Case studies and user stories

A solution that allows volunteers worldwide to work together

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2016-09-08 22:32
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An interview with the Organization for Transformative Works

Cividesk recently spoke with the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), a nonprofit run by and for fans to provide access to and preserve the history of fan work and fan cultures. OTW is an all-volunteer organization that is based entirely online. Volunteers from around the world work together via e-mail, chat, and cloud-based project management software, in most cases without ever meeting in person. Kristen Murphy is the membership data specialist for OTW’s Development and Membership committee and shared her experience using CiviCRM.

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Why updating the CiviCRM website is Critical

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2016-07-26 09:25
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Who is the most important person navigating the CiviCRM website?  Without a doubt, it is the person looking to explore CiviCRM as a possibility for their organization. Making a good impression when this “uninformed user” first navigates to the website is critical.
 
Until recently it was difficult for the uninformed user to navigate the CiviCRM website. The website simply had too many options and it was unclear how best to proceed.   Too often this meant people getting lost in the site and not navigating to helpful pages.
 
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CiviCRM - A unique CRM with a passionate community

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2016-05-31 06:38
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In late 2009, we were looking for a better solution for one of our larger faith-based clients. The AMS and CRMs we investigated were either too expensive or too simplistic.  We had taken a hard look at CiviCRM about a year earlier, but we didn’t think it was ready.  However, with the release of CiviCRM 3.1, CiviCRM was more mature and gave us the flexibility and Drupal integration we needed.  CiviCRM was ready and so were we.

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Create "Member Only" Premiums with Early Bird Extension

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2016-05-20 10:39
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About a year ago, IMBA's membership team noticed many of our members were renewing after their expiry date, and often after the "Lapsed" or grace period of two months we have in place. To help accelerate these renewals, our membership team decided to offer a "members only special"—a t-shirt normally reserved for $100 and up memberships for a lower membership fee of $50—if the member renewed as an "Early Bird" i.e. before their expiry date.

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CiviCRM is so much more than software

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2016-05-02 18:10
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Around nine years ago, my wife Virginie was Executive Director for the Rocky Mountain French American Chamber of Commerce, and struggling with Excel spreadsheets, paper memberships forms, and email-based event registration. She asked me to help her find a software to manage her nonprofit. Little did we know that this would have such a huge impact on both of our lives ...

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Improving the Membership Process and Increasing Participation with CiviCRM

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2016-04-28 07:56
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The Denver Ballet Guild supports and celebrates the beauty and power of dance by encouraging interest in ballet and other forms of dance. The organization is managed exclusively by volunteers, who promote dance at all levels and conduct annual fundraising activities to support the dance community. Cividesk works closely with the Denver Ballet Guild as a service provider of CiviCRM and spoke with board member Suzanne Goderstad about their experiences using the database.

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Announcing CiviTan, right on time for the summer!

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2016-04-01 00:20
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Did you know: CiviCRM is a great software, not only for nonprofits but also for all membership-based organizations. It is therefore no wonders that it is being used by an increasing number of membership-based small businesses such as martial arts clubs, yoga instructors (cf. Yoga for the People), gaming clubs and ... beauty salons!

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How CiviCRM helped strengthen our Individual Giving

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2016-02-29 16:52
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An Interview with the Mile High Youth Corps

The Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) located in Denver, Colorado was founded in the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps from the 1930’s. The organization helps young people make a difference in the community and their own lives, through service opportunities focused on conservation.

Cividesk recently spoke with Tory Pearson, the Annual Giving and Events coordinator about using CiviCRM to help manage and increase their donations and organize their annual fundraising event.

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Using CiviCRM to Engage Members and Promote Human Rights

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2016-01-12 16:10
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An interview with the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) is a member-based network that connects NGO’s, social movements and advocates in more than 70 countries to create a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all. Cividesk recently spoke with Thea Gelbspan, Membership and Solidarity Coordinator at ESCR-Net about how CiviCRM has improved the network’s communication with members and resulted in a strengthening of their organization at the global level.

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Tracking and measuring success using CiviCRM

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2016-01-10 07:42
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An Interview with emPower Central Coast

EmPower Central Coast is an organization that was created to help homeowners in the County of Santa Barbara make energy saving improvements to their homes. The emPower program facilitates home upgrade projects by making them more affordable through incentives, financing, qualified contractors and expert energy advice through visits from an “energy coach”. The organization recently partnered with the counties of Ventura and San Luis Obispo in Northern California to expand and serve homeowners in the tri-county region. EmPower chose to work with Cividesk as their service provider to implement and configure CiviCRM and provide training and continued technical support.

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Why CiviCRM?

