You’ve Got to Read This: December 7, 2010

Reid All About it

Then a post by Shelly Alcorn appeared in my Reader, What Associations Can Learn from the Reinvention Summit 2010. Sometimes tweeting about a good read isn’t enough for me.

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Association Subculture Word for 2010 - Authenticity

Association Subculture

Monday, January 11, 2010. Association Subculture Word for 2010 - Authenticity. And blog about in 2010. Ive been inspired by the idea of picking a word (or series of words) to define actions to focus on in 2010. Lets see what we can do to change that in 2010.

Guest Posts – November 2010

Reid All About it

In the spirit of practicing what I preach, I’m publishing a post today. I normally don’t publish on Saturdays. Saturdays are usually devoted to fun and, if I make time, reading. Reading during the week is purposeful; my goal is to keep up and ahead. But during the weekend, it’s more relaxed, for pleasure and intellectual stimulation. This week I wrote about my wish for more fresh content on weekends.

Association Subculture Salute to the Blogosphere Thankfest 2010

Association Subculture

Wednesday, November 24, 2010. Association Subculture Salute to the Blogosphere Thankfest 2010. ▼ 2010. (24). skip to main | skip to sidebar. See Lainie, this is all we need. A couple of smokes, a cup of coffee and a little bit of conversation. You and me and five bucks.".

You’ve Got to Read This: December 21, 2010

Reid All About it

One of the many things I love about the Christmas season is how it brings out the generous side of people. In a timely post Bob Bessette shares some ways we can blog for good. He definitely got me thinking about how I might use my writing skills to help out a local charity.

25+ Free Nonprofit Webinars for July 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

There’s no more convenient way to brush up on your skills than to do your professional development online - and July 2010 brings us lots of free online presentations and seminars for fundraisers, board members, administrators, active volunteers, volunteer coordinators, and other non-profit folks.(

20+ Free Nonprofit Webinars for December 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Busy as this season is for nonprofit folks, with year-end fundraising campaigns and family events for the holidays, still there’s no better time to sneak in a bit of professional development to get you ready for a bright New Year! read more ).

Lady GoGo on Halloween 2010 | KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

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42+ Free Nonprofit Webinars for August 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Ready for a bit of professional development, before Labor Day brings the start of another busy fall season? August is a great time for online learning – in fact, this month we’ve rounded up more free online seminars than ever before! There’s something for everyone from board members and administrators, to fundraisers and volunteer coordinators, to active members of all interests and levels.( read more ).

20+ Free Webinars for Nonprofits: September 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

September is a busy month for just about everyone – a new school year for many, harvest time for both fundraisers and farmers - and a whole new crop of free nonprofit webinars is here. Have a look – you’re sure to find an online learning opportunity that’s of interest to folks in your organization. As always, you’ll want to check back from time to time through the month, as late-coming webinar notices are often added in the comments section, down below.

20+ Free Nonprofit Webinars for November 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

For many nonprofit organizations, November is an especially busy month, with pre-holiday season preparations and year-end fundraising campaigns underway. Still, you'll find plenty of free opportunities for online professional development all through the month! read more ).

22+ Free Nonprofit Webinars for June 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Our regular monthly round-up of free professional development opportunities for nonprofit folks is back for June 2010. It’s that time again! Even as we move toward the lazy days of summer, when the pace traditionally slows down a bit, there’s still a great variety of free online presentations and seminars on tap for fundraisers, board members, administrators, active volunteers and volunteer coordinators.

ASAE 2010

Association Okie

In less than a week I will be attending the American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting and Exposition in Los Angeles. I can’t wait. As Elizabeth Weaver Engel said in her blog, www.thx4playing.blogspot.com, it is the “associations geek fest (that’s people who geek about associations0”. I didn’t attend last years ASAE Annual meeting in Toronto, and I missed it greatly. For me, it is a chance to fully immerse myself in my profession.

Association Jam: Top Links for October 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Here’s a look at the most popular links submitted to Association Jam in October 2010, by topic category: Membership Are you a membership based nonprofit? Blog posts and articles on Technology , Social Media and Leadership stories came out on top at AssociationJam.org this month, in terms of the numbers of submissions, views and reader votes, with Fundraising, Volunteers and Membership not far behind.

