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A Non-Profit’s Guide to FileMaker

We’ve covered what FileMaker can offer your organization in previous posts. If you aren’t yet familiar with the fundamentals of the FileMaker Platform, we recommend you start there. In this post, we focus on the unique challenges non-profits face and how a custom FileMaker Platform can tackle those problems.

Areas Where the FileMaker Platforms Excels

With a FileMaker solution developed around your unique goals and operations, you can address inefficiencies in these areas:

Fundraising

Whether you’re planning a fundraising event or you’re tracking an ongoing fundraising initiative, FileMaker makes it that much easier to ensure you achieve your goals. By integrating smaller milestones into larger projects and making them accessible via a comprehensive dashboard, FileMaker keeps your team motivated with a clear path toward success. No longer will your team have to guess whether their work is paying off; with FileMaker, they’ll be able to track and witness the fruits of their labor in real-time.

Content Management

Clarifying and expanding your organization’s messaging is critical to maximizing the amount of good you’re about to do. FileMaker has the capabilities to streamline and centralize your content management platforms. From uploading and tracking blogs to managing your next marketing campaign, the FileMaker Platform allows you to ensure your branding remains consistent at every level while sending powerful messages to potential donors, volunteers, and the world at large.

Event Management

Fundraising events are an essential part of expanding your organization’s reach in the community. With so many moving pieces, making sure your next event goes off without a hitch could quickly turn into a full-time job in itself. Let FileMaker track the assets, personnel, milestones, and vendors your next event will depend on for success. Because your FileMaker solution updates in real time, every member of your team has access to the latest information and you can see how planning comes together with just a few clicks or taps.

Expense Reporting

Running a successful non-profit is about more than just raising money; you need to know precisely how you’re spending it, too. FileMaker simplifies expense reporting for everyone in your organization so you can accurately break down expense reports. As a non-profit, transparency is critical to ensuring your organization’s integrity and reputation remain untarnished. With FileMaker, you’ll be able to prioritize transparency like never before, so you can hold your team accountable to donors, volunteers, and the communities you serve.

Personnel Records

As a non-profit, your people are your most valuable asset. With FileMaker, staying up to date on who’s backing your organization becomes an organic part of your day-to-day operations. From tracking volunteer applications and background checks to overseeing employee benefits, a FileMaker centralizes the resources your organization needs to grow.

Volunteer Scheduling

If your organization depends on volunteers to maximize how much good you’re able to do, you understand the importance of simplifying scheduling. After all, the easier you make it for employees to schedule when and where they want to volunteer, the more likely they are to follow through on their commitment. 

With the FileMaker Platform, you can make it simple for volunteers to plan and track their schedules. At the same time, your team will be able to see exactly how much help they can expect at any given time. Because your updates are in real-time, you can minimize the risk of any miscommunication about when and where volunteers are supposed to be.

Donor and Sponsor Engagement

While engaging donors and sponsors is essential to gaining access to resources today, it’s all the more important to inspire benefactors to continue supporting your cause in the future. With the intuitive FileMaker Platform, you can prioritize donor engagement and ensure everyone in your community understands your organization’s latest project, initiatives, events, and accomplishments. With a centralized platform for tracking and managing sponsor engagement, you can be confident that all your organization’s partners are prepared to support your goals.

Your FileMaker Partners

As a non-profit organization, you understand the importance of forming long-term relationships for ongoing success. If you’re interested in leveraging the power of the FileMaker Platform to help your organization achieve new levels of prosperity, contact the experts at Skeleton Key today. We’ll take the time to understand your organization’s unique mission and values so we can design and deploy a FileMaker solution that helps your organization maximize the amount of good you’re doing in the world.