Posts Tagged ‘nptech’

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.

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

Photo credit: #GivingTuesday

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


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 »


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 »


Why the best nonprofits are like Lionel Messi

Among the international soccer talent that much of the planet is obsessively following with each dribble, pass, and shot of the World Cup stands a 5’7″ Argentine who many consider the best player of his generation, if not of all-time.

Here are three traits that make Lionel Messi superb, and that the best nonprofits share with him. Read more »


Soapbox Shop ecommerce enhancements boost nonprofit ability to raise money, integrate with Salesforce

Soapbox Shop offers nonprofits ecommerce tools that integrate with Salesforce. Sell widgets or wares, subscriptions or swag, memberships or matchsticks, and have transaction and order data saved directly to Salesforce.

What’s more, using our user integration add on, you can restrict what products and price points can be selected by visitors according to login status, membership level, and more!

Soapbox Shop April 2014 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, 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!


Join us for 10th annual Penguin Day DC this Wednesday for nonprofit tech knowledge

We’re proud to co-sponsor this year’s 10-year anniversary of Penguin Day – and we’d love for you to come and join the fun and knowledge sharing!

What is Penguin Day? Penguin Days are designed to let nonprofits and social justice activists learn about free and open source software (FOSS) that can support their work and potentially save them money, including tools for web publishing, fundraising, blogging, and campaigning. Facilitated by the irrepressible Allen “Gunner” Gunn, it’s always a heck of a ride, chock-full of knowledge and valuable connections.

Penguin Day DC will take place:

This Wednesday, March 12th 9 am – 5 pm The Pew Charitable Trusts DC Conference Center 901 E St. NW Washington, DC 20004-2008 See map

The cost is just $50 for the entire day. Join for all day or just what you can.

Check out the full agenda and register now!