RAISER - A TOOL FOR FUNDRAISERS
1 Designer, 1 PM, 3 Devs
Product Design & UX/UI Design
The Raiser Tool allows a campaign to give their fundraisers a limited view into their database to see the contributions that they have raised and are being credited for. The Raiser Tool is fed with contribution and attribution data from NGP (the parent platform) allowing the fundraisers to view the data in near real time.
To comply with my non-disclosure agreement, I have omitted and obfuscated confidential information in this project. The project displays my thinking, abilities and skillset without tampering with the NDA.
When operating on a national scale a campaign raises large sums of money very quickly. Major donors still account for significant portions of that money, especially in the early days of the campaign. The problem the campaigns were facing is the fundraisers quite frequently pressing campaign staff for constant updates about what money has come in. The cycle of manual communication between the campaign staff and the fundraisers created space for human error and miscommunication. Harboring frustration in both parties.
To pinpoint the problems :
How did we hear about them and why we decided to look into this issue seriously?
Multiple direct requests from campaigns to solve these issues.
Major success of the makeshift tools by HRC during 2016 presidential.
Donors are directly asking campaigns for tools to help with their frustrations.
High Fidelity Mockups
Iterative Design Changes
Setting Measures of Success
The product manager and I interviewed many campaign managers, fundraising directors, and campaign staffs to understand the problem in-depth. We spent about 2 weeks scheduling and carrying out interviews, documenting our findings and coming up with workable goals to achieve with this project.
“I would like my Bundlers to have up to date details and the ability to easily invite their donors to high dollar fundraising events”
“I want my staff to be able to run a smooth operation”
"I want get more bundlers involved in the campaign"
"Updating the bundlers on the status of their raises take up so much of my time"
"I once gave a bundler the wrong link to an event. The campaign lost a few high-dollar donors because of that. I feel really bad"
"I am not sure if Mr.Smith made the contribution he pledged at yesterday's fundraiser"
"I wish my donors can contribute at the event"
"ughh! I have to call the campaign again for the link to next weeks fundraiser"
A few direct quotes from my interviews with financial directors, campaign staff and bundlers.
No one had a direct competing tool, but HRC built a version of this using Vertica. If we din't have a good solution then the presidential campaigns would have built a solution outside NGP. We had to act fast and smart to capture the market.
This is the persona for the bundler. I used the Organizer Olivia persona from Progress UI for the campaign staff.
To create a tool that enables a campaign’s fundraisers to self-serve, as opposed to pressing campaign staff for constant updates about what money has come in and if the invites to high dollar fundraising events were sent to potential donors. This will not only free up campaign staff's time but also gets the fundraisers more invested and gamifies the whole fundraising experience. It will be geared towards high-dollar fundraisers who are primarily concerned with getting credit for fundraising, and the perks that come with that credit.
I conducted user testing with the candidates we interviewed and got some interesting feedback which I then solved for in the mockups and prototype. For the user testing, I gave the candidates mock scenarios and presented them with the interactive prototype. I requested them to talk aloud and assured them that it is not a test for them but rather the product. I got the candidates permission to record the session which was useful for us as a team to watch again and make sure we havnt missed anything. Again due to my NDA I am unable to share the test findings and how I handled them.
SETTING MEASURES OF SUCCESS
Direct Revenue meets or exceeds expectations
Non-Presidental races start purchasing this feature as presidential campaigns drop out and their staff moves to senate and gubernatorial races.
End users are routinely logging into their raiser tool pages
Storyboarding and user journey mapping is key to understanding and uncovering potential problem areas.
Paying close attention to casual conversations with clients can open new markets of revenue.
Act quickly to capture fresh market.
WHAT WOULD I DO DIFFERENTLY?
At present only the campaign staff can create a fundraising event in the CRM. The staff sends the bundler a link to the event which the bundler uses in his invite email to the supporter. I would enable the bundler to create fundraising events on the CRM by himself.
If a supporter who is not a contact on the CRM attends the event his contribution will not be recorded even if he contributes. I would enable a bundler to be able to add new contacts easily without reaching out to the campaign staff again.
I think this would tie up the whole bundler workflow and make him self-serve better thereby freeing up campaign staff time for more pressing issues. I am hoping to work with my team to make these possible in phase 2 of this project.