Posts Tagged ‘nonprofits’

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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Salesforce, innovation, and the power of failure for nonprofits

Nothing is perfect but it is possible to use our inevitable failures to inspire innovation, and build the collaborative learning practices needed to become more competitive, effective and resilient organizations.

- Vision Statement of Failforward.org

Let’s face it. We screw up. We make mistakes. We miss the target, or realize after scoring a direct hit that we were aiming at the wrong target all along.

We fail.

This is all the more true when we have lofty goals which are chock full of difficult targets to hit. And nonprofits are nothing if not organizations with lofty goals. They are looking to foster the social good by curing ugly, intractable problems that don’t have easy answers or tried-and-true remedies.

Nonprofits need to fail. It’s often within failure that true innovation happens. Read more »

 

March Madness causes productivity to plunge by $1.2B; penguin and his nonprofit stay efficient with Salesforce and Soapbox Engage

March Madness is upon us and the statisticians at Challenger, Gray, and Christmas LLC are predicting it will cost employers more than $1.2B in employee productivity.

Phil March Madness

Phil Penn Gwynn, Online Communications Director / Bookkeeper / Database Administrator / Webmaster / Video Blogger for Someorg.org, isn’t worried, though:

With Soapbox Engage integrating our website with Salesforce, the efficiency gains we achieve with online donations, event management, and our self-service member portal far surpass the hours lost with me…uh, I mean, members of our team…distracted by the NCAA tournament.

Interested in how your nonprofit can become more efficient and effective by integrating your website with Salesforce? Contact us!

 

Nonprofit scam alert: Issuing a refund to a supporter? Only credit the original card

Do you find your nonprofit getting a request for a refund of a donation? If so, beware that there is a scam afoot that targets nonprofits, as reported by IATS. A baddie contacts you posing as a donor and asks for a refund. They say they meant to donate less. They say they used the wrong card. They say that some horrible thing just happened to them and they need the money back for expenses related to said horrible thing. In fact, they could say a lot of things. Read more »

 

FREE WEBINAR TOMORROW: Leading supporters through the engagement path

Effective online fundraising is more than a donate button. It’s a complete path that moves people from casual visitor to recurring donor and dedicated supporter – all while minimizing overhead.

Leading supporters through the engagement path
Wednesday, December 4th 3 – 3:30 pm ET
Register Now!

Join us tomorrow for our first in a series of webinars throughout the month of December!

We’ll be highlighting strategies and tips to complete your path for more online donations and supporters as well as presenting the tools available within Soapbox Engage to complete your path.

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FREE WEBINAR SERIES: Complete your path for more online donations and supporters

Effective online fundraising is more than a donate button. It’s a complete path that moves people from casual visitor to recurring donor and dedicated supporter – all while minimizing overhead.

How does your nonprofit’s path look? Is it a single donation page and a strategy involving crossed fingers and wishful thinking? Is it a cobbled together collection of tools that kinda sorta work together?

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If so, not to worry! You’re not alone – and we’re here to help! Read more »

 

INFOGRAPHIC: 7 facts every nonprofit fundraiser should know about the path to online donations

Seven essential facts every nonprofit fundraiser should know about the path to online donations: Read more »

 

Our Clients Rock: City Parks Alliance

At PICnet, we love what we do. Deeply. And the prime numero uno reason for this is that we work with great clients who are rocking the world for social good.

We’re happy to share the next in our occasional series of personal little love notes from a PICnetter to one of our clients. Julie Dennis sends this out to the good folks at City Parks Alliance.

Who is City Parks Alliance?

City Parks Alliance logoCity Parks Alliance (CPA) is the only nationwide membership organization dedicated to urban parks. By uniting hundreds of civic and community leaders, government agencies, and recreation authorities, CPA is able to hold steadfast to its mission of engaging, educating, and nurturing the creation, revitalization, and sustainability of parks and green spaces in cities.

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Our Clients Rock: Global Fund for Women

At PICnet, we love what we do. Deeply. And the prime numero uno reason for this is that we work with great clients who are rocking the world for social good.

We’re happy to share the next in our occasional series of personal little love notes from a PICnetter to one of our clients. Julie Dennis sends this out to the good folks at the Global Fund for Women.

Who is Global Fund for Women?

Global Fund for WomenGlobal Fund for Women funds women-led organizations at the local, regional and national level. Through its support grants, the Global Fund for Women advances women’s rights by increasing resources for and investing in these organizations. Their main vision is to create a sustainable world where women and girls realize their human rights and have a voice to create change. Read more »

 

Who’s Keeping Your Salesforce Clean?: Soapbox Engage Partner Guest Blog from CloudFixer

PICnet is proud to welcome CloudFixer as the latest certified Soapbox Engage Partner. CloudFixer automatically improves, cleans and maintains your Salesforce instance for you. In this guest blog post, they share tips from their data custodial expertise that can benefit your nonprofit.


ehren-150x150By Ehren Foss
Founder and Managing Partner of CloudFixer


This nonprofit-focused Salesforce stuff is pretty snazzy, don’t you think? People are building everything from online fundraising apps and wealth data sources to special migration tools and lots of other things to lower the cost of doing good.

Soapbox Engage and Soapbox Mailer for Salesforce have assembled several widely trusted components (Joomla and Amazon Web Services) into something many nonprofits need, like simple event signups, donation forms, and a mass email tool integrating with Salesforce.  These basic components can be quite a challenge to assemble and interconnect without a service like Engage.

It’s the “little” things that can bog down a DIY nonprofit person, like mobile-friendly templates. Having many of these snags taken care of by the platform is a plus. I also like how Soapbox unobtrusively inserts data as Leads, thereby working more seamlessly with the many different Salesforce data models we’ve seen in the wild.

One other “little thing” that can drag down your organization is data hygiene. If you aren’t careful, you might not end up so happy with duplicates, staff turnover, and unused reports. Read more »