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  • Refreshing Your E-newsletter

    Lori Halley  09 May 2011  0 comments
     
    It's spring cleaning season - a good time to review and refresh your e-newsletter. Here are some tips to get you started.
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  • Are You Ready for National Volunteer Week?

    Lori Halley  07 April 2011  3 comments
     
    National Volunteer Week takes place April 10 - 16, 2011 in Canada and the US. Here are some ideas and links to help your organization celebrate.
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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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  • Cast a Wider Net for New Nonprofit Members

    Lori Halley  14 February 2011  3 comments
     
    Hooking new members for your nonprofit takes the right bait, offered patiently and repeatedly, not to mention the challenge of landing them when you do get a bite! But the best tools and most canny tactics won’t be effective if you’re casting for new members in a fished-out pool.
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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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  • 33 Free MS Office Templates for Non-Profits

    Lori Halley  14 September 2010  0 comments
     
    You've heard about some time-saving free Google Docs templates that can save time for non-profits creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations – but did you know Microsoft.com has a bundle of free Office Suite templates that are designed especially for non-profits?
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  • A Year’s Worth of Blog Topics Ideas

    Lori Halley  22 April 2010  9 comments
     
    Blogging is one of the most powerful communications tools a nonprofit can have in its online arsenal, if you’ve got the resources to put behind it. But yes, maintaining a blog can take a lot of time and mental energy – especially if you frequently run short of blog post ideas. Here’s a way to tackle that writer’s block – not just today, but for months to come.
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  • The Good, the Bad, and Missed Opportunities: a Fundraising Case Study

    Lori Halley  25 August 2009  1 comments
     
    We know that it's key for non-profits to connect online activities with real-world actions , but the reverse is also true, as a door-to-door fundraising campaign reminded me last week. People need to be able to take action for your cause in a way that...
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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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  • Is Your Nonprofit Risking a Communications Nightmare?

    Lori Halley  09 April 2008  3 comments
     
    Could your organization get a message to all your members within 48 hours? One small association thought so -- until last week, when an unexpected event revealed a major flaw in how the group was communicating with its members. This is a real-life example of a real nonprofit organization: a small interest-based nonprofit with a very small budget, run by volunteers working a few hours a month from their own homes. Does this sound like any group you know?
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