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5 Apps For Your Nonprofit

By on Jul 1, 2011 | NONPROFIT-FUNDRAISING

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The following blog post is by Kristin Sharpe at ACF Solutions, a Convio Solution Provider. Thanks for contributing Kristin!

One of the great things about Common Ground is that organizations have access to a whole array of innovative and easy to deploy tools available through the Salesforce AppExchange. With over 1,000 apps and counting, many of which are free or discounted for nonprofits, the AppExchange is a great place to look for enhanced functionality, productivity tools and more. Here are a few of our favorites at ACF Solutions:

Conga Composer

Overview
Conga Composer allows you to create complex documents and reports using any of the data in your Common Ground system including combining data from many different areas of Common Ground. Users can set up reusable templates that gather data from multiple sources, turning that data into complex PDF, Word or Excel documents.

Why We Love It
When our clients need to create documents beyond the capabilities of the core Common Ground/Salesforce document creation facility, Conga Composer is an excellent, low cost solution.  We’ve used it to create customized PDF certificates for membership, complex acknowledgements that include volunteer hours, event attendance and donations and complex sales quotes for our clients who sell complex products as part of their mission.

App Type
Productivity Tool

Cost
Free for 30 days and discounted subscriptions for nonprofits and NGOs.

DemandTools

Overview
This is the must-have data upload, de-duplication and data manipulation tool. No Common Ground administrator should be without it!

Why We Love It
First, it’s free to nonprofits! Second, it makes importing and updating data in Common Ground much easier than relying on the Data Loader. For advanced users, there are also great additional benefits such as making mass changes within the system without having to export the data for manipulation.

App Type
Technical and Productivity Tool

Cost
Free for nonprofits

Action Plans

Overview
Action Plans is a free app that allows users to standardize a set of Common Ground tasks into templates. These are great for automating any repetitive, multistep process.

Why We Love It
Action Plans eliminates the need to manually create follow-up tasks and meetings without the need to custom code. It’s a great way to set up grant and major donor cultivation plans that require multi-step action plans.  For example, if your donor cultivation plan includes a follow up call 3 business days after a donation over a certain amount is made, followed by a letter from the Executive Director, and then sending additional organizational material in the mail, a template can automate putting this plan into action.

App Type
Productivity Tool

Cost
Free

Grid Buddy

Overview
Grid Buddy allows users to make edits to multiple Common Ground data objects in one spreadsheet-like view. Users can make mass updates, deletes, inline edits, and create new records in line.

Why We Love It
For clients who need to allow users to make mass changes to their data, Grid Buddy is a great time saver and having the one screen view makes for a lot less clicks back and forth. There is also the ability with this application to define security and field level validations.

App Type
Technical and Productivity Tool

Cost
Free 14-day trial with discounted subscription pricing for nonprofits

VerticalResponse For AppExchange

Overview
The VerticalResponse for AppExchange interface connects your Common Ground database with VerticalResponse for mass email communications.

Why We Love It
The VerticalResponse for AppExchange interface is easy to deploy, easy to use, and provides access to your mass email statistics from within Common Ground. VerticalResponse also offers 10,000 emails per month for free to nonprofits.

App Type
Productivity Tool

Cost
No cost for the integration and the first 10K emails per month are free for nonprofits. Per email costs for emails sent beyond 10,000/month varies based on volume.

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