More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

Let’s face it … there is a direct relationship between the number of fundraising software systems we are using and the data problems we are creating for ourselves. More fundraising software = more data headaches. We don’t know our data.

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Drowning in Marketing Data? 3 Steps to Take Control

Connection Cafe

In fact, we have so much data to analyze and interpret that it can be hard to know where to start. Before you get overwhelmed and are tempted to spend exorbitant amounts of money on data management, take a step back and think about what you really need. First: Devise a data strategy.

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What do I do with data from my point of sale system?

Connection Cafe

We willingly provide retail systems with loads of personal information. If you’re using a point of sale system, here are some things you need to know about your constituents, and how you can use them. Integrated Marketing Arts & Cultural Donor Relations fundraising Point of Sale

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Integrated Marketing Key Findings

Connection Cafe

We all know that multi-channel marketing isn’t new, but data on what exactly organizations are doing with it isn’t necessarily well documented. Other key findings include: There is a broad consensus that an integrated approach makes sense. Author: Sara Spivey.

Why we need Learning Management Systems

Gyrus

Why We Need Learning Management Systems. As to not shroud this document with bias, I have taken the liberty of pulling the dictionary.com definition of a Learning Management System, which appears below: noun. In an LMS system, the world is unbounded; quite literally.

Integrating Constituent Data

Idealware

There are three ways to integrate all your constituent-tracking applications so they can share data: Manual Import and Export, Integrated Packages, and Automated Connectors. Connecting the information from the various systems you use to communicate with and track your constituents can give your organization a more-unified view. For instance, you might integrate an email blasting software package with your donor database. PublishDate: April 2011.

5 Things You Need to Know about Nonprofits + Big Data

EveryAction

To find out more about how nonprofits are using (or not using) their data to do more good, we asked over 460 nonprofit professionals about their habits, culture, and outlook on the state of data at their organizations. Most nonprofits are collecting data, few know what to do with it.

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Integration of CRM and CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Integration of CRM and CMS January 14, 2009 If there are two acronyms that are at the center of nonprofit communications, it’s these two, CRM (Constituent Relationship Management – and I’m making this broad enough to include fundraising) and CMS (Content Management System). First, the what – what to integrate?

Agency Software Integration Can Help with Compliance

Vertex Systems

Over the past few years, HIPAA and other state and federal laws that govern the security and safety of client health data are being updated more frequently. As technology progresses, the requirements to protect client data are becoming more strict and penalties more severe. . Normal.

APIs for Nonprofits 101: How to Share Data Between Systems

Tech Soup Blog

You’ve collected RSVPs from guests who plan to attend in an event management or ticketing system. But wouldn’t it be nice if your events system could talk to your donor management system, and tell you who among your guests has never donated to your organization before?

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6 Qualities A Nonprofit Database Management System Should Have

TechImpact

“Smaller nonprofits are looking for automation and consistency when it comes to a database, but many don’t have the resources to maintain their current database system,” Graham explained, adding that Foundations are in need of a system that can grow with their data.

Why Agency Software Integration Matters for Compliance

Vertex Systems

HIPAA and the various state and federal laws that govern client health data security are continually being amended to meet stringent security measures of the day. These issues can arise from bad, misguided, and outdated patient data storage, security and handling procedures. Normal.

Integration of CMS and CRM - Preamble

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

As I talked about in my last post, there are a variety of strategies one can use to move data between your CMS and your CRM. That’s mostly because that’s what I know, and there is a critical enough mass for all three of them that some integration work has been done in a systemic way (the exception to this is Drupal/Salesforce - it’s only half-way systematic.) Tags: CRM web Nonprofit Tech Web Tools CMS integration

CRM & CMS Integration: Plone and Salesforce.com

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology CRM & CMS Integration: Plone and Salesforce.com March 16, 2009 Today, I was reading up on what the Plone community has done with integrating their CMS with Salesforce.com. from Plone/SF Integration group ) There’s a good overview of the integration on the developerforce wiki.

Anticipate - Personalize - Integrate

NetWits

The power of the API lies in the ability to connect databases and applications to provide a 360-degree view of your constituents; this is something that can only be achieved when all of your systems (and other applications that contain valuable information) are talking in real time, versus collecting and transferring data after the fact. Integrate.

