Resources to Help Your Organization Adapt During the Pandemic

Organizational Management April 02, 2020

Kate Hawkes

By Kate Hawkes

Due to the unprecedented impact of the current global pandemic, many organizations have found themselves facing unexpected new challenges. 

Perhaps you're finding it tough to move everything your organization does from in-person to online. Maybe you're concerned about how your organization will be able to continue without revenue from events. Or you might be trying to find ways to mobilize your community to help people who are in need.

In these challenging times, we're here to help you and your organization adapt so that you can keep supporting your members and carrying out your mission.

We'll be publishing free educational resources to help you:

  • Tackle admin challenges you might face as you make necessary changes to your processes
  • Get ideas for ways you can keep pursuing your mission and supporting your members
  • Keep your organization running smoothly
  • Be inspired by how other organizations are tackling these challenges
  • Find ways to support people who are in crisis

Let us know in the comments below if there's anything else you'd like us to cover, or if you have experiences or ideas you'd like to share with other users. 


Admin & Organization

11 Questions Nonprofit Leaders Need to Ask Before Re-Opening the Office

re-opening the office

Are you wondering whether your organization is ready to re-open the office as the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted? Use these questions to help you decide.

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Checklist: Admin Tasks to Get Done in WildApricot

Admins tasks to get done checklist

Here's a checklist of small changes you can do in WildApricot that can simplify your day-to-day operations.

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Why Associations Need to Innovate to Survive

why associations need to innovate

Want your association to survive beyond the pandemic? Sarah Sladek, CEO of XYZ University, shares how you can do so.

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How to Adapt Your Membership Renewal Policies to COVID-19 Challenges

COVID admin member renewalIn this post, we cover solutions to membership renewal admin challenges you might be facing during COVID-19. Learn how to defer renewal dates, freeze a membership, and more.

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How to Create a Crisis Communications Plan for Your Nonprofit

crisis plan blog postHere's how to put together a communications plan, including assessing the situation, deciding on channels, and best practices for crisis communications.

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A Guide to Remote Working for Nonprofits

remote working blog postLearn about some of the benefits of remote works for organizations, and six things you need to consider when you're implementing remote work. 

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How to Manage Your Organization Virtually

virtual organization blog postSee tips and ideas on how to manage the top six areas of organizations online, and how to put the into practice in WildApricot. You'll learn how to keep on top of team communication, events, fundraising and more while running your organization virtually.

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7 Tips on Staying Sane When You’re Working From Home

sane work form home blog postWorking from home sounds great in theory, but it comes with its own challenges, especially when we're all dealing with a global pandemic. Here are some tips on how to make the most of it and stay sane in the process.

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6 Steps to Run a Productive Virtual Meeting with Templates and Examples

productive virtual meeting blog postIf you're struggling to make your virtual meetings effective, this post gives expert tips on sharing your agenda, assigning roles, and how to make sure your participants are prepared.

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8 Virtual Meeting Etiquette Essentials for In-Person Participants

virtual meeting etiquette blog postIf you're starting to use virtual meetings for the first time, it can difficult to know how to go about joining in and making sure everyone feels heard. In this post, you'll learn eight tips to help you feel confident about participating in your next meeting. This might be a good one to share with your team!

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Leading Great Virtual Meetings That Actually Get Work Done

Virtual meeting webinar cropIn this webinar, you'll learn how to avoid the lack of focus, poor engagement and indecision that plague most virtual meetings. You'll learn how to dramatically increase participant engagement, and the tools, tips and techniques that can improve the outcome and experience of your virtual meetings

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15 Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Nonprofit

nonprofit spring cleaningIt's time to spring clean your work! If you have a little extra time on your hands, here are some projects that will help you clean up, organize and prepare your nonprofit for a post COVID-19 world.

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Shifting to Virtual: Consideration for Reimagining Your Annual Conference

Personifest behind the event thumbnailLike many organizations, Personify is in the process of moving a major event from in-person to online. PersoniFest, our annual user conference, is now going to be a virtual experience, and we want to share our experience and tips from going through this process with other organizations who are thinking about moving their events online.

