Florida International University Expands Campus Rec Offerings with SpectrumNG

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Florida International University (FIU) was looking for a software partner that could handle their growing campus recreation needs. “We are doubling in size,” says Charles Judkins, Director, Wellness & Recreation for FIU. “There is going to be a huge push for memberships and I knew we needed a good software system that could handle that.” Judkins reached out to Daxko because he’d worked with SpectrumNG campus recreation management at other facilities and knew it would be a good fit for the needs of FIU campus recreation.

FIU is home to 5 campuses in South Florida and is among the ten largest public universities in the United States. With that many students plus faculty and staff members, FIU needed a software management system for their campus recreation centers that would serve existing members and allow FIU to expand their membership offerings. In addition, FIU campus recreation is in the midst of a renovation that will create a much larger facility with the ability to serve more members.

Bigger, Better and More Connected
FIU has plans to expand offerings with the help of SpectrumNG. “I wanted to expand our membership offerings and under our current system, we couldn’t do that,” explains Judkins. Part of the expanded offerings will include different membership levels as well as extra add-ons like locker rentals. FIU plans to implement camp programming in the summer and other initiatives will be made possible with their implementation of Daxko’s SpectrumNG.

Judkins is excited about the online services offered with SpectrumNG. “Giving our students and patrons the ability to have an online account and allowing members to scan in from their phones is a big win for us.”

The Data Story
Funding for campus recreation facilities and programs at FIU is decided by the Student Government Association so the ability to run reports through their campus recreation management software is crucial. “I need that data to help me make the case for funding for facilities and programs. With SpectrumNG the data is easily available and staff has access to what they need.”

Looking Toward the Future
“I like how the software has evolved, especially as far as needs for campus recreation,” says Judkins. Judkins also points to the software’s flexibility and scalability as pluses for his organization. “If there are elements we don’t need we don’t have to use them with our setup,” he explains.

The first phase of the software implementation will be at their Modesto A. Maidique Campus with plans to expand once the first phase is complete. “I can’t wait until the second campus has SpectrumNG. The ease of memberships with multiple campuses will allow us to be more connected and open the flow of information between our recreation centers,” says Judkins.

NAYDO Webinar Series: Sharing Impact Stories

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Daxko is a proud sponsor of the NAYDO webinar series. Last month in the series, Lindsay Sage, VP of Marketing for the YMCA of Western Ontario, shared her talk, “Why the Y: Collecting and Sharing Impact Stories.”

We all know that nonprofit impact stories are important, just as they are important for any health and wellness organization. Still, some of us struggle to identify the right kinds of stories and once we’ve identified and collected those stories it can be another arduous undertaking to get those stories out to communities, members and other that need to hear them.

Sage offers advice on identifying the attributes in a great story.

  1. A great story is clear and simple. Attention spans are short and people are busy so make sure the story you want to tell can be boiled down into its most essential parts.
  2. A great story has impact and demonstrates results. Instead of offering stories about your organization (i.e.”our YMCA offers X programs and Y classes,”) make the story about your audience and focus on the results or outcomes.
  3. A great story is personal and emotional. Your story needs to resonate and generate a connection with your audience so make sure it’s relatable.
  4. A great story inspires action. Once you convey your story and the outcomes, make sure you include a call to action. Don’t leave your audience hanging; instead, make sure to tell them what you want them to do.

For even more advice on collecting and sharing impact stories, be sure to view the entire webinar below:

NAYDO Webinar: “WHY the Y: Collecting and Sharing Impact Stories” | March 2017 from Daxko on Vimeo.

YMCA of Greater Dayton Uses Daxko Payment Services to Automatically Update Member Card Data

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The YMCA of Greater Dayton was looking for a payment processor that could offer their association more features without sacrificing exceptional service to members. Specifically, the YMCA was seeking ways to reduce processing fees, reduce returns, eliminate avoidable declines and decrease labor costs.

