There isn’t much about event planning that is simple or easy and that includes trying to manage your volunteers. Many nonprofit organizations use outside resources like Excel to track and manage their volunteers from year to year. Wouldn’t it be even better if you had all of your volunteers in your database and could easily communicate with them about the schedule, let them sign up for opportunities, track who had volunteered the most, and see which events were most popular? These are all common requests that we’ve heard from organizations we work with and we have the solution for them (and you!).
For our clients on the Salesforce platform, we’ve found one app in the appexchange that stands out for assisting nonprofits with volunteer management: Volunteers for Salesforce. And as an added bonus it’s free!Read More
Did you know that Saturday is International Women’s Day? Sadly, I didn’t know until my coworker Cynthia informed me, but this day has been around for over 100 years!
Some additional fun facts about International Women’s Day:
Observed around the world each year on March 8th.
Began in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911.
Over 1 Million men and women attended the first International Women’s Day event in 1911.
Serves as an opportunity to show appreciation for women and highlight women’s achievements.
The Theme for 2014 is “Equality for women is progress for all.” and was selected by the United Nations.
For more fun facts, see the full timeline from 1911 through today at International Women’s Day’s website.
There are many ways you can get involved and celebrate International Women’s Day both online and by attending events in your area. If you can’t find an event close to you, you can still participate online using the #womensday and #IWD2014 hashtags which have produced over 26,000 tweets in the last week:
I’m not the only one getting excited about NTEN.org’s upcoming #14NTC Nonprofit Technology Conference and tweeting about it! In fact there have been over 1,800 tweets in the last 90 days about #14NTC.
I love social media and analytics and in preparation of #14NTC I went through all of the speakers and put together a list of their Twitter handles, as well as the companies they were representing at #14NTC. Out of the 229 speakers (29 of whom are speaking more than once) there are 156 on Twitter. Color me impressed! That leaves only 73 of the speakers who aren’t on Twitter (or easy to find on Twitter).
To help you follow all of the speakers, and see what they tweet about, I put together this handy Twitter list of all 156 speakers:Read More
Since we announced our partnership with roundCorner last week, we’ve had a few clients and friends ask us for more information about roundCorner and their product roundCause. Generally we direct them to roundCause’s YouTube page as they have many informative videos there, but we understand that many people (myself included) prefer to have a written description instead of a video.
What is roundCause?
So what exactly is roundCause? It’s a cloud based, constituent relationship management (CRM) system built specifically for nonprofit organizations on the Salesforce platform. This solution is scalable enough to meet the needs of most nonprofit organizations, without compromising the relationship management features that organizations need to build a lifetime relationship with their constituents. A CRM isn’t all that roundCorner offers, though, as roundCause has many additional features for all types of organizations that we’ve outlined below.Read More
When I started working at Heller Consulting in 2001, time management was very simple. Every day I was booked onsite for a full day with a local client here in the Bay Area. I dealt with emails and phone calls in the available spaces in mornings, middays and evenings. Pretty simple, right?
Fast forward a few years and technology has made it possible for us to do more work remotely. Now it is very common for our (much larger) team to work productively from offices, co-working spaces, and home offices around the country. We’ve developed a philosophy and approach to remote work that supports our consultants and encourages teamwork. Here are some tips and tricks we’ve put together for ourselves over the years.Read More
Recently we explored Things to Consider When Selecting an Email Solution for your Organization. Today we’ll dig a bit deeper into email marketing terminology.
Understanding and appraising an Email Service Provider (ESP) can be a daunting exercise. Not only are there dozens of providers in the marketplace today, there is also a whole vocabulary of terms that you need to be familiar with before you can accurately compare providers and get the most out of the platform you choose to adopt. Making matters worse, providers aren’t 100% consistent with how and where they use very similar terms.
The most important thing I have found to be true when having to compare systems is that there are often many small details that you need to tease out of testing and reading documentation to get a full understanding of exactly how a particular piece of functionality works. Take the term “template” for example. It can mean anything from a very bare-bones notion of layout, to a nearly finished design complete with logo, fonts, link colors, and even some content. There are many variations therein as well.Read More