Posted tagged ‘Cloud Computing’

Nonprofits: A Chance to Do More with More

June 19, 2013

giftsHere’s a question that is fun to answer:  If you suddenly found $8,000 how would you put it to use?

We’ll let you think about that for a moment, before we ask the next question.

OK, next question:  What if your landlord said there was some extra space in your building and you were welcome to utilize the space any way you wished.  How would you use the space?  A much needed conference room?  A couple of new offices?  A staging area? Storage space?

JMT Consulting Group moved their business applications to the cloud and the result was they were no longer spending significant amounts on supporting a collection of on premise business solutions.  And, by ridding themselves of on premise solutions, they opened up more space in their office to better accomodate their team.  Here’s the full story:  What If You Didn’t Have a Server Room?

Based in New York, JMT Consulting Group is an Orange Leap Reselling Partner and has been serving nonprofits for over 20 years.

Power Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising with Orange Leap

June 4, 2013
Twitter for Nonprofits

With Orange Leap you have a fresh new choice!

Cloud-based, easy-to-use, budget-friendly subscription pricing make Orange Leap Constituent Relationship Management solution a great choice for vibrant Nonprofits.

We’ll be having a product tour webcast on June 27, Thursday at 1:00 central.

If you are routinely frustrated by your current donor management system and struggle with its expense, complexity, and failure to meet your day to day needs – you are not alone.  Join other nonprofit professionals who are also interested in learning about a cloud-based alternative that comes with lower cost of ownership and far more flexibility than legacy, on-premise solutions.

Among the topics covered in this product overview:
-Cloud-based fundraising
-Building donor loyalty through more strategic communication
-Robust reporting at your fingertips
-Powerful business rules engines that can/will automate much of your unique business processes

Please register here  

We hope to see you there!

Data to Donor Ratio: Spending Your Time Strategically

September 28, 2012

Are you spending more time with data than with donors?

Of course, there is valuable information within the data we collect to help guide our strategies and it shouldn’t be ignored.  But, more specifically are you chasing data, collecting data, inputting data to spreadsheets, to the extent that you are not spending as much time developing relationships with donors?

Donor databases should provide you with more than just a repository for a larger amount of data.  Are you able to apply business rules within your system to automate workflows and produce the right reports quickly?

Too often, development professionals are chasing data and spending hours and hours creating reports, all of which slowly erodes the amount of time spent with donors or developing more meaningful communication.

If the very basics of your fundraising (accepting donations, creation of a donor record, acknowledgement of gifts, gift receipts, and donor segmentation) are still pretty much a manual process, then you are well aware your effectiveness is in a ‘one step forward, two steps back’ cycle.

If there are projects that you’d like to research but can’t get the information you need from your system without paying a consultant to develop the report for you and so, once again, forego the exploration – your system is working against you.

Changing systems may offer you a two-fold benefit.  The first is to automate the redundant and provide you with the meaningful reporting you need to realize your organization’s mission.  The second is that by moving your donor database to the cloud, you could realize multiple levels of cost reductions – no more hefty spends on servers and infrastructure and the big chunk of money spent on the maintenance of the hardware.  With cloud-based, software as a service (SaaS), you can also enjoy budget-friendly monthly subscriptions versus large licensing fees.

Talk to colleagues who are taking advantage of cloud computing to see what their experience has been – both the day-to-day activities and the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Here are some resources to help you understand the benefits of fundraising in the cloud and turn your focus on your donors:

Powerful, Cloud-based and Totally Revolutionary

Orange Leap Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) Overview

 

Powerful, Cloud-based, and Totally Revolutionary

August 31, 2012

We’ve published a new white paper titled “Powerful, Cloud-based, and Totally Revolutionary” to showcase the benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS) for nonprofits.

Running a nonprofit or charitable organization has never been exactly easy.  And today, it may be as challenging as it has ever been.  Not only are you wrestling with a tough economy, but at the same time you’ve got to manage your current information technology assets while facing a welter of new and emerging technological opportunities and challenges.

Normally, nonprofits and charities have acquired and implemented technology solutions piecemeal, as needs and budgets allow.  The almost universal result is a group of specialized tools that perform each function well, but are structurally unable to share data, and so make automation of many routine operational tasks difficult or impossible.

This white paper helps to shed light on what we aspired to accomplish with Orange Leap On Demand.  We hope you find it helpful – download here.