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    Introducing Sidebar Navigation in VAN

    May 3, 2016

    We’re constantly working to improve our products and make them easier for our customers to use. One thing we’ve continued to hear is that you want a better way to move around VAN. Everyone from volunteers to administrators want to complete their work faster and more easily. There’s so much you can do in VAN - from cutting turf, to phone banking, to managing contacts - and our users asked for a streamlined way to complete tasks, one that doesn’t rely on main menu. So, we’ve designed something that allows you to do just that: Sidebar navigation in VAN. 

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    Case Study: Using NGP VAN's Phone Tools to "Awaken Democracy"

    April 7, 2016

    This spring, more than 250 organizations representing a diverse array of movements and thousands of people are coming together in Washington, DC for Democracy Awakening - to mobilize to protect voting rights, get big money out of politics, and demand fair consideration of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Groups like People for the American Way, MoveOn.org, NAACP, LCV Education Fund, Equality Federation, and many others have joined forces for this massive weekend of events. Mobilizing progressive activists on such a huge scale takes a lot of work and requires sophisticated organizing tools - so when event organizers began planning their outreach, they knew NGP VAN could help.

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    • Design

    VAN 5.2 Update Features ProgressUI Overhaul

    December 3, 2015

    We take pride in designing experiences that help our users change the world, one action at a time.

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    • Digital

    • Fundraising

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    Optimization Wins: New Online Forms Improve Conversions by 5.9 Percent

    October 22, 2015

    I wear a lot of hats at NGP VAN, but my highest priority is being obsessed with conversion rates. That’s why today, I'm excited to share a big development: according to our most recent analysis, NGP VAN customers are enjoying 5.9 percent higher conversion rates on their online forms.  I'm pretty excited about this. Actually, I'm downright giddy.  Here's a look at the new features that make our online forms lean, mean, converting machines.

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  • Introducing NGP Spring ’15 (product)

    May 19, 2015

    Springtime is in full bloom, and with it comes fresh updates and new features to the digital tools progressives love. Earlier this year, we introduced you to Progress Bars and Pulse, two ways for you to connect with supporters online. Today, we’re excited to share hundreds more time-saving, engagement-building improvements, like integration for Eventbrite events and better document management. Here are the highlights of some of the biggest updates you’ll see in NGP Spring ’15.

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    • Design

    4 Announcements from #NGPVANNext You Need to Hear

    August 21, 2014

    Last night we heard some exciting things from Stu Trevelyan, Aharon Wasserman, and John Lee about the future of progressive campaigns. We hope that these new products will help you achieve even more success in your work and we can’t wait to share with you all of these exciting new changes.

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  • Announcing Bitcoin Contribution Integration

    August 20, 2014

    NGP VAN had a Hackathon earlier in the year for our development teams. My fellow developers and I had the latitude to work on anything we wanted, and my first inclination was to work on political contributions using Bitcoin. I wanted to work on Bitcoin because (a) it's something a lot of developers, organizations, and companies have been talking about but no one has done yet, and (b) I'm very interested in digital currencies. As my coworkers will attest, I've been excited about Bitcoin since before pretty much anyone else had even heard about it. I may have even driven a few coworkers crazy with my talk about the project for the whole month leading up to the hackathon.

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    • Design

    Turf Cutter’s New Map Interface

    June 28, 2014

    Here at NGP VAN, we understand firsthand how important it is to equip Democratic and progressive campaigns with go-to-war tools for this coming November and beyond. No one’s resting on their laurels and we’re all-in to build upon some of the most effective technologies in the campaign space. That’s why I’m so excited to announce one of our newest developments!

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  • OpenVPB: an easier way to phone bank

    June 26, 2014

     It's very exciting and gratifying to see my NGP VAN hackathon project, the OpenVPB.com site, finally launched and in use! Having made my fair share of phone calls over the past decade or so, in elections up and down the ballot, I know the importance of phone banks at every stage of a field operation. Organizers ask their volunteers to make calls to identify supportive voters, recruit supporters to events, and of course, to get out the vote on election day. Phone banks are as much a part of our electoral process as Labor Day parades and yard signs.

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    • Design

    Major Update to NationalField Product: Mobile-first

    April 21, 2014

      You may remember that back in November, NGP VAN announced its acquisition of NationalField. Our startup launched out of the 2008 Obama campaign and the product provides online organizing networks and powerful data dashboards to campaigns and organizations fighting for change.

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