Constituent Management/Fundraising Software Roundup

Software roundupDozens of applications that enable nonprofits to track constituents and perform routine fundraising chores are available. Solutions can be as simple as a combination of an off-the-shelf email program and Microsoft Excel, or as complex as large-scale, customizable programs that can help you manage the details of thousands of relationships.

Over the past few years, the most visible, and probably the most significant, new trend in constituent management software is that there are now many Web-based applications. These provide many advantage over locally-hosted applications, but aren't the answer for everyone.


Sage Previews New ePhilanthropy Offering

Sage North America has announced several fundraising technology developments designed to further help nonprofit organizations support their missions. The company will soon offer a new ePhilanthropy tool; has a renewed focus on adding next-generation technical capabilities to its Millennium fundraising platform; and has launched fully managed hosting services for its Sage Fundraising 50 software. Sage is demonstrating all of these technologies on the trade show floor at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) 2009 International Conference on Fundraising, being held through Wednesday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Blackbaud and PayPal Offer New, Low-Cost Web Tools for Nonprofits

Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB), the leading global provider of software and services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, and PayPal, a leading global online payment service, today announced the availability of BlackbaudNow™, an affordable solution to help new and growing nonprofits reach their fundraising goals. BlackbaudNow offers nonprofits a point-and-click website builder with secure donation processing and the ability to send emails and record donors’ giving histories.

Using the Internet to Find Grant Opportunities

There is no doubt that the Internet has opened up many amazing new avenues for nonprofit awareness and fundraising. We’ve talked about several of them right here in this blog—from raising money through online shopping malls to creating your own contests and auctions. Another incredible opportunity that has been created is the ability to find foundations and other entities that provide grant funding to nonprofits such as your own.

In the “old days,” finding the right funder took a whole lot more time and effort. It involved paying a small fortune for a print foundation directory or even going all the way to the library to spend the day with their most recent edition and a pocketful of dimes for the copy machine. Now it’s possible to do a great deal of grant research without ever even leaving your desk. Read more...

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