Selecting Fundraising Software: A Balancing Act
As nonprofits increasingly turn to fundraising to make up for less grant funding, selecting the right fundraising software is more important than ever. But it's not uncommon for organizations to be undersold or oversold on a donor management system. Some nonprofits may wind up with software that's not powerful enough for their needs, while others might purchase a system with more features—and maintenance costs—than they need. You need several options to choose from so that you find software that fulfills your needs while meeting your budget and resource requirements.
For more information on Sage Software and its products visit sagenonprofit.com/products or call (866) 670-2378.
The Importance of Options
When it comes to fundraising software, one size most definitely does not fit all. All nonprofits do not have the same size, missions, and budgets, so why would the same software work for every organization? Not buying a sophisticated enough system is certainly a risk, but being oversold is just as much—if not more—of a concern. Particularly when you factor in the total cost, you may be spending more than necessary for the functionality your staff needs each year. »READ MORE
Evaluating the True Cost of Fundraising Software
Software is typically a large investment for any company, but for nonprofit organizations under tight budget constraints, selecting the right system is essential. Nonprofits in particular can get caught with high ongoing coasts that they did not anticipate when they initially chose a donor management software package. It pays to look closely at all of the costs of new software, especially reoccurring costs associated with continued use of a system. »READ MORE
Fundraising Software: The Right Fit
A fundraising software system does more than just increase donations—it helps the entire development office by managing donor information and helping generate and track donor communications and contacts. Selecting the right donor management software is no easy task, since fundraising products vary from simple online freeware to a wide range of solutions with varied features. But there are steps you can take to facilitate the selection process and ensure a better system fit. »READ MORE
Case Study: Sage Solution Helps JCPA
Three years ago, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) was struggling with information from at least five different spreadsheets, various Word documents, contact folders, several databases, and numerous web site lists, none of which "spoke" to others. The JCPA implemented Sage Fundraising 100, a system from Austin TX-based Sage Software, in mid-2002, and according to the organization's assistant executive director Ethan Felson, the system transformed several departments of the JCPA overnight. »READ MORE