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Who Are We?
Cooperstock Software and Software4Nonprofits.com are owned and operated by Dan Cooperstock.
Note: Cooperstock Software is the legal name of the business, while Software4Nonprofits.com is the name of this web site. Both names are in general used interchangeably, but cheques must be made out to Cooperstock Software!
Who is Dan Cooperstock?
You may be asking yourself, "Who is this Dan Cooperstock, and why is he why is he in the business of providing low-cost software to charities and churches?".
Dan is a computer programmer with an M.Sc. In Computer Science and over 35 years working experience. He has worked with PowerBuilder, which was used to create this program, for over 25 years.
Dan is also a Quaker, and has been both Treasurer and Clerk (chair) of his Quaker Meeting's Finance Committee, and chair of the Canada-wide Quaker organization's Finance Committee. Based both on this experience, and his experience writing and supporting DONATION since 1999, Dan has a solid understanding of the financial requirements of a small charitable organization.
Dan wrote the original DOS version of the DONATION program when his Quaker Meeting was using a commercial donations package, and he observed several drawbacks of it. He was not able to get the improvements he requested made. He talked to people that were using other packages, and none of them were completely satisfied. He decided that he would write his own program to handle donations, because he knew he could depend on its quality, and he could put in whatever improvements he wanted.
In 1998, Dan rewrote DONATION as a Windows program, and started giving it away for free (and later also accepting voluntary contributions) on the www.FreeDonationSoftware.org web site. It was initially free for a few reasons. The first was just out of a desire to help other charitable organizations and churches with part of their work, without costing them any additional money. Another was that Dan just didn't want the bother of getting into a sideline business as well as his full-time job, and it was satisfaction enough to have his work used and appreciated.
In 2007, Dan took time off from his employment to do another complete rewrite of DONATION, and add a lot of long-requested features. During this time, Dan came to the conclusion that he could best serve the charitable sector by working full-time on DONATION, and thus he decided to start charging affordable prices for it, so that he could afford to do so. As part of that change, the domain name was changed from FreeDonationSoftware.org to Software4Nonprofits.com.