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Think outside the box with CiviCRM: Innovative idea #5

One registration. One payment. Multiple events!

What would you say if we told you that CiviCRM can be configured to manage multi-day or multi-event registrations and payments for a single contact? It's true! Here's how we configured CiviCRM to manage an organization annual fundraiser by creating a way for their members to register for multiple events during a single-day event. But you might be thinking that, as far as you know, CiviCRM only allows participants to register and pay for one event at a time. So how did they do it?

Think outside the box with CiviCRM: Innovative idea #4

Use “Campaigns” to manage trade missions
 

Most people use CiviCampaign as a tool to manage fundraising or advocacy campaigns because CiviCampaign is one of the transversal components of CiviCRM that allows you to link together events, activities, mailings and contributions under one umbrella in order to track progress toward a goal. So if you think outside the box, there are other uses for CiviCampaign and some are more business oriented. This post describes how an international trade association uses CiviCampaign to manage trade missions.

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme

CiviCRM at the Museum

An interview with the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris

The Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme or mahJ is the largest French museum of Jewish art and history. Located in the Marais district of Paris, France, the museum’s permanent collection presents 700 works of art and objects (out of the 12,000 objects in its collection) that represent the history of Jewish communities in Europe and the Mediterranean from the Middle Ages to the present day. The museum hosts a variety of cultural events, provides educational services to children and families, offers an extensive media library for visitors and a bookstore with over 5,000 titles. 
 
Cividesk recently spoke with the museum’s IT Manager, Sébastien Pauly, and Communications Attaché, Louise Tellier, to learn more about the challenges they faced before switching to CiviCRM, the reasons they needed to make a change, their experiences transitioning to CiviCRM and the benefits of using this cloud-based database.

 

Think outside the box with CiviCRM: Innovative idea #2

Use Schedule Reminders to send Welcome Messages to Members
 

If you manage memberships or events in CiviCRM, you may already be familiar with the Scheduled Reminders. This function of CiviCRM allows you to automatically send an email to your contacts when a system event is reached. For example, you can inform constituents that their membership is about to expire and that it is time to renew it (check our article about checksum tokens to direct your contact to a prefilled membership renewal form), or remind them that they are registered for an upcoming fundraiser happening soon.

 

HighEdWeb

HighEdWeb, the High Education Web Professionals Association, is an organization of professionals working to advance the web at institutions of higher education. They design, develop, manage and map the future of higher education digital communications and services. Each fall, they come together at their Annual Conference and related master-class intensive Academies, and they remain active year-round via smaller HighEdWeb regional meetups and their LINK Online Journal.

Think outside the box with CiviCRM: Innovative idea #1

Use the Membership module to manage Sponsor/Student Relationships
 

This is an example of how you can use the membership module of CiviCRM called "CiviMember," for managing sponsorships for students seeking continuing education rather than the traditional use for managing memberships!
The organization main need is to track the relationship and the financial support between the individual sponsor and the sponsored student. 

Pets Alive

Using CiviCRM to Promote Animal Rescue

An interview with Mary Ann Bopp, Development Director of Pets Alive

Pets Alive is a no-kill animal rescue organization, with the mission to improve the lives of companion animals through rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education. Animals at Pets Alive range from dogs and cats to farm animals. Many of the animals at Pets Alive are older, have special needs or require specific care. Pets Alive is recognized within the local community and nationwide as a leader in developing alliances to end the killing of adoptable animals and promoting the humane treatment of animals.

Cividesk recently spoke with Mary Ann Bopp, the Development Director for Pets Alive, who is responsible for the organization’s fundraising. Before joining Pets Alive, Mary Ann gained many technical skills during her 30 plus years at IBM where she became familiar with new technology and gained a real understanding of the power of technology to improve business. She also volunteered extensively at several different no-kill shelters which led to her work at Pets Alive.

Pets Alive

Pets Alive is a no-kill animal rescue, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, about 1.5 hours from New York City. Their mission is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education. 

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