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Getting Started with AbleOrganizer

Welcome to AbleOrganizer, a community engagement platform for civic groups, non-profits, political campaigns and other organizations. This software provides a powerful, effective platform for engaging constituents you can use to manage your web presence, to collect information about people who care about your mission, or simply to make your group more efficient by using better tools for collaboration.

Getting started

This guide will take you through the basic steps of getting started with AbleOrganizer. It will explain how to configure the content management system, engagement tools, third party tools and services and other features.

Heads up: Throughout the documentation, you will find links to various administrative screens. Please be aware you need to be logged into the system with an account with administrative permissions in order to click through these links. They will not work otherwise.

What comes with the platform

Before diving too deep, it helps to start by understanding a little more about what comes with AbleOrganizer, and how everything works together.

The platform includes a number of components, which include:

  • A content management system, making it easy to share and update content.
  • A constituent relationship management (CRM) system, allowing you to track information about contacts and get a 360 degree view of their involvement.
  • Engagement tools for fundraising, event management, petitions and volunteer management.
  • Integration with various third-party tools and services that help you get the most out of the platform.

These components are designed to work together seamlessly and be managed through a simple, web-based administrative interface. For instance, if you need to create a fundraising page, you use the same tools you use to create a blog post. If you need to create a form for evert registration, you can easily deploy it alongside any other form of content. 

How it can be used

AbleOrganizer can be used in a variety of situations. Before you set up the system, it's important to have a clear sense of what you want to accomplish.

Unlike some fundraising and organization platforms, AbleOrganizer can fill a lot of roles within an organization. Depending on what you are looking to get out of it, it can act in any or all of the following ways:

  • Organizational websites: this platform can act as the public facing website for your organization. 
  • Campaign websites and microsites: you can use this platform for campaigns and targeted microsites that compliment other sites in your network.
  • Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system: you can use AbleOrganizer for managing information about contact relationships internally, without needing to take it public. 
  • Turnkey chapter sites: you can use multiple instances of AbleOrganizer to operate websites for individual chapters in your organization.
  • Branded engagement platform: you can build your own version of AbleOrganizer that can be turned on and off in minutes.

... and that's just to start. While AbleOrganizer can be used effectively in these traditional areas, the software is capable of doing a lot more. Because of the tight integration between content and contact information, you can use the platform to delivering some unique insights about people and their behaviors that go beyond these simple use cases.