Case Management System Resource Guide (2018)

Navigating all the various case management system options can be overwhelming, and there are several high-level concerns that most Network members have when deciding to invest in a new system. It is our hope that the Innocence Network Case Management System Resource Guide will better equip Innocence Network members in the selection and adoption of a new case management system. This guide includes a discussion on the types of software available, questions to ask when thinking about how to ensure security, and an explanation and breakdown of the costs associated with acquiring a new system. The guide also offers an at-a-glance, compare-and-contrast chart which examines the basics of the case management systems most commonly used by Innocence Network members and provides a detailed breakdown of each, including the pros and cons of each system reported by Network members. Click here to access the Case Management Resource Guide...

Donor Database Guide (2019)

This guide begins with an overview of things to think about and different decisions to consider to help you determine which donor database is the right fit for your innocence organization. There are also definitions of some commonly used terms to help you navigate the process. The bulk of the guide consists of brief narrative descriptions of 20 different databases. The accompanying chart offers comparative information on pricing and common features. Click here to access the NSU Donor Database Guide. Click here to download the NSU Donor Database Comparison Chart...

Fundraising Platforms Guide (2018)

This guide begins with an overview of things to think about and different decisions to consider to help you determine which online fundraising platform is the right fit for your innocence organization. There are also definitions of some commonly used terms to help you navigate the process. The bulk of the guide consists of brief narrative descriptions of 35 different fundraising platforms. The accompanying chart offers comparative information on pricing and common features. Click here to access the NSU Fundraising Platforms Guide or here download the Fundraising Platform Comparison Chart (excel...

How to Design and Host Effective Meetings (2020)

Organizational meetings are one common and important component of innocence work. Regardless of how many emails are sent out and individual calls are made, nothing replaces getting everyone on your team together in a room or on a conference line to collectively discuss strategic aspects of your organization’s work. That’s because running an effective meeting can greatly enhance your organization’s ability to achieve intended goals by keeping employees, board members, and other stakeholders inspired, energized, and engaged. This toolkit contains information to help you: Determine a meeting’s purpose and objectives, and design a time-bound agenda that is in alignment with them. Create opportunities for more discussion and participant engagement, with less reliance on instruction and information-relaying. Stay on-topic and on-time. Close each meeting with a clear list of next steps and action items. It also provides insights on meeting facilitation, creating a written record of a meeting (meeting minutes vs. meeting notes), and up-to-date best practices for video conferencing and conference calls.  The appendix includes sample meeting agendas (including a sample board agenda and our recommendations for one-on-one check ins between managers and their team) and a summary table outlining the features and pricing of popular video conferencing options.  Click here to access How to Design and Host Effective...

Razoo Guide for Innocence Network Clients (2016)

Razoo is an online fundraising platform that allows organizations and individuals to easily create custom pages to raise money for anything. Razoo offers discounts on platform fees for Network members and clients – please email Sara at slacavalieberman@innocencenetwork.org to find out more. This guide gives you step by step instructions on how to create a page for an individual and tips for making your fundraiser a success. Click here to access The Razoo Guide for Innocence Network...