Sparkrock Blog

Introducing the Microsoft Portal: Connecting You to Your Constituents

by   Chris Carre on 10.06.16

As relationships and interactions have become more important for the Public sector, we have seen a shift from Sparkrock bringing up Portal functionality with clients, to organizations having it on their list before they even reach out to us. For years, multiple Microsoft partners have been vying to be the best at meeting the Portal demands of organizations, and Sparkrock has worked with several different tools to find the optimal solution for meeting the needs of our clients. Over the last few years, we settled on a portal that had the richest functionality and best integration to Dynamics CRM. Microsoft thought the same and acquired the portal partner in 2015, adding it to a growing set of tools that organizations can leverage to expand functionality. Below is a quick insight into the functionality and what you can expect to come:

Topics: Technology

11 Helpful Tips for Getting the Most Out of Alliance

by   Cait Abernethy on 10.05.16


So you’re coming to Alliance 2017. That's great!

What’s in store for you? You’ll attend dozens of sessions led by professionals in your industry, learn tips and tricks to optimize your solution, network with a ton of new people, and have a great time at all of our evening events.

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Your Human Services IT System May be Putting You at Risk: 5 Identifiers that You Should Look For

by   Cait Abernethy on 09.28.16

Sometimes risks are good. If people didn’t take risks, we would have far less cool inventions or extreme sports. But taking risks when it comes to your organization, and specifically the software you use to keep everything running smoothly, is a whole other ball game. If your organization is running on decades-old software, you could be exposed to risks that could be potentially devastating to your organization, your staff, and the clients you serve. And while we understand that many human service organizations operate their administration on a shoestring budget so that funding can be channeled into services, some risks are too great to take and may end up costing you more in the long run. Not sure if your system poses a threat to your organization? Here are 5 identifiers that your current software could be exposing your organization to risk:

Topics: Technology

Buyer Beware: 5 Ways Your Scheduling Tool May Actually Be Making You Do More Work

by   Andrew Cheung on 09.27.16

As you may know, the world of employee scheduling is currently going through a digital revolution, which has brought with it a plethora of scheduling software solutions. While there are many stand-alone scheduling software solutions that claim to make scheduling easier, they may actually increase your workload instead of reduce it since these solutions are not connected to a comprehensive, integrated solution. 

Topics: Finance

Humans of Sparkrock - Inga Bagrinceve

by   Kevin Dayno on 09.22.16

Welcome to another edition of Humans of Sparkrock! In our last segment we spoke with Yousuf Khan and John Koo about their roles in our Support Department and what they most enjoy about it. This time I had the chance to sit down with the newest member of our team, Inga Bagrinceve, who is working as an Application Consultant in our Professional Services Department. Read on to see what she had to say about working at Sparkrock and what she most enjoys about her position:

Topics: Sparkrock

The Financial Impacts of the New Federal Overtime Laws and How Nonprofits Can Adjust Accordingly

by   Cait Abernethy on 09.21.16

If you work for a Nonprofit in the United States, you have likely heard that new federal overtime laws/rules are coming into effect December 2016. They affect how you categorize the professionals in your sector - “Exempt” or “Non-Exempt” - and how they’re paid, whether through set salaries or through hourly wages that include overtime for hours worked over 40. If reading that sentence makes you want to hyperventilate into a paper bag for a few minutes, you’re not alone.

Topics: Finance

The Alliance 2017 Schedule is Released and Registration is Now Open!

by   Cait Abernethy on 09.19.16

January – a month of snow, resolutions for the new year, and our annual Alliance conference!

Topics: Sparkrock

"Find a Funder" Series: TD

by   Davis Campbell on 09.16.16

Welcome back to our "Find a Funder" blog series!

For this installment of the series, we are profiling a multinational banking and financial services corporation that provides funding to Canadian not-for-profit organizations: Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)

Topics: Fundraising

Sparkrock is proud to be speaking at the ANCOR Technology Summit

by   Kevin Dayno on 09.15.16

Sparkrock is committed to empowering our clients through technology, which means ensuring that the products we offer are on the cutting edge of innovation and deliver tangible results to our clients. One way we accomplish this is by staying in the loop. Whether it be through communicating with existing clients or meeting other professionals in the Human Services industry, we believe it’s important to hear from people, first hand, how technology can help them continuously provide excellent services to the communities they serve. ANCOR’s Technology Summit provides an excellent opportunity to do just that.

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Top Tips for Graduate Recruitment on a Budget

by   Cait Abernethy on 09.12.16

Here at Sparkrock, we’re always on the lookout for new talent. This can come in a number of different forms such as experienced industry professionals, those looking for a career change (bringing with them a wealth of experience from other industries), or recent university graduates. We, as well as many of our clients, have found that graduates are not only a great way to fill entry-level roles in an organization, but they also bring a fresh perspective, enthusiasm, and are determined to work hard to progress their careers.

Topics: Workforce

The Sparkrock Ideas Portal - A Bright Idea

by   Dhebi Hay on 09.08.16

At Sparkrock, we don’t take shots in the dark when deciding what should be added to our product roadmap. In case you're unfamiliar with the term, a product roadmap is a technology development plan that matches the goals or needs of organizations within our client base with specific technology solutions to help them meet those goals. All of the additions or improvements we make to our product roadmap, and subsequently our technology, derive from what we know would make our clients' jobs easier and more efficient. 

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