Tune in to episodes of the Planet Leadership podcast to learn what it takes to give your members a great event experience online, the potential pitfalls and key considerations.

Adapting Association Events to the Virtual Space

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Planning and Executing an Engaging Virtual Event

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Choosing the Right Content for Your Virtual Event

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Integrating Sponsors Into Your Virtual Event

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Virtual Event Planning Checklist 

Virtual event checklistWe've put together a checklist of everything you need to do to successfully plan and execute a virtual fundraising event, so that you too can reap the benefits of bringing your community together online. 

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What To Do If You Have to Cancel Your Event

cancel an event blog postIf you've had to take the difficult step of cancelling an event, this post will show you three options you could take: postponing your event, going virtual, or trying another fundraising approach. You'll learn the steps you need to take for each option, as well as examples of how other organizations have managed it. 

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How to Increase Online Event Registrations with a 3-Email Reminder Formula

online event email reminderWe've run dozens of online events over the years, in the form of our expert webinars. Here's our tried-and-tested email strategy to help you maximize the registrations for your next online event. 

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Can’t Run Your Event as Planned? Here's How to Manage it in WildApricot

Event admin blog banner imageThere are many ways to go when it comes to updating your event. This blog will help you choose your best option and explain how to update your event in WildApricot.

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The Ultimate Guide to Live Video Streaming on Social Media for Nonprofits

live streaming for nonprofits

In-person events have been suspended indefinitely and it’s never been a better time to reach your followers through livestreaming on social media. Here's how to do it on all the platforms that offer it.

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How to Run an Online Auction for Your Nonprofit

online auctions for nonprofitsIf your nonprofit has had to cancel your silent auction fundraising event due to COVID-19, you can still run a successful virtual auction online. Here's everything you need to know.

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Announcing the 2020 Virtual Event Report: Everything You Need to Know to Run a Better Virtual Event

virtual event reportWe surveyed over 1,000 membership organizations to help solve all of your most pressing challenges related to virtual events. Read this post to learn the top three takeaways and download the Virtual Event Report to read the full insights.

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30 Virtual Event Statistics You Need to Know in 2020

virtual event statsAre you considering hosting a virtual event? Check out these 30 stats from nonprofits, membership organizations, and professional event planners to get prepared. 

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How to Run Better Virtual Events: 5 Experts Weigh In

expert commentary on virtual eventsEarlier this month, we released the 2020 Virtual Events Research Report. In this post, experts in the nonprofit, association, and membership management space provide additional insights and advice around taking your virtual events in the right direction.

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Canceling events in WildApricot


Setting up online events in WildApricot



Everything You Need to Know About Live Video Streaming for Nonprofits

live streaming for nonprofits

It’s never been more important to build your nonprofit’s online presence. Read on to learn all about live streaming and live video best practices.

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How You Can Use Your Website to Keep Members Engaged

website member engagement

Looking for ways to keep your members engaged during social distancing? We have advice from real membership organizations on how they're doing so online.

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How to Design an Irresistible Website that Attracts the Right Members

Designing website for nonprofits webinar

In this webinar, nonprofit design expert Sarah Henry from Elevation Web will show you how to design a website that appeals to potential members, builds trust, and increases membership applications. 

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Remote Volunteer Recruitment Checklist

remote volunteer recruitmentIf your organization is considering recruiting remote volunteers but you’re not sure where to start, this Remote Volunteer Recruitment Checklist is for you. 

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Facebook for Associations: The 5 Best Ways to Promote Your Organization

facebook for associations blog post

Social media can be an easy and free online way to keep in touch with your community and raise awareness of your mission. In this post, you'll learn five expert tips for using Facebook to spread the word about your organization.

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How to set up forums in WildApricot

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How to set up a member directory in WildApricot

Fundraising & Revenue

5 Digital Products to Help Grow Your Organization's Revenue

imgpsh_mobile_save-1As people are taking most of their shopping online because of COVID-19, it’s time to stock up your virtual store with meaningful gifts to support your cause. Here are the top five digital product formats for inspiration.

