Work Smarter, Not Harder: Affinaquest Release 16 Is Here!

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Affinaquest Release 16 Is Here!

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Affinaquest Release 16 Is Here!
January 18, 2021 James Werner

At Affinaquest, we pride ourselves on continuing to future-proof our product. For that reason, we rethink and update our standard processes three times a year with a new release. Our goal is to continually adapt to the ever-changing needs of your advancement office. 

Release 16 offers several new features to enhance your advancement office. You can see a complete list of updates via the help desk. 

At a glance, Release 16 includes: 

VSE Dashboard upgrade. 

– Trigger Turn Off 

– Receipting Element + a solution to set a percentage of fees to offset the cost of processing a gift

These updates will help you to work more efficiently, from condensing the amount of time needed for reporting for the VSE to providing more visibility into the cost of processing a gift. 

Read on to learn more about what Release 16 includes.

We’ve Updated the VSE Dashboard 

To help with collecting data for the Voluntary Support of Education Survey, we have updated the VSE Dashboard.

The Affinaquest Summer 20 (Release 16) features the dashboard for VSE reporting.  This dashboard mirrors the sections of the VSE report using data from Affinaquest to allow for easier completion of the complex report.  The standard reports used for the dashboard can be cloned and edited to make adjustments for your data as needed.  The reports are based on only two report types for ease of cloning and editing. -Jill Steward, Project Manager

You can now see different elements of the VSE delivered via a Salesforce report. For example, If you review VSE section 3a, you can click on it and see that data delivered in graph form. 

As all data now has a VSE category, you can have an at-a-glance overview of the data so you can stay current. You can also filter all transaction data within a previous fiscal year. 

Take Note of More Updates

The creation of the VSE dashboard is not the only new feature you’ll notice in Release 16, other updates include the: 

Incorporation of Salesforce Shield on specified fields

  • Salesforce Shield is a super encryption tool that can be overlaid on Salesforce for an additional layer of protection

– Addition of fields for fees on Chart of Accounts to track internal gift processing fees

  • This update will give you the visibility you need to see how gift processing fees are affecting the bottom-line. 

– Receipting for tracking of gift receipts

  • This will provide you with information you need for: 
          • Record the issuing of receipts,
          • Store data on issued receipts
          • Void and reissue receipts
          • Serialized Receipting

We hope these new releases will help you achieve your fundraising goals!

Please reach out to the Affinaquest team if you have any questions regarding Release 16. If you missed Release 15, you can study up on it here. Never miss an update; sign up for our newsletter, The Advancer today. 

With each update, our goal is to continue future-proofing Affinaquest. We are already looking forward to our Release 17!

The Affinaquest Advantage

At Affinaquest, we know there have been differences between various generations of donors and how they interact with their schools in the past. However, many of those differences are now being stripped away as we embrace this new normal brought on by COVID-19.

Comfort levels with technology are becoming stronger as more people acclimate to a more remote lifestyle. That’s why we’re proud to have our CRM built on the Salesforce platform. As Salesforce is constantly evolving to adopt new technology, our CRM continues to future-proof itself through this partnership giving you the tools to be adapt and succeed.

Ready to secure better opportunities for advancement for your institution? Request a demo and see how Affinaquest can give you an advantage in creating an engagement score system that helps you create and nurture the constituent relationships you need to secure the funds for your school’s future.

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