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  • Forum Reply: Re: Donor database data entry and volunteers

    jcravens42 I volunteered to input data at a nonprofit. I showed up, and they sat me down at the computer, put a stack of papers next to me, opened the program, and walked off. Being me, I spoke up and asked 14 million questions. And it was then that they realized that maybe previous volunteers hadn't...
  • Forum Thread: Microsoft Dynamics CRM for nonprofits and NGOs

    Hello All - My name is Shawn Michael, and I have had the privilege of supporting nonprofit technology for almost 10 years now as a member of the NPower Oregon team. The NPower network of affiliates has worked to provide nonprofits with technology that supports and empowers their work. I am incredibly...
  • Forum Thread: Any Non-profits with Donor Databases - I need suggestions

    Hi - I'm Elizabeth. Working on a contacts database. Does anyone know a good way to show the relationship between two contacts who donate one check for an event? This becomes important when merging to a thank you letter. For an extreme case: We just had a fundraiser where a wife made reservations...
  • Forum Thread: Quick Books Intuit, Donor Perfect and Giftworks

    Hello, My organization currently uses a very old version of Giftmaker to manage its donor information. We are considering purchasing a new database management system, and in particular are looking at what seems to be a partnership between Quickbooks accounting software and either Donor Perfect or...
  • Forum Thread: DonorPerfect End of Year Letter problem, solutions out there?

    I'm new to DonorPerfect, I had a question in regards to the End Of Year letter. It appears there is no coding for the name in the address field or coding for the total amt donated (gift total amt for the year) in the Microsoft Word document. Is it possible to find a copy of this letter that I can...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Needing to graduate from Excel & Outlook

    Linette, I started my involvement with donor database software through the desire to track just the sort of things you are talking about -- not very complicated, but way too much to keep a handle on through spreadsheets/Outlook. I started with a very basic program, and was so impressed with how much...
  • Forum Thread: Anyone using Microsoft Dynamics?

    Hello, We are evaluating different vendors for a Donor Management / CRM system for a small college. Is anyone using Microsoft Dynamics? Any thoughts? Thanks, : )
  • Forum Reply: Re: Need good database management software

    HI, There are some excellent resources to help you find the right database/donor management software. This recent thread donor management software has links to some of those resources. Best wishes, Sasha
  • Forum Thread: Tessitura for Theater Ticketing

    We are looking into using Tessitura as a ticketing app for our community theater. We just wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts/complaints regarding this software and if anyone had success with a mobile app.Thanks!
  • Forum Thread: Digitizing Grants Files- Advice

    Hi Everyone, I'm in charge of grant administration at a medium sized non-profit and we are currently looking into the option of digitizing our grants files. We already use Raiser's Edge as our donor database, and we are looking for ways to make our system more organized and easy to access...
  • Forum Thread: What is the best software for a small start-up non-profit?

    Hi, I was a director in an internationally known non-profit for a long time. During that time we used Filemaker and then switched to Raiser's Edge (which I really dislike). I'm helping a non-profit get started and running. I'd like to find a cheap (even free??) software solution that...
  • Forum Thread: Database for small non-profit

    I will be setting up a database for a small non-profit with about 6 users. The database would have all donors, mentors, and volunteers with all the information. Ideally, the users would be able to access the database from different locations. Security is an issue with all the donor information so using...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Data Base Software Program for Small Non Profit

    Hi, Amy, Welcome to TechSoup. Yes, there are quite a few options. It will depend in part on what reports you want, and what kind of fundraising activities you are involved in that you might want to track in your donor database. Keeping track of donors, donations, contact inf, creating labels, simple...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Donor management and email marketing software

    Hi, John, Are you already familiiar with the Idealware report that does the best job of comparing donor management software features across the market? If not, you can download it here: A Consumer's Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Software Hope that helps, Sasha
  • Forum Reply: Re: Got a database question? Than post here and don't miss the free webinar Nov. 18th

    Hi Karen, Filemaker is actually one of the only systems of its type that is available on both Macs and PCs. It is the only major option for Macs and is the most popular database solution for Windows. It is even a PC Magazine Editors choice. As a matter of fact this article on PC Magazine http://www...
  • Forum Thread: How do you pick a donor Databases

    I have the task of switching the current donor database system for my not for profit. Currently we are using E-Tapestry bit we are looking for a system that is a little more user friendly. I am really considering Donor Perfect but lately have been hearing a lot about Salesforce. I am a little concerned...
  • Forum Thread: New to the non-profit planet.

    Hello, My name is Cara and I am currently in an amorphous position of temporary admin assistant with a non-profit arts organization. I'm sure other folks working in the non-profit arts world can relate to the 'amorphous' qualities of these positions. I am quite new to the non-profit world...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Fundraising dbase maintenance and cleanup

    nonprofitgirl83 I am looking for some "best practices" for fundraising database maintenance and clean-up. What a great question! I do have some suggestions. First, do you mean that you would delete people who met all three criteria or only one? If only one, then there might be some reason...
  • Forum Thread: Do we need donor management software?

    We are a small education foundation. Right now we are just starting to track our donors via an excel spreadsheet. I am not sure if we need donor management software or if something like Access will be all that we need. We'd like to be able to track if someone donates more than once, create a mailing...
  • Forum Thread: Free TechSoup webinar: Finding the Perfect Donor Database in an Imperfect World

    Tracy Kronzak from the Applied Research Center and I are leading a free webinar for TechSoup on April 15 on the subject of choosing a donor database. We'll cover When to Change What it Might Cost How to Choose Surviving the conversion The webinar will take place from 11 - 12...
  • Forum Thread: Sage 50 fundraising program

    Has anyone used this program? Thoughts about it? Pros? Cons? Thanks for your help.
  • Forum Thread: Have you checked out Idealware's donor management comparison report?

    A couple months back, Idealware and NTEN released an in-depth report comparing 33 lower-cost donor management systems. Have you checked it out? Have you used any of the tips suggested to help find a donor database that fits your organization's needs? What do you think of the different tools they...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Guidelines for specifying database requirements?

    Hi George, To be most helpful to this collaborative organization, you should organize their data needs considering the past, present and future. One successful approach would be to look at: How and what data they collected previously What their current annual data calendar looks like What...
  • Forum Thread: Interested in trying out Telosa's Exceed! Basic donor management software?

    If your answer to that questions is "Yes!" then join us on Wednesday, October 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific for a free webinar to discuss the features, show how it all works, and answer your questions about whether it's the right donor management tool for your needs. Here's more: Organize...
  • Forum Thread: Multiuser lab software sounds great but is it right for Project Inform's needs?

    I just read about the software to start a multiuser lab and I was wondering if anyone there could let me know if it would be appropriate for our HIV/HEP C organization. We have several volunteers who would be signed in at the same time but they would have to be able to work on Raiser's Edge and some...