Ansley also has been using eTapestry to pull capital campaign reports on who gives at what level.
“We started realizing the more you put into eTapestry, the more you get out of it,” Ansley said. “The more information you have on a donor in the beginning, the more you can do later.”
Ansley pulls reports every day and provides them to top-level administrators to review.
“The reports are just so easy and it’s not brain surgery to figure out how to do something,” she said.
Because of eTapestry’s remote accessibility, Gordon Venturella, former Ozark fundraising director who now serves as a consultant to the college, has been able to assist Ansley from his office in Chicago.
Venturella said he brought eTapestry to the college in 2002 as part of an effort to replace an old mainframe computer.
“I was not going to go through the work of a capital campaign and not have a place to record it electronically,” he said. “We needed an economic and easy-to-use solution and eTapestry turned out to be both.”
Today, the college stores about 6,000 donor records in eTapestry.
“I have the satisfaction of knowing that others who come after me have a much better foundation to work from because of eTapestry,” he said.
Venturella, who has used a variety of donor management systems, said eTapestry stands out for its ease of use and convenience.
“eTapestry is very intuitive,” Venturella said. “It has a great value to someone like me who is not particularly a techie and doesn’t have the time or the interest to go to a lot of training just to get it to do what I want to do.”
Ozark Christian College is located in Joplin, MO. To learn more visit www.occ.edu.