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Expert Roundtable: How to Choose the Best Crowdfunding Platform for Your Nonprofit

Note: This post was written in 2014. We’ve written more content with new research since then, including How to Get Nonprofit Software Discounts. Crowdfunding isn’t new. In fact, one of the earliest crowdfunding campaigns took place in 1884, when Joseph Pulitzer asked New Yorkers to donate funds to complete construction of the Statue of Liberty’s […]


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Survey: What Motivates People to Become Repeat Volunteers?

Note: This post was written in 2014. We’ve written more content with new research since then, including How to Get Nonprofit Software Discounts. Twenty-five percent of American adults volunteer, but that number is at a 10-year low—putting extra strain on the 85 percent of nonprofits that rely exclusively on volunteer staff to manage the services […]


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How to Turn One-Time Donors Into Repeat Donors

Note: This post was written in 2014. We’ve written more content with new research since then, including How to Get Nonprofit Software Discounts. Nonprofit fundraising is hard. And getting donors to donate more than once isn’t easy either. The Urban Institute found that overall donor retention rates fell to 41.5 percent in 2010-11, down from 49.6 […]


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How Top Sellers Use LinkedIn to Land More Sales

LinkedIn has revolutionized the way over 259 million business people connect with one another, making it an incredibly valuable resource for B2B companies. For B2B sales professionals, LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator is an especially useful tool as it allows users to extensively search LinkedIn’s vast network, identify and connect with prospects and pitch them on their […]


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Survey: How to Get People to Attend Church More Often

Since the 1970s, overall church attendance has gradually declined. Indeed, in their 2011 book, “The Other 80 Percent,” Scott Thumma and Warren Bird highlight multiple studies that indicate only half of members actually attend church—and of those who do attend, only 20 percent are actively involved in other church activities. So how can church leaders […]


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The Secret to Call Center Retention and Productivity

Five years ago, Appletree Answers experienced some serious growing pains. The call center, which initially started as a one-man operation, eventually acquired 13 competitors, raising the number of employees to 350. This rapid expansion led to a dissolution in unity and pushed the turnover rate to 97 percent. The company could have turned to the […]


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The Evolution of Estimating Technology [Infographic]

The construction estimating process has changed a lot since the days when paper spreadsheets and desktop calculators ruled the bid room. Work that used to take days can now be done in a fraction of time. What’s more, with the right software, a single estimator can handle a workload that once demanded a team. Processes […]


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Free & Open-Source vs. Proprietary: How Construction Software Licenses Stack Up

Is free construction management software really a good investment? What are the benefits of a free vs. paid license? These questions are key when considering a new system. After all, it’s easy to focus on construction software’s features and imagine how having all the bells and whistles can save time—even free up evenings and weekends again. […]


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Construction Estimating Guide: What Tools Estimators Need and How to Evaluate Them

Estimating tools have changed quite a bit since the days when calculators and hard-copy plans were all an estimator needed to bid a job. Today, software automates tedious tasks, like quantity counts and markup calculations. And in the future, when building information modeling (BIM) technology is more affordable for small and midsize companies, the estimating […]


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Free vs. Proprietary: Which Construction Project Management Software Is Best for Your Business? User Report – 2015

Construction companies are increasingly using software applications to manage projects. In response, we surveyed project managers who use software, asking questions about how their project management program is licensed, their overall satisfaction with it and the top challenges they experience. While software with a free license sounds appealing, we wanted to find out from users […]