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NeonCRM helps nonprofit organizations manage, streamline, and automate fundraising and/or membership needs. A cloud-based system, it features built-in communication tools and donation forms that mimic the nonprofit’s website. Read more
Recent recommendations: 83 recommendations
DonorPerfect is the easy solution to keeping track of all fundraising efforts & donations. By collecting all incoming information in one location, the system allows users to easily communicate with volunteers and members. Read more
Recent recommendations: 44 recommendations
Salsa CRM is a cloud-based constituent relationship management platform that helps nonprofits track supporter relationships, manage online and offline fundraising, and intelligently report on everything. Salsa CRM features include... Read more
Recent recommendations: 37 recommendations
Blackbaud Fundraising is a cloud-based donation management platform, which helps businesses automate processes related to payment actions and track donor activities using communication tools. Key features include event management,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 36 recommendations
Charityproud is a cloud-based nonprofit management solution suitable for small to midsize nonprofit organizations. Key features include constituent management, donation and pledge tracking, campaign and event management, email integration... Read more
Recent recommendations: 36 recommendations
Created in 2012, Bloomerang is a solution for small and growing nonprofits. It enables users to view an organization's donor records, track the best time to contact each donor and measure a donor's engagement level to make it easier... Read more
Recent recommendations: 33 recommendations
Keela is the first affordable, nonprofit-specific CRM platform to provide intelligent tools and guided decision-making, helping nonprofit professionals make enlightened decisions based on their data.Keela's built-in CRM feature helps... Read more
Recent recommendations: 29 recommendations
MobileCause is a cloud-based fundraising and communication management solution for nonprofits of all sizes. Key features include online giving, text-to-donate, event fundraising with live thermometer, peer-to-peer and crowdfunding... Read more
Recent recommendations: 28 recommendations
Powered by Microsoft Dynamics 365, GiveLife is a comprehensive cloud-based customer relationship management solution designed for Non-Profit organizations to organize and manage fundraising, campaign, volunteer, and membership management... Read more
Recent recommendations: 27 recommendations
Donor Engine is a comprehensive nonprofit software solution that can be configured to meet a wide variety of nonprofit organizational needs with the goal of creating a single database for all data and providing a 360-degree view of... Read more
Recent recommendations: 25 recommendations
Network for Good offers donor management software integrated with fundraising pages and personal coaching for growing nonprofits. Donor Management Software: Search and segment donors, track gifts, and launch personalized email and... Read more
Recent recommendations: 23 recommendations
MemberLeap by Vieth Consulting is a cloud-based association management system built to support the needs of associations, nonprofits, clubs, churches and other member-based organizations. Suitable for any size organization, this system... Read more
Recent recommendations: 15 recommendations
ClubExpress is a cloud-based management tool for any association or club. The solution is suitable for arts and cultural clubs, environmental groups, healthcare and hospitals, higher education groups, human services organizations,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 13 recommendations
EveryAction’s unified database gives you a 360-degree understanding of your donors and supporters with fundraising, membership, advocacy, and analytics tools. Simplify operations and eliminate data silos by combining fundraising,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 12 recommendations
Trail Blazer is dedicated to making non-profit management easier than ever. The system has an easy-to-use interface that can quickly create mass email campaigns, track finances and organize events. Read more
Recent recommendations: 12 recommendations
Aplos is a cloud-based system designed specially to serve the needs of nonprofit and church organizations. The Aplos platform includes fund accounting, online donation management, reporting functionalities, fundraising tools, membership... Read more
Recent recommendations: 11 recommendations
NationBuilder is a cloud-based website, database and fundraising solution designed for nonprofits to connect with their communities and scale their organizations. It includes features to identify key supporters, turn them into donors,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 11 recommendations
Eleo is a cloud-based donor management solution designed to help nonprofits build donor databases, manage donor interactions, track fundings, plan events and more. The donor database and contact management features help users build... Read more
Recent recommendations: 10 recommendations
Inspired by the amazing work that the nonprofits they serve do everyday and motivated by a strong desire to improve upon the existing tools for nonprofits, Humanitru set out to create a powerful, yet easy-to-use suite of digital fundraising... Read more
Recent recommendations: 7 recommendations
GrowthZone, is an online platform designed to help associations and chambers of commerce manage their members, events, fundraising, marketing, donors and volunteers and more. It is the first AMS with built-in marketing automation and... Read more
Recent recommendations: 4 recommendations
2020 Non-Profit Pricing Guide
Learn about the key aspects of accurate software pricing before you make your purchase decision.
