Sparkrock Blog

Ontario K12 School Board Improves Reporting through Recent Upgrade

by   Cait Abernethy on 02.23.17

Their Mission

The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board has nurtured the development of students and families since 1847, and are fervently committed to high standards for achievement in teaching and learning.  They are very proud of the quality of instruction within all schools and their commitment to inclusive learning spaces that provide differentiated opportunities for growth and development.

Why I'm Excited for the "Transform the Sector - Building a Data-driven Social Sector" Conference

by   Stefanie Gause on 02.22.17

So many of the agencies I work with collect tons of data. If being a data-driven organization meant gathering lots of data and storing it in a database, nonprofit/social services agencies would be all-stars!

Topics: Technology

How to Secure Public Funding for IT Projects

by   Meghan Holmes on 02.20.17

When donating to nonprofit organizations, a lot of times people assume that the donations are going solely towards the people and communities the nonprofits serve. However, some people forget that in order for these organizations to accomplish their missions and help their communities, part of the funding they receive must be allocated to covering administrative costs and technology. 

Topics: Fundraising , Technology

Growth Driven Design: Critical systems need to keep up with the times

by   Melissa Alvares on 02.17.17

There's a lot of things out there to keep up with. Fashion trends change every season, that new Netflix series that "everyone" is talking about, the latest new smart phone, fun new apps - the list never ends.

While it's not that important for you to keep up with the new "mom jeans" trend, what IS important is that your technology keeps up with both internal and external changes.

Your organization is continually evolving, taking on new employees, new programs, new grants and funding sources. Then add on top of that external influences such as regulatory changes, new reporting requirements, and increased demand for your services. Your Finance, HR, Payroll and Case Management systems may be perfectly suited to your organization at the Go-Live date, but within a year, or even a few months things may be out of date.

Topics: Finance , Outcomes-Impact , Sparkrock

Take a Sneak Peak at Sparkrock's Exciting New Product Packaging!

by   Andrew Cheung on 02.15.17

Sparkrock is excited to announce that we have changed the way we package our products.

Topics: News Release , Technology

The Moneyball Approach to Nonprofit Management

by   Mark Knill on 02.13.17

Nonprofits and government organizations play a vital role in the progression and success of individuals and their communities. Unfortunately, many nonprofits are feeling the pressures of underfunding and are being outshined by their corporate counterparts.

Topics: Outcomes-Impact , Technology

How to Create a Volunteer Handbook

by   Cait Abernethy on 02.13.17

People volunteer for an endless variety of reasons. Many people want to gain experience, acquire new skills, meet new people, or expand their network of contacts as a way to get a new job or start a career. Others just want to give back to their community, help a friend, or promote a worthwhile activity. They do it because it makes them feel good. It gives them what some describe as a "private smile."

Even though volunteers are willing to give a great deal of their talents and free time, they are an asset that is largely underutilized. If your organization is thinking about developing a volunteer program but don't know how to create a volunteer handbook, look no further. Here are six important sections to make sure you include in your handbook:

Topics: Workforce Management , Workforce

FEATURE RELEASE: Donor Management

by   Andrew Cheung on 02.10.17

The Sparkrock team has been doing some very exciting work behind-the-scenes with Donor Management (formerly Donor Engage). We are continuing to focus on bringing greater value to our customers with features that will improve productivity and enhance the overall user experience. Donor Management offers a complete view of all donor-related activities to give nonprofit organizations the tools to cultivate your donor pool, increase retention, convert constituents, and improve fundraising initiatives. With our latest release, Donor Management v 09.01, we’ve pushed our solution forward to offer a compelling new set of features that have received fantastic responses from a number of our top customers.

No More Excuses: Turn Your Data Into Dollars

by   Sheri Chaney Jones on 02.09.17

Written by Sheri Chaney Jones, Author of Impact and Excellence: Data-Driven Strategies for Aligning Mission, Culture and Performance in Nonprofit and Government Organizations.

Are you leaving money on the table that could be used to support the mission of your nonprofit? It is likely you are, especially if any of the thoughts below come to mind if you were asked to measure your outcomes and impact.

“That is what every nonprofit needs, but can’t afford

“I’d love to, but I don’t know how”

“Measuring outcomes is too complicated”

“Our mission is too difficult to measure. You can’t measure the intangible.”

Introducing our New and Improved Sparktivists Program

by   Cait Abernethy on 02.08.17

Sparktivist

[spark-tuh-vist] noun

1. An especially active, vigorous advocate for Sparkrock

This special program is designed to reward our activists – more than ever before – for sharing their experiences and expertise, referring colleagues, and helping us create and spread great content.

Topics: Sparkrock

Nonprofits are the Real Change Drivers in our World

by   Cait Abernethy on 02.06.17

We're going to come right out and say it - Nonprofits don't get the credit they deserve.

Topics: Sparkrock