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ByGrassroots Unwired

A Custom Out-of-the-Box Solution

Opening a boxWhat do you think of when you hear, “out-of-the-box”? An example that may come to mind is our personal cell phones. They come in a box, ready to use but we have to configure them; add SIM cards, login to our email accounts, download all our necessary apps. But how nice would it be if your personal cell phone came to your door already configured to you and your needs as a “custom out-of-the-box solution”?

A package just for youJust like people, your organization is unique, there is no other like it. So why should your mobile solution for your next campaign or fundraising event be like all the rest? It doesn’t have to be! Grassroots Unwired has developed a solution that will ensure a mobile application, tailored to your organizations specific needs, is installed on an Android tablet (with 4G data service) and delivered to your doorstep the day your campaign or fundraising event kicks off.

According to CargasCustom solutions offer businesses with highly specialized issues an opportunity to overcome even the most overwhelming obstacles“.  Reach out to us today to learn about how we can help your organization overcome even the most overwhelming obstacles with our custom out of the box solution.

ByGrassroots Unwired

Lung Cancer Alliance: Philadelphia Lung Love Run/Walk

lung cancer alliance swag

Grassroots Unwired believes in going the extra mile with groundbreaking technology built to better the lives and experiences of others. Which is why are honored to support organizations like Lung Cancer Alliance for their run/walk events. Lung Cancer Alliance’s Lung Love Run/Walks are more than just that– they are a community gathering to support and unite those who are affected by lung cancer.

The Lung Love Run/Walk day-of is typically made up of a small yet mighty community engagement team, collecting new registrations and check-in information with a pen and paper. The team would then manually enter this data following the event, which can be extremely cumbersome. At the Philadelphia Lung Love Run/Walk, Lung Cancer Alliance’s community engagement team used Grassroots Unwired’s mobile platform to:

  • Register new day-of participants
  • Accept donations
  • Eliminate post-race manual data entry

lung cancer alliance volunteerI had the honor of being on the ground for the Philadelphia Lung Love Run/Walk as volunteer. Being there in-person was especially eye-opening in witnessing how the community engagement team hustles; from pre-race stretches to last minute registrations, time is of the essence for all involved. With Grassroots Unwired, Lung Cancer Alliance was able to quickly and seamlessly register 49 new participants and reached a fundraising milestone of $159,327 bringing them that much closer to their goal of $175,000!

Grassroots Unwired is thrilled about this new partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance and looking forward to working with them again for their 2018 Lung Love Walk – Houston. Visit https://lungcanceralliance.org to find out how you can get involved.

 

– Written by Chelsea Lapent, Grassroots Unwired Account Executive

ByGrassroots Unwired

Breaking Past Your Barriers to Nonprofit Technology: Three Common Problems and Solutions

You’ve read up on the latest nonprofit technology trends. You know that mobile fundraising, digital marketing and electronic payments are the wave of the future that has already arrived. You admit that even your low tech door to door canvassing would be more effective with the right technology behind it. So what’s holding you back from taking your nonprofit to the next level?

Chances are that your concerns are ones that other organizations, even small, grassroots ones, have faced and overcome. Let’s look at three common barriers and how you can effectively address them.

1) Budget

Yes, the dreaded “b” word. “Small” would be a kind word to describe your technology budget. That incredible software solution that you did include in your budget may require all sorts of hardware that is not in your budget. You are not alone, and, in response, many resources have been developed to help organizations like yours. There is an entire world of programs and websites which offer free or discounted software, services, or hardware. Some of the better known resources include Techsoup, Idealware, or Google for Nonprofits. There are also many, many grants out there for non-profits in all sectors which can help fund the technology solutions you need. Grantwatch, for example, has an extensive, real time database of thousands of grants.

2) Training

Your staff is dedicated and passionate about your mission, but not so tech savvy. Your volunteers are enthusiastic, but they freeze when they see that new device.  Or maybe you, yourself, feel overwhelmed by the nuances of the digital world. Not a problem! Certainly any industry specific software or hardware that you purchase should include staff training as part of the package, but what about more basic training? Again, the nonprofit tech community has you covered. The Center for Nonprofit Resources has a great list of training programs available to nonprofits in all areas.

3) Mobile Solutions

Your most effective work isn’t done only in your office. Out in the field is where you can reach the most people with your message. But that is also where your digital service breaks down, rendering your technology useless. It can make you yearn for a pen and paper that never needs wi-fi coverage or loses functionality in a bad cell. On the other hand, with pen and paper you also get lost information and hours of data entry. Fortunately, digital solutions are available that work even when digital service is not. Grassroots Unwired, for example, offers a mobile app that works offline when needed and allows all the data collected to integrate back to your CRM.

Any discussion of nonprofit technology support is incomplete without mention of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). NTEN is a membership group of nonprofit technology professionals created to help nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively. Their annual Nonprofit Technology Conference is attended by thousands and showcases a huge variety of nonprofit technology solutions and innovations.

Moving your nonprofit forward requires forward thinking technology. Take advantage of the many resources that are out there to help you along.

ByGrassroots Unwired

The support you need, when you need it

When organizing a grassroots campaign with a team of canvassers you need the right support, and you need it ASAP.

Grassroots Unwired was founded with a deep understanding of the challenges that canvassers face on a daily basis. That’s why we have a dedicated Customer Success team dedicated to provide:

  • Technical support, onboarding and training for your admin users
  • Phone and email support Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM EST.
  • Phone and email support for weekend canvassing as requested
  • Online portal for support and customer feedback & device orders

Anthony is here and ready to help! Meet the rest of our team.

