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New App That Simplifies Food Assistance, Healthcare Benefits To Help Millions Of Families In Need
A new app in development could make accessing social services a much easier task for many Americans.
Single Stop, USA — a nonprofit that has served about 1 million households across the country — is changing how families in need are learning about and obtaining benefits. The nonprofit has helped low-income families access about $3 billion in existing public and private funds for a variety of programs — including food assistance, childcare, healthcare and financial aid for students — by providing in-person support in applying and receiving various forms of assistance.
And that support is going digital.
Single Stop is developing a new app based off of its current service model that’s expected to help millions more low-income families in the coming years. While the app won’t replace the need for Single Stop locations with in-person support, it will allow users to navigate the system of applying for and receiving benefits more independently.
Read more on The Huffington Post
3 Types of Software Nonprofits Should Be Using
Technology can help your organization achieve its mission by better enabling your staff to perform their job functions and complete important projects. But selecting and implementing the right software for your nonprofit is a difficult process, especially now that there are hundreds of vendors in the market.
Because nonprofit companies have a unique set of needs, software that targets these types of organizations— such as accounting, grant management, or volunteer management — is becoming more popular. However, many nonprofit organizations can also benefit from technology that falls outside this niche.
Solutions that are tailored to the nonprofit industry are valuable in their own right, but they aren’t the only type of systems that provide significant value. In fact, you may even be looking for help with a challenge that businesses of all types face— not just nonprofits.
Read more on SocialFish
2 Keys to Reaching a Diverse Church Audience Through Technology
By the year 2050, our nation’s demographics will be drastically diverse. You can start to reach a diverse church audience by intentionally inspiring people through multicultural, technological communicators. These communicators will give your church the inspiration combined with technology that causes people to listen and inspire amidst all the noise.
The main communication panel we use at Bridgeway is acs technology’s tool, the city, which has over 5,000 users. We use this ministry networking tool to maximize technology in order to enable people to build into one another as we build bridges to our community. We would like to connect with newcomers, build deeper community, equip leaders, and unleash people to reach our community, our culture, and our world.
Read more on Church Tech Today
Givelify at Changes Can Happen: Summit Conversations 2015
This week Givelify was pleased to present at Changes Can Happen: Summit Conversations 2015. Held at the exclusive Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, the week-long event drew pastors and lay church leaders from across the country.
Changes Can Happen is a project of Dr. Walter Thomas Scott of New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. The group holds several meetings throughout the year to give pastors and lay leaders a chance to discuss and learn about leadership, goal setting, and other vital skills.
Givelify was invited to present at this event to help introduce our mobile giving app for churches and nonprofits. Attendees included Bishop T.D. Jakes, Bishop Dale C. Bronner and Dr. John Townsend of the Townsend Institute.
Pastor William H. Curtis (Mt. Ararat Baptist Church), Pastor Raymond Walker (Greater Paradise Worship Center), and Odell Dickerson (COO, New Psalmist Baptist Church) voiced their support for Givelify, as you’ll see in this short video.
Read more on the Givelify blog
Trusting Technology to Overcome Management Challenges in Your Nonprofit
What is the biggest challenge facing your nonprofit right now? If you’re like most nonprofits, it probably has to do with managing people.
In a recent study that we conducted of 200 nonprofits, organizations routinely cited volunteer and donor management issues. Of course, technology can help alleviate many of these burdens; yet, trusting technology continues to be a hurdle.
In this post, we’ll offer a review of these challenges and recommend some helpful tips for deploying reliable systems.
Read more on the GuideStar blog