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  • Forum Thread: SWITCHED CRM/ DONOR DATABASES?- Post your experience. Warnings, etc?

    We have read several posts in the past few years regarding the difficult times some have had in making this important choice. The GiftWorks change is one example. Some stayed, some switched. That's the way it works... or didn't. I often wonder what did others decide. Did they stay, switch, switch...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Hello from GateWay Home in Indianapolis, IN

    Hi GateWayHome, Thank you for your introduction and the inspiring mission that your organization is dedicated to. For ideas on what software, such as bookkeeping and fundraising would best meet your needs, you will get some very good advice in the database and software section of these forums . Just...
  • Forum Thread: Online fundraising and social media outreach: interesting eNonprofit Benchmarks Study

    If you are responsible for online fundraising and/or your organization's social media presence, the 2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study is a great resource to see the trends, and give you some idea of how your organization is measuring up to others in your niche. The study covers nonprofit email...
  • Forum Thread: Military Family Voices Preserves the voices of our Military and Families

    Military Family Voices www.Militaryfamilyvoices.us MFV Mission: to preserve the voices of our current and former Military, their Families and their Loved Ones to help preempt the brutal stresses and invisible wounds of Military life and to provide these recording services from caring civilians...
  • Forum Thread: Hello from Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, Oregon.

    Hi all~ Pete Rathbun here, from Sisters Oregon. We're a 501(c)(3) organization who's mission is to keep Americana roots music alive in Central Oregon, and to keep arts education alive in our school district. www.sistersfolkfestival.org We've been utilizing TechSoup for several...
  • Forum Thread: Let us introduce ourselves

    Hi the Rebecca Lynn Cutler Legacy of Life Foundation is a new, volunteer driven, 501(c)3, operating as "Rebecca's Dream". Our mission is to promote awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases . We are trying to select a, user friendly...
  • Forum Reply: Re: newbee

    Hi, Steve, Great to get your post and welcome to TechSoup. Congratulations on the grant and on the project. Sounds exciting. It is hard to tell anyone, from a single short post where they need to start, but I'll dive in with a few suggestions for you to think over. For some advice on accounting...
  • Forum Thread: Hello from Viet Dreams - We provide Clean Water to 3rd Countries

    More about us here: http://vietdreams.org/ VietDreams is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded by musicians, artists, journalists and music enthusiasts who all share a common goal – to provide disadvantaged children in Vietnam with better educational opportunities and a more healthy, sustainable...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Hello

    Hi, Linda, Welcome to TechSoup. Glad that you have found the Idealware chart, which really is a good resource. Hope that you will hear from a user of Donor Works 8. If you do not in a few days, you might want to post the donor database part of this question in the Technology for Fundraising section...
  • Forum Thread: Hi from Dominique at DataRaising

    Hi Everyone! Thanks for welcoming me into the TechSoup community. As an expert in data management to increase fundraising, I can't wait to begin our community knowledge sharing experience together. Let's connect... Best, Dominique DataRaising Founder __________________________________________________________________...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Hello from Kansas City

    Hi Kimberly-- Welcome to TechSoup! I'm so glad you found us and I hope we can be of help to you in your work for homeless shelters. I know there are a number of TechSoup users in your field. A few places that can help you get some ideas are our Tech for Fundraising forum and this article on accounting...
  • Forum Thread: ACS (PeopleSuite et al)/Blackbaud/Orange Leap/ Donor Perfect

    I wrote the title that way to pique the interest of anyone and everyone using one of those products. Particularly anyone who has migrated to or from ACS ( http://www.acstechnologies.com/ ). I'd like to hear your experiences. I'm currently exploring the possibility of moving from ACS to another...
  • Forum Thread: Fundraising dbase maintenance and cleanup

    I am looking for some "best practices" for fundraising database maintenance and clean-up. Currently, our organization's development dbase has over 60,000 records; many of which are decades old. I want to reduce the dbase size down to about 20,000 records if at all possible. Other than the...
  • Forum Thread: Email integration in a CRM

    Which CRM's have the best integrated email services? Our organization has 15000 people subscribed to our newsletter and under 100 donors (with grand ambitions to convert these "interested" folks into donors). We currently use iContact to reach out to these people, but are hoping to...
  • Forum Thread: Looking for a Filemaker Pro-based donor management app. Any leads?

    Hello! I am the managing director of a nonprofit arts organization that has just gotten to the point where we are beginning a formalized donor development program. Unfortunately, we don't have the funds to go for a major donor management system like eTapestry or Raiser's Edge. We do have FileMaker...
  • Forum Thread: Help! We're looking for a database that can manage donors and offer online event & course registration

    We have not been able to find an appropriate product for this. Any suggestions? We need something that can handle multiple course registrations in one transaction as well as serve as our donor database. Thanks in advance for your feedback!
  • Forum Reply: Re: Database

    Quickbooks is not a donor management system. Here's one discussion of using it as a donor database, but it's pretty old. So I agree that you should look for a separate database to manage prospects and proposals. And there are definitely more than two choices! Have you looked at Idealware's...
  • Forum Thread: Donor management and email marketing software

    Hi guys! I have a client who's a local org that supports developmentally delayed people in a small town of about 8,000 people. They're looking for a new donor management system that includes an online fundraising component and and email marketing component. They're not that tech-savvy...
  • Forum Thread: convio common ground CRM

    Has anyone used Common Ground CRM by Convio? Could you give me your honest thoughts about the program? We are down to our final decision and it is between Donor Pro; Donor Perfect Online and Common Ground. This is a difficult decision to make. Our primary needs are relatively basic - electronic giving...
  • Forum Thread: Experiences with donor database vendor-provided credit card processing?

    Hi everyone, I'm relatively new to Techsoup and am really enjoying the discussions! I'm director of development for a small child care nonprofit and want to add online donation functionality to our website. I've seen the discussion here about various credit card/donation processing vendors...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Giftworks - Donor perfect reviews

    Hi Dbramlett, Thanks for letting people know. I was going to post this yesterday, but didn't get around to it. (Note: I have no relation to Dbramlett or what organization he/she works for.) For disclosure purposes, I am the Vice President of Fundraising Products at SofterWare, the company that...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Donor-Management Software Comparison - Updated

    Could you please update the pricing for Salesforce.com? For nonprofits you are correct that qualified 501c3s can apply for the donation and discount program and be awarded up to 10 free licenses per year. Additional licenses however are not $1500/year they are granted under the discount program at the...
  • Forum Thread: Volunteer/Donor Tracking

    Does anyone know of a software/system for tracking volunteers and donors? Any help and comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  • Forum Thread: Using ActiveNet or Thriva?

    Anyone using one of the Active Network products - Thriva or Active Net - for registration/memberships/donations?
  • Forum Thread: Blackbaud & Convio are now one company (Software mergers & what they mean)

    As you may have heard, two software powerhouses serving the nonprofit community, Blackbaud and Convio, have merged. Blackbaud tweeted on May 7 that they "are now one company" and that you can "hear from Marc Chardon on our plans for integrating the companies: http://bit.ly/K5RBVw "...