Streamlining Annual Enrollment Using JData
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Streamlining Annual Enrollment Using JData

How Implementing JData Can Simplify the Annual Renewal Process

We are implementing an exciting change to the annual enrollment process for the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy. We are joining the growing family of JData users.

JData is a program operated by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. This collaboration will simplify your annual renewal effort while allowing us to continue to gather the data that helps us provide you with "best practice" information and peer performance. Working with JData will also allow us to continue to keep your information in the strictest of confidence.

The Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy is required by the Internal Revenue Service to obtain an annual request for service from each 501(C)(3) organization we serve and/or support. We have historically utilized this requirement as an opportunity to gather information that allows us to better serve our clients - information that includes Board member contacts, fundraising program results, and future needs.

We have been using the same online system since we began asking for this information, and each year have received feedback that the system is cumbersome and not particularly user friendly (e.g. the questionnaire must be completed in a single session). From our perspective, the data collected was cumbersome to manipulate in order to view trends over time.

To address these and other shortcomings of the current system, we are pleased to announce that the survey portion of our renewal form will be conducted through JData starting with the upcoming year.

Working with the team at JData, directed by noted sociologist Dr. Amy Sales, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy has supplemented the previous JData annual questionnaire with a streamlined version of the data we've always collected. Because many of our client camps are already using the JData database, we believe that the addition of Grinspoon data into this system will be advantageous for both you and us.

We understand that you may have questions regarding this change from our own database to the JData system, and therefore we have arranged to hold a webinar training session with the JData team to outline how to use the JData system, and to answer any questions you may have regarding this conversion.
This training session will be held online on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 1PM Eastern time. (Note: If you cannot make this October 4th Webinar, JData will be leading similar Webinars you are free to attend. Please try to attend a Webinar before our November conference.)

If you have any further questions about the JData process for completing Grinspoon Institute requested information, please contact Kevin Martone at Kevin@hgf.org.