Data Integration Extravaganza | Idealware

Idealware

Skip to Main Content Area Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About Data Integration Extravaganza By Laura Quinn , October 10, 2007 Weve got a great new article by Peter Campbell that went up last night: XML, API, CSV, SOAP!

Community Impact: Using Patient Data to Measure Program Success

Connection Cafe

But for so many different fields within the social good space, this can be a challenge because results and data are not something that is a normal focus of their work. Within healthcare, data and results are at the forefront.

Moving (systems) sucks!

Idealware

During the move process, it occurred to me that moving to a new house has a lot of similarities with moving to a new technology system. You should be doing the same thing with your technology system move. You should schedule a time to celebrate your move to the new system you've chosen!

The Intersection of Online Communities and Learning Management Systems

SocialFish

We’re seeing some interesting things going on in the association industry at the intersection of online communities and learning management systems (LMS). Just over half of respondents (51 percent) report using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver and manage education.

Integration of CRM and CMS

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

If there are two acronyms that are at the center of nonprofit communications, it’s these two, CRM (Constituent Relationship Management - and I’m making this broad enough to include fundraising) and CMS (Content Management System). And because of this, it makes sense that integration of these two is something that is a need to be filled. First, the what - what to integrate? In addition, sometimes nonprofits want to expose data from the CRM to the CMS.

3 Ways To Get Better Donor Data

TechImpact

Are they responding to your your methods the way you had hoped, or are you missing some so the important data. It’s easy to ask for data on “engagement” or for insights into the latest “campaign,” but what data is meaningful to defining those terms?

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5 Technology Trends Of 2013 Nonprofits Should Care About

TechImpact

The cloud provides more freedom for nonprofits to store their information and integrate better software into their daily operations, without worrying about long-term hardware costs. Big Data. Integrated Systems. Image courtesy of Wisepreneur.

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5 Ways to Use Donor Data to Increase Retention

NonProfit Hub

However, having the right donor data on hand can really improve your nonprofit’s fundraising approach. When your team is able to effectively manage your donors, steward your relationships and make solicitations based on donor data, the sky’s the limit for your fundraising success.

CRM&CMS Integration: Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and NetCommunity

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It is, in fact, a great example of integration of a CMS and a CRM. However, it is true that Raiser’s Edge, the CRM/DMS tool that this integrates with, is inarguably one of the most important tools out there. But you know me, I fall for shiny, especially when it comes to data. The integration between the web front end and the RE back end is bi-directional and sweet. It is, in many ways, the kind of CRM/CMS integration that lots of organizations want and need.

One Organization. One System for Donor Information.

GroundWire

But then came the final question about how to best integrate information about online and offline donors. Ideally you have a single CRM system that lets you keep track of one donor as one donor—regardless of how they came to your organization or how they give. So just be really meticulous in keeping track of your data in your different systems.” If the donor management system you have doesn’t allow you to do that, get a new system.

Red Cross - FEMA Shelter Data Exchange

VisionLink

Pleased to report that the VisionLink team, and on behalf of FEMA a team from IBM Global Services, are completing their work building a two-way, automatic data exchange between the National Shelter System deployed by the American Red Cross, and the Shelter System deployed by FEMA.

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The State of Social Media Marketing 2012 [DATA]

SocialFish

50% see the need to tighten integration between social and more traditional marketing. While the lead challenge is still that of ROI, what’s interesting is the percentage that are struggling to integrate with the rest of the marketing vertical. Featured Useful Data

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Selecting a Donor Management System – Eight Questions to Consider

Idealware

Idealware''s research team is hard at work on an update to our popular report comparing and reviewing donor management systems, which is scheduled for release in the next couple of weeks. To whet your appetite, we wanted to share a guest post from Larry Perlstein, a technology specialist who has worked for a number of consulting firms and has an enviable amount of eperience working with nonprofits, about choosing donor management systems.

Report Release: Upated Nonprofit Data Ecosystem Survey

NTEN

Unique about that report was that we also asked survey participants to grade their data ecosystems , which is what we call that network of tools organizations use to carry out their work.

Comparison of ShareThis, AddThis and Gigya (Now w/ Convio Integration!)

