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  • A Reminder to Steer Your Supporters

    Lori Halley 23 May 2011 2 comments
    To direct traffic to your website or social media outposts, do you motivate with specific benefits and offer clear directions?
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  • How to Keep Track of Your Passwords (and Keep Them Safe)

    Lori Halley 19 May 2011 11 comments
    How can you keep track of all those online usernames and passwords? As social media and web/mobile applications become ever-more central to our non-profit operations, it’s a growing issue from both a security and a time-management perspective.
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  • 10 Ways to Wake Up Your Nonprofit Brand

    Lori Halley 16 May 2011 6 comments
    Guest blogger Howard Levy offers 10 ways your nonprofit can wake up your brand to strengthen your appeal to attract donors and ensure its long-term success.
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  • 5 Options for Low-cost Event Publicity

    Lori Halley 04 May 2011 2 comments
    Here are some ideas for low-cost event publicity - as requested in our blog reader survey. By focusing on media relations, event calendars, your website, email and social media, even organizations with limited resources can promote events with little or no cost.
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  • 100 More Online Tools for Non-Profits – Part 2

    Lori Halley 21 April 2011 8 comments
    This is the second in our 2-part series listing a variety of tech tools non-profits can use, from volunteer and member management, to fundraising, to website creation, community building, collaboration, and more.
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  • 100 More Online Tools for Non-Profits – Part 1

    Lori Halley 20 April 2011 10 comments
    You’ll find a variety of tech tools in this 2-part series, from volunteer and member management, to web publishing and document sharing, to back office tasks, project management, and more.
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  • A Thank-you Can Be Powerful

    Lori Halley 18 April 2011 3 comments
    Did you know that thanking volunteers can increase their engagement? In this post we suggest that instead of holding a "thank-a-thon" once a year, you develop on-going volunteer recognition plans.
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  • How Do You Recognize Your Volunteers?

    Lori Halley 11 April 2011 3 comments
    In honor of National Volunteer Week, our posts this week will focus on volunteers. In this post, we share some volunteer recognition best practices and ideas.
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  • Membership Database Selection Part 3 - Making Your Choice

    Lori Halley 04 April 2011 0 comments
    This is the final post in our 3-part Membership Database Selection blog series. Part 1 explained how to identify your specific needs and Part 2 offered an overview of the possible software or system choices. In Part 3 we’re suggesting the steps you can follow to choose the right solution.
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  • Membership Database Selection Part 2 - Understanding Your Choices

    Lori Halley 23 March 2011 4 comments
    Part 2 of our 3-part blog series on membership database selection outlines the software/system options available and their pros and cons in meeting small non-profit/membership needs.
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  • Membership Database Selection Part 1 - Defining Your Needs

    Lori Halley 16 March 2011 0 comments
    This is the first post in our 3-part blog series on membership database selection. This blog series is designed to help small organizations: identify your membership database requirements (Part 1); understand the options available (Part 2); and choose the solution that meets your specific needs (Part 3).
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  • Membership Database Selection Blog Series

    Lori Halley 11 March 2011 0 comments
    One of the issues facing small membership organizations identified in our Blog Reader Survey was finding ways to better manage membership databases. So in response, we’re creating a blog series to help organizations identify your membership database requirements; understand the various options available; and help you determine the best solution for your specific needs.
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  • Member Communications and Information Overload - Finding Balance

    Lori Halley 03 March 2011 0 comments
    One of our readers asked some great questions in a comment to a recent post about getting started with social media: What will people find interesting and useful? Will they find excessive messaging annoying? How does an organization find a balance? Since many membership and non-profit organizations may be asking themselves these very questions in terms of their member communications, we offered some ideas on how you can begin to answer these questions.
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  • Tips for Building Productive Relationships with Your Leader Partner

    Lori Halley 09 February 2011 0 comments
    In this guest post, Trish Hudson, president of the Melos Institute, shares an approach she learned from her mentor, designed to forge strong partnerships each year with his leader partners. She presents four key focus areas that he incorporated into a special "expectations conversation" that not only helped get the year off to a great start, but also generated long-term productive working relationships.
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  • Recalibrate Your Association Membership Renewals

    Lori Halley 06 January 2011 2 comments
    With the New Year comes a new renewal cycle. Are you confident that your renewal process will demonstrate value and deliver 80-90% renewal rates? Here is some food for thought on what Association members might be looking for this year and tips on renewal timing, frequency and communication strategies.
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