An open letter of thanks to the Salesforce.com Foundation

The Salesforce.com Foundation has empowered the nonprofit community for more than a decade to rock the world for social good. With Dreamforce 2014 and the big announcements they’ve made lately, we couldn’t think of a better time to offer an expression of thanks.

Join us in sharing your appreciation for the Foundation’s investment in aiding the growth of nonprofits of all sizes using Salesforce.com. We’ll present this open letter, with your name on it, to the Foundation at Dreamforce 2014!

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Soapbox Engage Petitions app is the first advocacy tool ready for the new NGO Connect

Soapbox Petitions for NGO ConnectWe’re excited to announce that the Soapbox Engage Petitions app is the first advocacy service ready for the newly announced NGO Connect platform from the Salesforce Foundation.  With the Soapbox Engage Petitions app, organizations like the Global Fund for Women have created engaging and compelling online advocacy actions, growing their supporter and donor base without needing to invest in more IT.

Now with the NGO Connect platform, organizations can use enterprise-grade CRM services in conjunction with Soapbox Engage Petitions app to jumpstart their online advocacy campaigns and save time and money.

“We’re extremely excited to bring the next generation of online advocacy to enterprise organizations using NGO Connect,” said Ryan Ozimek, CEO of PICnet.  ”For too long, large organizations needed to use outdated advocacy tools that created data silos.  Today, with the Soapbox Engage Petitions app and NGO Connect, organizations will no longer have to make a decision between best of breed advocacy tools or best of breed CRM services.  They can have both at the same time!” Read more »

 

What Apple Pay means for nonprofit online donations

With Apple’s much anticipated product announcement today heralding the iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch came news of Apple Pay which the company touts will “change how you pay”. Working with the three major credit card services, American Express, Mastercard, and Visa, it promises a simple and secure alternative to paying with plastic. Read more »

 

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.”

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The desire to speak more effectively to a consumer audience was rooted in both the traditional strengths and perceived opportunities of the organization: Read more »

 

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 »