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Is Your Community Charitable?

Written by Lauren Wolfe | on November 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season. At Higher Logic, we have a lot to be thankful for this year. We were reminded of this last week during our seventh Higher Logic Super Forum - we have so many awesome clients!

As important as it is to be thankful, we’ve been thinking about how to give back using the power of community - especially the online communities we spend our days building, which have so much potential for good.

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Help Members Help You: Three Ways to Engage Volunteers

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Help members help you: three ways to engage volunteers

Member volunteering is important for obvious reasons -- it helps our organizations and saves money.

But remember how members can benefit, too: Volunteering keeps members engaged, happier and more likely to stay involved with your organization -- or tell peers to join.

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Volunteers Are the Air We Breathe

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on April 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Happy National Volunteer Week! What are you and your organization doing this week to celebrate? We kicked off the festivities a little early this year – for April's Learning Series webinar, we joined forces with Mariner Management’s Peter Houstle, who discussed the changing tides (pun intended) of volunteerism and how the old volunteer model just won’t cut it anymore.

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Millennials and The Rise of Virtual Volunteering

Written by Molly Talbert | on April 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Millennials and the rise of virtual volunteering

How would you finish this sentence: “Millennials are _____”? Maybe “selfish”? A lot of people might choose “lazy.” How about, “generous”? Didn’t expect that, did you?

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Topics: Millennials & Communities, Engagement, Volunteerism

Crowdsourcing Your Community Goals

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on March 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Are you part of a community making information available and accessible to others? It could be a national association for the healthcare industry, a Reddit group for gaming geeks or even the anonymous pages of Wikipedia. The key: you and a group of people are coming together to be productive and hopefully offer something to whatever at-large community you care about.

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Community Empowers Brand Ambassadors

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Community empowers brand ambassadors

It doesn’t matter if your product is the best and your company is awesome (we’re sure it is already). If you’re not good at telling your story and conveying your message, you won’t grow. Or, if you do, it’ll be an uphill battle trying to convince people what you already know.

True, stellar marketing on your part is critical for growth, but don’t forget about your greatest, strongest asset -- your customers. They’re the most trustworthy information source for any prospective customer. Who better to answer questions than similar people, with similar needs who went through a similar process -- and picked you at the end of it?

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Topics: Community Management, Engagement, Volunteerism

Duolingo Gets Crowdsourced Community Content Creation

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Duolingo gets crowdsourced community content creation

Crowdsourcing is a big topic these days. Kickstarter allows people to fund business ideas they believe in. Waze combines GPS navigation with real-time updates from other drivers. Volunteers created and continually update Wikipedia, the vast online encyclopedia. Dividing small amounts of work between many people has powerful effects that positively impact us all.

As the crowdsourcing movement shows us, everyone has the potential to affect change. The trick is finding simple, quick ways for people to lend a hand. All communities have this potential, but actually creating ways to harness this “cognitive surplus” can be difficult. How can you effectively help your community lend a hand in content creation for your organization?

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The Cognitive Surplus: Tapping into Your Members' Knowledge

Written by Greg Pollack on October 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

There is a widening gap within humanity right now, between very few people doing a lot of interesting, productive and innovative stuff, and many people doing absolutely nothing. The thing is, everyone has the potential to affect change. This concept has recently been coined as cognitive surplus. We can’t simply ask everyone to start doing incredibly productive tasks all at once—a heralded concept of productivity and volunteerism is start small, ask small.

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Recognition, Rewards and Gamification for Volunteer Programs

Written by Andy Steggles | on August 20, 2015 at 3:35 PM

Recognition, Rewards and Gamification for Volunteer Programs in Online Community

Any volunteer program or system should be easy to use for staff and volunteers alike. Whether you are creating opportunities or joining events and completing tasks, the process needs to feel seamless and keep volunteers coming back for more. This is where recognition, rewards and gamification techniques come in.

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How Well Do You Know Your Organization's Volunteers?

Written by Andy Steggles | on August 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Your organization might have members lining up for volunteering opportunities, with event positions always overbooked for help and community discussions and blogs bursting at the seams. But if you are like the average organization, you struggle to gather and redirect your members into volunteer buckets that best suit individual needs and skill sets.

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