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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Wild Apricot Updates and Plans. April 2008

    Lori Halley 30 April 2008 0 comments
    There haven't been many April showers, but a lot of flowers have already bloomed! On April 10th, we released an update that included the following key changes: Ability to specify different fields for different membership levels. This was a frequently...
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  • Dilbert.com Goes Web 2.0

    Lori Halley 24 April 2008 1 comments
    How would you define Web 2.0 ? Wikipedia does a pretty good job of explaining it, but why use words alone to explain such a complex idea, when you can show-and-tell? Try this: Flip open just about any North American newspaper to the comics page......
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  • Free Online Color Testing Tools for Accessible Website Design

    Lori Halley 22 April 2008 4 comments
    Accessible websites are the fast-approaching future of web design, and accessibility is already the law in many jurisdictions. We're talking about websites whose designs don't create artificial barriers for people of differing abilities, or those with...
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  • Making a Case for Social Media Marketing

    Lori Halley 18 April 2008 1 comments
    Social media and social networking are hot buzzwords in the world of online marketing, but what do they mean in practical terms? Is social media marketing just a passing fad, or could it be a worthwhile strategy for your organization? In a survey done...
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  • 8 Tips for an Effective Online Survey

    Lori Halley 15 April 2008 12 comments
    Your organization may send out a feedback request with its appeals or reports to members. And perhaps you routinely ask those who attend your special events to fill out a quick survey. But if you need data quickly, or from a broader range of respondents,...
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  • Clean-Up Strategies for a High Quality Mailing List

    Lori Halley 25 February 2008 3 comments
    Cleaning up a mailing list is never quite as easy as it should be. To purge an inactive address from your database can feel like you're letting go of something that could "come in handy" someday — even if it's not useful now, and hasn't been productive...
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  • Big Dreams for the NonProfit Sector

    Lori Halley 21 February 2008 5 comments
    Rosetta Thurman , this week’s host for the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants , asks, “What one thing should we do to improve the state of the nonprofit sector?” In trying to tackle a question this size, frankly, I feel a bit like a pop princess telling...
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