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Off the shelf Database program

Posted on 31 May 2004 at 8:27 am
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  • Anonymous
    31 May 2004 at 8:27 am #1728


    Can anyone out there recommend an “off the shelf donor database” We need to keep it simple, need to input daily, print receipts, do reports, run on local server with multi access.

    Kind Regards
    Billy Murphy

    31 May 2004 at 10:25 am #6499

    In case you haven’t come across it yet, try Ivan Wainewright’s very useful IT for Charities Web site. It lists a wide range of technology resources, including fundraising/donor and other types of databases available to charities:

    There’s also Peter Flory’s fine book “Building a Fundraising Database using your PC”, demonstrating what can be achieved using just Access:

    1 June 2004 at 9:23 am #6500

    Depending on your budget, there are a number of Microsoft Access based systems on the market.

    I would suggest reading Peter Flory’s article located at the following url:

    Hope we have helped

    Alan Owen
    JA Computer Solutions Ltd (Developers of CHARITease)

    17 June 2004 at 7:58 pm #6501

    Paloma Systems do a terrific off the shelf database program called Sapphire, it has been specifically designed for small to medium sized charities and organisations involved with fundraising. There is a 30 day free trial available to download from their site (

    We use it and find it perfect for all our needs as it works hand in hand with our manual processes too. It not only is very user friendly and has excellent customer support, it was well within our budget too.

    23 June 2004 at 9:57 am #6502

    There is an alternative to the Raiser’s Edge – it’s Progress from Fisk Brett, used by 150 charities in the UK and every bit as sophisticated as RE, but also easy to use. We have converted a number of former AppealMaster systems to Progress are happy to talk to anyone who wants to explore what else may be available now that support for AM is being pulled. Visit the Fisk Brett web site for more info. Sorry about the plug but I feel people ought to know there is an alternative.

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