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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...
29 Apr 2013
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...
6 Apr 2010
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...
22 Jul 2010
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...
10 May 2010
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...
20 Jan 2011
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...
9 May 2013
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, : )
14 Apr 2010
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
16 Jul 2009
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!
24 Jun 2013
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...
2 Oct 2013
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...
8 Jun 2009
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...
23 Oct 2013
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...
18 Jan 2013
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
7 Sep 2012
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...
9 Nov 2010
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...
22 Dec 2009
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...
20 Jan 2010
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...
3 Apr 2013
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...
8 May 2012
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...
13 Apr 2010
Sage 50 fundraising program
Has anyone used this program? Thoughts about it? Pros? Cons? Thanks for your help.
20 Jan 2010
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...
10 Aug 2009
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...
1 Dec 2013
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...
20 Oct 2009
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...
1 Mar 2013