On March 9, 2015, the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education (HFC) won the 2015 Nonprofit Innovation Awards for Management Operations from the Central Penn Business Journal for their CiviCRM implementation. The Nonprofit Innovation Awards recognize central Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and their leaders for developing creative ways to help the region’s citizens with limited resources. Read the press release about the award.
Deb Livingston, HFC's Board of Directors President, reflected on the importance of CiviCRM in their organization and how it helped them to improve their operations. She explained, “Our constituents engage with our organization for varied reasons that change over time. We recognize that we are but one of many enticing organizations, causes and opportunities that present themselves in what can amount to information overload and excessive contact. It is our job to know our constituents well enough to be able to target our communications so that they can engage with Horn Farm Center in ways that address their individual interests and needs.
A sophisticated database such as this customized CiviCRM solution gives us a place to store very individualized information and then use it to customize our outreach. As we have evolved this solution, we have also come to recognize that many non-profit organizations within the community with which we partner have the same challenge. We believe that our community’s strengths lie in its ability to share resources and to collaborate on highly effective solutions. As we develop this database solution for Horn Farm Center, we recognize that it may well be a tool that could serve our community partners, as well, and are open to exploring those possibilities.”