Update: Quick Review of Luminate CRM

Review Nonprofit Salesforce Applications: Luminate CRM

Heller Consulting recently updated their report on the top 5 donor management applications for Salesforce with updates focusing on Blackbaud’s Luminate CRM.

Luminate CRM was spun off in 2010-2011 as a separate product and descendant of the original Common Ground product offered by Convio, which was acquired by Blackbaud in mid-2012. Blackbaud has focused its Luminate CRM development efforts on strengthening the integration with Luminate Online while has also designing Luminate Analytics to be a powerful segmentation and reporting tool for the Luminate suite. This is a large App that interacts heavily with many Salesforce.com standard objects, meaning that Luminate CRM customers, and all Salesforce customers in general, should carefully design and test additional non-fundraising uses of Salesforce.com.

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9 Reasons your Nonprofit Should use Online Petitions

9 Reasons your Nonprofit Should use Online Petitions

Raising money for your organization requires more than just including a ‘donate’ button on your website. There are so many tools available for organizations to cut down on overhead while still reaching the right constituents, but how do you determine which of these are for you? Maybe you’ve overlooked a whole group of tools because you didn’t think they were right for your type of organization.

Luckily we have friends like PICnet who shared with us these 9 tips on why online petitions are great for all nonprofit organizations, not just advocacy groups.

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8 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Combat Facebook’s Algorithm Changes

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Facebook has updated their algorithm, again. As a result of an increasing amount of content available to Facebook consumers, it seems that the best way for brands to reach their fans these days is by paying. Ultimately, wherever your opinion of the changes falls on the spectrum, it can’t be denied that the new, unnamed algorithm (formerly Edgerank) generated a lot of chatter in the marketing world, with an onslaught of suggestions pouring out from social media blogs across the web.

Despite all the uproar surrounding changes on Facebook, there seems to be a lot of ways to adapt, expand, grow, learn and succeed! These 8 tips on how your nonprofit can continue to stay in your constituents news feeds, come to us from Stayclassy.org.

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Business Intelligence for Your Nonprofit Organization

Business Intelligence for Your Nonprofit Organization
Over the past several years, Big Data, Data Analytics and Data Visualization have become some of the noisiest buzzwords in the nonprofit lexicon. Data, analytics, and reporting together form the basis of business intelligence, and while many nonprofits are developing core competencies in one or the other of these key functions, it takes a true organization-wide commitment and approach to achieve the benefits of business intelligence and data-driven decision making. Confused about how all of this fits together and makes up business intelligence? This graphic should help:

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Wealthengine recently did some research that shows there are five distinct stages of nonprofit data maturity, from oblivious, through aware, emerging, and investing to optimizing. Based on that study, they came up with five key areas that differentiate from those who are practicing data-informed decision making from those who are less data-informed:

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3 Ways to Prepare Up for Your Spring Fundraising Event

3 Ways to Prepare Up for Your Spring Fundraising Event

The days are getting longer, meaning it is time for the fundraising classic: the charity run/walk. The rising temperatures and New Year’s resolutions to get fit lend themselves perfectly to an active, outdoor event. Run/walks require a great deal of commitment, but research has found that events dependent on significant effort can increase willingness to contribute to a pro-social cause.

Although we are still dealing with the chilling cold and snow in most of the country, now is the time to get into gear for your organization’s upcoming run/walk or ride. StayClassy put together this list of easy things you can do to get started now.

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