Pricing models & ranges
Pricing of popular systems
With hundreds of software for nonprofits on the market, nonprofits of all sizes have more options than ever to efficiently grow, manage and streamline their organizations. From individual, standalone applications for donor management software to comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, nonprofits can more easily and cost-effectively manage their essential day-to-day functions. This includes advocacy and email marketing campaigns, accounting, reporting and constituent management. The challenge for nonprofit buyers, however, is determining exactly which of these solutions can best meet their organization’s unique needs today—and grow with them over time. This guide provides an overview of nonprofit software and nonprofit management software reviews to help you make the most informed purchasing decisions.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
What Is Nonprofit Software?
Software for nonprofit organizations includes a wide range of standalone applications and comprehensive programs that help nonprofits manage the many facets of their administrative, fundraising, donor relations, tracking and reporting functions. Regardless of their size, scope of offerings or budget, every nonprofit stands to benefit from utilizing these feature-rich nonprofit management solutions. While each delivers its own unique flair and functionality, most of the systems provide similar core offerings, which we’ve highlighted below.
Common Features of Nonprofit Software
|Nonprofit accounting software||Keeps tabs on critical financial information to ensure dollars are collected, budgeted, allocated, tracked and reported with ease and efficiency. Functions include budget monitoring, futures forecasting, grant management, payroll processing and tracking and reporting.|
|Fundraising & donor management||Empowers nonprofits to securely solicit, collect and track donations through individual, planned, recurring or major giving. Functions include auctions, a-thons, campaign creation and management, online giving, customized donation forms, receipt generation and reporting.|
|Membership management||Membership management houses constituent contact information and helps organizations record interactions, set membership levels, manage benefits and track renewals and dues.|
|Volunteer management||Facilitates a nonprofit organization's interactions with their volunteer workforce. This software stores contact information, a participant's history, availability and more. It also provides outreach tools to contact those who've volunteered for upcoming events, and scheduling tools to track responses and availability.|
|Nonprofit marketing & outreach||Enables and supports customized direct marketing, email marketing and online campaigns. Functions include communications management, personalized content, targeted email delivery, message archiving and in-depth reporting.|
|Nonprofit CRM||Creates a seamless database environment to engage and manage all types of constituents—including volunteers, members, alumni, corporations and foundations. Functions include campaign/fund administration, advanced query, lead generation, accounting integration, donations processing and management, tracking and reporting.|
|Charity/event planning||Helps organizations prepare for events and meetings of all types and sizes. Functions include online registration, searchable event listings, email reminders, payment acceptance, rosters and tracking and reporting.|
|Grant management||Lets organizations keep track of proposals and awards. It also gives them the tools to process funds and allocate them to the right recipients. Functions include application status notifications and generated task lists for each step of the application process.|
|Peer-to-peer fundraising||Enables supporters to run individual and team-based campaigns to raise funds on your behalf. Functions include campaign creation, event management, donation acceptance, and real-time updates.|
Key performance indicators (KPIs) in donorperfect
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Before jumping into purchasing software for your nonprofit, it’s important to understand your organizational needs and how a system could help meet those requirements now and in the years to come.
Small local or regional-based nonprofits. Generating donor support for every nonprofit is essential, but for small nonprofits it’s even more critical that they can secure gifts and grants to fund their programs. Individual email marketing and fundraising systems for small nonprofits can be an effective and budget friendly way for these nonprofits to create social engagement and track online donations for the audit trail.
Mid-sized nonprofits. These nonprofits are looking to cultivate relationships that can turn those who are actively engaged as newsletter readers, volunteers or occasional givers into repeat donors. For mid-sized nonprofits focused on long-term growth, they are typically looking for nonprofit database suites that include integrated donor software for nonprofits, email marketing and financial management applications that offer centralized control, high levels of security and robust reporting and audit functionality.
Large/national nonprofits. Like any large enterprise, national nonprofits with thousands of constituents across the country and multi-million dollar budgets need to plan, strategize and act with precision to serve people all over the nation—and world. These nonprofits are looking for enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions that can help streamline back-end operations—as well as feature-rich constituent management, fundraising and email marketing capabilities that can handle large volumes of traffic and all types of giving.
