Through the use of open-source and non-proprietary software and applications, UpScholar sets your or...
Through the use of open-source and non-proprietary software and applications, UpScholar sets your organization up for long-term benefits so you can achieve the conference experience you desire while establishing long-term continuity benefits.
UpScholar only operates on systems, services, and software that is non-proprietary to itself. This means that even if your organization was to part ways with UpScholar, you still have the solid and sound foundation that was built for you to carry on with your mission and events. UpScholar takes nothing with it but its own human capital while your organization and proceed on as it sees best. This holds true for UpScholar's web design, membership management, conference registration systems, and paper management systems, just to name a few. UpScholar works primarily with open-source CMS systems such as Drupal and Wordpress for your site needs while opting for open-source registration system CiviCRM and non-proprietary OpenConf for paper management needs. These options keep your costs down while keeping your margins and long-term viability up.
Alignment of a mission is important. It is critical. We believe that such alignment is only achieved...
Alignment of a mission is important. It is critical. We believe that such alignment is only achieved through close working relations with Board of Directors. Whether it be at an annual conference, mid-year meetings, conference calls, or emails, UpScholar will be there with you.
We believe in cultivating a relationship that goes beyond simple business transactions. How can you entrust anyone with your mission and vision without having an understanding of who they are and what they do? You shouldn't and you can't. The only way to satisfy your goals is to move forward alongside one another, to have a deep understanding of what your organization was, what it is today, and who it desires to be moving forward together. A close working knowledge of the way your organization and your Board of Directors operates is critical to establishing the necessary continuity and historical knowledge of the mission as board members come and go over the years. UpScholar can be that institutional archive that your organization needs to stay on course.
UpScholar can handle your membership management - from purchasing to member relations. Don't allow y...
UpScholar can handle your membership management - from purchasing to member relations. Don't allow your membership to become frustrated with position turnover on your board or committees. Academic volunteers can only do so much and UpScholar is here to take some of that off of your plate.
UpScholar exists to not just manage your conference, membership, and general operations, but to be a human asset to your member and attendees relations. Whether it be emails, phone calls, or conference calls, your Board of Directors and membership will be in good hands and treated with individual care.
Less than 9% of internet usage today is via Internet Explorer. Is your organization's website and conference systems designed for the times and built in accordance to this massive shift in browser usage given how each browser responds slightly differently? Through easily implemented Drupal and Wordpress CMS template systems, you can possess a retina-ready, responsive (desktop, notebook, and smart device ready) system that will satisfy all and make you look good in doing so.
One of the most important duties of any board member is to uphold a fiduciary responsibility to the organization and its mission. But board members of academic organizations are volunteers and have their own careers to tend to and cannot always be on top of financials...and rightfully so. One of the most thrilling challenges I come across is the idea of creating immense value out of minimal budgets (often $0). This benefits every organization in increasing their profit margins so that they may reinvest into themselves for future growth and development.
First and foremost, we need to determine whether we fit together. Am I what you are looking for? Are we open and willing to build this close working relationship with one another? Fit is critical and is imperative to determine prior to moving forward.
Who are you and where do you want to go? As an organization you need to know who you were in the past, who you've become in the present, and what you strive to be in the future. What ideas can we create so I can help take you there?
Some solutions are short-term, some are long-term. Academic organizations are a unique animal in the not-for-profit world with so many intricacies and cultural norms in the way they are run. Some solutions are easier to come by than others, but we'll figure it out together.
Whether referring to an organizational website, social media, online proceedings, conference management and registration systems, etc. - there will be several different design routes that we can work from and develop to fit the needs of your Board of Directors, membership, and conference attendees.
One of the biggest areas that academic organizations lose their margins on is wasteful spending due to a lack of historical record keeping. How many attendees partake in events or opt for a certain registration type? The closer we can get to the accurate number, the less waste we will incur. All of that equals larger profits for your organization to reinvest into its mission.
I'll be there for you on-site at your conference and annual meeting to provide the service and human touch that your attendees desire - to make them feel as welcome as we can make them. We'll meet together during your board meetings so that we can continue to be aligned in our mutual goal of furthering your organization.