Now Available: The New World of Donor Management Apps for Nonprofits

 
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Now is the perfect time to find out more about donor management applications. Despite the recent discontinuation of Common Ground, nonprofits today have an exciting new world of donor management applications to choose from.

Hot off the presses is our latest paper, The New World of Donor Management Apps for Nonprofits. It’s an in-depth review of top fundraising applications built on the Salesforce.com platform.

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Common Ground Discontinued… Change Happens.

 

 

The last week brought substantial news for those of us engaged in helping nonprofits with their CRM and fundraising systems.  Blackbaud announced the end of development, and eventually support, for the Common Ground application they purchased in the Convio acquisition.

Discontinuing Common Ground has a major impact, first and foremost for the hundreds of organizations already using the system.  Many have recently adopted the product, often after a lengthy search and implementation process.  Many of the organizations are smaller and have limited time and resources to implement another product in the next 18 months (before March 2014, when support for Common Ground is scheduled to end).  We consultants who serve these types of organizations are developing services and providing resources to help nonprofits make this transition, but this will only soften the landing – the leap will still be required.

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Leveraging Social Media Data Across Your Entire Nonprofit

 

7 Things to Think About Before You Implement a Fundraising System

Social media typically has been isolated to a particular department (often marketing) within nonprofits. But now, its value can be realized across multiple departments in the organization.

And before you clutch your chest at the idea of your department chairs getting their own Twitter accounts, let me clarify that the rest of the organization will gain value — not from posting content, but from studying the data you can acquire from social media.

Data from social media can help your entire organization make more qualified, more informed, and better decisions.

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Selecting a Nonprofit CRM System? Start with the Strategy!

7 Things to Think About Before You Implement a Fundraising System

Constituent Relationship Management, or CRM, has changed dramatically in the last decade. As recently as the year 2000, especially for small nonprofits, the central database usually lived on one computer in the office. If you needed a list of all your donors in the last 30 days, you had to schedule time when that computer was free to run it. Once you got that list, you were lucky if your database had a report that helped you print mailing labels. Analytics? Your best bet at understanding your data was having a staffer with pivot table skills.

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Nonprofit CRM + Social Media: A Match Made in Heaven (or at Least the Cloud)

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Does knowing what your supporters are saying about your organization, and knowing when to communicate with your supporter community, seem like a daunting task — a confusing web of choices, sites and strategies?  Well, it’s clear that Cloud-based CRM systems will soon make this vital part of your marketing strategy a whole lot easier. As technology and the way we communicate evolve, CRM systems and social media are quickly converging. And, Cloud-based software options for CRM and social media are now allowing nonprofits to manage constituent communications more efficiently than ever.

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