Software/Technology

Convio Surges on First Day After Cutting IPO Price
May 3, 2010

May 3, 2010, Bloomberg.com — Convio Inc., a maker of marketing software for nonprofit organizations, advanced as much as 22 percent in its first day of trading after cutting the price of its $46.2 initial public offering.

Convio sold 5.13 million shares at $9 each yesterday after offering the stock at $10 to $12, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Bloomberg data. The Austin, Texas-based company climbed as high as $10.99 in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. Alpha & Omega Semiconductor Ltd., the Hamilton, Bermuda-based maker of chips that extend the battery life of laptops, fell 1.7 percent to $17.70 after raising more than $91 million.

Convio reduced its IPO price after credit-rating downgrades of Greece, Portugal and Spain roiled equity markets and last week’s offerings in the U.S. raised 21 percent less than sought. All seven companies asked buyers to pay a premium after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index’s rally to the highest level since 2008 had revived demand for IPOs.

Savers Inc. Launches New Online Nonprofit Locator Tool
April 27, 2010

April 27, 2010, Press Release — Retail thrift pioneer Savers Inc. today announced the launch of a new "Nonprofit Locator Tool" on its websites, making it easier than ever to donate gently used items that benefit the company's more than 128 nonprofit partners.

There are more than 240 Savers, Value Village, and Village des Valeurs stores across the U.S., Canada and Australia, and every location has a unique nonprofit partner in its community, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Arc, The Epilepsy Foundation, HOPE Services or the Canadian Diabetes Association.  Each store pays its nonprofit partner for every used item donated, which include clothing, housewares, furniture and more. Partners are paid for donations collected directly by the nonprofit or at the Community Donation Center, located on-site at the Savers, Inc. stores. These partnerships turn otherwise unused goods into sustainable funding that supports the nonprofits' programs and services right in the local community.

The new Nonprofit Locator Tool will help match potential donors with nearby nonprofit partners and Community Donation Centers, thus encouraging increased donations for nonprofit partners. Last year, Savers paid $127 million to its partners for donations, and it has paid more than one billion dollars since 1954.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Fundraising E-mails
March 26, 2010

Forget what you might be hearing about social networks spelling the demise of e-mail. For right now at least, e-mail is alive and well -- and an effective (and cost-effective) way to reach out to donors, potential donors and other supporters.


Among the things the whitepaper addresses:

  • Making sure your subject lines get your e-mails open and don't land you in the spam folder
  • Writing in e-mailese to keep your readers' attention
  • Measuring results

Book Preview: What Types of Software Could Assist Your Organization?
February 23, 2010

Looking for ways to streamline your nonprofit organization's processes? Many times, implementing software to automate certain processes can increase efficiency and even save money in the long-term. However, it can be a daunting endeavor that raises many questions. For instance, what types of software should your nonprofit be using? What products are available, and which would work best for your particular organization?

To the Point: Get Ready to Rummage
January 1, 2010

We're calling a new rector for my church. This entails creating a detailed profile of our institution, assessing our ministries, analyzing our finances, and praying and reflecting on our next "calling." It also entails letting some ministries go.

Need Tickets to the Paramount Theatre? Charity Dynamics has an App for That
November 16, 2009

AUSTIN, TEXAS, November 16, 2009 — Charity Dynamics, known for its strategic implementation of results-driven online programs for nonprofits, has broadened its capabilities and services available to organizations with the launch of the company’s first customized iPhone application. Developed specifically for The Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, the “Paramount Theatre Application” provides a new, more efficient way for the organization to stay connected with patrons while keeping them updated with the most current theatre news and offerings.

Bringing the Business of IT to the Nonprofit World
November 10, 2009

November 9, 2009 — In the world of nonprofits, as in most organizations, decisions can be made fast. Opportunities arise and actions must be taken, sometimes without informing the entire staff of what’s to come. Information Technology, or IT, is too often the last department to find out about the plan – a plan that frequently requires our involvement to implement. IT departments often feel like they’re trying to catch up, versus being an integral part of the planning process, which I believe can make a major difference in the efficiency and effectiveness of a nonprofit organization.

HEP Development Offers Discount for Convio Customers
November 9, 2009

LEESBURG, Va., November 9, 2009 — Nonprofit data management firm HEP Development has announced that, through December 31, 2009, all clients of nonprofit online software company Convio, Inc. will receive a 10% discount on orders for its standard-setting matching gift, wealth identification, and data cleansing/enhancement services. Convio clients can learn more by visiting HEP Development's booth at Convio Summit 2009 in Austin, TX next week.