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“None of us made it on our own. Someone has given us that helpful nudge at some point. It’s important that you reach back and do the same for someone else," Miguel Guerra, Winner of the Daily Point of Light Award, said about why he makes mentoring and sharing his story with students a priority. January is National Mentoring Month and Lumity is taking the opportunity to highlight the value of mentoring and encourage more individuals to take the time to mentor a young person.

tistheseasonAs we get ready to give thanks, use your skills and give back! Lumity currently has a variety of great volunteer opportunities; sign up today to get started!     Help build capacity at Chicagoland nonprofits: Peace Corner | Technology Assessment & Review On-site (with virtual potential once project has begun), 5022 W Madison Looking for a volunteer to help implement turn-key based systems and advise them on potential hardware and software that will make them more innovative and efficient; Peace Corner has relatively new technology systems. Click here to sign up! Waukegan to College | Data Cleansing, Management & Transformation Assistance On-site (with virtual potential once project has begun), Waukegan, IL Waukegan to College is looking for a volunteer to advise them on moving their data from excel, word and paper to a web based data management system.  This data management system will help them be more effective and help their small staff spend more time working directly with students to help them get to college! Click here to sign up!

A CRM is a client/ customer relationship management tool. It is a database system for tracking constituents, donors, members, volunteers and more.

How do you select the right one for your nonprofit organization?

1. Decide why you need a CRM – Are you planning to use it as a platform for all stakeholder data management or for a single segment, like donors? Have all stakeholders (not just leadership) been involved in the process? Write down your goals for selecting a CRM. Establish the current state and the desired state of your needs. Remember to keep in mind your overall strategic plan. Don’t get stuck with what you need right now. Think about what the CRM will need to do and look like in the future. Establish the team needed for the project. Make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate in this process. Also, is your staff capable of setting up and customizing a CRM or will you need external help?