Pamela Flatter, IT Training & Operations Support Director, and LeAnn Krintzline, Accounting Manager were pleased with their current processing, but wanted upgrades that addressed these items as well as offered a single source of information and service. They found that Daxko Payment Services not only met with their current needs but also satisfied their business objectives.

Serving Members Better
“We have 10 branches, a resident camp, over 40 program sites and we serve more than 40,000 membership units. The majority of our members pay by credit card, so we needed a payment processor that could help us serve those members better,” explains Flatter. The team was particularly intrigued by Daxko Payment Services’ Proactive Account Updater Service. Daxko’s Proactive Account Updater Service automatically checks for outdated cards prior to the scheduled draft dates and updates cards automatically. This service reduces the number of declines, reduces membership cancellations, and saves staff time managing credit card issues.

“Daxko Payment Services was the only processor we looked at that had the Account Updater functionality and we knew it would help us serve our members better,” says Flatter. “With Daxko Payment Services, our conversations can be more focused on connecting with members rather than the unpleasant task of hassling them for updated card information.”

Automatically Reducing Declines
The team at the YMCA of Greater Dayton is pleased with Daxko Payment Services. The first time that Proactive Account Updater Service was run, more than 4,000 member cards were updated in Daxko Operations. Since then, credit card returns are down by 20% on subsequent draft dates. “For us to see returns decrease this quickly in just one draft, made our investment worthwhile,” says Krintzline. “And, to not have fees on returns is big for us,” adds Flatter.

Transaction Visibility
The YMCA of Greater Dayton is also quick to point out the benefits of increased transaction visibility they get with Daxko Payment Services. “I like having more visibility because it helps us better serve our members when we can explain why a card declined.”

Seamless Implementation
When asked about implementation, they agreed: “Actually, our implementation was seamless,” says Krintzline. “We have not had one hitch.”

From our Customers: Partnership

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We spoke with Daxko customers and asked them how they view their partnership with Daxko. Here are their stories:

“I’ve seen daxko grow both in the number products and tools that they bring to the YMCA but also as a business and an organization and the knowledge they bring to us has changed over the years and I have definitely appreciated the partnership. In my role in San Francisco, we work closely with the Daxko team to look at new products and to help to develop the solutions that work best for our organization.”

Rachel Pacheco, Association Senior Director of Business Services
YMCA of San Francisco

“I can tell that they have taken the time to get to know us as an organization, to know our culture and to know our brand and they bring that into what they do. I don’t feel like we have to conform to Daxko’s systems or operations but they have brought us a product that helps us serve our communities the way that we are serving them, without having to change how we work.”

Leeann Buttram, VP of Member Services
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“If you are looking for a company that will support you not only in your software needs but also in the questions you have about trends and membership and ways to take care of those members. They’re partners, it’s like having an extended family at the other end of your computer…so to speak.”

Joe Paslay, President & CEO
Cleveland County Family YMCA

“They are invested in the Y. They know us they want to be a part of us. They sponsor things, they will lead workshops for us. It goes beyond that where they are constantly seeking feedback, through the community aspect where you can share good, bad, pros, cons. And, it’s not just this empty place we go put our thoughts, it’s read, it’s responded to, it’s added to the roadmap. You can kind of see that they are not just asking, but they are hearing and then they are taking the steps to do the things that we need to make our work in life easier and better.”

Angela Wallace, VP of Marketing & Communications
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“It has been great for us to shift our focus on engagement. Oftentimes we think about our wellness staff focused on things such as cleaning equipment, or simply helping someone fixing their form or keeping the wellness center clean and we’ve really shifted our focus and said we want to be more intentional about engaging with our members and having conversations with our members.”

Jarrod Covington, VP, District Executive Director
YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South

“I have learned to appreciate Daxko and appreciate the tools it brings to the table. The staff team has everything at their fingertips for them to be able to be successful.”

Joe Paslay, President & CEO
Cleveland County Family YMCA