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

yellow-diamond The View from the Cloud
yellow-diamond When should I start working on year-end fundraising?
yellow-diamond Considerations for Nonprofits Moving to the Cloud
yellow-diamond Wow Factor: Nonprofits Taking Advantage of Convio Open

From the CEO

Dear Jill,

This issue of Connection celebrates the Cloud — cloud computing, that is. This figurative term for data storage and processing via the Internet may seem like the latest buzz word, but it is living up to the hype. Cloud computing is making it possible for you to reach new heights as you raise awareness for your cause, fund mission-critical programs, and manage the data that is at the heart of your organization. And, Convio is passionate about helping you leverage this technology to reach your goals faster and smarter.

The celebration doesn’t end there. September marks the one-year anniversary of Convio Common Ground™ CRM, our donor management system that moves beyond the confines of a traditional database to full constituent relationship management. The cloud has made it possible for Convio to offer this innovative tool that fits the way you work, while giving you a complete view of all interactions with your constituents. 

Read this issue to help you better understand cloud computing,  what it means for you, and see a great example of a nonprofit that is using the technology to the fullest. It’s a very nice view up here in the cloud.

Convio CEO Gene AustinRegards,

Gene Austin
Chief Executive Officer, Convio

Feature Stories

The View from the Cloud
Dave Hart, Chief Technology Officer, Convio

This article gets past the hype of cloud computing and explores the concept and what it means to Convio, our clients and to the nonprofit sector as a whole.


When should I start working on year-end fundraising?
Rachael Ahrens, Senior Interactive Specialist, Convio

Top recommendations to keep your year-end fundraising campaign on track. Start early, be prepared and capitalize on your year-end campaign which may be the most important one that you run all year.


Considerations for Nonprofits Moving to the Cloud
Thomas Groden and Michelle Murain, OpenIssue

Considering cloud computing services, but not sure where to start? Here's a checklist as you make your "move to the cloud."


Wow Factor: Nonprofits Taking Advantage of Convio Open
James Young, Senior Product Manager, Convio

Looking for a wow factor with your next online campaign? See how a few nonprofit clients and partners are leveraging cutting-edge Open technology from Convio.

Meet Us on Common Ground

The Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C3) team decided early on that they wanted to find technology that would let them grow as an organization, was conducive to staff that was geographically dispersed and would remove IT burdens. They wanted technology that was flexible, web-based, and Open. Cloud-based solutions like Convio Common Ground CRM and Google Docs made perfect sense. See how C3 manages their website, email, documents, database and even their help-line "in the Cloud."

  View the full video from Judi Sohn at Colorectal Cancer Coalition
  Learn more about Common Ground


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Donor Management Made Easy

You want a donor database that is easy to use, delivers valuable information with a few clicks, and will follow your rules. More nonprofits are turning to constituent relationship management (CRM) as their new way to move beyond traditional databases and manage much more than data.

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Need Help Getting Your Board Onboard? 

Don't miss the boat! Make the case to your board members for online fundraising and put your organization in a strong position in 2010 and beyond. 

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Complimentary Webinar

Power of the People:
Nonprofit Success through Social Fundraising

Hear straight from ALS Association and Charity Dynamics how you can empower your supporters to raise funds for your nonprofit.

Thurs, Sept 24  |  1:00pm Eastern

  Register now


Convio Partner Case Study: ThinkCure!

ThinkCure!, a cancer research organization, worked with Firefly Partners to assist them with a website redesign and welcome series using Convio software to coordinate with the second annual Radio Telewebethon. They raised more than $160,000 the first day!  

  Learn more



Nonprofit News

Active, Advanced or Averse - Nonprofit Change & Social Media
Connection Cafe

September 16, 2009

Online: 6 Secrets To Success Of “athon” Events
NonProfit Times
September 10, 2009 

  More nonprofit news



Convio News

Convio Ranks Most Generous Online Cities for 2008 and Reports Current Standings for 2009
September 21, 2009

Convio Named to Software Magazine’s 27th Annual Software 500
September 18, 2009

  More Convio news



Convio Events

Visit Convio at these events:

SAWA Annual Conference 
Austin, TX | Nov 15-17

2009 Conference on Philanthropy AFP Massachusetts Chapter 
Boston, MA | Nov 17

Dreamforce 09
San Francisco, CA | Nov 17-20

  More Convio events

About Convio Connection
Convio Connection is a bimonthly newsletter for nonprofits on how to inspire and mobilize supporters. Read past issues.

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