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Soapbox 2.2.17: Celebrate your freedom to get piles of cash

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We are so into money. Buckets of it. Piles of it. All for you, our nonprofit clients. We’re like Scrooge McDuck about this stuff.

Anything we can do to give you the power and flexibility to get more cash to rock your worlds for the social good, we’re down with. And this latest Soapbox release does just that. Here’s a taste of what it has to offer to amp up your online donations strategy, particularly if that strategy uses our Salesforce integration tools to connect to your constituent relationship management database:

  • Donor-chosen Campaigns: Want one donation form that allows you to present a variety of Salesforce Campaigns from which your donor can choose to designate their donation? Done. And easy to implement.
  • In Honor and In Memory donations: Let folks give in honor or in memory of someone - and provide an email address for In Honor of gifts so you can even setup an automated workflow in Salesforce to email the honoree immediately with the good news.
  • Newsletter sign ups: People who give you money are probably folks open to hearing from you regularly. Give an easy way for them to sign up for your newsletter as part of the donation process.
  • Anonymous donations: Don’t let those secretive Super PACs have all the anonymity. Let your donors tell you if they want you to keep their name off published donor lists.
  • A completely overhauled administrator user interface for more intuitive creation and customization of donation forms: We’ve spent hours just clicking the cool Customize Headings and Labels buttons our designer, RB, dreamt up. Slide open. Slide closed. Slide open. Slide closed. We are easily entertained. We make no excuses for it.
  • Require custom fields: You’ve had the ability to add up to four custom fields to a donations form for awhile. Now you can choose to make these fields required, if you wish. Perfect for membership organizations using donations as a way to register new members and pay dues with one form.
  • Require organization and phone fields: Ditto for this one. You’ve been able to collect the information before. Now you can require it.
  • Autofill contact fields for logged in users and make those fields uneditable: For those with password-protected areas of their Nonprofit Soapbox sites and integrations with Salesforce, the First Name, Last Name, Email Address, and Organization fields are autopopulated with the logged in user’s information - and now you can choose to make those fields uneditable to ensure data integrity for the donation record when it gets sent to Salesforce.
  • Customize the meta description and keywords of a donation form: Set the text that appears in Google search results or Facebook shares for your form by easily customizing the meta description and keywords.
Want to start using these features? Awesome! If you don't have Soapbox Donations or our Salesforce integrations yet, hit us up! If you've already got both, you'll need to add fields to your Salesforce install to accept the data for the newsletter, anonymous and dedication donations. We'll be sending instructions on how to do that simply and easily on Thursday so keep a lookout!

Hat tips: Great ideas implemented and pesky bugs squashed

As always, we're indebted to some great clients offering excellent ideas for new functionality and identifying annoying bugs to exterminate. Thanks to the following folks for their helpful contributions on both fronts:
  • Thanks to Global Citizen Year for their stellar input on the new donor-chosen Campaign functionality.
  • Appreciation for the good folks at Great Place to Work for helping us to teach Soapbox yet more languages. Now it speaks Turkish and brushed up on its Norwegian, Arabic, and Dutch.
  • Penguin hugs and kisses to the Groundswell Movement and Auburn Seminary for offering guidance on ways to customize the donations form.
  • Honorary PICnetter designations to the lovely ladies at CORE Group for reporting some snafus with how & characters were affecting our Salesforce integration tools.
  • Thanks to the Cultural Data Project for helping to improve the RSS feeds generated by our Soapbox Events system.
  • Warm fuzzies to EdLeader21 for helping us add functionality to our Upcoming Events module. And, by the by, if you're at all into strategies for improving the U.S. educational system, you should check out their recently published The Leader's Guide to 21st Century Education: 7 Steps for Schools and Districts. A good read by good people about a critical topic. Congrats, Ken and Val!
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