How Government Relations Software can create change in your Nonprofit?

 

Government Relations Software for NPO's

As a non profit organization, you depend heavily on donations and dues contributions, but it’s likely that the government is a huge part of your process. In this article, we discuss how an automated approach to government advocacy may worth considering in your organization.

The Impact of Government Relations Software in NPO’s 

Whether you operate in a town that needs the blessing of the town council in order to receive a grant or a match, or rely on state or federal money in order to keep your initiatives afloat, Government Relations Software will help you manage the process and stay in constant communication with the officials that green-light these projects.

The Voice 

When speaking on government decisions, you will need to put your best foot forward by expressing yourself in the form of pure data and evidence that your initiatives deserve the funding and that you are acting in accordance with the ever-changing laws. Government Relations Software helps non profit organizations with these types of needs, because we will help you store your data, maintain listings of councilmen, legislators and policy makers and create mass mailings that will reach the important people in your membership.

Track Important Legislation 

Since many nonprofit organizations work hinges upon the law, you’ll also be able to use the software to stay up to date on the bills and laws that directly affect your bottom line. The software also features calendars that allow you to plan and set up meetings with government officials, in order to maximize your ability to come to these important decisions when you need to.

As you can see, this software is a heavy-duty tool that allows you to continue operating in the non profit sector, while maintaining an active relationship with the government officials you work with on a regular basis. To learn more about which government relations software may be right for you or how it can help your nonprofit,contact us today.

Why You Need Conference Kiosk Software?

Why You May need Conference Kiosk Management Software?

 

So it feels like you have attended a million conferences—and if you have been in the association industry long, you have likely run half of those conferences. After all, each professional association has at least two events every year, right? In this article, we discuss the value of solution designed to help the flow of traffic at large conferences today.

The Value of Kiosk Conference Software 

After a while, all the hotel ballrooms begin to blur together (and why are those rooms always designed for dances, not meetings?!).But, you still need to have your ducks in a row, don’t you?

When you think back over what stands out in your memory, out of all those conferences, chances are that it’s not the good times. While you might remember the most entertaining speaker you heard—or overheard, if you were in charge of the event—you probably, at this point, can’t recall who was the headliner at the event you ran last month, much less who was the keynote speaker the year before.

So what stands out? We bet that it’s those times when things just didn’t go right. Perhaps it was the event where they ran out of food at the banquet, or the IT conference where the nearby transformer blew and there was no electricity to run all those fabulously crafted IT presentations.

Or maybe it was the lines. Unfortunately, whenever something does not go right, the end result is usually a loooooong line of unhappy people, who don’t seem to know how to take advantage of the opportunity to network while they stand in line, and spend the time griping instead.

You have to have your ducks in a row, don’t you. Literally!

This is why you need walk up kiosk software to handle registration at your large events. As long as there is electricity available(!), you can ensure a quick and efficient registration process, with no long lines, regardless of whether you have 2500 or 25,000 people attending your event. Kiosk EventXpress handles pre-registration, walk-up, and onsite registration, as well as payments and printing of both badges and receipts. With a well-honed computer program handling all the registration details, there will be no confused volunteers slowing things down and creating long lines at registration.

To help avoid creating those long-line memories in the minds of your conference attendees—and yourself!—contact us today to learn more about our kiosk software and other conference solutions available to nonprofits today.

16 Key Pointers in Selecting Membership Software for nonprofits

Software Selection based on Goals hits targetOur primary consulting service is helping associations select Membership Software. As a result, we often get the question, how should we go about selecting Membership Software for nonprofits.

Regardless of size, most nonprofit organizations need help and lack membership software product knowledge in house for embarking successfully in a  proper software selection process.

Quite frankly, your staff was not hired for their expertise in understanding Membership Software for nonprofits and will likely have a departmental outlook only on the needs of  technology. Therefore, whether you are from a small associations or large associations you likely lack internal resources (time & people) and need guidance in choosing an AMS system which is right for your organization.

In short, to answer the question, is that the effective selection of Membership Software for nonprofits must start first with outlining exactly your vision and goals as they pertain to technology enablement. Technology should be viewed as a means to an end. The vision should outline exactly the anticipated ROI (benefits/costs) from use of the technology.

Without a doubt, your nonprofits vision and goals should set the tone, direction and final destination. The journey in the process is critical and should be embraced by your executives, staff, & board. The absence of your goals in the evaluation process is similar to a ship setting sail without a clear understanding of the final destination.

Although you may end up in a good location by chance, it is far more likely you will end up lost or run aground. So, where do you begin? Below you will find 16 Pointers to contemplate in your journey to find the  “right fit” for your nonprofit:

How to Select Membership Software for Nonprofits the Smart Way

  1. Begin with the “end in mind”: It should be concise and provide a clear “picture” of how your technology will impact staff and your members/donors.
  2. Quantify the value of the program (ROI): What will you gain and what are the metrics by which you will achieve success?
  3. Create a roadmap: Where will your organization be with the new system in 5 years?
  4. Build an Effective AMS Software Governance Structure: Assemble a good representative team of executives, board, staff, members, donors to monitor progress. 
  5. Secure Staff Buy-In and Adoption: This new system should be a “blessing” not a “curse”. Eliminate discontent early on in the process. 
  6. Run The Numbers (Be Realistic with what’s palatable): Get real. Be realistic and be cognizant that your not going to get everything you want for “free”. 
  7. Check Your Calendar :The implementation of this system won’t happen overnight. And, don’t expect it too either.
  8. Assemble the Selection Committee:  This should be comprised of key functional players from all areas/departments.
  9. Ask “Friends” and “Associates what they use: Use Social Media for a good purpose. Ask your Peers.
  10. Make Contact with Vendors: No more than 3 finalists should be called & avoid RFP’s based on features alone. Don’t Guess!
  11. Schedule Demonstrations: Score based on your road map not only features
  12. Ask Good Questions: Come prepared with Key Criteria Not Feature List
  13. Collaborate with the “Finalists” and “Share” what is required: This is a partnership you have to open up too. 
  14. Get Real: Be Realistic, SMART, & Open
  15. Make a Decision: Don’t allow Status Quo to be an Option
  16. Don’t look Back: There is nothing worse than talking about “our old system did this”. Move on. 

Without a doubt, it takes a concerted effort to select Membership Software for nonprofits today. The effort is intense but will be rewarding if done properly. And, if you utilize the suggestions above, you will be better prepared to select Online Membership Management Software which is a smart fit.

If you would like to discuss our approach above or services we provide, please contact us.

Association Membership Manager Software defined and explained in this article.