Little Green Light helps nonprofits improve their fundraising and development efforts by offering a comprehensive constituent relationship management database, event planning, activity tracking, mail merge and advanced queries.
This solution is available for a monthly fee and accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. Little Green Light is ideal for small and midsize nonprofits (typical LGL customers have 500 to 5,000 constituent records), but it works for larger organizations as well.
Originally developed for school fundraising, Little Green Light can be flexed to meet the needs of a variety of nonprofit organizations, including faith-based ministries, arts and cultural organizations, environmental associations and more.
Little Green Light helps simplify workflows, such as the entering and retrieve donor information, adding donations, recording event attendance and creating mail campaigns. It also offers advanced search capabilities.
Little Green Light integrates with email marketing companies MailChimp and Wufoo for more effective targeted campaigns and online forms. Initial data migration is also Included in the monthly subscription.
Sarah from J. Murphy & Associates
I enjoy using Little Green Light. It doesn't have all the functionality of other products, but it's very inexpensive, and if you are a smaller non-profit, this is a perfect database to use for your needs. It is very intuitive and easy to learn.
It doesn't have the full functionality of other, more robust, products.
Make sure that this software will fulfill your organization's needs - if you have a smaller constituent base, and/or are a small nonprofit, then this will be perfect for you!
Tony from St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and School
Price is reasonable and it doesn't take a long time to get it integrated into your system. Learning curve is very low. Great and prompt customer support via email. At first this was a turnoff, but they have answered questions in less than hour. Sometimes 5 minutes.
I do wish it had chat support. But the email support is fast enough.
Make sure you utilize the support. They will answer any question you have.
Tracy from Social Advocates for Youth
I like it's importing flexibility...that is about it.
I really feel their customer support is very limited and not as available as it should be for such a limited database. No disrespect to the actual customer service technicians intended.
I feel this is a good product for a smaller non-profit so would suggest looking toward the organizations future needs in respect to this database and its robustness.
Yaakov from JEEP: Jewish Education for Every Person
I like the clear instructions. It puts everything about LGL at my fingertips. I can easily track past interactions with donors.
I haven't found anything not to like. Although its different from my previous Donor software package, it compares favorably.
Try it out for a few hours and you'll probably have the same positive experience I had.
lian from IAI
It is simple to use and powerful fundraising and data management program.
It can't provide more choices for different pricing options.
Just try to sign in, set up an account, and use it to see if it fits your needs.
Scott from Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation
Specialty: Healthcare & Hospitals
It's easy to use and not expensive. Many of the other products require lots of training and cost thousands more.
It is a simple product. If you have thousands of names on your database, you may not be able to figure out all of the reports and segmentation you need.
This is a great product for small databases. It is not the best for huge ones. You need to take account of your database, the growth you will achieve and the metrics you want to measure.
Marc from UCC
It has lots of pricing info and lots of helpful things.
It takes time to contact them and the customer service needs improvement.
I would tell them that it has a large learning curve but you get good with time.
Karen from Every Child Fed
Specialty: International Organizations
The best part about Little Green Light is their five-star customer service. When I can't find what I need in their extensive library of help topics and video tutorials, I just shoot them an email, and most of the time, I hear back the same day with an answer, a solution, or, on occasion, a fix to a bug I uncovered. (I was a software tester in a previous life.)
It's somewhat minor, but I wish the Forms editor provided a WYSIWYG interface.
As a small but growing nonprofit, Every Child Fed needed a donor management tool that would grow with us, but fell within our current budget. The free options were either too complicated to customize for a nonprofit or lacked the functionality to track and report on donor engagement. Little Green Light offered us a cart full of functions at a price we could afford, and it's intuitive enough so that all our employees and volunteers can find the information they need. LGL will help you get your data imported and get up and running fast.
Krystle from Family Crisis Center
Specialty: Human Services
It has been easy to navigate and train others to use. Since it is web-based, it is easily accessible.
I haven't found something I like least as of yet. I've been using the program for almost a year.
Use the 30-day free trial to learn and access the LGL.
Jenny from Liberty Classical Academy
Specialty: K-12 Education
It has made my job easier! Once our Development department enters a donation, I use Little Green Light in the Finance department to print tax acknowledgments and envelopes quickly and easily. In the past, we had separate systems with multiple spreadsheets, and labor-intensive manual mailings. Now it's all on LGL.
Occasionally, I've had some trouble formatting a letter template, but customer service solved the problem.
Try the software; explore it. There may be features you're not aware of yet.
Nancy from Portsmouth Athenaeum
Specialty: Arts & Cultural
It streamlines the acknowledgement process and reporting.
There are almost too many ways to do things. But I find the way that suits me and don't worry about the rest.
Reporting, reporting, reporting. The ease of entering information is always a concern, but getting that information out again is critical.
Nina from The Hansen Foundation, Inc.
Specialty: Human Services
Little Green Light is simple to use and efficient. It has all the features we need including the ability to mail and email merge, and integrate with PayPal. We can easily track constituent donations and event revenue. It has a good reporting system. The customer service team is top-notch.
I have no complaints in this category. We're very satisfied with everything.
Little Green Light has a 30-day trial period. Try it! You won't be disappointed.
