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VRP Consulting

Putting the Technology Pieces Together for the Foundation Community

VRP Consulting is first and foremost a systems integrator. Our value proposition begins through not just providing solutions, but tying them into the existing fabric of your foundation’s organization.  To be effective in your non-profit environment we have to have expertise in the following major applications environments. Not just cursory applications implementation and integration expertise, but debit and credit accounting, financial reporting and transaction processing expertise. We have done data migrations, software module implementations, systems integrations, and add on custom development with the following partners:

  • Blackbaud
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • roundCause
  • Sybase
  • MicroEdge
  • Microsoft
  • Salesforce.com

We have experience in designing architecture, integrating with APIs, data migration, etc. We are asked by our clients from multi-billion dollar community foundations to the world’s largest fiscal sponsor to extend and enhance their environments, improve staff productivity and return on investment.

What can we do to advance your mission?

VRP as A roundCorner Partner

roundCorner is the leading enterprise solutions partner of the Salesforce.com Foundation in the nonprofit and Higher Education markets.  At roundCorner they deploy roundCause, a Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud Computing CRM and enterprise application that dramatically transform organizations’ internal processes and ability to adapt to change.

VRP Consulting, Inc. is a roundCause implementation partner that focuses on the Foundation environment.  For the past six years we have supported the Salesforce.com ecosphere. In 2011 we earned Silver Partner status and then after writing commercial code and supporting 3 of the top 10 App Exchange ISV’s and helping countless others in the Force.com environment we were awarded Preferred Development Organization status (PDO).

Utilizing this expertise and our fifteen years’ experience in the nonprofit environment we are assisting both large organizations and smaller organizations that need connectivity integration or customization in deploying the roundCause platform. In particular our roundCause connectors enable the larger organization to extend and enhance their legacy platform. If you are a CFO or C level executive who has an investment in a financial or fund accounting system and plans to stay on that platform, but needs to meet the needs of their development or constituent management teams give us a call to see how we can extend your organization into the cloud through the roundCause platform. 

Connecting Your Core Legacy Applications to The roundCause Platform

As a roundCorner partner, VRP has productized four key services that will assist foundations in solving the integration issues that come with moving into the cloud through the Salesforce.com platform. The four connectors that we are presenting to the foundation environment are the following:

  • Blackbaud Financial Edge to roundCause
  • MicroEdge FiMS to roundCause
  • MicroEdge FoundationPower to roundCause
  • MicroEdge GIFTS to roundCause

These connectors will give your foundation or nonprofit organization access to the powerful roundCause CRM while keeping your data up to date on your legacy system. With functionality like online donations, event management, reporting, and marketing automation your organization will see through its processes in a much simpler, easy to use fashion. With the ability to have donation forms online, plan and execute events through use of the cloud, run reports with the over 250 editable reports, and automate your marketing efforts your organization will be more efficient and effective.

Extending Your Investment in Core Legacy Applications

If you are a foundation you very well have spent millions of budget dollars getting your Blackbaud, MicroEdge or other core legacy applications to the point where they support your organization’s programs and workflows.

Now as cloud software platforms such as Salesforce.com Non Profit Starter Packs offerings have taken root in the organization supporting individual fundraising initiatives or donor management you are faced with a challenge to integrate these into your environment without losing productivity or data. Suddenly, Blackbaud purchases Convio and after initially pledging to further the cause an announcement is made that Common Ground support is to be ended in 2014. Is Luminate next?

Moreover, your donors and grantees are becoming more sophisticated. These technology users are increasingly in a position to leverage donor and grantee portals to automate the grants management lifecycle at a time that you need your staff to focus on your mission rather than the associated paperwork.

This is where we can help.

VRP provides the expertise and safety as we can integrate these cloud applications with your traditional client server legacy applications to extend your investment and yet meet your constituent’s needs. At the same time we can help in the backroom with Administration and Microsoft SQL migrations and in the C-suites and boardroom with custom reporting engines and dashboards.

See how much further your technology dollar can go in 2013. Give VRP a call to assist you in getting more out of your platforms and systems.

Donor & Grants Management Custom Applications

Donor Portals - VRP has years of experience in the non-profit foundation environment.

In the community foundation environment we have deep expertise in the design, architecture, development, and deployment of donor portals. In a time when the donor dollar is critical and the experience that they have in interacting with your organization may be predominately through a self-service portal these skills count.

VRP as a systems integrator has the ability to enhance the donor portal experience by integrating this environment with your organizations internal accounting, financial systems and grants management applications as well as external data and systems feeds such as GuideStar.

If your organization wants to update the look, feel and customer experience for your donors you should talk to VRP.

Grants Management - In the community and private foundation environments VRP has a myriad of experience in management of the grants management lifecycle. VRP has developed these comprehensive applications in both the Blackbaud, MicroEdge and Salesforce environments, integrating them with the Financial Accounting and CRM environments.

These applications facilitate the processing of grants within and without the organization, from the application through the evaluation, approval and reporting stages. All parties are served throughout the lifecycle, increasing the productivity of the foundations staff and constituents.

If you would like to bring this productivity to your organization please contact VRP Consulting, experts in Grants Management!

Grantee Metrics Portals – VRP has built several Grantee portal applications allowing foundations to provide their constituent organizations with the self-service reporting capabilities to determine the impact of their grant investments.  We have built simple portals for grant reporting to multi-year, multi-level metrics to track the long term impact of grants in the community.

Accounting Systems Extensions – Do you need to extend or enhance your existing financial accounting system? VRP Consulting provides cash management, automated deposit, expense management and custom external reporting applications to enhance the productivity of your organization.

Don't let your accounting systems provider tell you they cannot interface with that external system. Call VRP and rely on our financial systems integration capabilities to enhance your organizations productivity, improve accuracy and create audit trails.
 

Mobile Applications Development

Foundations connect to their constituents and donors through social media and related internet applications and they view them on mobile platforms. VRP can provide these mobile platform applications whether they are architected as web services or platform mobile applications.

Whether you choose to architect the application for a web services browser or build a native application on a popular Apple IOS, Google Android or other OS platforms VRP can assist you in choosing and delivering the application to your constituent.

Contact VRP Consulting today at info@vrpinc.com or 415-871-1855. We look forward to assisting.


TSFF

The San Francisco Foundation

VRP worked closely with our leadership team to develop portals that created great staff efficiencies and ease of use for our donors and grantees. Donor Center allows donor advisors easy access to their funds. The portal also simplifies and improves the process of making donor advised grants, both for the donor and the Foundation. Our collaborative development of Grantee Center provides grantees and applicants 24/7 access to real-time application information and saves the Foundation nearly six weeks in our internal processes reviewing and processing grant applications. With our well-designed systems, we are more efficient, use less paper, and centralize our document and record tracking.

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