State CRM Project
Better data, stronger party
Revolutionizing Data Management
As Libertarians, we support a society built on voluntary cooperation. It is under this principle that the State CRM Project was born. We’re now about 16 months into the CRM project and I am excited to tell you about the major strides we’re making.
The primary goal of the State CRM Project is to leverage economies of scale to reduce the burden on State Affiliates. Instead of being locked in basements, fighting technical issues, our activists can be focused on outreach to the public. In simple terms, it’s a database where our state parties store critical information: contact information on members, current and potential supporters, donors, and candidates.
The project officially began In August 2017, when the LNC funded a proof-of-concept phase for the initial design and implementation of a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system. In simpler language: a database.
Fast forward, and we now have 22 state parties already using the new database! Our affiliates are effectively managing memberships, donations, event registrations and registered Libertarian voter data. We are super-charging State Affiliates by quickly reducing the back-office overhead.
We’ve had overwhelming interest from states to join the program. In fact, there are another 6 states waiting to join in. We’re truly excited about the rapid progress being made, voluntarily, by our state parties that want to grow!
But we need to replenish the fund to keep onboarding states. Each state costs about $2000 in labor to get fully onboarded to the program – preparing their existing data set(s), web and CRM configuration, importing data, and training.
Sponsor 100% of one state on-boarding – $2,000
Sponsor 50% state on-boarding – $1,000
Sponsor 25% of one state on-boarding – $500
Sponsor 10% of one state on-boarding – $200
Chip in any amount to help on-board a state
There is also an annual recurring cost for maintenance and upkeep of the CRM project. Each year, the CRM project costs approximately $20,000 to operate. When comparing this cost against other solutions, where individual states each pay more than $2,000 annually, and the savings are clear – but they’re not free. Funding this project keeps states focused on outreach at the local level.
Would you be willing to help fund the core costs of operating the CRM?
Sponsor One Year of CRM operating costs – $20,000
Sponsor Six Months of CRM operating costs – $10,000
Sponsor Three Months of CRM operating costs – $5,000
Sponsor One Month of CRM operating costs – $1,666
Chip in any amount to cover operating costs
We’re also expanding the product and making it easier for any volunteer with a few hours to spare to reach out to supporters, donors, and prospects with a development project known as the Simplified CiviCRM User Dashboard. It takes the CRM to the next level, allowing for secure and effective outreach. When completed, this development will get volunteers on the phone, reaching people, with training that takes minutes, not hours or days. For an organization like ours – a volunteer-driven party – this is absolutely critical.
All of this important work – on-boarding, development, and maintenance – is being done in preparation for the 2020 election cycle, which will be the first presidential election after our record-breaking growth in 2016. To keep this momentum going, and to take us to the next level, we must employ modern IT tools to empower our affiliates, activists, and candidates.
Won’t you join us in contributing to sustain and grow this critical tool for affiliates?
Affiliate Development Specialist
What States are On it?
What people are saying
Most frequent questions and answers
They can, but it really isn’t efficient to do that. In fact, that’s what has been done up until this point. States just don’t have the consistent IT human resources to manage such systems. The LNC actually tried to implement on a state-by-state basis. It not optimal. We can achieve economies of scale, stability and have more party cooperation by running this on a national level.
The operating costs for strictly the software and hosting and outsourced database work is about $6,000. Including database administration labor costs, we’d estimate $20,000 total. This number is very dependent on how many states are currently on the system and how many we add each year. We leave-out one-time development work that tailors it further to the LP’s needs.
There’s been added focus in assisting affiliates within the last few years. Also, from a technological perspective, it is more achievable than ever as software continues to advance. There is no better time to make a giant leap forward with a modern IT system!
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