Client Spotlight

Automating Membership Renewals with MACDC

By | Case Studies, Client Spotlight, Member Management, Nonprofit Management

Solving a Common Nonprofit Pain Point with Salesforce

Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) is a statewide association that supports the work of their 88 members through advocacy, capacity building trainings, technical assistance, and work that strengthens the entire sector. MACDC takes on an ambitious amount of work for a relatively lean staff. 501Partners worked with MACDC to implement Salesforce and automate membership renewals to give staff more time to focus on impact.

Prior to working with 501Partners, MACDC prepared membership renewal notices manually and sent them through the mail. Preparing these mailings was laborious and time intensive, as was tracking who had paid/not paid and sending out reminder invoices.

We helped MACDC create a solution using the automations of Salesforce, augmented with two additional apps: FormAssembly and WebMerge. FormAssembly is an online form tool that can bring information directly into Salesforce with its sophisticated integration.  WebMerge is a mail-merging tool that can be used to pull Salesforce data into any kind of format—PDF, Word Document, Excel, PPT, etc.

The Result:  MACDC now uses Salesforce to quickly send invoices, reminders, and easily report on what dues are collected and what renewals are still pending.

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Real Life Heroes: Company One Theatre

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It’s time for our first Real Life Heroes post of the New Year! For this week’s installment, we’ve chosen Company One Theatre. Not your average theater company, Company One’s mission is to “change the face of Boston theatre by uniting the city’s diverse communities through innovative, socially provocative performance and developing civically engaged artists.” It’s a pretty great mission, if you ask us!

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Real Life Heroes: The Possible Project

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If you’re in need of a last minute Christmas gift, The Possible Project has you covered.

A center for youth entrepreneurship, The Possible Project is hosting its final student marketplace of 2014 THIS Friday, December 19 from 5-7pm at Cambridge College. This holiday-themed fair will feature products from over 20 student businesses from all levels of the program. Such products range from homemade ties to homemade beauty products.

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10 Ways to Participate in #GivingTuesday

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By now, I’m sure you’ve heard a ton about #GivingTuesday. If not, here’s a brief synopsis: Since we have Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, those behind the #GivingTuesday idea decided, Why not have a global day of giving back?  Tuesday, December 2 has been selected as that day. This new holiday will feature plenty of events, to be sure…But the real point of #GivingTuesday is to do what you can to give back to those you love, your neighbors, your community, and the world. Your efforts don’t have to be anything crazy, but it’s up to you. If you’re not sure what to do when December 2 rolls around, here are ten ideas:

  1. Offer to help a neighbor clean up leaves (or shovel, you really never know this time of year).
  2. Make a donation to one of these great organizations.
  3. Become a Haymakers for Hope athlete to KO Cancer.
  4. Give some time to an organization of your choice. Most nonprofits have ‘Volunteer’ sections on their websites which will tell you how.
  5. Raise awareness through social media – you never know what the next Ice Bucket Challenge will be.
  6. Help stuff and deliver Holiday Baskets with Community Servings.
  7. Livestream the #GivingTuesday event and encourage friends and family to do so, as well.
  8. Consider adopting a pet from the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
  9. Donate to the Boston Marathon team of your choice – or to the One Fund.
  10. Say thank you to your friends and family, an armed services member, a veteran, a civil servant, and whomever else deserves your thanks this #GivingTuesday.

Real Life Heroes: Community Servings

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community servings hunger relief nonprofitsLast week, as part of the lead up to Thanksgiving, we published a blog post about Food for Free, a nonprofit working to rescue wasted food and distribute it to the Emergency Food System. This week, we’re still in the same spirit, and we’ve decided to highlight another hunger relief organization, Community Servings. Community Servings works to bring food to those who are living with critical and chronic illnesses, as well as their dependents and caregivers. Not only are the volunteers and staff at Community Servings concerned with feeding their constituents, they are also concerned with making sure that each meal is nutritious and culturally appropriate.

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Real Life Heroes: Food For Free

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a7692356-0321-4450-aba6-5c9595ca5c54In light of the fact that Thanksgiving is two weeks from today, we’ve decided to spotlight one of our clients who are doing amazing things with food. That client is Food for Free, an organization that rescues fresh food that, without being rescued, might have gone to waste, and delivers it to the local emergency food system. Pretty amazing, right?

Food for Free’s director, Sasha Purpura, explains Food for Free’s mission as this: “We take this problem that is food waste, and we turn it into a solution.” 501Partners worked with Food for Free to implement an in-vehicle Food Tracker, which is an app that integrates with Salesforce and allows the organization to keep track of the food they are receiving and distributing all on tablets in their trucks.

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