March 21, 2024

All About Givebacks: Our New Database System

This spring, WSPTA will transition away from memberplanet and toward a new statewide membership database powered by Givebacks, formerly MemberHub.

We’re excited that Givebacks specializes in serving PTAs and know this change will make member management, communications, and fundraising easier for our local leaders.

You can learn more about our transition timeline by visiting Givebacks’s WSPTA welcome page.

To learn more about what you can do in Givebacks, check out these video guides. You can also explore articles in Givebacks’ Support Center or get some inspiration from their blog.

Transition Timeline 

March 21, 2024 – Partnership Announced

March 22, 2024 – Survey of local leaders

April 9, 2024 – Welcome/Pre-launch webinar 12pm (Register here) View Recording here.

April 18, 2024 – Welcome/Prelaunch webinar 6pm (Register here)

Late April/Early May – Database launch, local leaders may log in and test things out

May 2024 – One-on-one onboarding/training for each local PTA and council

May 17-19, 2024 – Givebacks will attend WSPTA Convention

June 30, 2024 – Final day to input 2023-24 members into memberplanet

July 1, 2024 – Givebacks takes over as our primary database, begin inputting 2024-25 members


Q: Why are you making this switch?

A: Our conversations and correspondence with local leaders pushed us to seek out a new system more attuned to how PTAs work. Givebacks partners with multiple state PTAs and came highly recommended, notably because it incorporates PTA-specific features like online member join and dues remittance into its design. Our goal was to improve on a database experience that had previously felt like forcing a square block into a round hole.

Q: How long will we continue using memberplanet?

A: Memberplanet will remain our primary database through the 2023-24 year, so please continue to input data and pay dues through that system.  Please also use memberplanet to report your newly elected 2024-2025 officers. We will begin our transition in the coming months and our aim is to open access to Givebacks in late April or early May so that current and future PTA leaders may familiarize themselves before summer break. Givebacks will help spearhead this transition by providing training via webinars, videos, and one-on-one meetings.

Q: Will local PTAs be charged to use Givebacks?

A: There is no regular fee for local PTAs. It will be very similar to memberplanet in that each PTA will be granted free access to the system. Online transaction fees will apply, as they did with memberplanet. One key difference is that most of memberplanet’s fundraising and communication tools were behind a paid subscription but Givebacks’ fundraising tools are available to every PTA.

Q: Will training be offered?

A: Yes! One of the things we like most about Givebacks is they have folks on staff who are PTA leaders themselves, so they’re adept at “speaking PTA” and will help guide us with training, routine support, and managing admin/leadership transitions. Looking ahead, we will host at least a couple of training webinars in mid-April (which will be recorded for later viewing). Givebacks staff will also attend our convention in May to introduce themselves and answer questions. Finally, each PTA will be offered a one-on-one session with Givebacks staff to assist with account setup.

Q: What will happen to all our memberplanet data?

A: Every year, WSPTA downloads a huge archive of MP data, including member and officer data. We’ll be on hand through June/July to help with downloading any data you need and helping you get it into the new system.

Q: What features does Givebacks have?

A: Givebacks has tools for member management, website building, storefront management, communications, fundraising, and more. Here’s a collection of videos that cover most of these features:

Q: What are some examples of what a Givebacks website looks like?

A: Here are some really terrific examples of storefronts created using Givebacks:

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