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  • How to Use Data to Achieve Your Mission

    Donald Cowper 15 February 2017 0 comments
    Most nonprofits don't use their database to help achieve their mission. Database expert Wes Trochlil reveals how the most successful organizations use their data efficiently and effectively by asking the right questions.
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  • Wes Trochlil’s Top 5 Tips on Effective Database Management

    Farhad Chikhliwala 19 June 2015 0 comments
    Database expert and consultant, Wes Trochlil, gives us a quick run-down of his top 5 database management tips and speaks about his upcoming Wild Apricot Free Expert Webinar.
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  • Is Your Member Data Mission Critical?

    Lori Halley 17 October 2011 0 comments
    Organizations struggling to manage member data should embrace a member-driven culture and centralize data. Here are some steps you can take and resources available to help manage your membership database.
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  • Association Data Management Challenges

    Lori Halley 06 September 2011 0 comments
    What data management challenges are plaguing associations? Here's an overview of EDM's yearly survey of associations and our take on the results.
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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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  • Q and A: Volunteer Scheduling, Time Tracking and Accountability

    Lori Halley 18 March 2011 10 comments
    Today we’re tackling some questions on tools and tactics for volunteer management that were asked in the most recent Wild Apricot blog reader survey. The reader questions fall into three areas: scheduling volunteers, tracking volunteer hours, and how...
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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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  • Have You Outgrown Your Membership Database?

    Lori Halley 16 February 2011 0 comments
    In our recent Blog Reader Survey, membership growth/acquisition ranked as the second most important issue facing small membership-based organizations for 2011, just behind member communications and engagement. But before you start brainstorming ideas for member engagement and recruitment strategies, there is an important building block that you need to have in place as a foundation - an effective member/contact database.
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  • Your People -- Managing Contact Information for Members, Supporters, Attendees and Donors

    Lori Halley 02 September 2010 0 comments
    At Wild Apricot, we are blessed to have a number of terrific partners who provide services for our customers. While we've designed Wild Apricot to be easy-to-use, there are still folks who need additional help with things like account setup, graphic...
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  • Small staff and volunteer association websites benefit the most from modern association management software (AMS) systems

    Lori Halley 08 July 2010 0 comments
    A recent article from by Meredith MacMillan from Association Media & Publishing entitled " Managing Web Content with a Small Staff " hit on a number of great points about the online presence of smaller associations, but I thought her tip about...
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  • Outside the Box - How web-based software makes collaboration easier for your association

    Lori Halley 06 July 2010 0 comments
    If you're like most people, you probably think of "software" as something that comes in a shrink-wrapped box of CD-ROMs and that your IT department has to come around and install on your hard drive. In fact, web-based software (sometimes called " Software...
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  • Where the #$%! are my member records?!? Ideas on making member record management easier with online software

    Lori Halley 29 June 2010 0 comments
    Imagine you're the membership coordinator for a small association or some other member-driven organization. (If you actually ARE a membership coordinator, just imagine you're yourself!) Now imagine you don't have an online tool to maintain your membership...
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