Thursday, May 15

MPower announces "database connector" with Convio

I got an email press release today about how Convio and a company called MPower announced the availability of a "Database Connector" to integrate Convio's online constituent relationship management (eCRM) suite and content management system (CMS) with MPower's offline donor management solution.

This isn't the first time the two companies have worked together. Back in 2005 they announced a partnership to do basically the same thing... although back then it wasn't called "database connector" it was called "Optimizing Online and Offline Data Integration for Joint Customers."

Back then MPower bragged that they had "more than 225 leading Christian organizations, including Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll, Walk Thru the Bible, and Habitat for Humanity Orange County." MPower also listed Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mothers of Preschoolers, East-West Ministries and Voice of the Martyrs as clients at that time and the press release from 2005 said that Turning Point Ministries was a joint customer of Convio & MPower as well.

MPower's website says that they have "hundreds of nonprofits of all sizes with diverse missions and constituencies, including some of the world's largest and most sophisticated direct marketers." Although they don't carry offer a client list on their website. If any readers know of any nonprofits that use their system, let us know in the comment section.

I saw that MPower's CEO, Randy McCabe, runs his own blog called "Freedom to Fundraise." It looks like a decent site... although he doesn't post that often. I recommend this post about how the stock prices of vendors to charities are getting battered.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is a sad comment on the donor database market that the only real competition against Blackbaud's empire is a product owned by a fundamentalist Christian organization. I can't wait for something to come along and shake Blackbaud from its perch.