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Melissa Alvares

Melissa truly believes that technology can change the world for the better, and loves that she gets to see that in action every day at Sparkrock. She’s been involved in building computer labs and teaching technology skills in rural Rwanda and Uganda, and locally is a regular volunteer at the Daily Bread Food Bank and mentoring new immigrants through the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)
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Recent Posts

Happy Holidays from everyone at Altus Dynamics

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Dec 20, 2015 10:29:16 PM

Twas a week before Christmas, when all through the Altus Office,

Every employee was stirring, cuz holiday contests were amoung us,

Names of employees and customers were hung in trees with care,

In hopes that their decorating skills would win them free lunch fare.


The staff were nestled all snug in the boardroom town hall,

When Sinterklaas arrived with chocolate letters for all.

The winning tree was announced to be the one covered in candy,

Since the office has a big sweet tooth, it sure came in handy.


60% of donors never give again: 3 Smart Ways to Retain, Renew and Upgrade Donors

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Oct 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Donations are crucial to the operations of all nonprofit organizations. Unfortunately for these organizations, in recent years donation numbers have continued to drop. According to a survey of nonprofits in 2014, for every $100 in new donations these organizations lost $95 in lapsed or reduced donations. Although that is still a 5% gain, these figures are disappointing to say the least.

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How to Spice Things Up & Make Analytics More Fun

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Oct 13, 2015 3:13:35 PM

Leveraging analytics isn’t always a walk in the park: you need the very special ability to filter through the sea of data and find what matters most. But even then, compiling data can take time. Sometimes it can take days to pull together or input the information you need. And everyone needs different data all the time! Your Executives need the big picture. Your CFO needs to be able to report up, and manage down. Your Finance Manager needs the best reporting and operational analysis they can get. And your stakeholders? They always need to know what’s going on.

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The Complete Guide to Building Memorable Holiday Season Group Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Sep 25, 2015 2:05:08 PM

Yes, It’s September and I’m blogging about the holiday season. But since you are a nonprofit that thinks in the long term, I’m sure you’ve already started thinking about that time of the year again too. The upcoming holiday season (Both Thanksgiving and Christmas) is going to be bursting with people who want to do good. So how are you going to connect with them?

From Classic to Role-Tailored, North Bay Health Unit Upgrades to NAV 2013 R2

Posted by Melissa Alvares on May 4, 2015 10:28:00 AM

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is one of only 36 health units across Ontario. With an expansive reach, the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit services over 30 municipalities. As a health unit they provide a wide variety of services to their communities such as promoting healthy living, inspecting food premises, supplying vaccines, and keeping the public informed and trained on healthy living.

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Equine Canada Enters The Winner’s Circle By Selecting Altus Dynamics ERP

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Apr 10, 2015 1:15:00 PM

Equine Canada is the leading national sport and equine non-profit organization in Canada, which fulfills a broad range of governance, advocacy and development functions. As an organization planning ahead for future growth, they realized that they were quickly outgrowing their old DOS based finance solution – ACCPAC. It was limited in its reporting capabilities and it had become a very time consuming task to get meaningful information out of the application.

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Announcing Microsoft Dynamics NAV for Tablets

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Apr 2, 2015 11:55:00 AM


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Latest Release of Donor Engage Enhances Donation Processing & Receipting

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Mar 13, 2015 12:22:00 PM

Since its initial launch, Donor Engage has garnered significant interest amongst the non-profit community. As raising funds are a core part of their ability to operate, non-profits are always looking for more efficient tools to help them maximize their potential. When such a tool also aligns with their wider IT strategy, removing information silos and multiple non-communicating systems, even better. This is where Donor Engage has excelled; a donation management tool that is built for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, leveraging all the integrations it brings to the wider Microsoft family of software products.

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Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board Now Successfully Operating On Their Integrated Altus Dynamics ERP Including HR/Payroll Suite

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Feb 17, 2015 2:41:00 PM

Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board made the decision to move from outsourced HR/Payroll to an in-house HR/Payroll solution late last spring. When they decided to make this transition, they knew that as a school board they needed a solution that could handle complex payroll requirements – including managing multiple employee ‘groups’ and payroll processing operating to an Ontario K12 payroll environment.

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The United Church of Canada Chooses New Donation Management Solution to Better Engage their Constituents and Increase Donations

Posted by Melissa Alvares on Jan 16, 2015 1:07:00 PM

united-church1The United Church of Canada is the largest Protestant church in Canada, with over 2 million members. In late 2014 it started looking for a new donation management solution to replace its current donation management tool. The Church needed a replacement solution to enable better engagement with constituents and to manage its donations, while gaining additional functionality around volunteer and grant management.

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