Looking beyond, how Grassroots Software can clarify Advocacy

Government  Relations Software will help your nonprofit association 

In this article, we wanted to discuss how Grassroots Software (Government Relations Software) can be used to clarify your view in Government relations activities for Associations and Nonprofits today.

Frankly, we visit with quite a few Executive Directors and Nonprofit Executives who are looking for methods to improve their business activities by automating their processes and service delivery mechanisms. And,  whether you’re a  small, medium, or large nonprofit association you likely participate in the political process in some way. 

Think about it? Whether it is through direct lobbying for specific legislation, financial support of candidates or political action committees (PACs), or even candidate endorsements, associations and nonprofits are usually thick in the political process.

Right? Well, the old school way of doing business in lobbying and government relations has changed due in part by technology. There is no reason to be completely overwhelmed by the idea of maintaining connections with the many senators, tracking specific legislation, knowing who represents which one of your members or donor, or even how to quickly communicate directly with them.

Oh sure, the mere fact of the challenges sounds daunting at first, but aided with Grassroots software for government relations from the various vendors today, this problem seems a bit less trying. In fact, there are many features to advocacy software that can give any lobbyist who does state or federal lobbying an edge which they need to succeed. Here a few business benefits you should expect from the tools today:

 
Mobility
 

Isn’t it soothing to know that today, there are fully integrated Grassroots software and Government relations software , compatible for both iOS and Android devices?  Yep, with Government Relations Grassroots software you are able to efficiently manage your schedule by adding committee hearings directly to your mobile calendar and remain informed with real-time push notifications. You may even review bill summaries, full texts, sponsors and more in the palm of your hand. Further, you may with some software, you may find a directory of Congress, Congressional Staff, and State Legislators all at your finger tips on your mobile device. Awesome!

 
Communication
 

Communication is essential between candidate and constituent, advocacy software opens up these lines of communication by opening multiple forms of communication such as phone, fax, texts and your website to advocacy efforts. Grassroots software is also efficient in providing quality information to turn strangers into advocates. This software also creates a trusting bond where your constituents can easily read about the issues and respond to them directly to you or their respective legislature.

 
Fundraising
 

Grassroots advocacy software is also very efficient in creating new ways to receive funds to run your campaign from your loyal constituents. A few of the ways the software optimizes fundraising is personalization and segmentation of your constituents to make emails more personal and of interest to each constituent. Another feature is automatic E-mail follow-ups so you don’t have to constantly send out fundraising opportunities to your constituents on your own time. Further, you may be able to create unlimited online forms, take pledges and recurring gifts, track soft credits, donor relationships, and major donor portfolio management. Enjoy full integration of online and offline giving. 

 

Social Call to Votes 
 

A simple way to many of these tools help advocacy efforts, is through their integration with social media into your grassroots advocacy efforts in regular email communications. Further, With a few simple steps you can easily add integration to your organization’s Facebook page. Once integrated into your page, applications may encourage not only your Facebook advocates to take action but their friends as well, increasing your advocacy campaign’s impact.

 
Legislative Tracking 
 

There are excellent ways to track legislation. And, there are some bad ones of yesteryear. Today, we have at our disposal solid automated solutions which provide a fast and low-cost solution to stay informed on legislation. With these tools, you may even search for bills by number or keyword, then track them through the legislative process with real-time alerts.

 
Winning the Vote
 

Today, your Constituent database and  legislative data can work in concert with one another. With integration, it will allow you to know all you need to about your constituent’s needs, and also to keep tabs on other representatives and PACs.  With reporting, you will always have a better view of what’s ahead, with knowledge such as the total number of constituents taking action, total number of emails , fax and printed letters sent, number of new constituents added, calls logged, and much much more.

Certainly, there is not one size fits all solutions here. In some cases, an integrated solution tied to your donor or member database makes sense. In some cases, a point solution to add in the mix for legislative tracking is the right scenario for your organization. Whatever your needs, questions, or concerns regarding grassroots software and government relations, Contact Us.

Until then, keep SmartThoughts in mind.

Grow some roots, Government Relations Software is Better for Advocacy

 

Grassroots software
Grassroots software options from SmartThoughts

Are you looking to do better at your Government Relations activities? Are your members or donors yearning to  have a legislative action center on your Organization’s Website? Need to move beyond those cluttered spreadsheets which is outdated?

