We use Raisers Edge and it is controlled by database department (2 staff in the database department – they process all the income, add codes, data segmentation, etc..)
Recently we had a problem which Head of Fundraising thinks everyone from the fundraising should have the administrator level so they don’t need to go to the database department to add the codes and global action, etc.
Database department have explained the disadvantage of giving the administrator level to everyone but he doesn’t understand so I would like to get some advice.
Thank you in advance
It seems like your Head of Fundraising is in danger of making a decision without knowing enough about how Raiser’s Edge works. We do a lot of RE consultancy ourselves, so we do know RE well!
You can give specific security groups privileges just to specific admin or config functions, rather than everything. Therefore, give your fundraisers access just to global add, without them having access to, say, globally deleteing all records! That way you can get the best of both worlds
Let me know if you want more advice
I back exactly what Keith said. I had exactly the same problem. As Database Manager, I was very reulctant to give all admin rights to others in our office, so simply restricted access to certain features through the group priviliges options under security, such as global adds. When others see the range of functionality available in R:E as an admin user, it gets all to tempting for users to start investigating/playing with set up features which leads to problems!
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