NGP VAN

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NGP VAN is a technology provider to Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations, offering clients an integrated platform of the best fundraising, compliance, field, organizing, new media, and social networking products.

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NGP VAN review by User in Political Organization
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Gets the job done

What do you like best?

Virtual phone banks are just life savers. Being able to have everything you need in one place when on the phone with people is absolutely priceless. Also cutting turf for canvassing/ building maps is easy and great.

What do you dislike?

If you are pulling people based on models, they are not always super helpful. Of course, statistical models are inherently not perfect, but sometimes you need HUGE volunteer/staff capacity to actually touch all the people that you pull based on models. This is not NGP VAN's fault per se, but I wish they were a little more helpful. It's also sometimes hard to work with State Voices, who runs c3s use of the VAN.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Civic engagement! It's not great at identifying brand new people to engage in high-level ways (ie new volunteers), but it's perfect for very broad outreach. It's also helpful for volunteer management of people you already work with.

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NGP VAN review by <span>Keara F.</span>
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Critical for campaign workers

What do you like best?

NGP VAN is a crucial tool for any campaigner or organizer to track voter contacts, volunteer recruitment, and fundraising information. It is an excellent tool for multi-member campaign teams who can span wide geographic ranges.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes mycampaign is clunky - there are better SEOs like Salesforce that help you seamlessly schedule appointment and track client interactions, but it is helpful that the platform is all in one place.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

NGP VAN is THE tool for managing your field campaigns. It updates in real time, helps to track IDs and target campaigns, and ultimately sets you up to win.

What Political Campaign solution do you use?

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NGP VAN review by <span>David Z.</span>
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NGP VAN for organizing and volunteer recruitment

What do you like best?

I was able to verify voting locations as well as target specific locations for canvassing. Also with the information gathered it made it more streamlined to cut turf.With the input functions for canvassing results could easily see totals and percentages individually or across the region(s).

What do you dislike?

It was frustrating that for lower levels of access that you don't have the export capabilities for mail merging. Also, many of the people in the database didn't match with the search criteria, this may have been from faulty input and not a VAN issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pay close attention to details and ask questions during tutorials/orientation. Inevitably you will learn a lot on the job but a basic overview is necessary.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can easily design a search with filters to Target specific demographics and engaged individuals.

NGP VAN review by <span>Steven M.</span>
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All the features, none of the simple workflow

What do you like best?

I like how specific I can get regarding entries - the multitude of fields, the exactness of entries -- and I like how easy it is to see contact history with someone.

What do you dislike?

I absolutely hate the search functions. The workflow is so awful, if my boss tells me "pull a list of donors, in the Bay Area, who've given $250+ in the last two cycles" it is like reaching around in the dark. Especially in the old NGP, but in both -- I have to try 5 searches, because it's not intuitive, until I finally get something I can use. There should be a descending tree workflow to searches, like this but not this, plus this etc.... If NGP had a search workflow akin to NationBuilders (who's software I honestly can't stand) it would be perfect.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do not get cheap and be okay with your client's campaign using the old NGP software. Make sure it's the NGP2 edition. Your life will be easier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It keeps everyone on the same page. Everyone can see what's happening in real time.

NGP VAN review by Consultant
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Every campaign's bread and butter

What do you like best?

VAN is the primary voter contact tool for any Democratic campaign. It's fully integrated with a mobile canvassing app called MinIVAN, that lets volunteers pull up data on voters, knock on their doors, while syncing that data back to the campaign database in real time. It's unbelievably good software.

What do you dislike?

I don't really dislike too much about it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Volunteering for the Doug Jones campaign in Alabama, we were in an uphill battle against the Republican party. NGP VAN, and its miniVAN app in particular, helped us contact hundreds of thousands of voters in a very short time.

NGP VAN review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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Good Membership Organizing Tool

What do you like best?

I like that it is easy to track membership involvement, create a searchable calendar of events, and create phone banks that are specific to targeted populations.

What do you dislike?

I haven't found a way to have multiple tools open at the same time. For example, information about a member and the event screen.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has really produced the ability to grow membership for our grassroots organization at the national and local level seamlessly. This has also proven instrumental in obtaining data regarding the percentage of invited vs attended members to our events.

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