Getting the Most Out of Your CRM

Not Just Software As it turns out, like so many others, my friend's company has "tried" several contact management tools and even a couple of "CRMs" which vendors had tried to "bolt-on" to their accounting as a separate system. The result was not more - but less efficiency. Ironically, less… Read more

Microsoft Teams Means Productivity Gains

Microsoft Teams application is now available for Office 365 users. So what is Microsoft Teams? Microsoft Teams is the new chat-based workspace for teamwork in Office 365. For your nonprofit, this means teamwork just became a whole lot easier, faster, and more productive. [caption id="attachment_2413" align="alignright" width="225"] Check out this… Read more

Microsoft Starts 2017 with 45 Magic Quadrant Offerings

If you’re using StratusLIVE, you’re using Gartner's magic quadrant leader - Microsoft! If you have been around StratusLIVE much, you know we are very committed to the idea of using the commercial Microsoft stack - and in particular, Dynamics 365 - as the underlying platform and architecture for StratusLIVE's nonprofit CRM,… Read more

Building Lifetime Donors

What's in it for me? In this "what's in it for me" world, you can usually tell when someone only wants something from you. Well, guess what. So can donors. Yet in the nonprofit community, many organizations often forget that donors are people. After a while, the daily workload and persistent… Read more

[REPORT] The Nonprofit Overhead Disconnect

The nonprofit overhead debate rages on as organizations and their rating agencies take a closer look at what it means to be an effective nonprofit. In 2013, three major agencies that evaluate and serve the nonprofit industry co-authored an open letter to the American donor. GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the BBB Giving… Read more

Nonprofit Donor Communication: Stop Summer Slide

The dog days of summer. While this phrase conjures up images of fun in the sun and backyard barbecues, it's also synonymous with a period of heat-induced sluggishness that coincides with the heliacal rising of Sirius, also known as the "dog star". It's the time of year when lawns begin to turn brown… Read more

5 Tips for Election Year Fundraising

Are donors more cash-strapped during an election year? Survey says... Now that the national nominating conventions are over for the country's two largest political parties, many nonprofits are left wondering how the coming general election will shape their own fundraising campaigns. As each election year passes, more public funds make their way… Read more

Catch 'Em All: Pokémon Go for Nonprofits

Game app Pokémon Go is revolutionizing marketing for businesses and nonprofits In just a few weeks, Pokémon Go has already rewritten the rules of what a mobile app game can do. Using augmented reality (AR) technology, the app requires players (known in the game as Pokémon trainers) to travel to real-world locations to locate… Read more

Assessing Charity Navigator's New Ranking System

New nonprofit rating system changes evaluation methods for revenue and administrative costs Earlier this year, Charity Navigator announced it would be introducing a new charity rating methodology, dubbed CN 2.1. The updated version of the charity rating system consists mainly of changes made to Charity Navigator's financial health rating metrics. They will not affect measurements… Read more

Double Opt-In Benefits for Nonprofit Email Marketing

Improve the quality of your donor data in one easy step by incorporating double opt-in into your email marketing strategy The argument could be made that nowhere is the adage "old habits die hard" more true than in the nonprofit world. That is why it can often be frustrating for 21st… Read more

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