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Using CiviCRM

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Using CiviCRM

Overview of this book

CiviCRM is a web-based, open source CRM system, designed specifically to meet the needs of advocacy, non-profit and non-governmental organizations. Elected officials, professional/trade associations, political campaigns and parties, government agencies, and other similar organizations are among its growing number of enthusiastic users. This book shows you how to harness CiviCRM’s impressive array of possibilities as you develop and execute performance-critical CRM strategies. This book will help you become familiar with the structure and main functions of CiviCRM. It will guide you in developing and successfully implementing a CRM strategy for your organization using detailed explanations and practical examples. Using CiviCRM walks you through developing a CRM Implementation Plan that is suited to your organization's size, culture, and needs. Readers will take away many constituent relationship management best practices and the knowledge of how to implement them with CiviCRM. Benefits of Using CiviCRM will be felt across your organization, and help it better achieve its mission. Overall, your organization will interact with constituents more effectively and handle staff growth and transitions by tracking all contacts and interactions with them in a system shared across the organization. Gathering and analyzing data about your constituents and their interactions with your organization will better inform your decisions. If your organization fundraises, you’ll be able to raise more money and reduce costs by identifying qualified prospects for targeted fundraising initiatives. We show how to attract new prospects and convert them to donors using online, direct mail, telemarketing and direct contact channels Using CiviCRM. You’ll learn why and how to set up and then grow your monthly donor program, as well as improve the frequency, average donation amounts, and retention rates of your donor base. With this book you’ll be able to reduce the burden on administrative resources by providing online payments and self-service options for event registrations and membership renewals. You can increase the likelihood your existing subscribers will become more involved with your organization, ensure more of your members show up to volunteer, identify potential leaders and steward their volunteer activities Finally, you'll be making relevant information easily available that quantifies what a great job you've been doing, including the number of hours that volunteers gave to your organization last year, the number of cases managed, or the number of new viral signups from your latest urgent action e-mail.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Using CiviCRM
About the Authors
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Chapter 2. Planning Your CRM Implementation

So now, you think that your organization will better accomplish its mission with CiviCRM. This chapter will help you plan your implementation of CiviCRM, so that your CRM initiative has the best chance to enable greater organization success.

In this chapter, we will do the following:

  • Identify potential barriers to success and learn how to overcome them

  • Select an appropriate development methodology

  • Build a balanced team

  • Get started by measuring baseline metrics, creating a vision, and creating a plan

  • Focus your CRM strategy first on your constituents and mission, and then on operational efficiency

  • Review effective ways to gather requirements

  • Identify specific types of requirements to be examined in each of the major areas of CiviCRM functionality

  • Itemize elements of a good implementation plan

  • Review how to calculate the total cost of ownership of CRM systems and their alternatives

  • Plan for success

This chapter speaks to people who have the responsibility for...