Let’s get the uncomfortable facts out right away: Times have changed. As a nonprofit or foundation, having high-functioning database technology for CRM (Constituent Relationship Management) and GMS (Grant Management Systems) is no longer “a nice-to-have,” rather it is a mission-critical priority.
Through these systems, organizations improve and shore-up how they work to be more effective, sustainable and scalable by:
Improving constituent experiences
Providing critical intelligence on the performance of programs, campaigns and other critical initiatives
Building institutional knowledge to carry the team through transitions and measure performance over time
It ain’t easy though. Being an organization that is high-functioning with their CRM/GMS is not the same as purchasing a high-functioning CRM/GMS.
The present mentality is largely focused on acquiring a system and training users. That would be fine except for the fact that CRM/GMS systems are business tools for cross-departmental teams, workflows and relationships. This is not a ‘set it and forget it’ system.
Organizations need to focus as much energy on how they adapt to a database-driven approach as they do on acquiring the database. To have and maintain a high-functioning CRM/GMS database requires People, Process and Technology. Skipping to the end and calling it a day after implementation is pretty much the most common reason these systems fail; wasting time, exhausting resources and degrading staff satisfaction along the way.
At North Peak, these facts drive our work. Since our inception in 2013, we’ve been providing Salesforce implementation services that are in-line with nonprofit and foundation best practices for long-term success with CRM/GMS. We’ve succeeded; yet we still see an uncomfortable number of clients fail to capture the promise of these systems; especially through turnover amongst the original champions that brought the system onboard.
With our work focused solely on implementation or enhancement of the technology we’ve borne witness to the major implications on both ends of the project, when organizations don’t properly plan for or staff for the critical stage of owning and running their system (i.e. – the ‘forever time’ covering everything that happens after you’ve implemented the system).
So today ~ that changes. North Peak is evolving to provide a holistic set of services for Nonprofits and Foundations to become and stay data-driven with a high-functioning CRM or GMS system.
Our Strategic Governance Service works with executives and leadership on the playbook that guides organizations to a data-centric approach to their work.
Our Implementation and Growth Service implements and evolves high-quality Salesforce-based CRM and GMS solutions designed for the unique goals and strategies of nonprofits and foundations.
Our Managed Administrative Service defines and staffs the critical role of Salesforce Administrator; expert-level team members provide ongoing support and enhancements needed to maintain a healthy CRM/GMS.
Together these services provide nonprofits and foundations with the People, Processes and Technology to become and stay data-driven organizations.
We’re excited to be a single-source for success with CRM and GMS, and hope you’ll join our community of like-minded professionals that are changing how nonprofits and foundations impact the world.
About North Peak
North Peak helps nonprofits and foundations increase institutional intelligence through healthy CRM (constituent relationship management) and/or GMS (grant management system) systems and practices. Contact Us to learn how we can elevate your organization's impact.