Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust rolls out Harlequin Software
Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates – from bees to beetles, spiders to snails. It manages national campaigns including ‘Get Britain Buzzing’ along with many brownfield projects across the UK and habitat surveys.
Buglife is a growing membership-based charity with 1200 members, 20 staff, 12 volunteers and 17.2K Twitter followers. In four years it has tripled its income to £1.6 million. Investing in charity management software was a key business objective for the charity as it looks to modernise its back-end operations, integrate information and further widen its reach.
Paul Hetherington, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Buglife explains: “We needed software that is easily accessible for all staff so we can finally use one system for all contacts, which will wean us away from filing cabinets stuffed with ancient correspondence. Harlequin will support our CRM strategy, campaign management, membership process and fundraising activity.”
Tom Ellis, Managing Director of Harlequin adds: “Like many expanding charities, Buglife had got to the tipping point where they needed robust software to facilitate more efficient ways of working. They are an incredibly enthusiastic team and everyone is keen to make the most of the system.”
Paul Hetherington concludes: “We chose Harlequin because they have a proven track record of delivering high quality software at an affordable price. During the system roll-out, they provided friendly, personal support, ongoing hand-holding and informative training. We are looking forward to a new era for the charity, where Harlequin will serve as our IT backbone.”
The switch to Harlequin was smoothed by Buglife being awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst Grant to support the process of choosing and embedding a new CRM system within the charity.
More about Buglife
Buglife’s aim is to halt the extinction of invertebrate species and to achieve sustainable populations of invertebrates. The charity is working hard to achieve this through: Undertaking practical conservation projects that will contribute to achieving our aim. Promoting the environmental importance of invertebrates and raising awareness about the challenges to their survival. Assisting in the development of legislation and policy that will ensure the conservation of invertebrates. Developing and disseminating knowledge about how to conserve invertebrates. Encouraging and supporting invertebrate conservation initiatives by other organisations in the UK, Europe and worldwide. Membership from £2 a month. Photography © Mark Pike.