Convio Announces New UK Partners Ahead of Its Common Ground® Launch

Purple Vision, Westbrook International and Third Sector IT to Deliver Ground Breaking Salesforce.com-based Charity CRM Platform

Online fundraising, marketing and CRM specialist Convio has today announced its first delivery partners ahead of the full launch of its Common Ground® product in the UK later this year. Purple Vision, Westbrook International and Third Sector IT are becoming certified Convio Solution Providers to ensure UK charities get the maximum return on their Convio investment. All three partners will consult around and deploy Convio Common Ground.

Cloud-based Common Ground is used by more than 600 charities globally and has been developed specifically for the charity sector on the Salesforce.com platform, with a fully localized version being made available to the UK this summer.

“Convio Common Ground is one of the most feature-rich charity CRM products in the market, with fundraising and social media functionality built in, on the world-class Salesforce.com platform, but good technology on its own is not enough – you need a support network to deliver it,” said Martin Campbell, UK Managing Director, Convio. “No single company can serve every charity’s needs, so we're developing an active community of leading strategy, services and technology firms that will help charities make the most of their investment in Common Ground.”

Common Ground is already delivering exceptional results for charities in the U.S. and Canada, and Convio’s new UK partners will be looking to deliver similar results in the UK as charities increasingly adopt a multi-channel approach to raise funds and awareness.

“Bad data, failed projects and internal politics conspire to sap charities’ confidence in technology and, as a result, vital supporter records can end up stuck in departmental silos,” said Steve Thomas, Managing Director, Purple Vision. “This must change, and we see a future where connected fundraisers drive relationships using intuitive technology that puts them in touch directly with supporters via multiple channels and media. This is why we are partnering with Convio, bringing our skills and experience in fundraising, technology and change to make the most of the next generation of fundraising tools.”

Common Ground is currently being piloted with a number of UK charities before its official release as a UK localized version later in 2012.

“Most charities are now running multiple campaigns and maintaining a comprehensive database of supporters and fundraisers,” said Ambrose McGinn, CEO of Westbrook International. “What Convio has done with Common Ground makes it very easy for charities to get started with a CRM system to manage this complexity, without the need for expensive development to make the system work in the not-for-profit sector.”

About Convio
Convio is a leading provider of on-demand constituent engagement solutions that enable nonprofit organisations to maximize the value of every relationship. With Convio solutions, nonprofits can more effectively raise funds, advocate for change and cultivate relationships with donors, activists, volunteers, event participants, alumni and other constituents. Convio offers two open, cloud-based constituent engagement solutions: Convio Common Ground® for small- and mid-sized nonprofits and Convio Luminate™ for enterprise nonprofits. Headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices across the United States and United Kingdom, Convio serves more than 1,600 nonprofit organizations globally. Convio is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol CNVO.

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