17 December, 2018

An interview with Mary Ann Bopp, Development Director of Pets Alive

Pets Alive is a no-kill animal rescue organization with the mission to improve the lives of companion animals through rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education. Animals at Pets Alive range from dogs and cats to farm animals. Many of the animals at Pets Alive are older, have special needs or require specific care. Pets Alive is recognized within the local community and nationwide as a leader in developing alliances to end the killing of adoptable animals and promoting the humane treatment of animals.
 
Cividesk recently spoke with Mary Ann Bopp, the Development Director for Pets Alive, who is responsible for the organization’s fundraising. Before joining Pets Alive, Mary Ann gained many technical skills during her 30 plus years at IBM where she became familiar with new technology...
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14 November, 2018

An interview with Restoring the Foundations Ministry

Restoring the Foundations Ministry (RTF) is an integrated approach to biblical healing, with over 200 teams around the globe providing training and personal ministry to churches and people seeking help. The mission of the organization is to offer “hope for healing, freedom from life’s deepest struggles, and renewed purpose for living.” Jaque Orsi, office administrator at RTF, recently spoke with Cividesk to share her experiences of using CiviCRM. 

When Jaque joined the staff at Restoring the Foundations Ministry, the organization had recently implemented a new WordPress website integrated with CiviCRM. Restoring the Foundations hired a consultant to help with the configuration of CiviCRM and custom coding. Jaque explained that “we were able to use the basic features in CiviCRM but it was not optimized and...

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31 October, 2018

This month, British Columbians (in Canada) will be voting on whether to adopt proportional representation (PR) when electing their provincial representatives. If they do, they'll be the first province in Canada to do so.

Fair Vote Canada has been advocating for proportional representation in Canada's voting systems for more than 10 years, and I've been working with them for almost as long, using CiviCRM. They've grown into using more and more of CiviCRM's features along with their own growth in numbers, budget and sophistication.

When we started (May 2008), I imported 61 organizations and about 2,500 individuals from their Excel spreadsheets. As of this morning, they have 133,273 individuals and 1,817 organizations in CiviCRM, with 11,862,610 emails delivered and 38,065 donations received.

For the BC PR campaign, they're pulling out all the stops - raising more than twice as much money this year...

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09 October, 2018

Chase the Music gives children battling critical conditions love, hope, strength and joy. We do this with original music - composed and performed just for them.

The impact of Chase the Music programs begins with the child. The children (that we write and perform for) are undergoing situations that no child should. The gift of a personal commissioned piece of music is like no other. It's unique and created just for that child. Artists are closely aligned with the child to facilitate the creation of truly meaningful music. This alignment gets in their heads and they are changed by the experience. It's truly emotional, where many cry for the child. They spend time with the child to be part of each others lives. Audience members are deeply touched and share in the outpouring of love at a Chase the Music event. A Chase the Music piece is a gift to the future. We produce timeless music with incredible meaning. As the music is performed,...

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27 June, 2018

Just because your nonprofit's email communications are interesting to you (the person who most likely created them!) doesn't mean they will be interesting to your community. Is your call to action clear? Is your imagery inspiring and connected to your content?

Remove the guesswork from your email marketing strategy by using CiviCRM's A/B email testing feature.

Through A/B testing you can evaluate:

  • Subject lines
  • From lines
  • Entirely different messages

We do recommend that you only use this feature if you have at least 1,000 recipients in your group. As you configure your test, you will determine the distribution, meaning what percentage of recipients receive Test Mailing A vs Test Mailing B. The better performing email with then be sent to all contacts who did not already receive the intial test.

Learn more about how to set up and run A/B email tests by contacting us at...

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27 June, 2018

Your nonprofit doesn't have just one fundraising strategy. You have many. Think events, donor letters and appeals, e-newsletter blasts, planned giving, and capital campaigns. Each of these strategies typically targets a specific segment of your community, even if the funds raised impact the same budget line.

Your CRM system should make it easy to tie together and understand the effectiveness of your efforts. Fortunately, if you are using CiviCRM you get that functionality out-of-the-box with CiviCampaign. With CiviCampaign you can tie together events, mailings, activities, and contributions under one umbrella, or campaign.

Every dollar you raise, no matter how (offline gift manually entered, online event registration, major gift, corporate sponsorship) can be tied back to the same goal. You can easily use these campaigns as a filter in Advanced Search or your Reports. You can also take immediate action, such as emailing all individuals who have contributed towards a...

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27 June, 2018

We all give to causes because we care, but we may care more about the person who's asking us than the cause our money is going to. That's completely fine and completely normal. Nowadays nearly one-third of all online donations come from peer-to-peer campaigns, which are especially effective for Millenials and Gen X. 

Jumping into peer-to-peer fundraising could provide your organization with some beautiful opportunities; however, you might not be ready. Fortunately, you have options directly out-of-the box with CiviCRM for easily collecting honorary, memorial, and celebratory gifts.

The United Way of Central New Mexico uses this feature well on their general online donation page.

You have complete control over what fields you want to collect when a donor is making an honorary gift. The donation also automatically creates the honoree as a contact in CiviCRM or updates their existing...

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25 May, 2018

At Amnesty International Vlaanderen we are starting a Petition Journey. The aim is to improve the engagement of people that sign a petition for the first time as their first point of contact with Amnesty. We then would like to send them an email with a survey immediately, and then for 5 weeks an email each week. One will be informing with a video link, one will be an invitation to register for an event in the same campaign, one will be to invite them to sign another petition etc.

We are using CiviCRM and specifically the CiviRules extension for this. We have configuration where our public website and CiviCRM are on different servers. We have a petition form on our website that sends data to CiviCRM automatically using CMRF.

For this specific Petition Journey (which we call Brave) we have set up a campaign and a...

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20 April, 2018

This is a first blog post about how we build the team portal for Roparun.

But first what is Roparun? The Roparun is a relay race of over 500 kilometres from Paris and Hamburg to Rotterdam, where people in teams, take part in an athletic event to raise money for people with cancer. It’s also called an adventure for life. This is also clear from the motto, which for years has been: ‘Adding life to days, when days often can’t be added to life’.

So each year Roparun organizes this race and around 400 teams participate in the event. The first part of the project was to setup donation functionality and that is working right now.

The next part of the project is to create a new portal for team captains where they can manage their team data, (e.g. name of the team, start location and the individual team members). We...

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23 March, 2018
By Clark

 

I admit it. I tried to implement Salesforce. I was just starting Chase the Music and I had big goals. I’d used CiviCRM for a very small community foundation and it had worked great. But, Chase the Music was going to be big. We needed a Rolls Royce to support some very big and important goals. I researched and found that SalesForce was the Rolls Royce of CRMs. The biggest and best of the worlds organizations were using it. When I read that I could get a 10 passenger Rolls (err 10 licenses for SalesForce) for free I thought WOW. I knew that later I’d have to pay, but for now 10 licenses would last a long time. So, I applied.

The fact that I had to apply probably should have been my first warning sign.

It took awhile, but the then the big day came and I was approved! They accepted me. This was right up there with getting my letter from the IRS for our 501(c)3! I was one of them. Crap, now on reflection – I didn’t want to be one of them, I wanted to be me. I didn...

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