By encouraging everyone to participate together in running events, Ainsley’s Angels has built awareness about the special needs community and the importance of creating all-inclusive communities. Using Dynamics 365 and Power Automate to streamline the process of onboarding and managing volunteers and participants allows Ainsley’s Angels to better serve their members, grow the organization and advance their mission.
Ainsley is the daughter of Kim and Lori Rossiter. At age three, Ainsley was diagnosed with Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy, a rare terminal illness that eventually results in global paralysis. When Ainsley went for her first jog during a local road race in 2008, she gave a radiant wind-induced smile that anyone would envy. In an instant, running provided the family with a therapeutic means to fight the devastation associated with learning and trying to live with the fact that sweet Ainsley had a terminal illness that would eventually take her to heaven in February 2016. Since 2011 the Rossiters have been inspired to help others experience the same joy as Kim and Ainsley. That is when Ainsley’s Angels was founded, and today, Ainsley’s Angels is transforming populations in hundreds of communities across the nation
New member growth was outpacing Ainsley’s Angels’ ability to manage onboarding, member management and reporting. With dozens of new members spread across 29 states and 100s of communities joining daily, old manual processes made it difficult to keep up. New members had to be tagged as runners, riders, or guardians. Emails needed to go out confirming registration and alerting ambassadors of new members. Manually adding new members to email groups based on location was labor-intensive. Reporting required exporting and reformatting CSV files from the website’s back end.
How We Helped
Dyn365Pros met with Ainsley’s Angels to perform a deep dive into their needs and process. Based on those discussions, Dyn365Pros designed and implemented a system utilizing Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement and Power Automate to achieve the following objectives:
Now, new member data automatically passes from a sign-up webpage to Dynamics 365 via Power Automate. New members become Dynamics 365 contacts, flagged by attributes such as their member type and location. New members receive confirmation and follow-up emails based on CRM templates and workflows. Ambassadors are introduced to their new members so they can get familiar with and share information on future races/events. Power Automate adds members to email groups without any user intervention. A custom table stores information about ambassadors and members in their territory. Dashboards and charts display real-time data about association members and ambassadors, such as member type and registration dates.