New Guide Helps Non-Profits Choose Donor Management System

Lori Halley 04 May 2009 1 comments

If your organization is in the market for a new donor management system or fundraising software, Idealware has just released a free report to help you make the right choice to fit your needs:

Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems - NTENThe Consumer’s Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems is an impressive 48-page document that  compares the specific features of 33 different donor management systems, ranging in price from free up to $4000+ for the first year.

Which of the 33 systems we reviewed are the best? That turns out to be a very complicated question. We expected to find a number of these systems to be noticeably sub-par, which would make it easier to narrow down our recommendations. But that wasn’t the case—almost every system we looked at had its strengths, and we could think of a scenario for which almost every system would make sense. That’s great news for organizations looking for a system that meets a specific set of needs, but it makes it very complicated to try to understand the market and sift through the options.

The Guide discusses, in truly useful detail, the types of donor management systems that are available, what it can do for you, and how to choose the right system for your organization.

A companion document, Detailed Reviews of Low Cost Donor Management Systems, takes a closer look at the 12 donor management systems the authors identified as the top contenders, based on a combination of functionality, price and attractiveness in a variety of situations:

In selecting them we prioritized functionality to manage complex gift and donor information and to issue printed acknowledgement letters, but also considered usability, querying and reporting, configurability, managing constituent data beyond donations, and price.

Idealware’s Consumer Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems and Detailed Reviews were written by Eric Leland, Laura Quinn, and Chris Bernard, with contributions from others in the nonprofit community, in partnership with NTEN, and sponsored by NPower. You can download your free copy at http://nten.org/dms_report, in exchange for your name and email address.

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Published Monday, 04 May 2009 at 10:10 AM

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