What is a Membership Dashboard for Nonprofits?
Membership Dashboards are considered analysis tools and are used by executives and membership managers track their membership metrics. Some of the main functionality in this type of dashboard is that it provides and single screen view of the member base from seven different angles: 1) Number of members by membership type, 2) New members and drops, 3) Number of members and related dues by month (trend), 4) Top 10 membership count by geography, 5) Dues and target dues by state/territory, 6) New members versus target by geography, and 7) Dues by city and state/territory. Users can filter the dashboard using the Time and Geography menus on the left side of the screen. You find an example of this type of dashboard below.
Purpose of Membership Dashboards
Nonprofits use Membership Dashboards to make it easy and quick to monitor and analyze essential KPIs. When used as part of good business practices in a Membership department, an organization can improve and speed up its revenues and membership strategies, and it can reduce the chances that trends or anomalies like a rapid drop in membership in a certain region do not go undetected for a longer period.
Membership Dashboards – Example
Here is an example of a Nonprofit Membership Dashboard with rankings, trends and comparisons.
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Who Uses This Type of Dashboard?
The typical users of this type of dashboard are: Executives and membership managers.
Other Reports Often Used in Conjunction with Membership Dashboards
Progressive Membership departments sometimes use several different Membership Dashboards, along with detailed membership reports, sales reports, revenue dashboards, profit & loss reports and other management and control tools.
Where Does the Data for Analysis Originate From?
The Actual (historical transactions) data typically comes from membership management applications and/or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like: Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) Finance, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (D365 BC), Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Sage Intacct, Sage 100, Sage 300, Sage 500, Sage X3, SAP Business One, SAP ByDesign, Acumatica, Netsuite and others.
In analyses where budgets or forecasts are used, the planning data most often originates from in-house Excel spreadsheet models or from professional corporate performance management (CPM/EPM) solutions.
What Tools are Typically used for Reporting, Planning and Dashboards?
Examples of business software used with the data and ERPs mentioned above are:
- Native ERP report writers and query tools
- Spreadsheets (for example Microsoft Excel)
- Corporate Performance Management (CPM) tools (for example Solver)
- Dashboards (for example Microsoft Power BI and Tableau)
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