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Seeking a software solution for your organization?
Check out some other programs and companies that handle
donations and fundraising, or other needs of charities and churches.
We do not endorse any of these other
products, or (in most cases) offer opinions about them.
(Naturally, we'd like you to use the DONATION program if it suits your needs.
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before selecting a different program.)
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Some products that we do recommend to our users are on the
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Lists of Products
Charity Village Donor Management Software page and
Fundraising Software page
(Canadian). DONATION is listed on both pages.
NonProfitExpert.com Nonprofit Software page
comparison chart of programs for churches, including DONATION. (Nuverb makes Donarius.)
Here are a few products specific to non-profits and churches.
Many of these descriptions come from the product web sites.
ebase is a free
database program for non-profits, with over 16,000 registered users
(as of Jan/2002).
It has a lot more features and capabilities than DONATION, and appears to
be suitable for much larger organizations than DONATION is. Correspondingly,
it is significantly more complex to use and to learn to use. It says that it
works in Canada and the U.S.A.
Although it can record donations, as well as
a lot of other things that DONATION does not record, it seems that it would
be a bit of a struggle to get it to create numbered year-end charitable
receipts including all of a donor's donations during the year, which many
organizations like to use. (Numbered receipts are required in Canada.)
It has no problem sending out thank-you letters for individual
Donarius from Nuverb
Systems Inc. is a system for churches and charities.
As of 2007, it costs about $105 Canadian or $85 US.
There is an evaluation copy available to download. It is a Canadian company.
Nuverb Systems has also created a comparison chart of a number of Donation
Tracking Products, including their Donarius and my DONATION program. It's at
Advanced Solutions International, Inc.
sells iMIS Fundraising and other iMIS products. It's a major fundraising package
for large organizations and charities.
eTapestry is fundraising software that
works on the web. It is free to use for up to 500 donors.
DonorPerfect sent the following
DonorPerfect is available as both an installed package and an online,
browser-based application. Both versions are quite scalable and very flexible.
DonorPerfect is a bilingual product and is available in both French and
English. There is a Canadian version of the software that addresses Canadian
charity law and forms and can track USD or CAD.
DonorPerfect has a general and a
A free demo CD can be requested from the general site.
Pricing varies, but there is (or, as of April 2005, will shortly be) a
subscription available for their online version for less than $100/month.
Their installed version starts at $1,200.
Church Software from By the Book is a church
management system which tracks membership, contributions, groups, and classes,
and also does child check-in. It works on both PCs and Macs. Pricing starts
at $99 for up to 100 names, which includes support for the first
3 months. Support and upgrade contracts are available.
The Total Comms Database by Magimpact
is a system for the United Kingdom, that runs on (and requires)
Microsoft Access, and takes
care of both mail and email communications for small and medium charities. It
has add-on features for handling donations. The cost is £100
for the base package, and varying amounts for optional packages.
BasicFunder Premier from Jellyware Corporation is
a powerful and affordable, full-featured fundraising database program that you
can customize to meet the specific needs of your organization. It works for
both Canada and the U.S.A., and costs $349US, with an annual support fee of
$120US after the first year.
GiftWorks is quite powerful fundraising software, that starts at $399US for their Standard version, and goes up from there.
an open source and freely downloadable constituent relationship management
solution. CiviCRM is web-based, internationalized, and designed specifically
to meet the needs of advocacy, non-profit and non-governmental groups.
One component of CiviCRM is CiviContribute, for tracking contributions
(including charitable donations).
It does not currently have specific features for handling
Canadian receipts, but it is quite likely sufficient for U.S. receipts, where
the requirements are less strict.
PLUS from ACS Technologies is apparently the most commonly used church
management software system, according to Christian Computing Magazine's
Church and Donor Management Software Overview (PDF). However, I have
to admit that I have
heard quite a lot of negative feedback about it from my users, and quite a few
users have switched from earlier versions of it to DONATION. One of the
problems seems to be that it has been sold from one company to another
several times. You can read some customer reviews of it on
Wild Apricot is described by them as follows: Wild Apricot membership website and database management software brings together all the tools you need to efficiently run your organization. With our web-based system, you can grow membership numbers, improve member satisfaction and grow revenues, as well as easily track membership information and produce professional-looking reports. What's more, Wild Apricot is affordable even for the smallest non-profit organization. Billable plans start at $25 per month. 30 day free trial!
