I’ve been reading the discussions about Raisers’ Edge and its alternatives and I’ve been looking into a few of them for my own organisation’s needs.
However, although we are a charity with subscribers, as a political think tank about 80% of our communication is with people who aren’t members or subscribers. They are Councillors, Parliamentarians, Academics, NGOs etc etc who we need to keep accurate records of so that we can target the right people when we are promoting an event about a specific topic.
I think many of the fundraising elements of these programmes would largely be wasted on us. What other contacts software do people recommend?
I’m particualry interested in web solutions as we have several members of staff who work on it but we don’t have a (true) server in the office.
There’s loads of choice – and othe threads detail the different systems available. RE is a membership and fundraising solution that’s a v good solution, but so is Progress by Fisk Brett, Contacts by Care, Donorflex, Charisma by CSGroup, eTarget by Centrepoint, eTapestry, iMis etc etc. Most of these offer good web based solutions.
I could go on – and you”ll get good feedback from people on these boards.
As a consultant, I would naturally advocate that you go thru a proper speccing process and procurement exercise to get the right solution from the right provider for the long term. It’s time well spent to get a solution that is a good long term investment. My experience on your side of the fence makes me believe in this approach.
Our website http://www.pvsystems.co.uk may give you some more thoughts and ideas
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