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Tendenci® Open Source CMS Website Expected to Play Key Role in Rotary Firefighters Home Fundraising Effort

Campaign encourages online community to respond to housing needs of ailing firefighters

RFFH.jpgHOUSTON, December 2, 2013 – Tendenci Open Source Content Management System (CMS) (www.tendenci.com) is providing a spark for the Rotary Club of University Area’s heartwarming campaign to provide low-cost housing to firefighters and other first responders who come to Houston to undergo treatment at the Texas Medical Center. The Rotary has kicked off a $15 million fundraising effort and launched a new website, http://rotaryfirefightershome.org/, powered by Tendenci to spearhead the initiative.

Tendenci is the first open source CMS built for cause-related organizations such as the Rotary Firefighters Home fundraising campaign. With Tendenci’s online donation and fundraising management capabilities, the Rotary Firefighters Home can accept donations online, organize and track donations, and automatically generate invoices and reports – all inside one easy to use software platform.

“We like the fact that Tendenci provides online donors to the Rotary Firefighters Home instant confirmation when their donation is processed and – without us having to do anything – Tendenci automatically generates an invoice and emails a copy to the donor with all the information required for submitting to the IRS for tax purposes,” said Rotary Firefighters Home Founding Director Jerry Harris. “We expect the website to be the heart and soul of this campaign, explaining to people around the world the health consequences – particularly cancer – that firefighters face and the need for low-cost housing during their extended stays here.”

Health insurance typically does not cover lodging expenses, and the cost of hotels and short-term housing can be crippling for patients and families coming to Houston for treatment. The Rotary Club of the University Area has undertaken the project of providing housing to professional and volunteer firefighters and other first responders at little or no cost for use while they undergo treatment at the TMC for any on-the-job injury or resulting work-related medical condition.

With Tendenci, the Rotary Firefighters Home campaign can easily manage and organize website content, resulting in a more current and dynamic user experience and return visits. To feature architectural renderings and a floor plan of the facility, the website also includes rich media management, making it easy to upload, view and search photos. Tendenci’s online event management enables the campaign to quickly and easily add events to the online calendar.

Tendenci was released as an open source CMS to give cause-related organizations, including nonprofits and associations, greater freedom and control over their online presence. Tendenci has more than 1 million users and powers hundreds of websites for nonprofit organizations and associations around the world, including Rice University’s Baker Institute (http://bakerinstitute.org/), Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org) and DePelchin Children's Center (www.depelchin.org).

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About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci (www.tendenci.org) develops the Tendenci Open Source CMS system for cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children's Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among hundreds of others. Tendenci’s Schipul Web Marketing business unit provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Additional information about Tendenci and Schipul is available at www.tendenci.com.


Schipul to Offer Online Fundraising Tips at 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference

NTC Panel - Level Up Your Online Fundraising

Presentation to examine the psychology of why people donate

HOUSTON, April 9, 2013 – A team from Schipul Technologies, (www.schipul.com), an open source software development company and creators of the Tendenci open source CMS for nonprofit organizations (NPOs), will present, “Level Up Your Fundraising: Understanding the Psychology of What Makes People Donate,” at the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference. The presentation will focus on the challenge of engaging website visitors and motivating them to take action – whether through online donations, event registration, membership signup, or any of the many types of online transactions available on NPO websites.

The 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference will bring together nonprofit professionals from around the world to collaborate, innovate and maximize effectiveness using various technology tools. The event is organized by the Nonprofit Technolgy Network (NTEN). Schipul’s speakers will include Vice President of Professional Services, Aaron Long, Marketing Manager Caitlin Kaluza, and Tendenci Community Curator Sarah Worthy.

Online giving increased nearly 11 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, but it still represents less than 10 percent of total fundraising revenue. The Schipul team will offer easily implemented tips for nonprofits to accelerate growth in online fundraising.

“Successful nonprofits need more than a website and social media profiles, they need the information site visitors are seeking, in a format they can navigate, and they must present information in a way that prompts visitors to take action,” said Long. “We will discuss some of the common mistakes made by many nonprofits that make it difficult for supporters to donate online, and we’ll offer seven tips for using psychology in online marketing to increase online fundraising.”

Research from Nielsen Norman Group found that it is harder to give money to nonprofit organizations than it is to spend money shopping online. Completing the donation process online took users in their study seven percent longer on average than it took users to complete an e-commerce checkout process. A separate study found that in 17 percent of the nonprofit websites evaluated, users could not find where to make a donation.

The Schipul team will present, “Level Up Your Fundraising: Understanding the Psychology of What Makes People Donate,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13th. The 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference runs April 11 – 13 at the Minneapolis Hilton and Minnesota Convention Center in Minneapolis.

For more information about the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference, visit http://www.nten.org/ntc.

Follow the presentation on Twitter: #13NTClvlup.

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About Schipul Technologies

Schipul Technologies develops and builds websites on the Open Source Tendenci CMS (www.tendenci.org) system for NPOs, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.

 

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