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  • Forum Reply: Re: RE: Communicating about Disasters

    donc I am a former emergency/disaster services manager Don, Working with donor management software, I've been pondering lately the question on how donor management interfaces with the actual on-the-ground management of a disaster. Clearly they require very different skills, yet it is when a...
  • Forum Reply: Re: RE: Communicating about Disasters

    donc where I live in this little world of ours is often named by scientists as the ‘global barometer of climate change’. It makes me want to watch the Australian weather! donc I would certainly suggest to any NPO's wishing to engage themselves in disaster work that they get in touch...
  • Forum Reply: Re: RE: Communicating about Disasters

    Thanks Don. You have given me some excellent food for thought. I am sure that I'll be back to ask some more questions when I can figure out how to formulate them. donc Telling people they can’t help is often one of the toughest jobs a disaster manager will do – I've experienced...
  • Forum Reply: Re: RE: Communicating about Disasters

    Thanks, Don. This is very helpful. donc Smaller NPO's wanting to help during disaster need to involve themselves (at the community level) with local disaster prevention planners before the event. This doesn't take into account the wide-spred emotional response that happens in connection...
  • Forum Reply: Re: RE: Communicating about Disasters

    donc It's common for the Logistics section to include an Inter-Agency Liaison Officer and NPO representatives in recognition these are often the individuals and orgs best placed to manage donations on behalf of Logistics and Incident Control. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are two NPO's often...
  • Forum Reply: Re: RE: Communicating about Disasters

    Thanks, Don. Well, I am starting to get confused... :-) ...and that isn't too surprising! I wouldn't even be venturing into this arena except the way that I found myself interfacing with certain aspects of the donor management work after Hurricane Katrina. I think the reason that I'm...
  • Forum Reply: Re: RE: Communicating about Disasters

    Hi, Don, Thanks for the excellent resource links. Much food for thought. I became involved with helping small disaster relief organizations improve their donor management as a result of Katrina. As that work has evolved, I've begun to see just what you are saying: i.e. that the way that work...
  • Forum Reply: Re: RE: Communicating about Disasters

    donc From my own experience, I know I am far more likely to approach an org and/or accept offers for assistance during distaser if I know what it is they do... So then what would your response be to a church from a small town somewhere unknown to you calling and saying, we have a team of people with...
  • 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: Exceed! Premier

    Hello, I am development director of a mid-sized nonprofit. After some months exploring donor management software options -- including careful reading of Tech Soup articles and community forums, as well as the Idealware article on low-cost databases -- we are leaning toward Exceed! Premier by Telosa...
  • Forum Thread: Online Solution for Donor Management / Membership / Registration

    We currently utilize DonorPerfect for donor management and membership purposes and are looking to add an online registration system for trainings we do. While I know DonorPerfect can configure WebLink to work for online registration, it just doesn't seem to be as good of a solution for registration...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Mailing List Maintenance

    Hi Ny, Usually once you move out of Excell, you would move into a type of software called "donor management software," or donor databases. Depending on how simple or complicated the software is, it can run the full range of price. To look at the range of choices you jhave you might want...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Donor-Management Software Comparison - Updated

    If you're looking at fundraising packages, you should definitely take a look at CiviCRM: http://civicrm.org/ CiviCRM is an open source and freely downloadable constituent relationship management solution. CiviCRM is web-based, open source, internationalized, and designed specifically to meet...
  • Forum Thread: What software would enhance our non-profit?

    We are a Domestic Violence program with a very small office of two and a board of directors with 11 members. We need Microsoft Powerpoint on one of the computers to mostly read powerpoints sent to me. The other two office computers have it. In order for us to order on Techsoup we need to purchase 5 seats...
  • Forum Reply: Re: How do you pick a donor Databases

    Hi Jackie, I work for DonorPerfect and if you have specific questions about how we compare with Salesforce, Excel or other software, please contact us directly. I'm sure E-Tapestry and other vendors could help explain differences between themselves and other software as well . If you're...
  • Forum Thread: DonorPerfect (DP) questions - should we keep it?

    Hi! I’m Cynthia from NY and new to TechSoup. This is a great forum to share and learn from like minds in the nonprofit community. I am a community service intern at a nonprofit 501(c)(3) in NY. Our nonprofit organization upgraded DonorPerfect (DP) Fundraising Management software installed version...
  • Forum Thread: What is the name of the feature im looking for in a Donor software?

    Hi! I’ve been reviewing different donor software packages but I have yet to find one that has the feature we need most. We manage the donor’s funds according to their wishes and donate to other non profits that work toward the donors intent. So each donor can have his own foundation managed...
  • Forum Reply: Re: donor mgmt software from techsoup?

    Hi Julie: 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: Unlimited Concurrent Users 1 online fundraising Form 25,000 e-mails + Marketing...
  • Forum Thread: Software for fund-raising

    Am consulting to several non-profits and would like to learn if there is a chart which compares the software companies providing those applications. Raiser's Edge/Black Baud, DonorPerfect (SofterWare), etc. Or is there a site I can visit that would help differentiate the software providers? Thank...
  • Forum Thread: Database Software for a small non-profit school

    Hi everyone! We're a small, non-profit school (<80 students) looking for new database software to keep track of our students/families, visitors/prospects, and donors. Can anyone suggest a user-friendly database for us (hopefully one that TechSoup sells)? We appreciate any suggestions =) ...
  • Forum Thread: Putting MS Access Database Online

    I have a MS Access Database in Access 2010 that i would like to put up and make available through a web browser. How can i do this? What is the simplest path? It does have a lot of inner connects and queries.
  • 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: software suggestions

    hello, we are a small independent school grades nursery to 8th grade; 120 students. We are looking for software that track school administration and student registration and tracking as well as donors and gifts to the school. We want the two areas to share the information so when a student graduates...