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DueDiligenceImage BlogDUE DILIGENCE IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING NONPROFIT SOFTWARE MARKET

When organizations are closing in on the purchase of nonprofit accounting software, they generally take the time to call references.  Talking to other people who use the software is common and smart practice.  

People who are living

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DonatewithGraph ThumbnailPart of AccuFund's Small Formulas – Big Impact Series: Donor Participation Ratings    


HOW ESTABLISHING DONOR HISTORICAL DATA CAN LEAD TO INCREASED GIVING.

Who are your frequent donors?
Who are your major donors this year?
Who is close to moving into these categories?
How much has any one donor

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Salesforce logoFor fundraisers, knowing the appropriate amount to ask of a potential donor is half the battle (and arguably, the most important). Ask too little and you miss an opportunity. Ask too much and you risk scaring the donor away.

A little known and scarcely used tool in Salesforce helps guide the

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Salesforce logoIn an earlier blog post, we showed you how to increase last year’s giving total for ALL your contacts by 10%. Oftentimes, this standardized increase will help you achieve a specific fundraising goal set by your team.

In some cases, you might have a select group of donors that you’d like to

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Nonprofits have more choices than they did a few years ago when it comes to operational software.  If you are shopping for new accounting software there’s a new consideration beyond features and functions:  is the best choice a cloud solution, a hosted solution or an on-premise solution?

  • On-premise is the traditional method of housing your software.  You license a solution that is installed on a server that resides physically within your organization. 
  • A hosted solution means that you license the software and it resides on a “host” server that resides in a facility operated by the hosting service company.
  • A cloud-based solution is usually subscription-based.  After the initial set up and associated costs, you pay a monthly subscription fee to access the software through a browser.

Cloud-based solutions are getting a lot of press these days.  In many cases, a cloud-based option will be more attractive to nonprofits for several reasons.  Because it’s a subscription, the cost of the software is split up into monthly payments over the course of the year.  Many organizations prefer the subscription to a large upfront payment with an ongoing annual maintenance and support renewal payment.  In some cases it’s easier to gain approval for the expenditure and monthly payments are easier to accommodate.

The anytime, anywhere access of cloud-based solutions make them very popular when an organization has staff in the field, or multiple locations.  There’s more flexibility for organizations with system users who are not coming to the office everyday – or whose office is in another city or around the globe.

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Cloud Vs. On-Premise White Paper

Your fundraising results are crucial to your mission. Development Directors that can put technology to work employing an easy-to-use and affordable fundraising system are going to see better results than those burdened with manual processes.

When looking for a new system there are two costs that go into your purchase – the cost of the software and the cost associated with implementing the software. AccuFund CRM software will require an implementation fee, but there is no cost for the software itself since it is available through the donated Enterprise Edition Licenses of the Force.com platform.

In addition to the savings, you benefit from the long list of capabilities of the software including:

Donor & Relationship Management
Donation Tracking
Marketing Campaigns
Reporting, Analytics & Forecasting
Social Networking
Pledge Management
Approvals & Workflow
Email & Productivity
Content Library & Document Management
Honor/Memorial Tracking
And much more

The best news? This is all available through the donated Enterprise Edition Licenses on the Force.com Platform.

To determine if this very affordable fundraising option is a fit for your nonprofit, please join us for one of our upcoming Fundraising Webinars