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Recently, we’ve been asked, “How can I stay up to date on the improvements being made to DonorPerfect?” We understand that it can be challenging to stay informed about the changes we’re making and simply put, we want to make this easier for you to do. So, we’ve turned to our blog to begin improving our communications about each release.
On average, we release an update to DonorPerfect Online every 5 weeks. Each update can include new features, meaningful improvements to the layout of existing functionality, as well as corrections to the software. We believe these improvements will save you time, help you raise more money, and make your work easier…but that’s only true if you know what they are and how to use them.
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Let’s face it, we each get a staggering amount of email every day and there are various other communication tools that won’t clog up your inbox. Going forward, this blog will highlight the most meaningful changes to our software. To stay connected and informed, subscribe to the blog using an RSS feed. Through your RSS Reader (Feedly, NetNewsWire, etc.) you’ll be notified when new content is available for your reading pleasure! Don’t worry, we’ll still publish the full release notes for those of you who want the nitty-gritty details of every change that was made.
For high-impact changes that affect nearly every client, we’ll use an in-product message to deliver the news. These brief blurbs appear on the top of every screen in DonorPerfect. It lets you know what’s changing, when it’s changing, and includes a link to learn more.
So, without further ado, our next update to DonorPerfect Online will be live on Monday, April 7 and will include some great improvements. Simply click through the graphics below for an overview of the most meaningful changes.
This week marked the 51st AFP International Conference, held this year in San Antonio, and it sure lived up to its “international” billing. I attended a session by Tom Latchford. He spoke about “Shaking up Philanthropy with Social Media”. Tom is from London, and he started his terrific session with really funny observations of his travel experiences in Texas. His session gave nonprofits a blueprint for how to get others to help you raise more via social media (I won’t butcher his ideas with my faulty memory). During his session, I met an enthusiastic attendee from Alabama who was inspired by Tom to tell the stories of all the people who volunteer to help at her clinic. I also met the head of New Zealand’s version of AFP, and two funny ladies from Canada who love American junk food (we bonded).
All in all, there were 3,400 people from all over the world there to learn, share experiences and enjoy a few days in San Antonio. It was my first time in Texas, and I really enjoyed it. The barbeque and Tex-Mex were great, the RiverWalk was beautiful, and the Alamo really is something to remember.
My favorite part of the conference was getting to meet so many interesting people. It’s the only conference I get to go to (marketing guys are usually kept locked away in dark rooms, and for good reason). I heard so many inspiring stories, and you can’t help but be taken by everyone’s enthusiasm and passion.
At our booth, we gave out ice cream this year, and based on the crowds and ice cream mustaches, I’d say it was a big success!
It was great to hear from so many happy clients, and put faces to names I’ve spoken with over the years. Jon Biedermann, our VP for fundraising solutions, gave a demo of our mobile app, and spoke about some great new features like social media integration. Plus, we got to hear from Jonathan Gibbs from Network for Good speaking about our brand new integration with DonateNow online forms, and Ryan Woroniecki from DonorSearch speak about our integration with their prospect research services. (They gave classic 30 second elevator speeches about their products. If you don’t have one for your nonprofit’s mission, I suggest you create it!)
If you can’t get to the big AFP conference, which will be held in Baltimore next year, try to go to a regional one, or another association’s conference. It’s a great way to learn what’s new, what others in your area (geographic or segment) are doing, and just to meet some very interesting people. Okay, back to my dark room I go for another year to think of new ways to say “free” and “seamless integration”.
For our clients who currently have Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification and need to earn additional education credits, or for those working towards initial certification, we have great news to share. All of our instructor-led live webinars, on-demand training videos, and our regional workshops have been approved for CFRE certification for 2014 *! Whether your training includes database management, tools for relationship building, or accountability of fundraising efforts, our webinars and workshops have something for you. More information on the CFRE Certification program, as well the tracker forms, are available here. To learn more about our training offerings, visit www.donorperfect.com/training.
* applies to webinars and workshops for DonorPerfect Online