Events Management Apps: What to Look For

Nearly every nonprofit is dependent on fundraising from donors, whether it be private individuals or corporations. For that reason, many nonprofits host galas or other fundraising events. These events give an organization the opportunity to tell its story, make a splash, honor current supporters, and hopefully bring new donors into the fold.

Connect: The New Way to Click & Pledge

Click & Pledge, the online donation tool for nonprofits that integrates with Salesforce, has really upped its game with a new platform called Connect. What Click & Pledge Does Well The functionality of Click & Pledge, both on the payment processing and on the Salesforce integration end, has always been superior. The money goes straight to your bank and the contact data goes right into your Salesforce— keeping everyone happy. Particularly helpful is the sophisticated logic Click & Pledge employs to prevent duplicates. For example, when Paul Baxter gives $100 to your organization every Christmas for five years, the logic recognizes that the single contact Paul Baxter gave a total of $500, rather than five separate Paul Baxter’s donating $100 each. What Click & Pledge Used to Do Less Well Click & Pledge generates its own payment forms and receipts, and the problem was that the documents it produced looked like relics from the 1990’s. The concern wasn’t only that documents were unattractive; many clients were concerned that the payment form looked so different from the surrounding website that people would hesitate to enter their credit card information. Pictured below: The old Click & Pledge payment form Now Click & Pledge offers attractive, editable forms that satisfy the needs of even the most discerning Development Director. Pictured below: The new Click & Pledge payment form template No More Portal If you’ve been using Click & Pledge for a while, you’ll be familiar with the Portal. Previously, one of the problems with Click & Pledge was that some of its functions were configured inside Salesforce, whereas other remained outside in...

Pitfalls and Best Practices: How to Keep Your Salesforce Project From Being Doomed

Participants from our popular Salesforce Bootcamp for Nonprofits trainings will be familiar with an exercise we run called “Pitfalls and Best Practices.” In this exercise, we hand out sheets of paper to every participant, each piece with a different scenario on it. The students then must interpret the situation and use an anecdote to illustrate why it is or isn’t a good thing. We will often pass on particularly noteworthy stories at other Bootcamps, with names redacted of course! A selection of these “Pitfalls and Best Practices” are offered below. So, you can either give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, or shudder at the mistakes you have made (or maybe just barely avoided). Salesforce is free. Like a free puppy. This quote is from Marc Baizman of the Salesforce Foundation and is aimed specifically at nonprofit users. “Yes, the Foundation makes 10 free licenses available to every organization with a 501c3, but no, that doesn’t mean your troubles are over. Without proper care and training, that cute puppy can make a big mess in no time.” Garbage in, garbage out. Like a kid on Christmas Day, new users can’t wait to open up their Salesforce accounts and use it right away! Don’t let your excitement lead you to make a potentially painful dataset mistake; don’t rush migrating your current data without giving it a long and careful examination. Slowing down will help you avoid putting a lot of duplicative or out-of-date data into your shiny new system. Having an intern or volunteer set up your Salesforce instance. This is another temptation particular to nonprofits. Anything that saves...

Click & Pledge Update: Is Your Domain Secure?

Click & Pledge, the online donation portal, has recently notified its users of a domain security update. Our clients asked us to advise them on how to respond to this. Fortunately, the solution is relatively straightforward. Like Salesforce, Click and Pledge is aware that it is passing on extremely confidential information like credit card numbers, names, and emails. Their email is a demonstration of their commitment to following the latest protocols in ensuring that the information remains confidential. This is what the email notification looks like: Click and Pledge provides tools so that you can post a donation form on your website. The issue is whether the donation form is hosted locally (i.e. by you) or remotely (generally by Click and Pledge themselves). Either way you can easily confirm whether the donation form is secure. Here are four easy steps to follow: Go to your website Click “Donate Now” or the equivalent Look at the command line on your browser. If it begins, “https:” you are secure. If it only begins “http:” you should follow the instructions in the email in consultation with your web developer.  ...

Meeting Your Mission & Ours: Introducing Bootcamp PLUS Trainings

Like all of our clients, 501Partners is a mission-driven organization. We do the work we do because we want to support the vital services that nonprofits perform. And how do we do this? 501Partners provides nonprofits with tools to track outcomes and plan for the future in an informed way. Salesforce is our primary tool of choice to help accomplish this goal. For the last four years we have had the privilege of working with over 165 organizations, all with diverse missions. Whether it be job readiness, eliminating the achievement gap, disability rights, promoting citizenship, health services access, or homelessness prevention and legal reform — we believe Salesforce is the most powerful and flexible data tool available that will meet your nonprofit’s data needs. Continuing our commitment to the nonprofit sector, 501Partners is pleased to offer Bootcamp PLUS, a series of half-day trainings that focus on one specific issue that is key to Salesforce success. This format allows us to present specific, detailed scenarios with plenty of time for questions. Our ultimate goal with Bootcamp PLUS is to support organizations in developing a deeper understanding of their own Salesforce system. By developing this internal capacity, users become more engaged throughout the organization and typically have fewer adoption issues. In addition, Bootcamp PLUS allows us to present some of the most popular third-party apps that integrate with Salesforce and allow users to solve issues in payment processing, communications, and events management. Our current Bootcamp PLUS offerings include: Native Salesforce FunctionsDescription Salesforce Toolbox for AdminsLearn what you need to manage your Salesforce instance: add and remove users, edit and create profiles, merge and export...