Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is eliminating hundreds of hours per year in data entry and creating transparency between volunteers and donors through VolunteerHub’s integration with Blackbaud’s Altru.
Management, upkeep, and expansion would not be possible without the support of community partners, members, donors, staff, and volunteers. In order to reach its mission of inspiring a passion for plants, gardens, and the environment, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens calls on the community to serve. Several types of volunteers provide time to Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens including core, special events, and corporate volunteer groups. On average, the Gardens utilize the support of 1600-1700 volunteers per year. Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens use volunteers to provide support in the gardens and greenhouses, offices and library, at special events, and within the education sector.
Integration Between Member, Donor, and Volunteer Data
Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens staff quickly realized that they needed software that would integrate with Blackbaud’s Altru, a solution they were already using to capture donor data. Out of all the solutions that the staff explored, VolunteerHub made the most strategic sense due to its True Integration with Blackbaud CRM’s including Altru.
After implementing VolunteerHub, the integration with Altru has proved to be a valuable strategic move. The integration helps the organization make better decisions, bridge the gap between members, donors, and volunteers, eliminate manual data entry, and provides an extra layer that can be used to build relationships. The integration between VolunteerHub and Altru is also providing Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens staff with an outlet to analyze data, understand the motivation of individual supporters, and leverage information to create more strategic cross-promotion campaigns.
“The integration between VolunteerHub and Blackbaud’s Altru has saved our organization hundreds of hours per year. The marriage between the two platforms eliminates hours upon hours of data entry that was required prior to investing in software,” said Alice.
“Implementing VolunteerHub has allowed our organization to identify a strong relationship between members, donors, and volunteers without having to invest hundreds of hours in data entry and analysis,” said Alice.
Besides its valuable integration with Altru, VolunteerHub is also providing Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens with other notable features including personalized communication, user groups, volunteer self-registration, reporting, and kiosk. These features, in conjunction with VolunteerHub’s integration with Blackbaud’s Altru, provide Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens with a streamlined solution for engaging, recruiting, and managing volunteers. Functionality that has helped the organization reach its goals and execute its mission.