Prior to switching to Virtuous, Americans United for Life (AUL) was using Salesforce to help organize and access their donor data – with one major issue. Most of their team felt uncomfortable or unable to access data beyond the most basic information made available to them. Because their team was unable to fully utilize their Salesforce database it resulted in having to utilize outside consultants to help them make data and reporting more accessible.
In an effort to better equip their team and better connect with supporters, AUL began searching for a new CRM platform that could help. On their list of ‘must haves’ AUL wanted a platform that was more user-friendly, could allow their team to easily pull reports and queries, dive into mission-critical analytics, and was a more cost friendly solution.
“Looking for a new system was a great excuse to scrap away the old stuff and jump in with new stuff and incorporate new features that had been developed,” says Terry.
Additionally, the AUL team was using Mailchimp to conduct its email marketing campaigns that ultimately wasn’t able to sync all email data back to their Salesforce platform. Their marketing and fundraising teams yearned for data that would give them a 360 view of what their donors were doing.
“Are they clicking links, choosing to make a gift, or are they even opening it,” says Kevin Tordoff, Interim President. “We weren’t able to see that information in Salesforce from Mailchimp easily because it couldn’t be translated into the system without a substantial investment.”
How We Helped
Partnership with AmPhil
To complicate matters, AUL had a shortened time period to migrate their data from Salesforce and implement Virtuous with their team. To better manage donations made before their fiscal year-end, AUL needed to have their data migrated to Virtuous 6-8 weeks prior to June 30th. Having the data migrated over prior to their giving campaign ensured a smoother transition for donors and staff alike.
Terry and his team quickly realized that in order to meet that deadline, they would need additional support to make the migration and implementation possible. After a recommendation to AmPhil from Virtuous, AUL was able to work alongside AmPhil to ensure that their data was transferred over correctly to their new Virtuous CRM.
With the trusted support from AmPhil, AUL not only successfully migrated and implemented Virtuous at their organization, they did so 6 weeks before the deadline!
Additionally, the AmPhil migration team helped make the transition a smooth and easy process for the AUL team. “Working with Erin was great! She was good at setting timelines for things we needed to do, making it clear, and sticking to the deadlines,” says Terry. “She was also helpful in giving us advice and guidance on where to put data in Virtuous and reassuring me that I wasn’t deleting something that would cause issues later on.”
Greater Access to Data
“Compared to the staff’s usage of Salesforce, it’s a night and day difference!” says Terry. While before, staff was daunted and intimated to use Salesforce, they’re more likely to work in Virtuous now and feel much more comfortable and at ease accessing data inside the platform.
“Our Donor Relations Director now feels empowered to go in, look at records, and use DonorSearch for prospecting, which is something he’s never been able to do before switching to Virtuous,” says Terry. With Virtuous’ native integration with DonorSearch, AUL’s fundraising team can segment their donors and target lower level donors to increase their giving amounts based on wealth history.
Additionally their team no longer struggles with inaccurate or duplicate data. They’ve begun to accomplish its dream of having a 360 view of its database.
Americans United for Life are just beginning to explore the world of automation but already have taken steps to implementing time saving automations for their team. AUL utilizes specific giving level structures to organize its donors and with Virtuous’ automation tools, their team can now quickly tag donors based on their giving level – strategic partners, champions, or grassroots. Doing so allows them to find those giving levels and communicate with those donors effectively using specific communications and campaigns designed for each level.
“Now it’s easy to pull a list for each giving level. They’re tagged, it’s easy to find, there’s no sort of guessing or pulling complicated reports. We know who they are and we can reach out to them quickly,” says Terry.
“We’re just at the tip of the iceberg in tapping into the responsive features but we’re happy to be installed and focused on year-end giving. Now we’re starting to gradually explore how to implement more responsive fundraising into our strategies”, says Kevin.