November/December 2009 Providing technology and services to inspire and mobilize people to support your mission
In This Issue

yellow-diamond Tax Deadline Drives Donation Activity on December 31
yellow-diamond What are the 4 Must-haves for a Successful Website Redesign?
yellow-diamond Building an Active Community of Knowledge for Nonprofits
yellow-diamond 2009 Social Media Round-up

From the CEO

Dear Nonprofit Professional,

We know time is short and expectations are high as you close out your year-end campaign and plan for 2010. This issue is our “best of” Connection, where we have pulled together a few newsletter and blog articles that may help you optimize your last campaign in 2009 and can serve as food for thought when creating your fundraising and marketing strategy for next year.

Whether you are looking for a partner to help you execute your plan, researching online technology to make your team be more efficient, or exploring ways to make your website more engaging, we’re here as your resource. We wish you well this holiday season, and look forward to a bright New Year working together to take your fundraising results and constituent relationships to greater levels.

Convio CEO Gene AustinRegards,

Gene Austin
Chief Executive Officer, Convio

Feature Stories


Tax Deadline Drives Donation Activity on December 31
Tad Druart, Director, Marketing & Communications, Convio

According to donor behavior, getting that last gift in under the tax deadline is extremely important.


What are the 4 Must-haves for a Successful Website Redesign?
Lacey Kruger, Interactive Architect, Convio

Redesigning your website can be a daunting task. But, with a few best practices and a methodical approach, you can make your site both beautiful and effective.

Sara Spivey

Building an Active Community of Knowledge for Nonprofits
Sara Spivey, Chief Marketing Officer, Convio

2009 Convio Summit buzz continues! Check out the great content from the event, and thank you to our sponsors.

Jordan Viator

2009 Social Media Round-up
Jordan Viator, Interactive Communications Manager, Convio

Social media resources and tips to get a head start on 2010.


Thanks to all of you that made this year's Convio Summit the best one yet! Now, Save the Date for next year's event. We'll be in Baltimore at the Waterfront Marriott October 25-27.

yellow-arrow  Check out the coverage from 2009 Summit at Nonprofit Live TV.
yellow-arrow  Read about all of the buzz at the Connection Cafe blog.

Meet Us on Common Ground

Do you need to secure budget for a donor management tool in 2010? Download the FREE guide to learn how to get the support of decision makers in your organization. What's inside?

  The role of decision makers;
  What they need from you to make an informed decision;
  Recommended responses to common objections;
  Must-haves for effective relationship management; and
  Insights from Heller Consulting on the benefits of CRM for nonprofits.


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Turn the Dec. 31 tax deadline into revenue

There's still time to capture your share of the online giving avalanche during the last week of the year. Find out how!  

yellow-arrow  Download tip sheet 



What is your top 2010 resolution?

Take our poll and join the online discussion to share your organization's resolutions, thoughts, ideas and initiatives for the upcoming year. And stay tuned for the 2010 Resolutions guide with tips and best practices from industry experts that will help you in fulfilling your resolution.

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yellow-arrow  Pre-register for guide



Common Ground Videos

Think there's nothing new in donor management?  Think again.

To see just how easily Common Ground integrates with your nonprofit and makes your workday easier, we invite you to sit back and watch a few short videos.

  Watch now


Training Update

Check out all of the training dates available for 2010! You'll find a variety of classroom and online training for new and experienced Convio users.

yellow-arrow  Click here for full calendar



Nonprofit News

'Shaq-A-Claus' scores with Toys for Tots at Toys R Us
USA Today
December 21, 2009

Dec. 31 Is a Big Day for Online Charity
New York Times
December 17, 2009 

  More nonprofit news



Convio Events

Visit Convio at these events:

2010 Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon 
Austin, TX | Jan 26

2010 Washington Nonprofit Conference 
Washington, DC| Jan 28-29

2010 Run Walk Ride Conference
Dallas, TX | Mar 3-4

  More Convio events

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