Beaconfire Wire

Integrating social sharing on your website can be as easy to implement as adding a script into your webpage templates. After conducting a review, AddThis came out on top as the best system for most users.

Creating A Culture of Continuous Improvement Based On Data

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m always on the look out for useful and thought provoking resources on how nonprofits can use data to make better decisions that lead to greater impact. Alternatively, there may bean emphasis on collecting more data than is necessary, but no one relates it to decision making.

Report Release: Updated Nonprofit Data Ecosystem Survey

NTEN

Unique about that report was that we also asked survey participants to grade their data ecosystems , which is what we call that network of tools organizations use to carry out their work.

How and Why Data Syncing Matters to Your Online Community Setup

SocialFish

This post covers the need-to-know details about the data sync, the most important part of the implementation process. One-way and two-way data sync : Most community platforms I’ve worked with accept data from the AMS in a one-way data transfer. How to plan data sync right.

How and Why Data Syncing Matters to Your Online Community Setup

SocialFish

This post covers the need-to-know details about the data sync, the most important part of the implementation process. One-way and two-way data sync : Most community platforms I’ve worked with accept data from the AMS in a one-way data transfer. How to plan data sync right.

Understanding Volunteers and Donors With Analytics

Connection Cafe

Letting data dictate your organizational strategy should not be an option…it’s a must. What does it mean to be data-driven ? Being data-driven starts at the culture level. Let’s look at some data. Five Fascinating Statistics About Data-Driven Marketing.

Choosing a Donor Management System

NTEN

If your nonprofit is considering a new donor management system, whether it’s your first or an upgrade to your existing system, you’ve got plenty of options on the market. The first thing to ask yourself is if you’re sure you want a donor management system. More and more systems are designed to provide this functionality, often called Constituent Relationship Management systems, or CRMs. Make sure you know how you work to assess a system’s fit for you.

Keeping Your Data Safe in the Cloud

Idealware

The internet can be a dangerous place for data, but no more so than your own computer, where your data faces many of the same threats—in fact, a good cloud storage vendor is likely to protect your data better than you’d reasonably be able to do on your own. With a little planning, it’s possible to take advantage of the benefits offered by the cloud while making sure your organization’s data is as safe as is practically possible. What are the risks to your data?

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Top 7 Free Apps For Nonprofits On Salesforce

TechImpact

Salesforce is a constituent relationship management (CRM) system used by organizations to manage donor, volunteer, and business relationships on a multitude of levels. All data is never duplicated and adds to your Salesforce user data and supporter profiles.

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Data Portability for Good

NTEN

For four weeks this summer, we got a crash course in data transparency. Entrants built useful applications incorporating at least one data feed from Data.gov , in an effort to make government data accessible and usable. Leveraging entrepreneurship and the expertise of geeks, Sunlight hoped this contest would result in useful applications that made sense of government data sets, while simultaneously reinforcing the importance of transparency. Because data is powerful!

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eNews: New Grants Management Systems report released

Idealware

A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Completely updated in 2011, our free, 169-page Consumers Guide to Grants Management looks at the features and processes used by 20 grants management systems to help private foundations accept and review applications and track grants throughout their life cycles. They’re also enhancing functionality that’s critical for nonprofits, like integrated email and ease of use, in many cases adding substantial functionality without raising prices.

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Technology Challenges Nonprofits Face

TechImpact

Cloud-based Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) systems that integrate with email services and analytics are growing in popularity, along with the ability to share files and data. Image courtesy of Rensec IT Consulting.

3 Reasons Why Your Donor Database Data Went Bad

NonProfit Hub

A clutter-free and efficient migration of data into your new database is a great start, but all of that hard work will be for naught if that environment is not kept intact going forward. There are three common reasons why data in a donor database can go bad: 1.

Colossus vs. Cloud - an Email System Showdown

Idealware

Exchange is a mature and powerful product, that does absolutely everything that an email system has to do, and offers powerful calendaring, contact management and information sharing features on top of it. Via add-ons and integrations, Outlook can serve as a portal to applications, databases, web sites and communications. If you can't provide the proper care and feeding that a system like Exchange requires, you might well be at more risk with an in-house solution.