The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas has nearly doubled fundraising & is serving 1,500 more individuals.
“We were overwhelmed with what to do with technology and how to grow our organization using it,” explains Ann Marie Worman, Executive Director of The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC), regarding her decision to reach out to Apparo for help in 2018.
Apparo staff scoped a skilled volunteer engagement to support PAC with a technology assessment and plan. Through Apparo’s Epic Community Impact Project program, PAC was matched to an individual volunteer, Johann Vaz. An Epic Change Agent, Rhonda Evans, facilitated the project.
We checked in recently with Anne Marie. She shares her story of working with Apparo:
As we began the process, we realized how much we didn’t know and how much we had to think about it. Our Change Agent, Rhonda, ensured that we understood every step along the way. The recommendations we received from Johann were all realistic for our organization to take on. I refer to the technology plan frequently, it’s my 3-5 year roadmap. It improves my planning, as I consider which improvements need to be taken on next. I am much more forward thinking about technology.
The plan gave me strategic ammunition to propose my technology investments needs to the Board and receive approval for new hardware and software. One of the biggest areas of impact was on reporting. It is now faster, more accurate and very powerful.
We were able to leverage our new reporting capabilities in our recent fundraising campaign and, as a result, nearly doubled funds raised compared to last year.We received donations from people who haven’t supported us in over 10 years. We just weren’t asking them before because they weren’t pulled accurately into our reports.
- Increased security through new procedures put into place and
- Minimized infrastructure expense through phone system improvements and
- Anticipate decreased printing expenses through new hardware purchased
These improvements help enable our growth. We’ve added 1,500 new people to our support community this year.