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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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  • 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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  • Google for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 29 March 2011 0 comments
    Is your organization using Google for Nonprofits? On March 16, 2011, Google launched their latest version of this program which offers several new benefits: Instead of applying to each Google product individually, you can now sign up through a one-stop...
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  • Best of Association Jam - Top Links for March 2011

    Lori Halley 25 March 2011 0 comments
    Here’s a look at the most popular links on Association Jam in March 2011 - where blogs or articles on events, leadership, volunteers and social media received the highest number of votes from the visitors to AJam this month.
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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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  • Non-profits Are You Listening?

    Lori Halley 09 March 2011 0 comments
    Many small non-profits and membership organizations are wondering how to get started with social media. As we noted in an earlier post, Is Social Media a Waste of Time for Your Association, if you are new to social media, you should start by listening.
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  • Association Jam - Top Links for February 2011

    Lori Halley 24 February 2011 0 comments
    In February, blog posts and articles on Social Media, Membership, Volunteers, Leadership and non-profit communications (listed under "Other") were the top rated links on AssociationJam.org. Here's a look at some of the most popular links submitted to Association Jam in February, 2011 by category:
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  • Apricot Chat: Spotlight on a 501(c) Organization -- Professional Insurance Agents of Florida, Inc.

    Lori Halley 22 February 2011 0 comments
    We had a chat with John Herd, the Director of Communications at the PIA of Florida, a 501(c)6 organization that has been with Wild Apricot since November 2009. John left us a great review about our product on LinkedIn, so we decided to see what other insights he had to share. Check out the great things that John has done with his organization's website; hear what he has to say about our functionality and support; and learn the valuable tips he provides for newer Wild Apricot users!
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  • Member Engagement - Sharing Stories

    Lori Halley 18 February 2011 0 comments
    As I was preparing a series of blog posts on member engagement and communications (the #1 issue facing organizations in 2011 according to our Blog Reader Survey), one of January's Nonprofit Blog Carnival posts - Nonprofits and Information: Sharing Our Stories - caught my attention. In this post, Jennifer Hoyer (of the Edmonton Social Planning Council), notes that those of us in the non-profit world often take for granted the information that we work with each day, and forget that those outside of this world usually don't hear about this information unless we tell them. Are you keeping your members, volunteers or supporters informed? Are you sharing your stories?
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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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  • Social Media Round-up

    Lori Halley 07 February 2011 2 comments
    Through our Wild Apricot Blog Reader Survey and comments to recent posts, we're hearing that our blog followers want more information on social media for membership and non-profit organizations. So we thought we'd offer a "Round-up" of Wild Apricot blog posts that might be helpful for organizations just getting started with social media.
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  • Association Jam: Top Links for January 2011

    Lori Halley 28 January 2011 3 comments
    In January, the top rated links on AssociationJam.org were for blog posts and articles on Membership, Volunteers and Fundraising, with Technology and Social Media not far behind in the votes tally. There were also some highly rated marketing-communications...
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