Association Jam: Top Links for November 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Here’s a look at the most popular links submitted to Association Jam in November 2010, by category: Membership Association Horn-Tootin' and Why Being Member Driven is Only Half the Battle Carol-Anne Moutinho | Association Resource.(

Best of Association Jam for July 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Best of all, you’ll find a number of brand new faces here, among the excellent content submitted to and voted up in “AJam” through July 2010: Membership It's That Time Again: NFP Pulse on Member/Donor Recruitment & Retention has Officially.(

Association Jam: Top Links for September 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

By category, here’s a look at the most popular links submitted to “AJam” in September 2010: Membership What's Keeping You Awake At Night Part 1: AE's Riding Out the Current Economic Storm.But Bigger Clouds on the Horizon Carol Anne Moutinho | Association Resource.(

Association Jam: Top Links for August 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are the most popular links at “AJam” in August 2010.( Blog posts and articles on Leadership and Social Media topped the active topics at AssociationJam.org last month. Events came in close behind, as association professionals were all geared up for ASAE10. Fundraising, Membership, Technology, and Volunteers were tied for third. read more ).

Blogger Basics: Copyright

Reid All About it

4:55pm, November 9, 2010). The web was buzzing last week with news that a small freebie magazine, Cooks Source, had allegedly committed a copyright violation by publishing a writer’s apple pie recipe and article without asking her permission.

Wild Apricot Software News - December 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

I was recently talking to a friend and he was complaining to me that online reviews for his business were are not so great on average - because people who are negative and like to complain are much more likely to fill out reviews/surveys than people who are satisfied. I'm sure this is the case for non-profit and membership organizations as well.

Association Jam: Top Links for December 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a look at some of the most popular links submitted to Association Jam in December, 2010 by category: ( read more ). In December, a Social Media blog took the top spot in the links tally at AssociationJam.org. Given the season, it wasn't surprising that Fundraising articles were also popular in the links voting. There were also a few interesting articles and blog posts on Leadership, Events and Volunteers.

30+ Free Webinars for Nonprofits - April 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

This month’s round-up of free webinars has loads of professional development that’s meant specifically for nonprofit folks - fundraisers, board members, administrators, active volunteers and volunteer coordinators - but we’ve also included a few webinars on social media and technology topics that, while aimed more at business, can help your nonprofit to more effectively get your message out, raise funds, and recruit support online.( read more ).

Wild Apricot Software News October 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

by Chief Apricot Fall is an interesting time. I love beautiful colors on the trees, crisp and sunny days - but hate those days when it's all bleak, foggy and rainy! All in all, I think it's great to have changing seasons like we have here in Toronto and while I sometimes get envious of people living in places like Singapore or California, I would not want to trade places with them! We finally launched version 4.0

2010 Performance Benchmarks for Nonprofits

Wild Apricot Blog

Benchmarking may sound like a term from the big-business board room, but it’s a useful practice for nonprofits of any size. While you can and should set your own internal performance benchmarks, it can be helpful, too, to look at benchmarks for the nonprofit sector in general, to see where your organization stands. Here are four new benchmarking reports to get you started.( read more ).

Back to The Future: Associations in 2010

Portage Group

I found this article from Carol-Anne dating back to 2010 where association professionals were asked to weigh in on what they think a successful association would look like five-to-six years into the future. The Associations 2025 Summit is coming up next week!

30+ Free Nonprofit Webinars for May 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Fundraising and nonprofit technology topics are in the lead for May 2010, but I think you'll find a little something here for everyone.( Once again, it’s professional development time for nonprofit folks – fundraisers, board members, administrators, active volunteers and volunteer coordinators – with our monthly round-up of free online presentations and seminars.

Game Developer Conference 2010

Moving through the Association World

We also held our IGDA Annual Meeting which detailed the past year as well as what is coming up in 2010 for the organization. Last week I attended my second Game Developer Conference in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.

Wild Apricot Software News May 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Whenever I hand out my business cards, people frequently notice my title: "Chief Apricot". I enjoy that it makes people smile - and many people do ask me to explain what it means. It actually means many different things – I have a number of different hats I have to wear here at Wild Apricot, including: Product Manager hat Customer Service Champion hat President/Leader hat Marketing hat Office administration hat CFO/Accounting hat and probably a whole bunch of other hats!

