Jet Aircraft Museum Innovates Membership and Donation Processes While Saving Hundreds of Volunteer Hours Using AnyMeeting All-in-One Web, Video and Phone Conferencing Platform
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – June 10, 2014 – Innovating its membership and donation processes was a major project for the intercontinental non-profit JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM (JAM), and AnyMeeting (http://anymeeting.com) Web and video conferencing cloud software delivered the simple and affordable collaboration tool it needed to ensure a successful transition for JAM members and its officers and Board of Directors.
AnyMeeting allowed the team to train far-flung members, on time and on budget, and is now a key part of JAM’s optimized flight plan for reaching prospective members and driving its fund-raising campaigns.
THE CHALLENGE FOR THE JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM
The JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM is a volunteer organization of 150 international members. The museum exits to create and maintain a dynamic and living history of the modern age Royal Canadian Air Force, and provides a center to honor the valiant Canadian men and women who flew these aircraft with distinction in periods of war, peace, and peace keeping.
The non-profit organization has as its primary purpose the acquisition, display, preservation, and maintenance of its jet aircraft, and, uniquely, it provides in flight demonstrations. Collaborating with members of the museum to fulfill its mission to combine the creation and operation of museum housing, while managing aircraft, historical artifacts, records, and salient memorabilia required the geographically dispersed volunteers to spend many hours trading emails, logging into Facebook, and managing a handful of other media. No one resource offered a consistent solution to everyone across the organization’s diverse demographics. And the ongoing challenge in the governance of a successful and expanding volunteer organization like the JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM requires streamlining processes and reducing costs wherever possible. The team needed a better way to communicate with consistency.
ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGE
The JAM officers and Board of Directors were interested in Technical Marketing Director’s Steve Blackwell’s proposal to test online collaboration and meeting solutions to help manage team communications. Blackwell took several online meeting and video conferencing solutions like GoToMeeting and Cisco WebEx for test flights but found they were prohibitively priced for his organization’s budget. During his review process, he experienced another powerful web conferencing and video conferencing solution, AnyMeeting, in a meeting hosted by another of his clients. He was impressed with the performance and the simplicity of the experience and the price was right – free with easy upgrades.
FINDING A SOLUTION WITH ANYMEETING
AnyMeeting is an easy-to-use, full-featured Web conferencing and webinar software platform designed to meet all the conferencing needs of small but rapidly growing organizations like the JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM, with 6-way video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, meeting notes, recording and more, plus support for the iPhone, iPad and Android tablets (with Android phones coming soon). The museum initially chose AnyMeeting as the best solution to meet its needs to make it simpler for the volunteers to automate content management processes and collaborate on documents. Using AnyMeeting, Blackwell was also able to innovate processes, workflows and ad-hoc communications with members, saving significant time and resources.
“AnyMeeting allows us to engage in projects with our international members as if they were sitting all together in a room onsite at the JET AIRCRAFT Museum,” said Blackwell. “AnyMeeting was easy for members to use as an all-in-one conferencing solution to simplify collaboration processes.”
According to Blackwell, “AnyMeeting proved invaluable during the launch of its recent website refresh, which included a new and more efficient way for members to access information on the site.” The new processes required member training. “We saved hundreds of hours training members using AnyMeeting,” added Blackwell. “It was much easier to get everyone up to speed, and honestly, I can’t think of how we would have done it with emails and phone, much less in-person. With AnyMeeting, we accomplished the demos in real time. Everyone is happy!”
Blackwell sees expanding the use of AnyMeeting to attract new members and increase informational and guest speaker communications for the organization. “I’m excited about the possibilities to utilize AnyMeeting to facilitate committee and Board meetings, and to help in attracting new members. I recommend it to any growing organization.”
“AnyMeeting is specifically built as one tool to satisfy all the meeting needs of small businesses and other organizations with remote team members and clients,” said Costin Tuculescu, founder and CEO of AnyMeeting. “From a one-on-one video conference to a 200-person webinar, AnyMeeting empowers organizations like the Jet Aircraft Museum to communicate effectively, grow, and reach their goals like never before possible.”
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