Creating a connected constituent experience is a top priority for most nonprofits today. To do this, organizations need to ensure their data strategy is on point, with all their platforms and data collection touchpoints (like websites and registration forms) speaking to each other. However, as you likely know, this is much easier said than done.
With many nonprofits moving toward cloud-based solutions such as Salesforce—or stuck straddling both worlds, working between Excel spreadsheets and cloud-based products—it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ensure all their data is flowing seamlessly between platforms.
In fact, according to Salesforce 69% of nonprofits find sharing data across teams and platforms to be difficult. And only 24% of nonprofits have a data strategy in place at all.
On top of this, the traditional high-costs of integration platforms and difficulties hiring and retaining IT specialists meant nonprofits were left with limited options. Or at least that was until the emergence of managed integrations.
Today it’s common practice for organizations to use a wide variety of platforms, tools, and technologies to operate their nonprofit. But as your organization expands, you may become overwhelmed by all these disjointed tools that don’t speak to one another.
Software integrations ensure all of your systems are working together to reduce manual entry, increase productivity, and improve data quality. When your software is integrated, platforms can better communicate with each other and automations can run seamlessly which will optimize business operations and allow your team to work more effectively.
For nonprofits, a good integration strategy can:
Between point to point, Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), middleware, and managed integrations, you would be forgiven for feeling a little confused. So let’s start with the basics:
There’s a lot more to unpack when talking about different types of integration approaches. We take a deep dive in our blog here. But for now, let’s focus on number three, especially our favorite option for nonprofits, managed integration services.
A managed integration is where you leave all the integration to experts. It’s a fully managed solution that helps you with everything from data strategy and planning, to infrastructure setup, maintenance, and integrations.
And whilst it may seem like a more costly solution, it’s actually a more budget-friendly option that’s well suited for nonprofit organizations. It enables them to modernize their systems without stretching precious internal resources or hiring an expensive in-house integration team.
Nonprofit organizations across the globe have a couple of things in common: their hard-working teams often wear multiple hats and are expected to do a lot, with limited resources; they want to achieve a 360-degree view of their constituents and donors, but struggle to connect the data; and they’re expected to provide the same connected digital experience as the for-profit world, but with a fraction of the budget.
All of these challenges, from resourcing and budget, to connected experiences and constituent-360 can be solved with a managed integration approach.
“Since working with Propel Integrations, World Bicycle Relief is data-entry-free and poised for growth. Processing approximately 600 donations per month, the solution has cut processing time by more than 60%.”
Like so many nonprofits, World Bicycle Relief utilizes online donation platforms known as Third-Party Aggregators (TPA’s) or Payment Processors to collect donations. While their benefits are significant, they also have their challenges:
Looking for a solution to their TPA woes, World Bicycle Relief reached out to Propel Integration Partners, a managed integration solution, for help.
Propel Integration Partners offers managed integration solutions for organizations wanting to focus on their mission, rather than manage their integration middleware architecture and services. They created a solution that would seamlessly integrate all TPA data into their Salesforce NPSP daily, improving staff efficiency, reducing human error, and freeing up time for World Bicycle Relief to focus on what matters most: mission.
Read their full story here.
Propel Integration Partners enables nonprofits, like World Bicycle Relief, to spend more time doing what matters most. It automates the exchange of core/common data across all applications to maximize your organization’s impact so you can:
A fully managed integration solution, Propel Integration Partners accelerates an organization’s integration modernization, offers flexible paths forward (without the large upfront costs associated with a full re-platforming), and provides all the benefits of a fully managed service versus internally sourcing and managing highly specialized resources.