8 Kinds of Nonprofit “CRM” Databases for Managing Constituents

To those shopping for your org’s next CRM: how’s that process treating you? 

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Should your nonprofit migrate to a new database?

For many orgs, it’s the the end of the fiscal year. So it’s about that time when devo, IT, program and executive staff across the sector begin to ask the controversial question.

Is it time to ditch our nonprofit CRM / ESP / other database system?

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11 Lessons Learned for being an Effective Database Admin

Gang. I’ve learned a ton working as a database admin.

Obviously, there’s the technical stuff I never thought I’d ever know. Like what it takes to build a Salesforce flow, the difference between coding languages (ish), and even how an API works.

Not that I could tell you what API actually stands for.

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Story Time: How the Org Database Became My Career

A personal reflection on how taking on my org’s database – as a side project – turned into a full-blown career.

Gang! If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know a bit about my story. Like that before becoming a data princess (real nickname), I was an external-facing relationship manager. 

But I wanted to share more about my journey, because I know many of us are reflecting on our careers during the pandemic. Myself included.

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8 Questions For Auditing Your Org’s Database Automations

Whether it’s your donor database, email marketing platform or other CRM – here’s how to make sure those automated processes are serving your org.

Automations are like magic to end-users. They inexplicably make life easier.

But for the admins who build them, they can feel closer to rocket science. So it’s no wonder that some orgs take a set-it-and-forget-it approach. Why fix what isn’t broken?

But you never want to wait for something to break to get your attention. Crashed automations can cost your org – if not financially, then at least in data quality or time. (p.s. This is also true for integrations, which are even more delicate since they require third-party access to your data!)

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9 Nonprofit CRM Cleanup Projects to Tackle This Summer

Got some down time? Here are all the database projects we admins rarely have the time for, but that go along way in making our CRM & tech systems better.

Gang, I think it’s safe to say: this is not your typical summer.

Coronavirus continues to run rampant in the country (if you’re in the US). We’re still somewhat in a lockdown, and things are a little chaotic!

Still, I’ve always found summer to be the best time to slow down and get organized. That’s especially true when it comes to the database: this is when I begin wrapping my head around all the projects I keep putting off!

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