I’d recommend looking at Salesforce (www.salesforce.com). They donate their CRM product to non-profits, it’s very customisable and is browser based so you can access it anywhere. It also seems to cover much of the same ground as Raisers Edge.
Are any UK charities using Salesforce?
Would be interested to know how they are getting on.
-Web-based, easy to use fundraising and donor management database that is integrated with a web portal for your donors.
-Offering a low ownership cost and creating no additional work for your IT support staff
-Faciltates easy team working across the web and is available for you 24/7/365.
Abattia’s customers have already used WA-Fundraising to raise in excess of £50 million in donations, and claim over £2.5 million in Gift Aid.
I have been reading with some interest about all the different databases that are out there – I had no idea there were so many! In my last company Raisers’ Edge was successfully used for events, high net worth donors and Trust fundraising.
I now do freelance work and one of my clients wants to do all of these activites but is also setting up an alumni programme. Is Raisers’ Edge the best tool to co-ordinate all of this or is there a better database?
RE is a good, proven alumni fundraising tool – although Care and Donor Strategy (among others) have also got clients in this sector.
Just work out what your project is, what your requirements are, and then do a quick tender process – and you should come out of the other end more sure of what system fits your needs, and how you’ve come to that decision
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Raiser’s edge with all the functionality, then DonorPerfect Online (DPO) could be an ideal option.
DonorPerfect are the second largest fundraising software company in the world with over 7,000 clients worldwide. They offer DPO GO (DonorPerfect Online for Growing Organisations) specifically for smaller charities and NFP’s and it is now available in the UK. With 900 contacts you would qualify for DPO GO and the cost would be less than £70 per month including full support. With DPO GO you get all the features of DonorPerfect but being an Online system there is no upfront investment required in software or hardware, all you need is a PC with an internet connection.
DMACS are authorised UK distributors of DonorPerfect and I would be happy to supply you with more details of DonorPerfect Online or installed version. We can also arrange a demonstration for you. Just send me your contact details to email@example.com
the Fundraising fundamentals software developed by Bit10 is a very good alternative. It’s an easy to use campaign management software which is web-based and extremely cost effective.
– Real-time reporting dashboard to monitor the fundraising performance levels.
– Integration with Raiser’s Edge
– Free one-to-one consultancy
– Unlimited User licence
Most importantly, it is user-friendly
Has anyone used this on a 64 bit machine? I’m having trouble getting the demo to work and my tech support says its because the software is in 32 bit and our computers are 64 bit, however I didn’t think this should be a problem. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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