For nonprofit, Soapbox Engage not just technology platform but true partner for success

When Action for Healthy Kids chose Soapbox Engage, beyond the clicks and code of a powerful and beautiful website that supercharges their mission, they found a true partner:

“I do believe that Soapbox stands by its mission,” said Anthony Moss, Web and Database Manager for Action for Healthy Kids. “They speak the nonprofit language well and want to forward the mission of nonprofits. From my experience, that’s rare – and it’s true across the company. We, as an organization, really appreciate that.”

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Soapbox Engage: “Only tool I could find” to effectively measure program impact for nonprofit

Action for Healthy Kids faced a common dilemma at the core of every nonprofit: how to gauge impact. Specifically, as a nonprofit mobilizing thousands of volunteers to catalyze change in schools across the nation, how could they know how many schools they were touching?

In Soapbox Engage and Salesforce.com, Action for Healthy Kids found their answer:

“We purchased a list of 130,000 schools across the country and uploaded it to Salesforce.com,” explained Anthony Moss, Web and Database Manager for Action for Healthy Kids. “We then directed users to our website where they could search for the school with which they are affiliated by utilizing the Soapbox Engage Salesforce search tool.”

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“Painful, painful” grant application process made easy and efficient for staff and applicants with Soapbox Engage

When Action for Healthy Kids elected to build their new website with Soapbox Engage, they chose more than just a great looking, mobile-friendly website that was easy to manage and useful for event registrations. They adopted a powerful platform integrating with Salesforce.com in ways that have transformed core business processes.

“The process for applying for our grants has completely changed as a result of Engage,” said Anthony Moss, Web and Database Manager for Action for Healthy Kids. “It was a painful, painful thing before. We’d have to send people to Survey Monkey and dowload responses in an Excel file.”

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Events management with Soapbox Engage saves “hours and hours of time” over EventBrite

Action for Healthy Kids has chapters across the country. Each of these chapters has events for which they manage online reservations.

“In the past, we had the state chapters using their own event tools, like EventBrite. Sometimes those names would get into our system and sometimes they wouldn’t,” said Anthony Moss, Web and Database Manager for Action for Healthy Kids. “For one of our bigger events, we would have hundreds of registrations. When you think about all of those Excel files that would need to be individually configured and sent to the data administrator for clean up and import…it has required hours and hours of time.”

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88% of online petition signers new to Global Fund for Women; email list grows by thousands

Two weeks ago, we highlighted Global Fund for Women, a leader in advancing the rights of women and girls worldwide, and its efforts to mobilize supporters around the globe with Soapbox Petitions and Salesforce.

This campaign on behalf of survivors of rape in conflict areas such as eastern Congo and Syria garnered thousands of signatures in just days. As of this afternoon, more than 9,100 supporters have signed their petition.

Global Fund for Women: 88% new contacts

What’s more, the overwhelming percentage of these supporters are new to Global Fund for Women:

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Action for Healthy Kids mobile-friendly website not just a redesign, an “inspiration”

When Action for Healthy Kids chose to move from Convio Luminate to Soapbox Engage and the Salesforce.com Nonprofit Starter Pack, the money saved in recurring monthly fees was enough fund a full website redesign with change to spare. The redesign was far more than a facelift or color refresh. It facilitated a fundamental shift in the online marketing presence of the organization and connects with their audience in entirely new, more mission-focused ways.

“We weren’t mobile-friendly. That was an obvious need that aligned with our goal of making a more modern website,” said Anthony Moss, Web and Database Manager for Action for Healthy Kids. “We really wanted to speak to a consumer audience and make it more visual. We were very copy-heavy and we wanted to communicate through images rather than text.”

Action for Healthy Kids screenshot

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Two great ways to get your nonprofit Salesforce questions answered – for free!

We noted in Friday’s post World Cup, soccer strategy, and nonprofit success with Salesforce that one powerful way of fostering said nonprofit success with Salesforce is educating nonprofit Salesforce administrators to do for themselves.

It just so happens that the Salesforce.com Foundation has two great ways for nonprofits to tool up, and they are free! Read more »

 

World Cup, soccer strategy, and nonprofit success with Salesforce

For those watching the World Cup, it’s obvious to see key differences between futbol on the world stage and football of the more provincial American style. The latter is a start and stop affair where huddles occur before every play with each player told where to run, where block, what to do. Much of the time, the strategy is to instruct the team in a way that applies the most force at a given point on the field to gain advantage over the opponent. Conformity to the plan and expert execution is of primary importance. Individual invention, save in very small measure, is of little concern. The team is a machine. The player a cog.

Futbol, on the other hand, is an entirely different affair. There are no huddles. There are very few plays. There is an overarching strategy but it is left to small groups of individual players to orchestrate the execution of that strategy moment-by-moment by responding to their particular situation at a particular time in a particular way.

Pelé executes a bicycle kick

A moment of invention: Pelé bicycle kick, June 5, 1965, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Switch from Luminate to Soapbox Engage and Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack transformational for nonprofit

Transformations that radically improve a nonprofit’s ability to meet its mission can often happen in unexpected ways. Just ask Anthony Moss, Web and Database Manager for Action for Healthy Kids:

“We didn’t have a desire to redesign our website. We just wanted to move over our existing site from Convio Luminate to a new platform,” said Moss. “You almost had to be an expert with Convio to do anything with our previous system. That was no good for us.”

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D.C. nonprofits: Compete to win $7,500 through 501cTECH’s 2014 Technology Innovation Awards

Hey D.C. nonprofits! 501cTECH wants to hear your idea for an innovative new technology project, and they are giving $7,500 to the three ideas which dazzle them the most.

501cTECH's 2014 Technology Innovation Awards

The 2014 Technology Innovation Awards this year will recognize one DC-area nonprofit from each the following three cause categories:

  • PreK-12 and STEM Education
  • Skills to Succeed and Workforce Development
  • Veterans and Military Families

Fill out this simple application before June 30th, and a panel of judges will decide whether or not your idea should win $7,500 and a free 501cTECH consultation.

To learn more, check out their flyer and register for a free 30 minute webinar being held TODAY, June 23, at 4:00 PM ET.