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Posted on 8 May 2004 at 11:11 pm
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  • Anonymous
    8 May 2004 at 11:11 pm #1593

    Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 10:09:44 +0100
    From: Rosalind Relle

    Dear Colleagues,

    We are a small to medium sized charity in desperate need of a fundraising
    database to help with contact management, keep track of campaigns & events,
    and manage existing donors and their donations. We have looked at a few
    products in the marketplace and the best we have seen to date is Raiser’s
    Edge. It is, however, very expensive to buy and I am concerned about
    on-going running costs. I would be very grateful for any advice you may have
    about alternative (and cheaper!) products to Raiser’s Edge or your thoughts
    about Raiser’s Edge itself.

    Please feel free to respond by return mail.

    With many thanks,


    Rosalind Relle
    Catalyst Coordinator

    The Outward Bound Trust –
    207 Waterloo Road

    Telephone 020 7928 1991
    Fax 020 7928 3733

    8 May 2004 at 11:12 pm #6228

    Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 13:21:34 +0100
    From: Jonathan Evans

    Raiser’s Edge is an excellent system, extremely flexible, comprehensive, and
    works “out of the box”. It’s also very easy for anyone with a vague grasp
    of Windows software to operate.

    FSID is another small to medium sized charity, and we’ve found it
    invaluable. It’s not the cheapest thing around, but – for us – it’s been a
    vital investment. (I’m not saying that either it or BBE is perfect, but
    then few things are!)

    I’m sure, though, that other options do exist depending on your precise
    needs. You might try speaking to someone like Peter Flory, who is subbed to
    this list.

    If you have any specific RE questions, please feel free to contact me.


    Jonathan M C Evans
    Direct Marketing Officer

    The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
    Artillery House
    11-19 Artillery Row
    SW1P 1RT

    Tel: 0870 787 0711


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    8 May 2004 at 11:12 pm #6229

    Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 14:25:57 +0100
    From: Rasma Bertz

    I worked with RE in a previous job, and it is a top notch programme, worth
    the initial expense. We did not utilise the support much, but this might in
    part be due to the fact that I am very computer literate. The most major
    problem I had was when our main server crashed or became too small to handle
    the upgraded version. Hope this helps.

    Miss Rasma Bertz
    Fundraising Officer
    179 Constitution Street
    Aberdeen AB24 5TU
    01224 640340/ 07763 132850

    8 May 2004 at 11:15 pm #6230

    Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 07:47:01 +0100
    From: Charlie Marshall

    To whomsoever was asking about cheap software, we recently had a demo
    involving the following:

    1. Mr Paul Steadman, Managing Director, New Generation Consultancy, Park
    IT Centre, Coryton, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4 PG (Telephone: 0845 – 345
    1984 – product AppealMaster)

    2. Mr Roger Williams, Anglo – Europe Computer Systems Ltd, 16-18 King
    Street, Newcastle -Under-Lyme, Staffs, ST5 1EJ (Telephone: 01782 –
    713409 – product, Open.Market)

    3. Ms Jo Davies, Marketing Projects Manager, Care Data Systems Limited,
    Patrick House, Lakeside Centre, Lifford Lane, Kings Norton, B’ham
    (0121-458-7887 – product, Donorflex)

    4. Mr David Warnock, Managing Director, Sundayta Ltd, International
    House, 174 Three Bridges Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1LE (Telephone:
    01293 – 407474 – product, Visible Results)

    5. Mr Jonathan Air, Charity Software limited, Unit 3, Avonside
    Industrial Estate, Avonside Road, Bristol, BS2 0UQ (Telephone: 0117 –
    971 – 6175, product, Donor2000)

    6. Mr Roger Bourdon, APT Solutions Limited, Business Design Centre, 52
    Upper Street, London N1 0 QH (Telephone: 020 – 7704 – 8006, product,

    I think nos. 4 and 5 are probably the cheapest, although the demo was
    specifically for those companies looking to supply those Scottish
    charities who currently use appealmaster, whose parent company has now
    been taken over by Blackbaud.

