Innovative, Effective Solutions for Social Change – Innovationforce in DC

New innovative solutions for social change appear every day with advanced tools and technology for mobile, social, and collaborative interaction. A whole new landscape of options allows people around the world to instantly interact as they work together to tackle social challenges. As technology become more accessible, more organizations strive to take advantage of advanced tools, but often struggle with the new concepts, configurations and strategies it takes to be successful.

Join the Salesforce Foundation for InnovationForce +SocialGood in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 29 to learn from tech experts and NGO’s at the forefront of this wave of change as they share what they have learned through this exciting time.

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roundCorner Acquires FoundationConnect

roundCorner has announced that they are acquiring FoundationConnect, the industry leading cloud-based Grant Management Application from NPower. The addition of FoundationConnect is important to roundCorner’s goal to lead the industry with set of tools that will allow nonprofit organizations to meet their traditional needs as well as be fully capable of leveraging the emerging practices that are quickly taking hold in the nonprofit world. With FoundationConnect, roundCorner’s based solutions now span the entire funding cycle from philanthropy to impact, serving the overall theme covering the complete “Giving-to-Grant Continuum.”

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Pop Quiz! What’s the difference between mobile optimized and responsive email design?

responsive email design

Over the past few years, nonprofits have been steadily making the technological strides toward a fully-responsive online experience for visitors and supporters.

It’s great to see all the new responsive functionality on websites and online tools like advocacy and donation forms. Most organizations are somewhere along the mobile path, or realized by this point that they need to be.

But let’s not forget our good old friend Mister Email message. We’ve officially reached the tipping point where over 50% of all email is now read on mobile devices.

Last time we checked, email is the tool we all use to direct our supporters to those snazzy new responsive donation forms. If your email message is not easy to read (okay, skim) on a phone, will your supporter assume that your action alert is? Low click thru rates may be directly related to how mobile-friendly your email message is.

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Turn the “Yes, But” of Testing into “Yes, And” for Online Testing

Turn the “Yes, But” of Testing into “Yes, And” for Online Testing

Testing. The mere mention of it sends many in our industry running for the corners and shuddering at the thought. Counter to the deep culture and discipline of testing offline, bad experiences with complex, failed approaches, inconclusive data, inactionable findings and a variety of other “traumas” have led to a haphazard overall industry attitude towards the value and importance of testing in online campaigns.

But testing is what allows us to learn, evaluate, grow and iterate our programs and relationships with our supporters. It not only proves what works better, but frequently, it is a great tool to disprove long-held internal assumptions, e.g. “our donors don’t like XYZ, don’t respond to ABC.” Testing gives organizations data, rather than folklore, to make decisions about campaign direction and how to reach our goals.

So here are some ways to overcome the common obstacles (“yes, buts”) we hear when working with our customers.

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WordPress Content Management System Review

Selecting the right CMS solution for your nonprofit organization - WordPress

WordPress got its start as a blogging platform, and has evolved into a very powerful Content Management System (CMS). In fact, over half of all websites worldwide use WordPress! This platform is flexible enough to be used on almost any type of website, and if there’s a feature you need that isn’t built into WordPress, you can choose from thousands of plug-ins to expand its capabilities.

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3 Quick Salesforce1 Wins for Nonprofits

Salesforce1 Wins for Nonprofit Organizations

There was a recent Power of Us Hub survey that is a good reflection of how the nonprofit community has been talking about Salesforce1. Posted in the Salesforce1 Collaboration Group, it asked what is Salesforce1 anyway? An app? A set of APIs? A new UI? Or a mobile application platform? The answer, of course, was “all of the above.” Salesforce developers are working fast and furiously to optimize for mobile – there are just 33 “Salesforce1-ready” apps on the AppExchange today but there are undoubtedly many more creative ideas coming out soon.

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