Organizers DataBase (ODB) is a free open source Windows
application to help non-profits with organizing, including tracking their
donors and donations. There are paid
support options available (for more than the basic cost of DONATION, mind you). Judging from the web site, it may be a bit complex to configure initially,
though perhaps less complex than eBase.
Live and Silent Auction Software
handles your charity auction needs including Auction Catalogs, Silent Auction
Bid Sheets, Invoicing, Reporting and Attendee Management.
Other Good Sites and Services for Non-Profits
Tech Soup - "The Technology Place for
The Chronicle of Philanthropy - The
Newspaper of the Nonprofit World.
Idealware is a U.S. charity that provides candid Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits. Through product comparisons, recommendations, case studies, and software news, Idealware allows nonprofits to make the software decisions that will help them be more effective.
NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network, is
a membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. NTEN is a community of peers who share technology solutions across the sector and support each other's work. NTEN enables its members to embrace advances in technology through knowledge sharing, trainings, research and industry analysis.
In April, 2009, Idealware in conjunction with NTEN completed A
Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems, a review and comparison of 33 "low cost" (meaning under $4,250 in the first year!) donor management systems. DONATION was reviewed in it, and although it had fewer features than they were looking for in general, it was still selected as one of three "Best Bets" recommendations for users who "Just need the basics". The other two were GiftWorks and
Christian Computing Magazine (CCMag)
- A free, monthly emailed magazine with articles, reviews and advertisements
related to computer software for churches, and other computer issues from a
Christian standpoint. They reviewed DONATION in their August 2007 issue.
Read that review as a PDF
CCMag also has a
Software Feature Chart, which includes DONATION (under
"Softare4Nonprofits"). However, I feel that
DONATION comes off appearing somewhat unfairly lacking in features in this
chart, because they don't happen to list a lot of features that DONATION has. Also, currently they seem to only write articles about software vendors who regularly advertise with them (which I do not).
Solutions for Secretaries of Small NPO's is an interesting-looking book, together with a web site including
a discussion forum, for the secretaries and administrators of small non-profit
organizations (specifically in the USA). N.B. I haven't actually read the book, but I did look at the table of contents and a sample chapter. It includes a
free Microsoft Access application (which requires Access) for tracking members
Canadian Web Sites
CanadaHelps.org accepts online
donations for almost all Canadian charities, and issues electronic receipts
Charities can register for free to receive better services and listings.
A credit card transaction fee (3% as of July, 2006) is deducted
from donations (it is paid directly to the credit card companies, not kept by
CanadaHelps.org). CanadaHelps.org is itself a charity.
CharityVillage.com is a major
general website for the Canadian nonprofit sector. It contains news, jobs,
information and resources for executives, staffers, donors, and volunteers.
They also published and article I wrote,
"Why not to create a do-it-yourself donation tracking and receipting system".
Treasurers of Canada Inc. assists treasurers, bookkeepers and financial
administrators of churches and ministries as they deal with the unique
problems of their position. The website provides plenty of free information,
while those who purchase a membership have additional benefits including access
to the Member's Only page and receiving individual attention to their specific
questions. They regularly recommend my DONATION program.
Council of Christian Charities is a membership-based organization
that offers a lot of good resources and advice to charities, both through
information on their web site, a phone support line, and a very helpful
bi-monthly bulletin (that can be subscribed to without purchasing a membership).
WorkInNonProfits.ca aims to help
build and strengthen Canada's non-profit sector by connecting non-profits
across the country with job seekers as well as suppliers of services and
Also from Software4Nonprofits: ACCOUNTS
, for easy bookkeeping, including simple and automatic fund accounting.
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