Submitted by: Groundspring.org
Categories: Community Development
Posted: Mar 18, 2003 – 11:00 PM EST
Mar. 18 /CSRwire/ -
ebase is currently used by more than 4,000 nonprofit organizations nationwide to manage stakeholder information. TechRocks has provided ebase as a free relationship management database application available to nonprofits as an alternative to commercial database software packages. ebase 2.0 for FileMaker was released in 2002. In Fall 2002, Groundspring and ebase partnered to better serve their respective customers and users by seamlessly integrating Groundspring's online donation data with the ebase system.
Groundspring plans to support current versions of ebase now used in the nonprofit community and to work closely with the ebase Community Development Program. ebase will continue to be supported by existing ebase staff (who will become employees of Groundspring), notably Bob Schmitt and Clif Graves.
Groundspring's current technology services include: DonateNow, used by nonprofits to raise money on the Internet, and EmailNow, an email messaging service designed to help nonprofits send out eNewsletters, raise money online and communicate with supporters.
Groundspring intends to integrate ebase with its other online technologies to provide a robust electronic Contact Management System (eCRM). Furthermore, Groundspring will lead the development of ebase Enterprise, an open source version of ebase to be built and supported by the ebase user and developer community.
"We're thrilled to be incorporating ebase into the Groundspring family of Internet services," comments Dan Geiger, Groundspring.org Executive Director. "We think that integrating ebase with DonateNow and EmailNow will provide great value to small and mid-size nonprofits that are seeking alternatives to costly, commercial solutions."
"Groundspring is the perfect place for ebase to evolve into its next incarnation," says Marshall Mayer, CEO of TechRocks. "They have the vision, resources and talent to support the existing ebase user community, and also to help build ebase Enterprise."
Groundspring.org (formerly eGrants.org) is a nonprofit organization created by Tides Foundation in 1999 to help nonprofit groups use the Internet effectively to increase resources for positive social change and environmental sustainability. Groundspring.org provides online donation services (DonateNow) that nonprofits use to raise money on the Internet, and an email messaging service (EmailNow) designed to help nonprofits send out eNewsletters, raise money online and communicate with supporters.
Groundspring.org offers several learning programs on online fundraising and Internet strategy, including national training workshops, and free, downloadable learning materials.
Groundspring.org has processed more than $5 million in online donations to nonprofits, has provided training to more than 500 nonprofits nationwide in online fundraising and Internet strategy, and provides Internet services to more than 670 nonprofits across the United States.
TechRocks accelerates social and political progress by building technological capacity for community collaboration and citizen engagement. TechRocks encourages and enables foundations, advocacy groups, and leading activists to use technology to achieve their mission goals, to increase participation from interested constituencies, and achieve change more quickly than by traditional organizing and advocacy methods alone. TechRocks helps organizations effectively achieve program results and organizational sustainability through consulting and training services and information and data management tools.
TechRocks has provided ebase as a free relationship management database application available to nonprofits as an alternative to commercial database software packages.