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  • Forum Thread: Fundraising / Patron / Membership Management Solutions?

    Hi All, I work with an all-volunteer based civic performing arts group. We request donations from our musicians similar to dues for a membership based organization, but also draw up to 1000 people per concert that we solicit. We need a software system with CRM functionality to manage this growing list...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Sumac Technology

    Hi everyone, I would like to recommend Sumac too! Our small artist-run centre in Toronto is a busy but small organisation and we needed to find a way to streamline all of our data regarding Membership, donations, event management, workshop registrations etc. Sumac does all of this for us, in a very...
  • Forum Thread: Wishlist Hero worthwhile?

    Has anyone used the service Wishlist Hero ( www.wishlisthero.org )? This service allows potential donors to find nonprofits who need things they have to donate and/or organize campaigns to raise money to buy things from a nonprofits wishlist. It seems a little pricey -- $250/yr for orgs with budgets...
  • Forum Thread: Fundraising Question

    Hi all, I have a question for anyone who runs online fundraising efforts: what's your biggest head achet when it comes to your fundraising work? What do you wish was easier and what drives you crazy? Feel free to vent :) Thanks!
  • 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: Looking for App developer for The Children's Inn

    Hello! I am Rick Saunders. I am the IT Director for The Children's Inn at NIH. http://www.childrensinn.org/
 The Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health is a non profit residential "place like home" for sick children and their families. Children come from across the country...
  • Forum Thread: Seeking Donor Software with Integration Sage/Peachtree Accounting system

    Good afternoon! We are a Coalition/small nonprofit and are currently researching donor databases/software systems for cultivation/gift processing so we can manage relationships beyond the basic database we operate now. I have previous experience with Blackbaud - Raisers Edge - and PeopleSoft systems...
  • Forum Thread: Wisdom of the Crowd(funding)

    If you joined us for our webinar Wisdom of the Crowd(funding) on August 15, 2013 — or if you're just interested in crowdfunding and want to know more, please ask your questions here! In our webinar, we heard from Rob Wu of CauseVox, Carter Gibson of Little Big Fund, and Bill Cesare of Teespring...
  • Forum Thread: New Fundraising Platforms

    Aliza Sherman just wrote a blog post about : Top 12 Online Fundraising Platforms for Donors & Non-Profits I'm wondering how these compare with crowd-sourced funding platforms like Ulele Kickstarter or Indiegogo How are they similar or different and which nonprofits are using which...
  • Forum Thread: What software do you use for fundraising?

    My company is conducting a survey for our non-profit partners. I do not want to spam the link out on every forum I can, because we're looking for quality results versus just hitting some arbitrary number of participants. We aren't trying to skew our results in one way or another, but one of the...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Online Event 11/27: Get Tech Needs Funded!

    Great to see this, since getting hardware donated or paid for is a frequent topic here on the TechSoup Forum. Here is advice from earlier this year . Here some advice from 2005 that is still valid as well. If anyone in the TechSoup community attends, I hope they will post here to talk about what they...
  • Forum Thread: The Storytelling Non-Profit Virtual Conference - a free event January 27 to 31

    By now you’ve heard that your non-profit needs to tell stories dozens of times. Stories of impact. Stories about why your work matters. Stories about why your organization is the best at what it does. Stories about your vision for the future. But what does it all mean?! More importantly, HOW...
  • Forum Thread: Online Event 11/27: Get Tech Needs Funded!

    Technology can help charities be more efficient, spread the word about their programs and goals, and help more people. But many organizations have a difficult time raising enough money to invest in technology projects—especially since donors are often more focused on supporting services than...
  • Forum Thread: Anyone going to the AFP TechKnow Conference?

    Hello TechSoup'ers: I'm wondering if anyone here is going to the Association of Fundraising Professionals TechKnow Conference on using Technology for Fundraising in Orlando on June 4th and 5th. Perhaps it would make sense to put together a TechSoup Tweetup or something? More info about...
  • Forum Thread: Intros for Funding A CTC Event

    Folks- Let's use this topic to instroduce ourselves. I am George Gundrey of CompuMentor. Along with Laura Breeden of Education Development Center, Inc. and the America Connects Consortium, I will be your co-host for this week-long event. Below is my Bio: George Gundrey is the Senior Program Manager...
  • Forum Thread: Social Media and the Arts: Less Advertising, More Talking

    Today on the TechSoup Blog , we talked about performing arts organizations using social media to attract new audiences, including the San Francisco Symphony and the Anaheim Ballet. How can nonprofits use new media to reach new audiences? The blog post focused on arts orgs, but let's open the discussion...
  • Forum Thread: "Likes" on Facebook - Still No Impact?

    UNICEF Sweden has an image that's floating around the Internet and causing quite a stir: "Like us on Facebook, and we will vaccinate zero children against polio. We have nothing against likes, but vaccine costs money…" It's part of a fundraising and awareness campaign by...
  • Forum Thread: Is Facebook Causes a Joke?!?

    I signed my organization up to Facebook Causes about two months. After about a 4-6 week wait we were finally approved. However, the password I originally signed up with, and noted down in my files, does not work. When trying to recover the password by going through the process I receive no email telling...
  • Forum Thread: Using Maps to Plot Donor Zip Codes

    Hi, I'm with a non-profit that is doing a one day fundraiser. We want to have donors enter their zipcode on our website and then see it pop up on a google map below (or any other map). Does anyone have any resources that could help with this. I've already checked out www.mapalist.com and www...
  • Forum Thread: Online & Social Media Fundraising Tools

    In this blog from November 2012, Online and Social Media Fundraising Tools , TechSoup's ginnymies blogged about the various tools and platforms to help nonprofits reach donors online, particularly via social media - and allow people to donate online, directly to the organization. These tools included...
  • Forum Thread: Something to Smile About: AmazonSmile (Easy Donations for Nonprofits)

    Here's something for nonprofits to smile about: AmazonSmile . A simple way for your constituents to support your work while they shop on Amazon. Once users select an organization, .5% of all their purchases will be donated by the Amazon Foundation to a nonprofit org. Awesome! I made a colorful infopic...
  • Forum Thread: Cases on Social Media Utilization in the Nonprofit Sector: Call for Chapter Proposals

    CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS (Deadline Extended: January 31) Cases on Strategic Social Media Utilization in the Nonprofit Sector A book edited by Dr. Hugo Asencio (California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA) and Dr. Rui Sun (California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA) To be published...
  • Forum Thread: ONLINE EVENT: Twitter and Non-Profits

    Hello, I run a Meetup in New York City called Social Causes, Social Media. (http://www.meetup.com/Social-Causes-Social-Media/ ) Our aim is to help inform non-profits learn how to utilize and leverage social media to accomplish their mission. Our next meeting is exploring the Twitterverse. I am...
  • Forum Thread: Need App for online fundraising/voting contest

    Hi, Our horse rescue recently took in 8 horses from a severe cruelty case - none of them have names, just numbers. We are going to do a naming contest. at $10 per name, and then $1 per vote. Our main social media presence is on Facebook, and I was thinking we could use the Causes app to take donations...
  • Forum Thread: Volunteers raising money online

    Two of my worlds are colliding: I've gotten some emails over the last year from people who want to ride a motorcycle or bicycle on some epic journey - across Asia, from North to South America, around the world - and raise money for some cause/charity/organization. Most have been rally naïve...