For many nonprofits fundraising is not just a means of raising critical funds, but also a way to promote the message and goals of a charity. Given enough time and capital, a charity has the potential to go global with engagement, ensuring the organization can continue support its cause; for example, funding research. What can get in the way of potential lifechanging funding? Operations that aren’t consistently streamlined. This is where Salesforce can be a powerful tool in constituent management; with more importantly, the right training.
Salesforce has earned its place as one of the most comprehensive CRM software options on the market. A popular solution for for-profit businesses, many nonprofits tend to fall into the belief that because of their specific needs, it may not be the right fit – fortunately, that’s not true! Salesforce.org Nonprofit Cloud is the only complete platform for nonprofits. It’s the only platform that gives you a 360-degree view of an organization’s mission, and is the only platform built with a community of over 30,000 trailblazers. Its program allows users to deepen constituent relationships, deliver better programs, and accelerate its transformation into a connected nonprofit. A great example of its possibilities was established by DaizyLogik client, PATH, and case study: Understand Your Stakeholders: A Case Study in Agile Salesforce CRM Planning; specifically with client lead, Catherine Endicott. Catherine came into the project with no prior Salesforce CRM experience, but as an experienced fundraising professional. Our team worked alongside her and the PATH team throughout the project to drive the migration of the organization fundraising data and processes from Donor Perfect Online to Salesforce CRM.
Now, two years later, Catherine has not only grown more confident in her use of Salesforce CRM but, has started helping others in the community by sharing some of the practices that our team helped put in place at PATH. Don’t just take our word for it though, please allow Catherine to explain herself in our recent customer review, below.
Nonprofits love when volunteers sign up and engage with the organization. When using Volunteers for Salesforce this is accomplished through the sign up form that allows sign ups to flow from the online form directly into Salesforce. It is therefore important to protect the quality of the incoming data and make sure it is humans signing up and not bots.
This article will show how to enhance the Volunteers for Salesforce Signup page with CAPTCHA using very little customization.
Please keep in mind that the Volunteers for Salesforce Sign Up page is part of the managed package Volunteers for Salesforce so in order to add the CAPTCHA some coding will be needed.
Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) has been using Salesforce and the Nonprofit Success Pack for a few years to track and manage their members and donors. The data collected in Salesforce allows WGHA to measure and report on their members’ interactions and collaboration, and ultimately on the impact of their work in the global health community.
WGHA organizes a number of member and public events throughout the year. They had used Eventbrite to manage ticket sales, and had tested Brown Paper Tickets, but were disappointed with the new price points of both platforms and policy changes, and wanted to find another solution. More importantly, they wanted a solution that would easily feed all event data into Salesforce and remove the need for double data entry. Once the information was in Salesforce, they wanted to track the participation and payments of event attendees, donors, and other stakeholders associated with the organization.
Since the WGHA team was not looking for a full-blown event management system, the DaizyLogik team recommended FormAssembly.
Learn more about this decision and how our team helped to empower WGHA’s team to use this new tool with confidence.
Most organizations start out with 1GB of storage for Salesforce CRM. This can be a challenge especially for nonprofits who would like to collect a lot of data needed to report to their funders, collect program data or consolidate multiple aspects of their business data into Salesforce. Over time the data fills up the allotted storage and puts organizations into a bind to either purge data or purchase more storage.
Over the years we have explored different solutions that can be used as preventive measures and limit the storage used. The traditional approach is to either export and archive or aggregate and purge older records. The drawback with these solutions is that you can no longer see the details of the historical data in Salesforce.
Below we describe a different preventive approach inspired from document-oriented databases that allows organizations to keep their data and not run the risk of running out of storage.
Washington Defender Association (WDA) engaged DaizyLogik to assist with efforts to update and automate their business processes while moving to Salesforce CRM. This effort was done in concert with WDA’s initiative to redesign their outdated website and ensured a much needed integration between the two systems. WDA is a membership organization whose clients include attorneys and their staffs, all of whom expect an easy-to-use interface, a high level of access, and an equally high level of privacy to protect sensitive data.
