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As a nonprofit volunteer coordinator, the possibility of implementing Connect platform can be exciting for you. Now it’s time to get your director on board; this can mean having to “pitch” the software internally to decision makers like your executive director or business manager. Galaxy Digital enlisted the help of Tim McCarthy, coordinator at Cape Cod Volunteers, to bring you strategies for getting your team on board with Connect.
McCarthy wanted to rejuvenate Cape Cod Volunteers’ volunteer site, and he needed the go-ahead from their board; he had to make a strong argument for investing in one of Galaxy’s Connect platforms. This meant communicating the software’s value, not just for himself, but for the entire organization. Below, we’ve listed a few selling points that he suggests to appeal to nonprofit administration:
Often times, decision makers won’t be the ones on the phone with a Galaxy Digital team member or attending a software demonstration. McCarthy insists “coaching is necessary.” You’ll want to provide your director with the right materials to make an informed decision.
Gather your team to discuss specific features they’ll benefit from, as well as your budget. Have supporting materials prepared beforehand and anticipate questions and concerns your team may have. Your nonprofit is more likely to get behind the software when they have a clear understanding of the product. Here are a few key points you may want to discuss with your team and board:
As the volunteer coordinator, you’ll have seen the software but may not have all the answers yet. Your GD sales representative is more than happy to answer any questions and “pitch” the software to your Executive Director. (It’s what they’re trained for!) Link decision makers to your GD point person and they’ll have all the information your team needs to make an informed choice.
Implementing new technology into your nonprofit’s day-to-day operations can be a tough sell for some. But with the right resources and a bit of preparation, you can put forth a solid argument for why the platform will benefit the whole team. Once Connect is up and running, your team may not believe just how you operated without it!
Author: Addison Waters
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