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  • How to Create a Membership Website Free with Wild Apricot

    Terry Ibele  30 May 2017  0 comments
     
    Here's everything you need to know (features, limitations, etc.) about how to create a membership website free with Wild Apricot.
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  • #1 Free Membership Management Software for Small Organizations

    Terry Ibele  31 January 2017  2 comments
     
    Here's how to get the most popular free membership management software, perfect for your organization.
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  • The Top 5 Membership Management Software Platforms

    Terry Ibele  10 October 2016  0 comments
     
    With almost 200 different membership management software platforms, choosing which is right for your organization is no easy task. To help you pick, here are the top 5 as chosen by Capterra.
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  • Apricot Chat: The Benefits of Posting Online Reviews

    Lori Halley  27 July 2011  0 comments
     
    In a recent post, we discussed how to leverage online word-of-mouth marketing. Here's a case study that demonstrates both the power of WOM and the importance of utilizing effective web tools for non-profit and association membership management!
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  • Managing Volunteers and Expectations

    Lori Halley  15 April 2011  1 comments
     
    Many organizations struggle to harness the goodwill being offered due to lack of resources for effectively recruiting, training and managing potential volunteers. How can we close the gap between what volunteers are looking for today and how organizations are engaging these individuals?
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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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  • 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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  • Are You Ready For the Volunteer Boom?

    Lori Halley  11 February 2011  8 comments
     
    There are 77 million Baby Boomers in the US and another 10 million across Canada. "Boomers" are generally well educated, wealthy and skilled individuals who have already proven their willingness to volunteer - with nearly a third of Boomers volunteering for formal organizations. But to take advantage of this "untapped resource of extraordinary proportions" organizations need to rethink how they attract and utilize Boomer volunteers.
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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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  • Is Your Nonprofit Losing Members? Maybe It’s Not You

    Lori Halley  21 October 2010  4 comments
     
    Busy modern lifestyles mean limited time for volunteer and membership activities after work and family obligations. Nonprofits know this, and have been re-tooling their programs, offering more “value” to recruit and retain members. But there’s another reason why your membership may be declining: your other members.
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  • Online Member Services Best Practices (Part 1 of 2)

    Lori Halley  18 September 2007  3 comments
     
    How do you interact with hundreds or even thousands of members and supporters worldwide - and with very limited resources? How can you improve member satisfaction, increase renewal rates and reduce the costs and time spent on member support? Today,...
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