10 Reasons to Use FormAssembly: Nonprofit


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There are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. alone. Though each one has a unique mission, many struggle with similar challenges of proving the value of their program, securing ongoing funding, providing services to constituents, and working with limited resources.
How can forms help nonprofits? By taking the repetitive, time-consuming tasks that so many nonprofits have to complete and turning them into streamlined workflows. FormAssembly has helped hundreds of nonprofits improve productivity, which in turn saves time (and money) for more meaningful work.
If you’re a nonprofit, here are just a few of the reasons you should give FormAssembly a try.

1. Easily Process Donations

In 2017, $31 billion was raised using online methods. This bodes well for all nonprofits, but you need to make sure you have a reliable, secure and simple way to process donations. In addition to the many different FormAssembly use cases, you can use our form builder and payment gateways to create donation forms.

2. Benefit from the Nonprofit Discount

Nonprofits often have to figure out how to do more with less, at least when it comes to money. Our nonprofit discount reduces the cost of getting started with FormAssembly, and saving on SaaS subscriptions means more money continues to go to the projects you run and the people you serve.
Learn more about our nonprofit discount here.

3. Automate Repetitive Work

There’s work and then there’s your calling, aka, the reason you started working at a nonprofit in the first place (or the reason you started a nonprofit, as the case may be).
For nonprofits of all sizes, FormAssembly can help to simplify administrative work so that more time can be devoted to more meaningful activities.
FormAssembly nonprofit customer Pets for Patriots connects military veterans with shelter animals, and they use FormAssembly to speed up and improve their formerly time-consuming application processes. Pets for Patriots CEO and Founder Beth Zimmerman estimated a 50 percent time savings from using FormAssembly.
“FormAssembly is a critical part of a process that is so fundamental to everything that we do. The speed and accuracy that it allows us to have without any human intervention is something that frees up our really small team to instead spend more time doing the work that can’t be automated or passed off to technology, and that’s actually working with and talking with our veterans and helping them through the process of adoption and post-adoption follow-up and all the other things we do that makes us special.”
– Beth Zimmerman, Founder and CEO, Pets for Patriots

4. Expand Salesforce Use With Our Connector

Are you one of the 12,000+ nonprofits that have used Salesforce over the years? FormAssembly’s Salesforce integration is perfect for nonprofits like yours. Our Salesforce connectors include:

Learn more about how these Connectors help you save time and formalize processes in our blog post on our partner Rephrase Consulting’s site.

5. Replace Multiple Tools

It seems like there’s a web tool for just about anything these days. From scheduling to event planning to job postings, nonprofits have multiple options for completing various administrative tasks.
With too many of these tools, there’s a danger of running into a technology overload: a tipping point at which one too many tools actually adds more work instead of simplifying your existing work as it should.

One thing nonprofit organizations love about FormAssembly is that our platform serves multiple purposes.

Nonprofit organization If/When/How cut down their use of other survey and event registration tools when they realized FormAssembly could meet those needs.
“We don’t use EventBrite anymore, we don’t use SurveyMonkey anymore and we don’t use Google Forms anymore… FormAssembly has cut out a lot of the redundancy and different platforms we were using.”
– Sarah Layton, Director of Finance and Operations, If/When/How

6. Create Mobile-Friendly Forms

FormAssembly forms are mobile-responsive, which means they look great no matter what device your users are filling them out on. This is great, considering donation pages that adapt to different device screen sizes see 34% more donations.
Learn more about responsive forms here.

7. Achieve Better Impact Measurement

You probably have a clear idea of your nonprofit’s main goal, but what do you know about the impact your programs are making? Impact measurement is important, in part, because of the effect it could have on potential donors. According to Guidestar, 90 percent of people surveyed said having information on an organization’s impact would convince them to support those nonprofits.
You have to be able to collect data to analyze it for impact, and a form builder helps you do that. A form builder like FormAssembly also allows you to capture survey data from the people engaged in your programs and compare that with other reactions over time. That data can be integrated with Salesforce as well.
Clore Social Leadership was able to move toward better impact measurement of their leadership development programs by using FormAssembly to compare self-reported survey responses before and after programs took place.
“It has been incredibly useful and quite groundbreaking. For the first time we were actually able to demonstrate a significant increase in people’s self-reported measurements and their manager’s measurements across the six capabilities. It was the first time we could actually say that there’s a visible difference in people’s understanding, confidence and performance from the beginning to the end of the program that is created as a result of the content of the program.”
– Iga Wojtasik, Program Coordinator, Clore Social Leadership

8. Reduce Bias Without Sacrificing Speed

Sometimes the benefits of a form platform are straightforward. Other times, they’re profound, but not in the way you would think.
FormAssembly customer Baltimore Corps revamped their Fellowship application in a way that helped them keep up with the hundreds of applications they receive, save up to two hours of time per application, and reduce the possibility of bias in their application flow. From their in-depth guest blog:

“In addition to shaving off critical time from the design, construction, and maintenance of our application and review forms, the template approach has introduced new possibilities further downstream in the process, including a cleaner and more standardized way of displaying candidate profiles to our potential employers. While switching to FormAssembly began as a tactical decision to save us some headaches as we migrated away from resumes, it has provided a huge strategic advantage as well allowing us to expand the integrity and fairness of our process throughout the application cycle.”
– Billy Daly, Systems Design Manager, Baltimore Corps

9. Quickly Publish Forms on Your Site

With FormAssembly, it’s not a long, drawn-out process to get a live form out to the people who need to fill it out. You can choose from four different publishing options, including a WordPress plugin that allows you to easily embed and publish forms.

10. Create Branded Forms

Looks matter when you’re talking about donation forms. Numbers from Network for Good show that nonprofit-branded donation landing pages outperform generic ones in terms of both the amount and size of donations. Branded forms accounted for 56 percent of online donations compared to the generic pages’ 3 percent, and the gift amount for branded pages was roughly 50 percent greater than that of generic pages.
With FormAssembly advanced branding and form customization options, you can achieve branded forms that match your nonprofit’s look and feel and may help you improve your donations.

Try FormAssembly today and see for yourself why hundreds of nonprofits choose FormAssembly to handle their web forms and data collection.

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