Sparkrock Blog

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

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Customer Awards

by   Cait Abernethy on 02.02.17

Drum roll please…

We’re proud to announce the official Winners of the Alliance 2017 Customer Awards! 

Topics: Sparkrock

"Owning Your Pain" as a Nonprofit

by   Anurag Dhawan on 01.30.17

According to the findings of a study in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2012, only 1% of more than 200,000 non-profits established between 1975 and 2008 grew to $50 million or more in annual revenue. Considering that these organizations were aiming to address some of the biggest problems the world is facing, this number is a strikingly low one.

Topics: Technology

Altus Dynamics is now Sparkrock

by   Melissa Alvares on 01.26.17

Today is an exciting day for us, as we announce our new company name and logo.

Our business has grown and evolved over the last 13 years, and we felt it was time for a change. We have refreshed our logo to reflect who we are today and to symbolize our dynamic future. This wasn’t a decision we made lightly as we are proud of our rich history. However, our new brand truly reflects our brand promise to you. 

Topics: Sparkrock

3 Types of Staff that Would Love a Case Management Solution

by   Andrew Cheung on 01.23.17

With demand for social services increasing, human services organizations are finding new ways to improve their case management capabilities. One of the best ways to do so is by using a case management solution that allows organizations to effectively manage client data, efficiently track and report on client outcomes, and ultimately provide greater quality of service. From executive director to case worker, these solutions help solve problems at every level of an organization. Here are common challenges that 3 types of staff at human services organizations face every day, and how using a case management solution can help solve these problems:

Sudbury Catholic DSB's Top 7 Favourite Features of their Sparkrock Solution

by   Meg Wilson on 01.19.17

Last week we braved the snowy winter roads and headed to Sudbury, Ontario to meet with several K12 school boards. The purpose of the event was to discuss the challenges that they're currently facing with their operational processes, what's currently getting in the way of solving these challenges, and how Sparkrock's solutions might be able to help.

Topics: Technology