Wild Apricot Software News November 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

We are not afraid to borrow a good idea when we see one -- so after watching how Google changes their homepage logos for some time, it dawned on us that we can -- and should -- do the same. Even more so since we are lucky to have a great artist on our team, Denis Fokin, who is not easily stupefied, even when ask him things like, "Can you please create an avatar for Jim, Fluid Apricot?" or "Can you come up with a play on the Wild Apricot logo with some Thanksgiving flavor?",

Wild Apricot Software News September 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

During the month of August our main focus continued to be on version 4.0 - reviewing and addressing feedback from clients who volunteered for beta-testing, testing, and retesting (and retesting again, and again.) each and every feature/change in the system. A little factoid: previous version 3.4 included 293 'tickets', or work items (and that was a pretty big release in itself). Version 4.0 included 664 tickets.

2010 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Survey

Membership Marketing

Friday, February 12, 2010. 2010 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Survey: Please Participate. We have just launched the questionnaire for the 2010 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Survey and I want to invite each of you who work for a membership organization to participate. at Friday, February 12, 2010. Labels: 2010 Benchmarking Survey. ▼ 2010. (46). 2010 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Survey: Ple. 2010 Benchmarking Survey. (14).

24+ Free Webinars for Nonprofits - February 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

For the shortest month of the year, February is shaping up with a pretty good selection of free online training opportunities for folks working in nonprofits and associations. Keep an eye on the comments here for additions and updates, too! read more ).

Wild Apricot Software News June 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

A few years ago (I think it was when my son turned 10), I realized that we have some irreconcilable differences between us. Specifically, we could not agree on what date is the first day of summer. For me that always was – and is – June 1st (my farmer roots??). However, smartypants that he is, my son insists on the scientific/astronomy-based date – June 22nd or something.

28+ Free Webinars for Nonprofits - March 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

This month’s round-up of free nonprofit webinars could very well be our most interesting yet, with a wide variety of topics and some high-profile speakers who’ll have lots of value to share. Space is limited for a number of these webinars, but many will make recordings and/or slide presentations available after the event either to registered participants or to the public. Check the details on the host websites to see if there’s a way you can benefit from these learning opportunities, even if you.(

Best of Association Jam: Association Links for June 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

So many interesting and useful links came in to AssociationJam.org this month, there were ties for top spot in 4 categories – Events, Fundraising, Social Media and Other! Social Media and Membership were the most active categories overall, in terms of submissions, views, and reader votes.( read more ).

Wild Apricot Software News April 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

Wild Apricot software version 3.4 was successfully launched on Sunday, March 28th. Well, almost successfully. Backing up the whole system and converting data (especially documents and pictures being moved to new storage) has taken much more time than we had estimated and our dry runs had indicated. So instead of restoring the service at 8 a.m., as planned, we were only able to restore it by 1 p.m.

Wild Apricot Software News March 2010

Wild Apricot Blog

For our development team, February was devoted to version 3.4 including some features which are too big to be finalized in time for 3.4 so they will be released in the subsequent version 3.5. More on that later in the post). Development phase for version 3.4 has just been officially closed off, so now we have about a month of final testing ahead of us. The planned launch date for version 3.4 is March 25th this might still change if we hit unexpected bumps in our testing, but the probability.(

Movember: The Power of the Stache

Reid All About it

Yesterday I wrote about the Communication Shutdown campaign. I appreciate the efforts of those raising awareness and donations for the cause – autism – but I’m not convinced that shutting down communication was the best way to do it.

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Nonprofits That Stray Off Course

Reid All About it

This week I read about a nonprofit accused of losing sight of its mission and those it serves. The story reminded me of another nonprofit I read about months ago in similar straits. These stories provide lessons to those of us who work in or with nonprofits.

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Association Subculture: Suicide and Generation X - The Association.

Association Subculture

Monday, October 4, 2010. October 27, 2010 11:24 AM. October 27, 2010 11:54 AM. ▼ 2010. (24). skip to main | skip to sidebar. Suicide and Generation X - The Association Management HR Dilemma. I never realized I was spread too thin.