Convio Open: How API's May Change the Way You Work


Sam_Heywood.jpgRecently, two of the CRM players, Kintera and Convio unveiled new tools to help nonprofits benefit from Application Programming Interfaces (API's), a powerful open platform technology. Other providers, such as Blackbaud may follow their lead.

As I learned from attending the just completed Convio Summit in Austin, Texas, a discussion about API's and databases fotunately doesn't have to be technical. It's basically about storing and retrieving information. If you've ever kept a list of information in Excel, you will be relieved to know that under the hood, even the most sophisticated database contains tables that look exactly like a simple list in Excel - with rows and columns of data.

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Convio Innovator Awards

Convio Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Vinay Baghat gave out “Innovator Awards” to eight Convio client organizations that had notable achievements in the past year.

Care2 congratulates all of the winners, and notes proudly that six of the eight winning nonprofits are clients of Care2, and that several of the winning campaigns included promotion to Care2 members as one of the components of the overall campaign.

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Live from Convio Summit 2007

This morning at the Convio Client Summit in Austin, Texas, the opening session (sponsored by Care2, by the way) consisted mainly of the keynote speech by Convio CEO Gene Austin.
Some highlights…

  • Austin noted that Convio now has almost 1,300 clients, after the acquisition of GetActive earlier this year. These nonprofit clients collectively have raised more than $1 billion over the years, using tools provided by Convio and GetActive, he said.
  • Austin’s main themes were: Integration with GetActive; new “Open” initiative; and Convio’s upcoming IPO

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Take the M+R Online Monthly Giving Survey

MandR_Logo.gifWouldn't you love to know more about monthly giving?  That’s why our friends over at M+R have decided to take an in-depth look at nonprofit online monthly giving (a.k.a. sustainer/recurring) – and they want to include YOU in their short and easy survey of nonprofit organizations.

Help us (and the progressive community) better understand the current trends and strategies employed in online monthly giving programs by taking this short survey. All individual answers will be kept confidential.

Results of the survey will be shared in M+R’s upcoming study which will also include data they’ve gathered about online monthly giving metrics.

Thanks so much for your participation.

Feel free to contact Karen Matheson at with any questions or requests for a copy of the study when it comes out in November.


Mastering Integrated Marketing: Interview with Jessica Grounds

Jessica_better_photo.gifI recently had a chance to interview Jessica Grounds, Senior Strategist at Stones’ Phones, on her experience with integrated communications strategies.

Jessica's firm Stones’ Phones, a political phone consulting outfit, along with Bates Neimand, a political direct-mail firm, and Advocacy Inc, a political online consulting firm, were hired by a major labor union to create an integrated paid communications plan.  They were commissioned to design and execute a $5 Million program to target and persuade infrequent voting single women to vote for John Kerry for President.

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Mapping Your Nonprofit: An Intro to GIS

As a co-organizer of NetSquared DC, I helped design a presentation on the topic of GIS and mapping technology as applied to nonprofits.  The speaker, Robert Cheetham, is both concise and knowledgeable, but more importantly he has a knack for explaining GIS in a way that is very accessible to non-techies.  His firm, Avencia, is an award winning GIS consultancy.

Given the fantastic feedback we received from our NetSquared GIS presentation, I was very pleased to learn that NTEN is featuring Robert in a forthcoming webinar. I you've ever wondered how mapping can help your nonprofit, this is THE webinar to attend. I recommend it highly.  Here's a link to the registration page...

When: Tuesday, October 2nd, 11 am Pacific Time / 2 pm Eastern Time
Cost: $25 for NTEN Members, $50 for non-members


Every Woman Counts Launch Meeting

everywomancounts.jpgLifetime Television, Redbook, CosmoGIRL! and Marie Claire joined forces to create, a non-partisan coalition.  I had the privilege of attending the kick-off dinner reception last night.  As the event announcement stated so clearly, "women, who constitute more than half the population and vote in greater numbers than men, will play a critical role in the election." This fact certainly caught my attention.

During the reception, I also learned about the work of some really great organizations.  Women Under Forty PAC, for example, focuses on supporting women under forty years of age who are running for public office. WUFPAC is nonpartisan and could use your support at their fall event.  View the pdf invite here!  We're also planning a guest blog by Jessica  Grounds, Senior Strategist for Stones' Phones and President of the WUFPAC Board of Directors.