Category Society Corner

How to Get Non-Profit Status

Is your society officially registered as a tax-exempt non-profit association? There are a number of benefits including: your society doesn’t pay federal income tax your society is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions and contributors can deduct their contributions as an “official” non-profit, you can get discounts with services like PayPal Don’t know what it takes to […]

Manage Society Articles with Scrivener

How does your society maintain the many articles published in your quarterly journals and newsletters? Over the years those publications become quite an archive of genealogical goodness. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in many cases your archive is mostly paper copies. Even if you’ve saved the master copies created on desktop […]

Society Scrivener

How does your society maintain the many articles published in your quarterly journals and newsletters? Over the years those publications become quite an archive of genealogical goodness. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in many cases your archive is mostly paper copies. Even if you’ve saved the master copies created on desktop […]

Society Email

Does your genealogy society have email accounts for board members and staff? Why is this important? It maintains continuity as different people move in/out of positions within your society. When new people move into officer or staff positions, the outgoing staff member passes on the account password so the new person can access the email account. […]

Easy Email Newsletters With WordPress

Recently a society decided they wanted to begin the move from a printed quarterly newsletter to an email newsletter. Not only was the printed quarterly quite expensive, it was unable to inform members about short-term deals and discounts. Since their site runs on WordPress with Jetpack, they already had the ability to deliver an email […]

Create A Virtual SIG With WordPress

Have you seen the new WordPress apps? There are desktop versions made for Windows, Mac and Linux systems. Mobile isn’t left out either with apps for both Android and iOS devices. Best of all . . . these apps are free. All of them support WordPress.com sites as well as self-hosted WordPress sites with the Jetpack […]

Society PayPal

Does your society use PayPal? If not, why not? PayPal supports not-for-profit groups and has many tools that will extend your capabilities in any number of directions. So, just what can you do with PayPal? Collect membership dues. PayPal makes it easy to pay dues online – even if they don’t have a PayPal account. […]

Society Evernote: The Policy and Procedure Manual

One society I belong to maintains their policy and procedures in a three-ring binder. Each board member and staff position gets one. I’m estimating that they cost approximately $120 to produce. This could explain why the policy and procedures manual hasn’t been updated in years. Unfortunately, reality (and technology) has changed significantly and many of […]

Why Your Society Needs A Content Plan

In today’s society, managing public information means a lot more than press releases to local media and phone calls to your membership. In addition to the society web site, there are social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus along with photo-sharing and video-sharing platforms. How are you going to deal with all of […]

Society Evernote: Board Meetings

Evernote’s collaboration features make it a great tool to streamline a lot of board functions. By posting minutes, reports and proposals as notes then taking advantage of Evernote’s Work Chat function, board members can review, edit, ask questions and suggest changes well before the meeting begins. Then, during the meeting, all that’s needed is a quick […]