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Why it's Time for Nonprofits to Invest in Their People - A Sparkrock Blog Series (Part 2 of 4)

by   Sparkrock on 05.08.18

In the first blog of this series, we looked at how the nonprofit and public sectors have lagged behind when it comes to investing in their workforce, and how this is limiting their ability to succeed within an ever-changing operating environment.

Topics: Sparkrock , Human Services

Why it's Time for Nonprofits to Invest in Their People - A Sparkrock Blog Series (Part 1 of 4)

by   Craig Mundle on 04.27.18

We all know the harsh reality that the nonprofit and public sectors have struggled with the ability to invest in their people – the true driving force behind their mission. Over this four part blog series, Sparkrock will look into why these sectors have struggled to stay competitive in attracting and retaining top talent. We will also look at ways in which they can change course by adapting and modernizing to meet the demands of workforce management in the current realities.

Topics: Sparkrock , Human Services

Dimensional Accounting: What it can do for your Nonprofit

by   Nikki Trinnear on 04.11.18

When you think of the phrase “Nonprofit financial accounting system” do any of the following come to mind: easy to understand, flexible reporting, or efficient and timely?

Chances are none of the above are what you think of when it comes to nonprofit accounting – and we don’t blame you! Every dollar made by a Nonprofit goes back into achieving their mission, so when organizations first start out they usually choose a Finance system that is inexpensive and fits their current needs. The problem is that as you grow, your needs become more complicated and the original solution chosen may not be robust enough to accommodate your growth. An area where it can become very complex and overwhelming is the chart of accounts (COA)In this blog we’ll explain how a dimensions-based COA will give you much more flexibility than a traditional segmented general ledger (GL). 

Topics: Finance , Sparkrock

Three Things Nonprofits Should Consider Before Outsourcing their Payroll

by   Stefanie Gause on 03.22.18

Working in the social and human services sector, I can tell you that I see a lot of failed attempts to outsource. For nonprofits like associations, small charities/foundations, or other agencies where a majority of employees are salaried (or on standard hours), outsourcing makes a ton of sense.

Topics: Sparkrock , Sales & Marketing , Payroll

Fuel Good 2018 Highlights

by   Nikki Trinnear on 02.23.18

Fuel Good 2018 was one for the books! With three days jammed full of inspiring keynotes, educational sessions, awesome food, and amazing people, the conference flew by. This year was our biggest yet, with more presenters, more attendees, and a new venue to hold it all together. With so much that happened we wanted to take this opportunity to recap the highlights of Fuel Good 2018 and get you inspired for the 2019 conference!

Topics: Sparkrock

Year of the Dog: Action and Loyalty at Sparkrock

by   Heather Angus-Lee on 02.16.18

It’s the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac. As we wrote in our blog last month, one of Sparkrock’s biggest challenges in 2018 is to maintain our small-company culture as we scale up beyond 70 staff. One way we maintain our “family feeling” at our Toronto, Canada head office is to allow employees to bring their dogs to work; we even have official Sparkrock office dogs, Parker (Nicola’s 14 year old doodle) and Nava (Stef’s 6 month old Sheppard).

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We can't stop talking about the experts of Fuel Good!

by   Nikki Trinnear on 01.26.18

Okay, so this is my third blog post talking about the different experts we have leading sessions at Fuel Good 2018, but can you blame me?! There is just too much to talk about for each presenter to condense it all into one post. In this segment, I want to focus on the leaders of Sparkrock, who will be sharing their experiences and knowledge throughout the conference. Read on to learn more about the founders and captains of the Sparkrock team.

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"And the nominees are..." Fuel Good 2018 Customer Awards Nominees

by   Nikki Trinnear on 01.15.18

Drum roll please…

We’re proud to announce the nominees for the Fuel Good 2018 Customer Awards! 

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do at Sparkrock, so every year at Fuel Good we present three different awards as a way to thank them for their efforts in their digital transformations and positive contributions to society. The nominees are all truly exceptional examples of technological excellence in nonprofit, education, and human services organizations everywhere. 

This year we had over 30 different organizations nominated across the Impact, Innovate, and Customer of the Year Awards, and it took extensive deliberation to narrow the list down to a top three. We wish we could recognize all nominees, but the list would never end! 

The winners of these awards will be recognized at Fuel Good 2018, receive a custom crystal trophy, and earn between $1500 (Impact and Innovate Awards) and $5000 (Customer of the Year Award) in credit for Sparkrock services.

So, without further ado, here are the finalists!

Topics: Outcomes-Impact , Sparkrock

Buckle in for 2018 at Sparkrock

by   Heather Angus-Lee on 01.05.18

What we see coming for customers and staff in the months ahead

We’re looking ahead to big advances at Sparkrock in 2018, no easy act to follow after the banner year that was 2017!  In 2018, we are entering our 15th year of business at Sparkrock, and we have (top-secret) plans to celebrate our “crystal” anniversary.

Topics: Sparkrock

Meet (Even More!) Experts of Fuel Good

by   Nikki Trinnear on 01.02.18

A few weeks ago I released a blog about some of our expert consultants who are leading sessions at the upcoming Fuel Good conference. But the thing is, we have so many amazing presenters that I just didn't think one post would suffice in letting you know what you can learn at Fuel Good! In addition to all of the incredible people from Sparkrock we have leading sessions, we have also brought in some industry experts from other organizations who are ready to wow you with their knowledge. Keep reading to find out what we have in store for you at Fuel Good 2018!

Topics: Sparkrock

Together for the Greater Good in 2017

by   Heather Angus-Lee on 12.28.17

2017: A year of firsts with the aim of deeper connections with customers

You can’t start a fire without a spark… and 2017 was on fire at Sparkrock!  The year kicked off with the corporate rebrand from Altus Dynamics to Sparkrock, representing the foundational “rock” of ERP and CRM technology, and the combustive “spark” between the vertical expertise of Sparkrock employees and the passion and commitment of customers. “We wanted to underline the focus on customers - what do we do for them?... We spark their technology transformation, which matters, a lot,” says Colin Dickinson, president.

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