Priscilla from Special Olympics Wyoming
Specialty: Human Services
I appreciate the cloud-based application. it allows us access our information regardless of where we are. The product is very user-friendly and comparatively easy to orient and train new users. The LGL team is extremely responsive and always working towards solution.
The duplication of records is a challenge to clean up and maintain.
If you are a small non-profit, this is a great solution for collecting all of your data in one place.
Amory from In the Arena
Little Green Light (LGL) is a powerful and extremely effective organizational tool. By offering an intuitive and user-friendly format for data management and board/staff/volunteer connectivity, LGL preserves that most precious of all resources (especially for those of us in the independent sector): time. Thanks to the LGL platform, In the Arena (ITA) is a better-organized and more productive outfit, with increased time to spend on the all-important programming and outreach.
There's nothing I don't like about LGL. From day one they've been responsive, inclusive and innovative with respect to the development and deployment of their product.
Look at the complete picture: evolution of the product, user interface, tech support. LGL has it all.
Bethany from Liberty Classical Academy
Specialty: K-12 Education
LGL is easy to use and fairly intuitive. If we do have questions about the database, their customer service is fantastic. They are quick to respond and very helpful.
LG has worked with us to find a solution for anything we've found that hasn't worked the way we needed. I can't say there is anything that we like least.
This software is easy to use and affordable for a small shop.
Sandra from Soldier On, Inc.
Specialty: Human Services
LGL is not only user-friendly, but there is always someone happy and helpful when you have an issue. LGL will gladly adjust the software to your personal needs.
I cannot come up with something I do not like about LGL. I love this product and the people who work with it!
Ease of use, pricing, and customer service are the most important to us. Fancy software that promises the world is not always able to deliver. LGL will find a way to personalize and support your needs.
Lori from CALM - Child Abuse Listening Mediation
Specialty: Human Services
The product is very intuitive and easy to use. The customer support is fantastic! They are patient and willing to help build queries or even create what we might need.
It's a new product, so there is some functionality I wish it had that it doesn't. For example, I can't run analysis reports, comparing giving from last year at this time to this year.
It's worth calling Little Green Light to talk about your needs.
Leslie from The Martinez Foundation
Specialty: Higher Education
LGL is very fairly priced. We love that it is very intuitive and user-friendly. Also, the addition of LGL forms has made it possible for us to collect data that syncs directly to the database and process donations at the same time. All of it is very seamless and convenient for a good price.
Occasionally, we find something we would really like to add and track, especially within certain groups of constituents, and there isn't a really good way to add a field for data collection. We have found workarounds, but the ability to capture very organization-specific information (i.e., new fields) would be helpful.
I would be interested to know if other products are integrated and available online for a better price. We pay approximately $400 per year for up to 2000 constituents. We looked into other products that would be cloud-based for access from anywhere and found this pricing to be far better than most.
Sharon from Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc
Date: July 2012
Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach has a membership of approximately 55 and a donor base of 1300+. We hold only one event annually for our fund-raising and we are very fortunate to also receive several grants and bequests throughout the year. Prior to my coming to the organization, we were tracking donors and donations using a different system. While it was very good contact management software, it's not at all adequate to track donations.
Having come from a very large non-profit, using a very expensive software system, I can truthfully say that Little Green Light provides most of the functionality, a lot less of the complexity and a very reasonable price for an organization our size. The variety of reporting that is available allows for easy clean up after importing, if needed. And support ROCKS! They are always responsive and very helpful. I love, love, love Little Green Light!
David from Vermont Italian Cultural Association
Date: February 2012
The Vermont Italian Club is primarily a membership organization whose purpose and mission is education of Italians and non-Italians in the Italian culture and heritage. We do this by encouraging participation and study of the Italian language, arts, and culture through lectures, presentations, films, study groups, formal classes, celebrations, and other educational events and activities.
We are a small group with about 200 memberships and 475 entries in our database. When the group was smaller and before we invigorated the organization in 2009-2010 with new leadership, all membership information lived on spreadsheets. We knew that we needed a system that could grow with us and deliver the kind of information and reporting we needed. We evaluated other systems, but they were either far too expansive and/or too expensive for our meager budget.
With no offices or paid staff, a fundamental requirement for our donor/member management system is that it be browser-based and accessible to our volunteers from their PCs in any location. In addition, the system had to be easy to use, reliable and include features that we would utilize as we grew, developed an online presence and added people to our database.
Little Green Light seemed just right for us both in capabilities and price. Although it was fairly new at the time, we decided to adopt it because we believed LGL would grow as we did and it more than met our needs at the time.
The conversion process from spreadsheets to LGL was far easier than anticipated when we adopted LGL in 2010. Staff was very accommodating and helped us through the transition smoothly. We were up and running within a few days. The ability to administer the various functions, categories, tags for member/constituent data is very flexible and easy to grasp. LGL has continually enhanced the system with new features.
We have never looked back and remain enthusiastic that we made the correct choice. LGL continues to evolve and they listen to their customers for new feature development. In recent months they have launched tight integrations with WuFoo (online forms), MailChimp (email management), and PayPal (payment processing). All are useful services that offer a small non-profit like VIC easy and affordable integration with robust third party offerings. Those we have implemented work smoothly to reduce data entry and the inevitable mistakes of manual processing.
LGL service has been outstanding, better than I have encountered from any systems vendor, to small and intermediate sized users. Their online knowledge base and responsive voice and email support is well beyond my expectations.