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I work along side a non-profit helping with rebuilding after hurricane Harvey last year. They expect to be here for then next several years helping low-income blue collar families rebuild. We are looking for a database tool, cloud based, to track work requests and volunteer assignments. They are currently using a spread sheet. Any recommendations.
Have you considered looking into document management software? For example our software ships with SQL Express and our solution includes a reporting and workflow engine to generate your spreadsheets automatically. Would be happy to chat with you to understand if its a good fit.
MissionBox published a nice article on how to look for volunteer management systems earlier this year. And there was a long discussion of volunteer management software on NTEN's forums recently. Finally, have you looked at Idealware's Consumers Guide to Volunteer Management Systems? It reviews 3 standalone and 3 integrated systems. It's from 2011 so the features and prices have undoubtedly changed, but the chapter called "Features and Functions" will help you think about your needs.
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Not sure database is the right word to describe what you're looking for... you are looking more for a ticket/task assignment tracking system. A database is really just a place to store data.
A lightweight solution that I'd see working and implementing really quickly is jira - a user can create a ticket for a work request, then assign it and have it do things based on a predefined workflow (ie, when a ticket is closed do X Y and Z). It also integrates with alot of other SAAS products.
You can request a free license for charities here - https://www.atlassian.com/software/views/community-license-request
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