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2016-01-03 07:01
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I have always been passionate about the nonprofit sector, and I had the chance to continue growing this passion when I joined iATS Payments in 2012 as iATS is a payment processor working exclusively with nonprofits. 

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CiviCRM at Wikimedia Netherlands

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2016-01-03 03:14
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1. What was the ambition when you started with CiviCRM?

Automating membership administration, event management en managing our donors.  We also wanted to combine our data from memberships, events, donations and relations so it would be easier to maintain and share our knowledge. Finally we wanted a link between the forms on our website and our CRM system.

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Case Study: Sprout Creek Farm streamlines/centralizes processes under Drupal/CiviCRM

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2015-12-22 09:05
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Sprout Creek Farm is a functioning educational farm that produces award-winning artisan cheeses in addition to its educational programming. We've recently worked with them to streamline their website and the way they manage donations, registrations, cheese sales, and contact data. We tried to provide an on-ramp to the life of the Farm as much as possible via a short background video on the homepageas well as by featuring their incredible library photos in the background on interior pages.

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A CiviCRM makeover for the NSW Australian Childcare Alliance

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2015-11-30 09:50
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The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) NSW is a member-funded organisation acting as the peak body for privately owned early childhood education and care services in NSW. It provides advocacy, policy and regulatory support and advice; member services; and professional development for members across the state of NSW, Australia.

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Giving Back: PermEzone

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2015-11-11 18:08
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PermEzone turned to Cividesk for help with a contact management and fundraising system needed to support a pilot program to support permaculture training centers for family farmers in less-industrialized regions of the world. Cividesk offered their help as part of their Giving Back program.

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The Salvation Army Echelon: Managing Multiple Chapters Within One Site

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2015-10-19 09:33
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Salvation Army Echelon, the official young adult auxiliary of The Salvation Army, is the product of an idea that began in Dallas, Texas in 2010. Echelon is the next generation of community action for the Salvation Army. Men and women age 21 to 35 engage in networking, fundraising and community service in chapters across the U.S.

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How the Dutch Socialist Party climbed the mountain

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2015-10-12 04:40
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Includes

  • a short history of the Dutch Socialist Parrty
  • making the transition to CiviCRM
  • facing the challenges step by step

Introducing the Dutch Socialist Party
The Socialist Party in the Netherlands is a political organization that, of course, has set its goal on winning over as many people as possible to their cause.  The SP does that with the help of thousands of volunteers and members of Parliament on different levels throughout the country.

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Highland Hospital Foundation increases their donations and event participants with CiviCRM

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2015-10-07 12:41
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An interview with the Highland Hospital Foundation

The Highland Hospital Foundation is the 501(c)3 fundraising organization of HHA, Inc.  The mission of the Foundation is to enable and assist HHA, Inc. in maintaining quality behavioral health treatment programs.  As the philanthropic arm of HHA, Inc., the Highland Hospital Foundation supports the delivery of behavioral health services to patients of all ages and contributes to the overall quality of life in their community by providing financial assistance. Cividesk recently spoke with Gail Carter, Development Officer of the foundation about her experiences using CiviCRM.

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Using CiviCRM to Manage Multiple Chapters and Thousands of Volunteers

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2015-09-29 21:00
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Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is a membership organization that partners with the State of Georgia to protect, preserve, and enhance the state’s treasured places.  Back in 2007, after getting tired of keeping all of their data in spreadsheets and clunky Access databases, they recognized the need for a database to manage its donors and members.

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CiviCRM - A User Friendly Solution

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2015-09-28 11:28
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 An Interview with the Vietnamese Friendship Association.

The Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) of Seattle is a non-profit organization that promotes equality in education, fosters civic engagement, and advocates for Vietnamese and other refugee and immigrant communities.  The organization focuses on supporting students and families, engaging leaders and working with diverse communities to support systems changes. Cividesk recently spoke with James Hong, Executive director and Kristina Ong, Fund Development Manager about how CiviCRM has helped them accomplish their mission.

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MRG Foundation Brings Fundraising and Grantmaking Together with CiviCRM

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2015-09-25 13:51
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See how donation, events and grant data can live happily under one CiviCRM roof.

McKenzie River Gathering (MRG) Foundation is the leading funder of Oregon's social justice movements, driven by an unwavering belief in the power of collective action to change the world. Robust management of our various constituencies is essential for meeting our goals.

McKenzie River Gathering

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Stunning website with an emphasis on member promotion

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2015-08-28 12:18
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The Sustainable Furnishings Council is an educational and marketing organization, promoting healthy environments, inside and outside.  The council promotes sustainable practices among furniture manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike. 
 
As we're seeing with many of our member driven clients, the Sustainable Furnishings Council wanted to create a visually stunning, mobile friendly website emphasizing member promotion as a way to add exposure and value to their members.
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