Archive for the ‘nptech’ Category

Introducing PICnet’s Newest Team Member

MarisaHello PICnet Community, I am so excited to introduce myself to you! My name is Marisa and I’ve just joined the PICnet team to help you as our Professional Services Manager.

I have been in your shoes! Having spent the majority of my career as a fundraiser with tech sprinkled in, I understand. I’ve worked for large and small organizations attempting to do more with less and I’ve been on the client-side of implementing a new website and software.

Early on, I knew I wanted to be in the nonprofit world, and I observed first-hand the lack of in-house technical support and knowledge. So, I purposely went after a degree in Information Technology knowing that if I could combine technical know-how with fundraising savvy, I could do wonders for the missions I supported. I’m thrilled to translate that concept to support the PICnet community and help you do the same for your organizations.

Fun facts about me:

  • I grew up just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana and Britney Spears and I were in the same dance class at 4 years old.
  • I lived in New Mexico the exact same timespan as the filming of Breaking Bad.
  • I’ve taken up running and finished a ten-mile race in 2015 (and am training to do it again in 2016).
  • I’ve played adult kickball in three different NFL stadiums.

I can’t wait to get to know you and support you!

 

Why you should use a CRM for your nonprofit

Helping build membership is a great way CRM can help nonprofits.

Helping build membership is a great way a CRM can help nonprofits.

Nonprofit organizations are a hard-working bunch. Whether it's maintaining a strong network of contacts with donors and members, or writing up requests for the sake of winning grants from government and philanthropic organizations, there's so much to do. It takes a lot of effort to keep things rolling, but if you work for a nonprofit, you probably persevere because you believe in your group's mission and goals. Being more organized may greatly help you perform better at and handle outreach in a way that comforts your organization's supporters. Sometimes it helps to take a few pages from big companies in how they handle their customers, in other words: through customer relationship management software.

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Imagine the Future for Women and Technology – Guest Blog Post

We’re proud to feature this guest blog post by Laura Shapiro, an absolute nonprofit technology rockstar who uses Soapbox Engage to work online wonders at Global Fund for Women. Those wonders include powering the IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology campaign’s online fundraising and advocacy efforts with Soapbox Engage.


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By Laura Shapiro
Director of Online Communications,
Global Fund for Women


As Director of Online Communications for Global Fund for Women, I work at the intersection of social justice and technology. It’s impossible for me to be active in the online space without noticing the limitations and even the dangers burdening women in tech – socially, economically, and creatively.

That’s why I’m happy to be part of our new IGNITE campaign. IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology, is a global campaign and media project that explores the roles of science and technology in advancing gender equality. We’re looking at the great work that’s being done by women in the STEM fields now, and envisioning a more just, more creative, more innovative future. Read more »

 

Consider supporting a Soapbox organization on #GivingTuesday

On the eve of #GivingTuesday, we wanted to highlight the great work Soapbox organizations and friends are doing around the world to make more truth shine, more peace reign, more hungry folks fed – and more of so much more.

Giving Tuesday 2014

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Check out the latest Tweets from some of those organizations and friends and learn how you can help them in their efforts. Read more »

 

5 simple improvements to your donation form that will increase online giving

As your nonprofit ramps up efforts for its end-of-year giving campaign, here are five easy improvements that you can make today to your donation form to increase online giving – all in under five minutes!

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Join us for the NTEN September 2014 Happy Hour with Sapient

Join us tomorrow, September 24th, at 5:30 pm for the NTEN September happy hour!

Register now!
Sapient is graciously hosting at their offices in Arlington, conveniently located just one block from Courthouse metro at 1515 N. Courthouse Road. Drinks and food begin at 5:30 pm before a great presentation by Sapient highlighting the top digital trends of the future for nonprofits and fondly reminiscing over the less-than-hip trends of the past. Read more »

 

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 »

 

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. Read more »