I just hung up the phone with the President of a US-based CiviCRM consultancy. He's interested in collaborating with Future First on our SMS based survey system. We discussed a lot of different options, but all of them had one thing in common: we had to release the resulting software publicly. That, to us, is what CiviCRM is. It is collaborating and sharing, to produce, deliver, and share the technology we all need.
Future First engages the former students of state-funded schools and colleges to help those institutions. Private schools and Universities have been doing this for decades - they know it is a very effective way of raising students' aspirations - and Future First want to do the same to level the playing field between privately funded schools and state-funded schools. We bring people from all walks of life, including doctors, policemen, athletes, journalists, firemen, businessmen, engineers...Read more
An Interview with the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas
The Italy America Chamber of Commerce (IACC) of Texas provides business related services to Italian companies interested in doing business in the US and to the Italian-American business community in Texas. The chamber hosts Italian delegations in various business sectors and arranges meetings to assist them in finding partners or investment opportunities. They also provide translation and interpretation services for the Italian Consulate, organize networking and business events and advertise employment information to the community. In addition to their Houston office, they have branches in Austin and New Orleans, Louisiana. Cividesk recently interviewed Alessia Paolicchi, Executive Director, about the chamber’s experiences transitioning to CiviCRM and the benefits it has provided.
What systems or programs...Read more
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...Read more
It was great to see old friends and make new friends at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (#15NTC) in Austin from March 4-6. I had a great time and learned a lot. I was wearing two hats so to speak--NetSquared DC Organizer & Ginkgo Street Labs' Director of Strategy & Engagement.
As a NetSquared DC Organizer, I had the opportunity to connect with Elijah van der Giessen, Community Manager of NetSquared, and the great team of organizers from all over the world. We shared tips and challenges of being organizers, and enjoyed exploring the Box.com office with amazing views of Austin. If you're in the DC metro area,...Read more
Compare your fundraising success last year with other CiviCRM users and small- to medium-sized nonprofits. Third Space Studios have been conducting the Individual Donor Benchmark Survey for three years, helping smaller nonprofits compare their aggregate fundraising information to get a fix on how successful they are raising money from individual donors.
In return, the survey helps small and medium non-profit organizations gain useful insight into their own data, and contrast that with similar size organizations, to enhance their fundraising strategies.
This year, we realized that much of the survey data is already available in CiviCRM in a standardized way, so AGH Strategies wrote a report extension to help CiviCRM users easily gather data for the survey. The report gives you totals question-by-question to match the survey.
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Heart of A Warrior (HOAW) Charitable Foundation supports educational, cultural, and life-enhancing enrichment programs targeted to underserved children in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Cividesk recently spoke with Jeff Martini, executive director about his experiences learning and using CiviCRM and how it has benefited his organization.
The foundation began using CiviCRM in 2013 with the help of Cividesk who implemented, configured and trained staff on the database. At that time, the organization really didn’t take advantage of the many functionalities CiviCRM has to offer. “Even though the staff had CiviCRM available to them, it just seemed easier to rely on what they knew”, explained Jeff.
When Jeff joined the HOAW team in the fall of 2014, he inherited paper...Read more
Spark Inside is an innovative new charity supporting young people in the criminal justice system to create more meaningful and productive futures through professional life coaching. Our pilot program was met with significant success; an independent evaluation of our one-to-one coaching program with 8 teenage boys leaving prison showed that one year after they had been released, the re-offending rate was 12.5%, compared to the national average of 70%. This year, we expect to offer coaching to 200 young people in prison.
Our infrastructure needs have grown alongside our client numbers. We were fortunate to benefit from the pro bono support of Mark Tompsett, a CiviCRM specialist, for nearly 2 years. He enabled us to develop a secure, customized system to capture necessary client and outcome data....Read more
Odoo is an open source accounting software. With much more features than only accounting, such as warehouse management, project management, HR management etc.
CiviCRM is an open source software for non-profit and is great in membership management, donor management etc.
For one of our clients we have been working in integrating both CiviCRM and Odoo where Odoo is leading in the financial data and CiviCRM is leading in the contact and membership data.
Meaning that in CiviCRM we create memberships and memberships contributions. Those contributions are synced to Odoo as invoices. In Odoo the invoices marked as direct debits are exported and send to the bank and in Odoo we read and reconcile the bank statements and marking the invoices as paid. As soon as an invoice is marked as paid the contribution in CiviCRM is also marked as completed. In addition when an invoice is created in Odoo this invoice is also created as a contribution...Read more
(My name, but blog is actually from MAF Norge's Steinar Sødal)
How to track what marketing effort is most efficient for recruiting donors or members?
All NGOs would dream, hope and maybe pray to expand their database of donors with new ones. Hopefully your NGO is doing more than just dreaming, but actually spending some money trying to recruit new donors or members.
If you are spending money trying to achieve this, you would probably be aware that this is expensive. Newspaper advertising, Facebook and Google ads, webpages, inserts, face-to-face on the street, events and so on. What effort gives you most donors, to the lowest price?
Any sales or marketing business will need a way to measure what marketing effort is most cost efficient. I sincerely think that NGOs should do the same, so that they could understand where their marketing strength and potential lies.
The main Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for donor recruitment should be ”...Read more