WDA’s outdated database in Access was isolated and cumbersome to maintain. The team wanted a more flexible cloud-based solution that would give them the opportunity to integrate with the new website and enable data to flow directly into their database.
Read how the DaizyLogik team addressed this challenge.
Does your Salesforce CRM feel disconnected from your business processes? Do you feel like you have to use Salesforce because is telling you to, but you end up reverting to spreadsheets and sticky notes?
As Salesforce has been gaining momentum in the nonprofit community, many nonprofits adopt and implement the powerful CRM to manage their donor engagement and programs. Through our work with nonprofits at various stages in their journey with Salesforce, we have found that while their business processes may change and evolve to meet new demands, their CRM doesn’t always keep up.
Fortunately, there are a few telltale signs that indicate that an organization is using a CRM that no longer supports their business processes. If you see your staff seeking out alternatives to Salesforce, it may be time to schedule a business process review.
At DaizyLogik we always strive to serve our clients through a thoughtful approach in which we take the coolest solutions we develop and make then widely available to as many organizations as possible. Nonprofits work hard to make the world a better place, and they deserve to have access to these solutions in a streamlined and cost effective way. So when our consultants see patterns emerge from client requests, our team of developers transform these ideas into useful products and services. We share a few examples here.
The Salesforce Data Story
Over the years, we’ve found that many organizations want to publicly share some of the important data they collect in Salesforce on their website. The most common ways to do this come with their own set of challenges:
- Exporting a snapshot of the data from Salesforce, and hard-coding it in the website. This requires manual process and results in static website content.
- Exposing Visualforce pages through sites requires custom Salesforce development which can be expensive and difficult for web developers to style in a public website.
- Using Salesforce Communities which comes with a steep price tag.
We knew there had to be a more streamlined way to make this work. Our team wanted solutions that would not require us to reinvent the wheel every time a client asks, that does not clutter Salesforce with custom code, and that can scale to benefit multiple clients. So we built them!
PATH hired DaizyLogik to help them improve user buy-in within the Global Engagement division and incorporate Salesforce as a true CRM for the department.
This case study offers insights into how the DaizyLogik team led the effort to implement the Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP) on an existing Salesforce database for PATH by using a phased approach.
This body of work started with the output from the CRM planning phase, which we discussed in Part 1 of this Case Study (Understand Your Stakeholders: A Case Study in Agile Salesforce CRM Planning). This work included over 900 user stories that were groomed and prioritized, an existing Salesforce instance with approximately 700 active users, 1.5GB of data to be migrated from DonorPerfect into NPSP, and integration with external applications such as DonorSearch and SoapBox Engage.
Recognizing the scale of this project, our team started by defining a few phases of implementation, each with its own theme and set of goals.
Read the full case study here.
When recruiting a Salesforce CRM consultant, it’s very tempting for project managers in organizations to equate this individual with the contractors they’ve hired to do other jobs, such as installing a new roof. After all, both the Salesforce consultant and the roofer require a very specific skill set to do their jobs well, take on a certain set of risks, and probably cost more than one might originally expect.
Salesforce consultants know the feeling all too well that their bids and proposals are reviewed as if they were simply quotes for a new roof. And it sounds fair on the surface, if you believe that Salesforce consulting equals a one-off home repair project.
If you’re in the shoes of an organization evaluating a consulting proposal for your Salesforce CRM and find yourself struggling with the question of how to evaluate consultants, consider the following points.
EarthCorps coordinates 850 volunteer events, field projects, and workshops each year, and they must frequently update event details, dates, and teams as circumstances change. The process of updating the details for each event involved a number of time consuming steps.
This process was not particularly easy and team members complained that it took too much time. On top of that, users did not have a visual to reference while they were making changes to the calendar, which made it more difficult to keep track of things.
EarthCorps leadership wanted to make it easier for project teams to make updates to their events. They wanted to be able to take the visual image of an event on the Calendar and simply drag it to a new location within the same month, or to a new month, automatically updating the event’s information.
Read how we made this happen.