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Confirming Your Data and Reporting Confidently

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Another day, another trend! Today, we take a deeper look into the resources that are available to your nonprofit to move away from “I think” toward “I know.” Gone are the days of being uncertain of how the numbers add up, and having dirty data to show for your efforts. Let’s look at how your CRM can enable your team to report better and grow easier.


Before you can KNOW your data is solid and organized enough to be confident in the results, truly evaluate if your CRM in place is measuring up to your needs. Is it time to explore better options? The cleaner your records, the more exact your report results will be.


The simpler it is to build a report, the simpler it is to understand the report and its results. Understanding the numbers for giving, volunteering, membership, and activities at your organization can encourage transparency with your constituents, and better communication with your administration and board.


When DonorLynk develops Salesforce solutions for organizations, reports are created that you currently run, that you hope to run, and that you need to run (but haven’t been able to until now!). Reporting should be a simple, and even fun!, way to calculate the results of every campaign, event, and giving push.


Once you have the reporting under control, now you can share the data in a creative way. Draw up statistics into infographics, share quarterly giving totals and how those donations were used in a custom email campaign. Let your community know how you make a difference, backed up by hard, cold facts.


Ready for a 360 degree view of how everyone involved at your organization is active and connected? Get the conversation started today!
Marianna Woodruff is Director of Brand Awareness at DonorLynk, LLC. DonorLynk aims to provide nonprofits with tailored solutions that work for you, not against you.

Invest Your Time, Don’t Waste It

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There just aren’t enough hours in the day, are there? I find myself saying that far too regularly. Investing my time, truly taking advantage of the hours that ARE there, is as much a reminder for me, as it is for you. In the nonprofit space, one person may wear 12 hats. Your to do list is a to do notebook. The pile up continues, so how do you make the most of your time? Pay special attention to the technology you use, the schedule you make, and see the hours free up.


Technology has the unique power to give you more work to do, OR less work. We want less to fall on your plate, for sure! Different platforms you use, the sheer amount, can become overwhelming. An all in one solution is becoming more and more of a popular choice for nonprofits. One system that can manage your entire donor experience AND volunteer experience (and much more!), from start to finish, is invaluable. One central solution gives you a quick look at reports, team activity, email marketing success, and new gifts all before your coffee has gone cold. DonorLynk specializes in understanding what nonprofits, like yourself, prioritize most, and make sure that your all in one solution in Salesforce sees nothing slip through the cracks. No time lost, only time gained!


With your technology needs ironed out, be sure to allow your schedule to work in your favor as well. Segment your days so that all priority categories of your work have time segments dedicated to them. Combine meetings, and eliminate unnecessary ones. Use email and task management to communicate with your team, and reserve regular times for meetings, instead of impromptu pop ups.


Invest your time in finding the technology and the organized schedule that will benefit you most.


At the heart of what we do at DonorLynk we develop technology solutions that will help nonprofits be more effective and efficient. The next step in the conversation is only a click away… contact us today!
Marianna Woodruff is Director of Brand Awareness at DonorLynk, LLC. DonorLynk aims to provide nonprofits with tailored solutions that work for you, not against you.

Creative Uses for Your Donor Management System

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If you’re a nonprofit, chances are you use some kind of system for managing your donors. While it might be writing names on a legal pad, it’s more likely that you use some kind of donor management software. These systems have transformed the way that nonprofits interact with donors, and provides ways for you to reach more people and raise more money with better productivity and efficiency.

That doesn’t mean that every donor management system is a magical solution to your organization’s problems, but it is more than a resting place for your supporters’ information. With a little creative tweaking, your system can become a productive all-in-one powerhouse that helps you get the best system for the best cost. Read More

Five Technology Problems all Nonprofits Face

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Creating user-friendly, forward-thinking technology is what we do. We believe that technology exists to make your organization more efficient— we want technology to pick up some of your tasks so that you have time and energy to devote toward creating relationships with your donors and increasing your fundraising. However, learning to leverage technology can be a time-consuming task in itself, so we’ve devoted this post to the most common issues nonprofits face, and how you can overcome those issues. Read More

Are Your Systems in Place for 2016?

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2016  is finally here, and with it, the chance to launch a brand new fundraising year. It’s always exciting to brainstorm new ways to engage your donors, but you want to make sure that you have the right systems in place first. We know you want to focus on building and strengthening donor relationships, so we’ve come up with a few checkpoints that you can use to make sure that your system is doing the work it should—so you can get back to doing what you love. Consider the following questions, and use your systems to make 2016 your most successful fundraising year yet. Read More