Chief Apricot (aka Product Manager) for Wild Apricot
Wild Apricot is a product by www.Bonasource.com , in business since 2001
Wild Apricot is a web-based (hosted) software for non-profits:
Membership, donor and contact management
Online payments and donations
Integrated website with CMS
Modern: brings Web 2.0 functionality to non-profit sector
Usability: Designed for non-technical staff and volunteers
Affordable: Over 2,400 organizations signed up since July 2006 launch. Average price: $40/month
Wild Apricot blog:
web technology and social media tools for associations, clubs, charities, and other non-profit and member-based organizations. We focus on the issues and trends relevant to volunteers, administrators, webmasters, and managers seeking to get their sanity back by taming the modern web technologies and using them effectively
Wide variety of tools but 9 out of top 10 most used tools fell under
communications and fundraising categories
Many are NOT using even basic tools:
not collecting emails (55%), not using mass emails and e-newsletters(39%), not taking online donations (47%), do not provide downloadable materials (43%)
Very small percentage uses newer ‘Web 2.0’ tools like podcasting (3%), wiki (4%), social networking
“… Respondents do not always want valuable newer technologies because they don't understand them, don't recognize their strategic value, or don't know they exist. …”
59% (!) are frustrated with current tools
While the amount of money spent did not affect respondents' level of technology satisfaction, organizers across the board reported that money (57 percent), time (45 percent), and lack of staff expertise (34 percent) prevent their organizations from fully taking advantage of databases and online tools.
“… trends in Web-based software development have created an ideal climate for collaboration and innovation . … Open application programming interfaces (APIs) enable separate applications to work with each other … on-demand software, such as Salesforce.com or Democracy in Action, enables users to access tools that are hosted and maintained online. On-demand access is lessening the need for in-house technical staff and making a wider array of tools accessible and affordable for organizers. “
Used by chapter directors, education coordinators and volunteers
Collaboration on many different issues, chapter and staff directory, meeting notes, and planning documents
Integrated with delicious
Each time ASO staffers see a story they think is relevant to the group, they use del.icio.us to tag it using the keywords "alzheimers" or "asoont" (short for Alzheimer's Society of Ontario); that story then automatically appears on Ensemble's RSS page.
uses Flickr’s tagging capabilities to add Alzheimer's-related images to its wiki. The organization encourages staff members to upload their own images to flickr or tag relevant pictures using the "asoont" tag. ASO then uses the tagged photos to build a slide show, which is embedded in the wiki . http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/asoont
Wikimaster is key: monitoring changes and encouraging users/offering support
blog.wildapricot.com – will post presentation slides with all links
What Is Web 2.0 Anyway? http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/webbuilding/page4758.cfm
the membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. Our members share the common goal of helping nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively.
online collaboration space and community for IT consultants who work with non-profits. The system is designed so that consultants can find, contribute and collaborate on tools and information they use to maintain a consultancy and provide services to nonprofits
a nonprofit project that aims to helps social change organizers combine the wide reach of the Web with the deep power of the handshake. We believe that smart use of technology, when combined with traditional organizing strategies, can create exciting new models for social change.
andid Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits, centralized into a website. Through product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software news, Idealware allows nonprofits to make the software decisions that will help them be more effective