    Charlie Marshall

    Fundraising Manager
    Age Concern Scotland
    113 Rose Street
    Edinburgh EH2 3DT
    Tel. 0131 625 9320
    Fax 0131 220 2779

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    8 May 2004 at 11:16 pm #6231

    Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 08:07:55 +0100
    From: Colin Hay

    Dear Ros

    I ran a meeting yesterday in Grangemouth for 28 AppealMaster users and 6
    database companies presented their systems to the meeting.

    As you may know AppealMaster was purchased by the Raiser’s Edge in July of
    this year. We left the Raiser’s Edge to go to AppealMaster so we also need
    a new database.

    As far as we are concerned the new version of the Raiser’s Edge – beta
    version 7.5 has all the good contact management features of AppealMaster
    inserted and is now a much better product – but expensive!

    One other that you may like to consider is STRATUM by APT Solutions. I am
    also seriously considering this database as a possible for the Society.

    If you would like more information, please give me a ring. I will be free
    after 4pm today and on Thursday afternoon or any time on Friday.

    Colin S Hay
    Director of Programmes
    The Scottish Bible Society
    7 Hampton Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5XU
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    8 May 2004 at 11:18 pm #6232

    Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 06:19:49 EDT
    From: Deborah Cole

    Dear Ros

    I was faced with the same problem working for a very small independent school
    that is a charity and a not for profit organisation. Our fees are very low
    which allows a lot of pupils from the state system to benefit from our
    renowned Dyslexia Unit.

    All our records were paper ones and I only had 80 past pupils on the database
    and the school was founded in 1911!!!

    We have therefore created our own database in microsoft word. It has all the
    fields I need at present and I now have 700 listed, only another 60 years of
    pupils to track down and add!!!

    I know in the future we will have to have something more sophisticated, but
    at least this will give us time to raise the finance for such a piece of

    If I was you I would call the other charities in your area (the big national
    ones) and see what they are using and ask if you can spend some time with
    them seeing how it works. I have heard good and bad things about all the
    database software that is available, but seeing first hand from someone else,
    I am sure will make your mind up.
    Don’t be bullied into rushing in to anything, you may regret it later. Also
    speak to some computer whizz kids in your area.

    The other option is to see if your local university could help you. They may
    even be able to use the study as part of their course work.

    I hope this helps

    Good luck

    Best wishes

    Deborah Cole
    Mayville High School
    email me at [email][/email]

    9 May 2004 at 12:23 pm #6233

    Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 16:45:41 +0100
    From: Alistair Currie

    Have a look on the IT for charities website – they have lots of good
    information on databases. Including some free stuff

    Hope that is of use.


    Alistair Currie
    Trinity Hospice
    Direct Line Tel: 020 7787 1054

    9 May 2004 at 12:24 pm #6234

    Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 22:10:29 +0100
    From: Anita Macaulay

    We debated long and hard about a database and in fact I asked for advice at
    the time through this email group. In the end we decided to have a tailor
    made database made to our specifications. This work is now complete and we
    are delighted with the finished product. Mark Emms of Emmsit, the supplier
    we finally contracted, understood much about charity operation and what we
    wanted to get out of the software – he also has made modifications since at
    very short notice when we have identified additional elements. The costs
    were very reasonable too! I am happy to give his contact details of anyone
    who would like them.
    anita macaulay
    Jennifer Trust for SMA
    Elta House
    Birmingham Road
    Stratford upon Avon
    CV37 0AQ

    9 May 2004 at 12:25 pm #6235

    Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 09:14:59 +0100
    From: Andrew Pring

    Holding data in Word tables makes it easily transferable to Excel and
    I have found that I can also get basic information imported into Outlook
    for easy emailing but it relies on using the named fields used within
    Outlook. They are not the same as those displayed.
    Exporting an empty contacts file from Outlook to Excel will disclose the
    correct field names and then your table can be copied into Excel and the
    columns transferred to the appropriate header for exporting back to
    Outlook. Check Excel help on Labels for giving the columns the field
    names in the first entry otherwise they will not map.
    I have also found Outlook as easy as Word for mailmerging and especially
    useful for selecting particular recipients in tailor made fields for
    both emailing and printed mailmerges.
    Remember to blind copy when doing mass emailings to protect your clients
    from spam and viruses.


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