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Hi I am researching donor mgmt software for my nonprofit and am in need of some advice. Since we have a limited budget, I'm looking for it on techsoup (donation). Does anyone have any experience with getting a donor database via techsoup? Does it come as a fully functional software, or does it come stripped of its functionality (as the eTapistry sales person I spoke with claimed).
I've been using a trial of eTapistry and find that it works well for me (better than my spreadsheet) with some kinks. It's not as great at managing prospects and proposals as I would like, but it does well at tacking donations and events.
I believe that Donor Perfect and GiftWorks are also available.
Anyone have any experience with this?
As far as I know, the databases sold through TechSoup haven't been "stripped" of functionality. But they're often the entry-level versions of those products and don't include optional modules or features. I'll see if someone from TechSoup Stock can provide more details.
RobertForum Moderator Robert L. Weiner ConsultingStrategic Technology Advisors to Nonprofit and Educational Organizationsrobert [AT] rlweiner [DOT] comwww.rlweiner.com
Thank you, I greatly appreciate your help. As this is our first donor mgmt - upgrading from Excel - I want to make sure I'm making the right choice! ~Julie, CASA for Kids of South Central TX
You're correct that the eTapestry offer available through TechSoup differs from the Starter package available directly from Blackbaud. The TechSoup offer does not include these capabilities:
There are add-ons available for GiftWorks Standard, but these may not be necessary depending on your organization's needs.
The donated version of DonorPerfect is limited to 1,000 records and is designed for a single user. TechSoup customers may obtain additional records and additional user logins directly from DonorPerfect at an additional cost. There are also these optional add-ons available for an additional cost:
Let me know if you have any other questions about the donor databases available from TechSoup. Hopefully other customers will chime in on this thread about their experiences.
Allyson Bliss, Senior Relationship Manager, TechSoup Global
Our organization is also looking to invest in a donor management database, (currently just using excel) besides eTapestry what other donor management programs are available on TechSoup? Databases like Exceed Basic and Donor Perfect seemed perfect for our organization but have a max. annual budget amount that we are not eligible for. Any information would help, many thanks!
Hi Ldebourg, Here's more info on how to choose the right donor management software through TechSoup - good luck with your search and please let us know how it goes!
Chris Delatorre, TS Forum Community Manager | Twitter @urbanmolecule