Web-Based Software Makes Volunteer Management Easy – Sponsored Article
29 September 2011 at 12:26 pm
Volunteer Impact Version 3.0 – the latest version of web-based volunteer management software from Volunteer2 – has recently been released, following a year and a half of design, programming and testing.
Volunteer2 was first introduced into Australia in 2008 through a partnership with well know Australian volunteerism specialists, OzVPM and is now used around Australia.
The aim of the software was to create a system that further enhances the volunteer manager’s capacity to communicate with volunteers, reduce time spent on administrative tasks, and engage volunteers at a higher level, according to Tony Goodrow, President of Volunteer2.
The company behind the software, Volunteer2 has been providing Not for Profit organisations, schools, special events, hospitals and councils with volunteer management databases for more than a decade.
New features that have been added to the volunteer management software – include email templates, activity shift templates, customisable general interests, a general availability section and expanded exporting functionality – and all new additions are based on suggestions from clients that were using Volunteer Impact Version 2.
Goodrow says he doesn’t understand why a lot of software companies seem to close their doors to their clients. He explains that his team catalogues client feedback and revisit it when planning program upgrades – it’s great market research and freely available to them.
He says his company’s understanding of the volunteer sector is evident in the software design.
The Volunteer Impact web based software is design to help organisations:
- Recruit volunteers through their website
- Systematically assess volunteer qualifications for optimum placement
- Communicate easily and personally with any set of volunteers in one department – or across entire organisations
- Access, maintain and update records quickly
- Automate scheduling processes
- Retain more volunteers, improve communications and establish great management processes
- Create professional reports with graphics for improved program measurement
- Reduce the amount of time spent on data entry and routine phone calls
Volunteer Impact is the first volunteer management software built with a variety of cultural settings. This makes the software just as viable in Australia as it in other parts of the world where it is used including the UK, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Singapore and South America. The Australian version has proper Australian date and time formatting, Australian spelling, exporting capable of A4 paper formatting, and locally formatted contact information fields.