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How to Make Revenue Without Events in WildApricot 

Make revenue in WildApricotIf running events is no longer an option for you, this post will cover tips and examples on how you can use WildApricot to make more revenue.

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4 Ways Small Nonprofits Can Leverage Corporate Philanthropy

corporate-philanthropyCorporate philanthropy involves receiving assistance from businesses, and it’s a great way for small organizations to supplement their fundraising revenue. Here are 4 things your nonprofit can try!

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COVID-19 Funding for Nonprofits: What You Need To Know

Covid funding for nonprofitsHere are some resources you can take advantage of to help you get through this challenging time and mitigate the impact. We’ve gathered US and Canadian federal relief, COVID-19 specific grants, and service and product freebies that support both nonprofits and nonprofit employees.


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How to Host a Successful Virtual Fundraiser for Your Nonprofit

Host virtual fundraiserVirtual fundraisers can be a successful way to keep bringing in revenue and continue connecting with your donors during this uncertain time. In this post you'll learn how to set up a virtual fundraiser, examples to follow, and the kind of software you'll need.


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20 Online Fundraising Ideas Perfect for Any Cause (Social Distancing Approved!)

online fundraising

Looking for ways to fundraise while adhering to social distancing regulations? Here are 20 online fundraising ideas and great examples to learn from.

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6 Online Fundraising Ideas

fundraising ideas blog postGet inspired with six examples of virtual fundraising ideas, including challenges you may need to consider, and an indication of the overhead costs and complexity to plan. 

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Social Media Fundraising: 6 Tips to Make it Work For You

social media fundraising blog postSocial media fundraising presents a huge opportunity for nonprofits, but it’s hard to know what is worth focusing on first for your organization. To help you get started with social media fundraising (or just to help you get some new ideas) we’ve pulled together 6 strategies you can try.

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How to Raise Funds on Facebook (with Examples)

raise funds on facebook blog postYou don't have to have a full time marketing person and a huge budget to get started with Facebook’s free fundraising tools. In this article, you'll get an overview of the 5 main ways you can leverage Facebook’s suite of free fundraising tools to drive donations to your nonprofit. You'll also find answers to common questions like how to do a fundraiser on Facebook, and how to set up a donation page on Facebook.

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5 Ways to Reach New Donors Online

reach new donors onlineDonors use the internet not only to give but also to discover organizations they would like to support. A strong online presence is essential to attract donors to your cause - here are five tips to help you reach donors online.

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6 Steps to Create a Donation Website for Your Nonprofit + 10 Examples

create a donation website blog postLearn how to build a successful donation page on your website, including six things you should add to your donation page and how to drive traffic to your donation page.

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10 Tips for Direct Mail Fundraising Success in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond

direct mail during COVIDDespite the COVID-19 pandemic, it might actually be a great time to fundraise through direct mail. Here are our best tips for making sure your campaign is a success.

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How to set up online donations in WildApricot

Examples & Ideas from Other Organizations

How to Manage Your Organization Virtually

virtual organization blog postSee tips and ideas on how to manage the top six areas of organizations online, and how to put the into practice in WildApricot. Take a look at examples of how other organizations are managing communication, events, fundraising and more while running their organization virtually.

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The WildApricot Grove Facebook Group

If you're not already a member of our Facebook group, we highly recommend joining. You'll be connecting a community of almost 5,000 WildApricot users who share ideas and examples, discuss membership topics, and answer queries. We're a friendly bunch!

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36 Facebook Groups Every Nonprofit Professional Needs to Join

nonprofit facebook groups blog postYou're not alone! Here's a list of Facebook groups designed for small organizations like yours - why not join a few and start chatting with other people in the same position? You'll learn about the techniques and tools that have worked for other people, and have the support of a community of peers.

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The Membership Growth Report:

Benchmarks & Insights for Growing Revenue and Constituents

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