Sparkrock Blog

How to Make Tough Decisions about Technology as a Nonprofit Leader

by   Cait Abernethy on 03.14.17

Technology is tough, but we all need it. Embracing it is pretty much an essential part of any organization. This is especially true when it comes to nonprofits. Database management, office and marketing automation, scheduling, reporting, etc., can all be massive time savers for a capacity-strapped organization. But the upfront costs and time delays of finding the right solution, and implementing it properly, can be daunting.

Topics: Outcomes-Impact , Technology

Why Employee Turnover is Off the Charts (and How to Manage It)

by   Nikki Trinnear on 03.10.17

Human Services are just that—human. They’re run for people, by people. That’s why the high staff turnover rate (24.26% in Child Welfare Services alone) in these types of organizations has critical implications for organizational effectiveness and human well-being. 

According to a study published in the Journal of Social Work it appears that there are five major reasons why support workers and frontline staff are choosing to leave human service organizations (and subsequently putting more work onto the remaining staff’s plates).

In order to fix a problem, you first need to identify what it is. So, while this post does highlight a number of problems, it also offers a solution. By recognizing these issues, Human Services can adapt within their orgnizations to become even more effective and continue to deliver the life changing services that improve our society.

Topics: Workforce

Sparkrock Announces Corporate Partnership with Provider's Council

by   Melissa Alvares on 03.09.17

Sparkrock is pleased to announce a Corporate Partnership with The Providers Council, a Massachusetts association of health and human service agencies. 

Human services refers to both state and private agencies and their employees who provide services for people who may need assistance or support, such as: people with developmental disabilities; people with physical disabilities; people with mental illness; children; elders/senior citizens; veterans; people who are homeless; people who are poor; people who are incarcerated or just released; people with certain health needs; and people who are abused. These groups of people are sometimes referred to as vulnerable populations.

The Providers Council represents hundreds of agencies across the field of health and human services that work with vulnerable populations

"The Providers' Council has come to be known as the official voice of the industry, and strives to best represent the needs and concerns of its members." stated Colin Dickinson, President of Sparkrock. "Sparkrock also shares this industry committment by creating software to help Human Services agencies serve more people with less effort, stress and expense. We are excited to work together with The Providers' Council and all their member agencies"

Topics: News Release

How to Get your Constituents to Follow You on Social Media

by   Cait Abernethy on 03.08.17

It’s impossible to deny the ubiquity of social media platforms - it seems that everyone and their dog has a social media account of some sort these days. The reality is the that having a strong online presence has become important, and this is especially true for nonprofit organizations - whose causes rely heavily (and sometimes entirely) on their supporters. Since many nonprofits already have to deal with tight budgets and limited staff, social media isn’t always high on their priority list. However, while effective social media requires constant time and effort, the attention that your cause can garner along with the connections you can make with your audience are a worthwhile tradeoff.

Topics: Fundraising

How to Ensure Adoption of your New Employee Self-Serve Software

by   Dhebi Hay on 03.07.17

When we talk about adoption, unfortunately we don’t mean bringing home puppies from the shelter. What we mean is the process by which end users become comfortable with and accept new technology; a process that can have significant consequences on the success of an implementation. If employees of an organization find a new technology to be cumbersome or difficult to use, they’re likely to continue performing duties as best they know how, or by creating workarounds for themselves. This can cost an organization time, effort, and dollars.

Topics: Technology

3 New Dynamics NAV 2017 Features You'll Love

by   Andrew Cheung on 03.03.17

Microsoft is Sparkrock’s most valued partner because we build our products based on the Dynamics NAV foundation. As an important part of Microsoft’s business management offering for mid-sized organizations, NAV has more than 8 million users worldwide across 120,000 organizations and $11B in annual R&D budget.

Topics: News Release , Technology

Sparkrock Announces Corporate Partnership with Benchmarks

by   Melissa Alvares on 03.02.17

Sparkrock is pleased to announce a Corporate Partnership with Benchmarks, an alliance of nationally accredited agencies committed to providing quality care, leadership, and accountability in services to children, adults, and families in North Carolina. 

"Benchmarks and Sparkrock share a common mission around helping people reach their full potential, contribute to their communities and live healthy lives." stated Colin Dickinson, President of Sparkrock. "Benchmarks achieves this through advocacy and education, and Sparkrock achieves this by creating software to help Human Services agencies serve more people with less effort, stress and expense. We are excited to work together with Benchmarks and all their member agencies"

Topics: News Release

Key Takeaways from the "Transform the Sector" conference

by   Stefanie Gause on 03.01.17

Transform the Sector was an amazing, inspiring event! It’s not often that one is able to connect with so many great nonprofits with a passion for data at once.

Announcing Updates to our Employee Scheduling Software

by   Andrew Cheung on 03.01.17

The Sparkrock team has been busy doing some exciting work on our Employee Scheduling solution to bring greater value and improve the overall experience for our customers. As an essential part of Sparkrock’s all-in-one solution, Employee Scheduling offers easy online scheduling across all programs, staff, and locations. As our clients’ organizations grow, they have more sophisticated needs and more elaborate challenges to tackle. That’s why we completely reinvented our Employee Scheduling solution and built an even more comprehensive solution to handle our clients’ most complex requirements. 

Topics: Outcomes-Impact

Humans of Sparkrock - Rhett Williams

by   Meghan Holmes on 02.28.17

Welcome back to a new edition of Humans of Sparkrock! In our last segment, I spoke with Suzy Kostanteenabout her role in our Professional Services Department. Here at Sparkrock, we're all about making our clients happy and ensuring they get the most out our solutions, and Rhett Williams, one of our Master Consultants, uses his vast experience in the software industry to help us reach our goals and to help clients make an impact in their communities. Read on to see what Rhett had to say about working at Sparkrock and what he enjoys most about his position:

Topics: Sparkrock

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.