Associations. Member-based organizations and associations, including museums, clubs and trade organizations, have unique requirements. In addition to fundraising and event planning activities, most associations must set membership levels, collect dues and renewals, manage committees and track member progress in certification programs. Many nonprofit software vendors offer association management software with features built to support the complex interactions within associations.
Churches and faith-based ministries. These organizations operate differently than general nonprofits—rather than intense fundraising, they routinely collect contributions from members, manage more complex relationships and track member attendance and involvement in multiple groups and activities. Large churches and faith-based ministries often require special check-in and security systems to maintain the safety of children left in their care. Church management software offers tools and features which caters to these buyers.
Benefits and Potential Issues
Nonprofits that adopt the right types of software for their organization stand to benefit in many ways, such as:
- Secure online giving with back-end tracking, processing and reporting donations for audit and regulatory purposes.
- Tracking grants, fundraising and major donor activity for more accurate budgetary planning, forecasting and allocation.
- Cultivating engaged constituents through advocacy campaigns, events and regular communication.
- Securely capturing, managing and culling critical constituent data.
- Reducing data redundancy for more effective marketing, event planning and ongoing announcements.
Nonprofits that fail to realize some of these core benefits often do so because they:
- Fail to strategically plan, budget or prepare for their changing needs and growth.
- Overlook essential accounting, compliance or regulatory issues.
- Do not have the right infrastructure in place to support integration of software systems from different vendors.
- Do not adequately prepare staff for adoption of new software.
- Fail to properly train staff/volunteers on how to leverage the software’s full scope of features and functionality.
Market Trends to Understand
As a nonprofit, you know that budgeting, giving and compliance are ongoing issues that impact your ability to serve your communities. Here are a few other issues to keep in mind as you explore the right software solutions for your organization:
Social media. For many nonprofits these days, Return on Investment (ROI) is quickly being replaced by an equally essential metric: Return on Engagement (ROE). To boost ongoing engagement with supporters, nonprofits of all sizes are using social media tools (blogs, Twitter, Facebook etc.) to cultivate relationships, share information and generate support. It’s essential your email marketing, advocacy and event campaigns easily connect your constituents to your social media channels—and provide ways for users to opt-in for future communication.
Mobile applications. Nonprofits are now going mobile to get mobilized. While the adoption is a bit slower than with other types of social media, mobile applications for smartphones are the up-and-coming tool nonprofits are leveraging to boost engagement and donor support. In fact, one national nonprofit’s text-to-give campaign generated more than $30 million alone.
Software as a Service (SaaS). For many nonprofits, the software as a service (SaaS) model offers an excellent way to implement and maintain leading-edge software solutions without the leading-edge price tag. For many growing nonprofits, SaaS is ideal because applications can be modified and updated quickly to support new user growth and back-end productivity. Nonprofits leaning toward this model will want to evaluate service providers based on issues, such as data security standards, maintenance and updates, connectivity rates, 24x7 support, uptime and future scalability.
Software integration. With so many standalone nonprofit accounting software, fundraising and email marketing systems to choose from, it’s more important than ever that nonprofits consider how these systems integrate with each other. This is particularly critical when it comes to capturing interest from social media, mobile and Web-based applications. So, for example, your software needs to be able to route supporters and donors to the right database to capture their information and log donations—and give you the capability to track this data for future audits or email campaigns.
Recent Events You Should Know About
Abila adds features and functionality to MIP Fund Accounting products. Software vendor Abila’s MIP Fund Accounting platform was upgraded in October 2016. The update brings improved Accounts Payable features and intuitive reporting that will help users visually analyze key activities and integrate with other services using MIP’s interface.
ACTIVE Network acquires Maximum Solutions. In early January 2017, ACTIVE Network acquired Maximum Solutions. This resulted in ACTIVE Network integrating the acquired technology into a product portfolio that provides nonprofit organizers with a scalable software suite to handle all aspects of program and participant management.
NonProfit Times Predicts Workplace Challenges for 2017. In early January 2017, the NonProfit Times published an article outlining the trends and challenges nonprofits will likely face in 2017. These include funding instability, structural staffing changes, clustering, for-profit CFOs moving to nonprofits and the rise/importance of educational outreach, foundations, and memberships. The free flow of information between software solutions is listed as being of particular importance to nonprofits in 2017.
Your Guide to Top Non-Profit Software, November 2020
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