comments
    How easy do you think it should be to make a charitable donation? Getting a charity to accept your money might not be quite as easy as you'd think — if the charity's website is designed to meet its own needs, that is, rather than the needs of the people...
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  • Web 2.0 Nonprofit Success Stories - Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

    Lori Halley 05 May 2008 1 comments
    The "Web 2.0 Nonprofit Success Stories" submitted to the NPC Carnival this week led to a selection of nonprofit organizations that are widely varied in terms of size, budget, and reach. Each group is using the Internet and Web 2.0 tools in a different...
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