VOLUME 5 ISSUE 4B―APRIL 15, 2012
SYMPOSIUM PARTNERS WITH AFP TECHKNOW CONFERENCE IN KISSIMMEE
The Finance Impact Department is excited to announce a partnership of the 2012 National Development and Fiscal Management Symposium that will allow participants to also attend the first Annual AFP TechKnow Conference, June 4–5 at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida. Read more.
OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ADDITIONAL BLACKBAUD FEATURES
In May, the Finance Impact Department will launch three new webinars to educate local councils’ staff about the capabilities of Blackbaud Sphere, also know to some as Kintera. This software, provided free by the National Council as an online giving tool for local councils, has additional features from which a council, their families, and volunteers can benefit. Read more.
BLACKBAUD CRM UPDATE
The Finance Impact Department provides a weekly roundtable on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. CDT to acclimate local council staff to the new Blackbaud CRM software. You may register to attend the roundtable on the Finance Impact website. By attending the roundtable, you receive access to the Blackbaud CRM Design site, where you can learn about the software and practice navigating through it. Functional topics change monthly. Read more.
FISCAL SOFTWARE CONVERSION UPDATE
The conversion of all councils from the old ScoutNET GL and AP programs is under way. Four beta councils pioneered the way in February and are giving valuable feedback to the conversion and design teams. Read more.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FEASIBILITY STUDIES NOW A “PREMIER SERVICE”
Capital campaign feasibility studies, as formerly conducted by the Finance Impact Department, are now categorized as a “premier service.” Part of the rationale is that capital feasibility studies do not move councils toward any Journey to Excellence benchmarks. Read more.
FINANCE BOOTH, NATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING
Are you using glue or goo to strengthen your council finances? Does your council have plenty of special events, numerous product sales, hundreds of donors, hundreds of unworked FOS prospects, and an accurate record of those in your Heritage and Second Century societies but you still struggle to move the Journey to Excellence needle forward for total direct support? Read more.
AT&T ASPIRE OFFERS UP TO $300,000
The deadline for the 2012 AT&T Aspire Local Impact Initiative is April 27, 2012. AT&T Aspire offers grants ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 for 24 months. Read more.
Development can be summed up in three words―relationships, relationships, relationships! You nurture relationships with your donors in order to reinforce their association with your local council. The stronger the association is, the deeper the relationship. The deeper the relationship is, the more likely donors are to make larger and more frequent contributions. Read more.
FINANCE IMPACT WEBINARS
Sign up for one of the various webinars offered through the Finance Impact Department. A list of webinars is available on the Finance Impact Department Website. Read more.
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