ByGrassroots Unwired

Mobile Platform for “Day of” Run/Walk/Event Fundraisers

Get more out of participants and spectators on the day of your event with the Grassroots Unwired App. Our integrated mobile payment solution eliminates checks and cash. And works even if you don’t have cell or wifi coverage.

Our clients came to us with a problem: how do they extend the online tools they use to organize an event and register participants, to the day of the event where currently, everything happens on paper: multiple spreadsheets across the process, writing down credit card numbers and taking cash and checks, rushing new registrant info to the timing company, and when it’s over, doing all the back end data entry needed to get everything into the CRM.

Grassroots Unwired built a solution: With new functionality added to our already groundbreaking mobile platform, Grassroots Unwired has delivered the first truly mobile solution for the day of your big event.

Key Features:

  • DAY OF SIGN IN & REGISTRATION
  • FUNDRAISE AND SELL MERCHANDISE TO SPECTATORS
  • NO CONNECTION? NO PROBLEM. THE APP WORKS OFFLINE!
  • EVERYTHING FROM THE FIELD GOES INTO YOUR CRM IN REAL TIME

“After years of running our “day-of” run/walk activities on paper, it was a relief to leverage Grassroots Unwired to make the whole experience more efficient and accountable. And I LOVE not having to do data entry after a long day at the event.”
Nicole Kerstin
Sr. Manager – Development, Be The Match Foundation

 

ByGrassroots Unwired

Canvassing in over 60 Languages – Grassroots Unwired Has It!

We Just Took Advocacy and Organizing to a Whole New Level!

ON THE FLY LANGUAGE TRANSLATION:

Our most groundbreaking new feature since 2016.
Allow the canvasser to instantly change the script language from English to over 60 other languages/writing systems based on canvasser or voter preference.

Whether your targeted voter is more comfortable using a non-English language or your canvasser is, having the ability to flip the script to that language will make your advocacy efforts more meaningful and your canvassing more valuable.

Contact us today to learn more

 

ByGrassroots Unwired

Blackbaud Integration

Mobile Enterprise Technology

We started with a simple principle: Technology can and should create a social impact:
Grow a constituent base, raise more money, advocate for a cause, and most importantly, be mobile.


The Problem

Tools geared towards non-profits only focus on the online or CRM space. There are no tools that help non-profits reach donors where they are.

The Solution

A mobile first tool for face to face advocacy:

  • GPS-enabled, real-time, data collection tool
  • Robust scripting options
  • PCI compliant card swipes
  • Unique integrations with social and digital
  • Features built specifically to support face to face efforts

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ByAlex Castner

New Feature: Nearest Neighbor Lookup

Grassroots Unwired has a released a new feature that we believe changes the game in helping your organization gain new supporters and it’s called Nearest Neighbor Lookup.

There is nothing more powerful than additional validation when it comes to getting new supporters to donate to your organization. When you knock on a potential supporters door, how do you let them know about others around them who have already joined your cause?

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ByAlex Castner

May 2017 Grasshoots

Grassroots Unwired is built on the philosophy that mobile-first technology can be customized and utilized for the greater good. From helping progressive candidates win elections to empowering non-profit organizations working to save our environment, balance inequality and improve our communities, Grassroots Unwired bridges historical canvassing with groundbreaking technology.
We are transforming the way our clients galvanize support for their candidates and their causes.

Each month, we make two platform releases which include new features, custom programming for individual clients and improvements to existing features that benefit everyone using the platform. Recently, a release included an exciting new integration that we wanted to make sure you knew about.

New Feature Launch

ActionKit

  • One of the great strengths of the Grassroots Unwired platform is the ability we give our clients to seamlessly integrate other tools that they use for their advocacy efforts with the GRU platform.
  • ActionKit helps you organize online and we help you organize “offline.”
  • Now the data collected during F2F advocacy on the GRU platform, can be sent in real time to your ActionKit instance so your new supporters can become part of your outreach effort immediately.

More Integrations – Grassroots Unwired has several CRM integrations.

Contact Us to see if yours is supported.

Coming Soon
  • BYOP(rocessor) – If priority one for you is F2F fundraising, our donation capture and processing is better than any other mobile product on the market. Now we have opened up our platform to over 70 payment gateways to give you the most seamless payment experience possible.
Goings on in the Office
  • Last Month, Russ and Jordan headed down to DC for our inaugural appearance at NTEN’s 2017 NonProfit Technology Conference. That was fun. They talked with hundreds of non-profits about the platform and used our tech to collect petition signatures supporting Meals-on-Wheels and ultimately made a $250 donation.
  • We have four awesome interns coming on board for the summer. They are currently attending Penn State, Philadelphia University, Georgetown, and Temple, and we can’t wait to get them on board once the school year ends.
  • We’re also hiring on both the Sales and Tech side. Head on over to our Careers page and check them out. Please encourage any current college students you know to apply.

Thank you for taking the time to review our latest Grasshoots. For more information:

Request a meeting to learn more!

ByAlex Castner

Get More From Your Canvassing Effort

At it’s core, the Grassroots Unwired platform gives you real time accountability and efficiency.

But there’s so much more that clients get out of it:

  • Conserve: No more printing paper lists
  • Email Relay: Collect an email address at a door and have a customized email sent from the campaign immediately
  • Content at the Door: Got a new TV ad or mail piece you want to make sure voters see? Just load it on to Canvasser phones
  • Social Media: Integrate your canvassing activities with your campaigns social media outlets
  • Election Day: Real-time check-off app

We’ll even supply your campaign with smartphones or tablets so you dont have to worry about hardware or data plans—just open the box and start your canvass.