What’s New in Salesforce NPSP 3 (Cumulus)?

The Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack 3 (NPSP 3) – previously referred to as Project Cumulus – is here! You may have heard rumblings for a while that the Salesforce Foundation is doing a major overhaul of the Nonprofit Starter Pack. The team has been hard at work to improve the tool and the entire install experience. I’ve tested it out and I am incredibly excited about it.

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How to Articulate a CRM Strategy

Articulate a CRM Strategy

Once your Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) vision has been finalized (and engraved on commemorative coffee mugs) it’s time to validate your vision, to verify that it’s a good business decision and significantly advances your organization’s overall objectives. Successful CRM is really about achieving overall organization objectives through developing and executing well-considered strategies.

To help define your strategy for achieving the CRM vision, consider this excerpt from our Insights Into CRM for Nonprofits paper:

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A Complete CRM Vision: From Beginning-to-End Staffing: Don’t Forget Your Balls

A Complete CRM Vision by Lisa Fay

As your organization prepares for a CRM deployment, it’s critical to determine what you want to look like as an organization after you go live. In this 3-part series, “A complete CRM vision” I will cover three components that should be part of the initial proposal:

  1. A definition of what constitutes CRM use.
  2. CRM ROI. Stay tuned, this conversation has a twist.
  3. Properly aligned staffing models post-deployment, or “from beginning-to-end staffing” – today’s topic.
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Case Study: Implementing an Engagement Center for Canadian Cancer Society of Saskatchewan


While working with the national community-based organization, Canadian Cancer Society in Saskatchewan (CCSSK), Heller Consulting assisted with implementing a robust system that could more effectively connect its participants, donors, volunteers and cancer survivors.

Like many organizations, CCSSK was manually running their Reminder for Life program. While that works for many organizations and can work for many years, CCSSK was ready to upgrade their systems and automate the process. But where do you start? And who has the time to take a break from the Reminder for Life program to automate the process to save CCSSK time down the road?

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Recap of Bridge Conference #Bridge14 Tweets

#Bridge14 Social Media Statistics

Last week was the 9th Annual Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference, also known as Bridge Conference, BridgeConf and #Bridge14 for short. Speakers included a wide array of people from organizations like Sierra Club, Humane Society International, American Institute of Architects Foundation, American Red Cross, National Wildlife Federation, Wounded Warrior Project and more. Sessions ranged from direct marketing to planned giving, data and analytics to lessons and case studies to digital, web, email, social and mobile marketing.

Since last year’s BridgeConf was the first conference where we used Radian6 to analyze the #AtTheBridge tweets from the event, we just had to do it again and compare the data!

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