Today, there are a plethora of Government relations software options to move you beyond spreadsheets and your old Rolodex which are very comprehensive to automate your government relations activities today. 

And, depending on your specific needs, you can get organized and agile and tap into the stream of data that’s out there and continually changing.

What do you need? The following is a sampling of what you can get:

  • Online Government Relations Database: A self-updating database of the U.S. House of Representatives, your state legislators, office and legislative committee staff. Use the database to generate reports for listings, merged mailings for email campaigns.
  • Online Grassroots Advocacy Database: A contacts grass-roots manager that you match with the membership or donor database. Filter, organize and generate listings for fundraising support.
  • Event and Congressional Staff Email Marketing: An email “blaster” that is compliant with ISP standards and won’t relegate your mass emails to the recipients’ junk file. This tool will allow you to store templates, do a good job with the visuals and keep track of bounces, open rates, click-through on embedded links as well as unsubscribers.
  • Legislative Tracking: A tracker for legislation that affects your organization. Need to plan your lobbying or ask your grass roots contacts to call their legislator about an upcoming vote? The tracker typically has the ability to predict how a particular legislator will vote based on his or her voting history.
  • Online Form for your members to report contacts with Legislators:  There are systems today which will provide online contact forms for your members to report their meetings and personal contacts with legislators. And, guess what? There is even your very own form designer so that you can create and maintain your own forms (Bye, Bye programmers!).
  • Fly In Management: An interactive and integrated private calendar and meeting journal. Schedule and coordinate meetings and events. Record attendees and enter critical notes and documents.  It offers solutions to the real problems that arise when planning and executing a successful event.

    Government Relations Software
    FLY In Management

Also, software as a service is the norm for most Government Relations Software programs today. In fact, you can find online subscription services that do most of the above, and include an advocacy section to your organization’s website on a beer budget!

Whether you’re tracking a grant, eagerly eyeing important legislation or just keeping up with your grass-roots donors and legislators, you no longer need to depend on legacy desktop software like access/spreadsheets or mind-numbing web searches.  And, yes, many of the systems available today will integrate nicely with most Association Management and Donor Management systems.

Contact us. We can help you find and adopt the government relations software you’re looking for today! 

Legislative Data Assignment: A Revolution for iMIS Software Users

Grass RootsIn the world of advocacy and government, legislature data is the life line to success or failure.

Everyone needs it and everyone wants it. To be sure, conducting a grassroots campaign is difficult logistically, financially and is a time-consuming proposition. Having the right tools in place is essential to mounting a successful campaign and who to call on to get your voice heard is paramount.

Do you have the IMIS, Engagement Management Software? Is Grass Roots Government Advocacy apart of your nonprofit missions?

There are a lot of very good disparate Cloud based Government Relations Software’s in place, but if you answered “Yes”, then Legislative Data Assignment by iMIS is a solution worth reviewing. With LDA & your iMIS software you are clearly able to enhance your ability to communicate with your constituents and keep track of your target state or federal legislator.

Legislative Data Assignment or LDA is designed to import legislative data from well-known legislative data providers. LDA compiles legislator records and allows you to disseminate information to your constituents on a personalized level. Why do we consider LDA to be a game changer? We are confident that LDA can help your organization for the following reasons:

  • LDA allows your organization to streamline its constituent outreach.
  • LDA allows your organization to import your constituent profiles and legislator profiles in order to merge the information into one holistic and cohesive data set.
  • LDA allows you to send granular information such as committee assignment changes to your most dedicated activists.
  • LDA allows your organization to store records about your target legislator such as bills written, bills supported or bills voted in support of or in opposition to.
  • LDA allows your organization to use the inherent and powerful tools of your iMIS system for communication and segmentation capabilities.

In summary, LDA gives your organization a global view of the legislative landscape for any given district. It enables your organization to micro target individual legislators in the US Senate or US House of Representatives while still using your current AMS communication and segmentation tools. LDA also allows you to compile data on state senators and state house representatives. LDA can truly be a revolutionary tool in your advocacy arsenal.

Having actionable intelligence can be the difference between a successful campaign and failure. Choose LDA today. Please contact us with any question you may have regarding this software.

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