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March 26, 2021
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Moving the public from the education phase through organizing all the way to action can sometimes be a slow, arduous process for advocacy organizations. Even simple campaigns can take months to plan and execute; and for those trying to affect the passage of legislation the endgame is often measured in years. That’s why it’s increasingly important to recognize current events that can generate momentum for your nonprofit and deliver fundraising opportunities.
Nonprofit organizations using Salesforce have a powerful and flexible tool at their disposal to track constituent information, manage campaign income, and generate intelligence needed to make smart decisions. In addition to the CRM capabilities that Salesforce provides, Nonprofit organizations also need purpose-built fundraising and advocacy tools.
Today's supporters are bombarded by requests to buy, donate, support, volunteer, and interact. It is no longer enough to design compelling messages that "rise above the noise." Modern nonprofits are employing "Smart Engagement" to get their message through.
Smart Engagement involves using technology and automated processes to focus on the most important tasks and to make the best decisions possible. It's about giving your staff the tools and the information they need to make smart decisions every day.
While this time may be "unprecedented" for many reasons, the acts of racism and discrimination we are talking about today are not new. Salsa Labs is encouraging our employees to listen, to learn, and to think about how each and every one of us can make a difference. We are supporting our employees who choose to raise money and take meaningful action, and we encourage our community to do the same.
Donor database software provides nonprofit organizations with the ability to track every important piece of information about their donors, and also about volunteers and other supporters. This information is critical for today's nonprofits that need to communicate effectively across multiple channels - often with limited resources.
Is your fundraising event moving online? We have been talking to our clients, nonprofit consultants, and doing a little brainstorming with our Salsa nonprofit experts. The most popular suggestions and ideas are listed below, along with some data on what other nonprofit organizations are doing.
Donor Management Software provides organizations with a system to track information about not only their donors, but all of their supporters including volunteers, advocates, event attendees, and board members. Donor Management Software is also known as Nonprofit CRM or Constituent Relationship Management software, and is used to manage supporter data and record of interactions with each supporter. Choosing the right Donor Management solution for your organization requires a thoughtful and thorough approach.
Today's CRM systems are much more than the original "Customer Relationship Management," systems that tracked customer names and addresses, and little else. Today's CRM systems are complex platforms that track every aspect of a company's client relationships and activity. Nonprofit CRM systems, also known as "Constituent Relationship Management" systems, similarly can track almost any piece of information about all of your supporters.
We sat down recently with Joyce LeBombard, the President of the League of Women Voters Austin Area, to talk about the process her organization went through to select a software system. Joyce and the League of Women Voters Austin Area (LWV-AA), the largest League of Women Voters chapter in Texas, have agreed to let us follow them through their implementation and share their story with other organizations who might be going through the same process. We started by discussing how they made their system selection in the first place.
Whether your nonprofit is looking for a new CRM system, an event tool, or a complete digital marketing and donor management platform - an organized software selection project will ensure that you find the right solution for your organization.