Finding a donor management software that meets the specific and growing needs of your nonprofit can seem like an insurmountable task. But it’s nevertheless an important one. The right donor management software can save your nonprofit time and money, increase your donations, and help you maintain relationships. Depending on your nonprofit’s needs and the capabilities of the software you choose, they can even assist with project management, volunteer coordination, and a variety of other tasks critical to your day-to-day operations.
For many organizations, their daily activities would not even be possible without the help of a donor management software.
But where do you begin? How do you even start searching for an adequate system? What if you already have a donor management software, but it’s not meeting your needs?
It’ll be okay. Just step back and take some deep breaths. First off, make sure that you really are in need of a new donor management software before you begin your search. Start by evaluating why you don’t like (or use) your current system. If the issue lies simply in a lack of training, you may not need to switch systems entirely, just request additional instruction materials.
From there, assess your actual problems. What are the things you like and don’t like about your current system? Take some time to research the most common features of donor management software, then consider them along with your needs, budget, and limitations. If you have a small organization with only a couple volunteers and staff members, you won’t need to pay for features that would be used by a massive development team.
Also, don’t forget to consider your goals. Overall, what does your organization want to achieve and how does your donor management software play a part in that strategy? This question is particularly important so that you can correlate your new software with ROI. Staying goal-centric will enable you to prove the value of your software to your board of directors, should they inquire about its effectiveness. Remember to keep your needs and objectives at the front of your mind so that you don’t get in over your head, or distracted by irrelevant details.
How can Cause Inspired Media help?
With our extensive experience in the nonprofit industry, we have a deep understanding of the day-to-day functions of NGOs. Because of this knowledge, we are very aware of the areas in which some nonprofits could use a bit of help. At Cause Inspired Media, we are currently in the process of creating a secure, fully responsive, customizable donor management software. Our software will enable users to track potential and current donors, manage projects, coordinate volunteers, generate reporting, and more. Although we are only just beginning to test our beta version, we have high hopes for success, and plan to offer our new system to our clients very soon. Keep an eye out for more details!
If your organization is interested in learning more about donor management software, or is looking to switch, contact us.
By: Emily Dietz, Business Development Strategist