Nonprofit software can be a very broad category and overwhelming for nonprofits looking for a new solution. It’s best to find a solution that will pick up in the areas where your organization is lacking. There are systems for nonprofit accounting, donations management, membership management, and more.
We’ve narrowed down our topic picks for various types of nonprofit software below:
DENALI FUND+Accounting is a multi-module nonprofit software for small to large organizations. Having a multi-module system allows organizations of any size to get only the functionality they really need. Modules available with DENALI FUND include accounts payable and accounts receivable, payroll, bank reconciliation, purchase orders, order entry, inventory control, donor tracking, and job costing. Some modules can be purchased standalone; however, some modules are required with others. An integrated point of sale system is also available with DENALI FUND that works with both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Pricing for DENALI FUND is customized based on the modules and functionality your organization needs. The system generally starts around $1,999/user as a locally installed, one-time purchase.
Abila MIP Fund Accounting gives organizations strong capabilities including fund accounting, budgeting, human resources management, grant management, reporting, and more. With this system, government and nonprofit agencies can make informed decisions, keep organized, and be prepared for audits. MIP is also designed to scale with your organization, so you get the functionality you need as your organization grows.
Abila MIP can be purchased upfront or leased on a SaaS model, giving you the option of a locally installed or web-based solution.
Bloomerang is a donor management system designed for small to medium-sized organizations. The software helps organizations find, contact, and retain advocates. Primary features of Bloomerang include CRM, online giving, email marketing, engagement meters, generosity scores, and reports. This system integrates with powerful peer-to-peer, wealth screening, and funding accounting apps, in addition to your website CMS.
Bloomerang starts at $99/month for managing up to 1,000 records. A free version is available for start-ups and small nonprofits that need to manage up to 250 records and up to $100,000 in annual revenue.
MemberClicks is a membership management tool that includes membership databases, custom websites, member communities, and event registration functionality. Organizations find this solution to have easy website building tools, a user-friendly interface, and a strong reporting system.
MemberClicks starts at $275/month (when billed annually), and has a one-time setup fee starting at $1,495.
Donorbox gives nonprofit organizations a fundraising platform for collection donations, managing donors, and marketing your campaign. Donorbox can be seamlessly embedded to your organization’s existing website or as a standalone widget. Payment processing is available from a variety of methods including ACH and SEPA bank transfers, Google Pay and Apple Pay, credit cards, PayPal, and Stripe.
Donorbox is free for organizations that raise less than $1,000/month. However, payment processing with Stripe and PayPal will incur a charge. PayPal payments incur 2.2% + 30 cents per transaction, and Stripe payments incur 2.9% + 30 cents per transaction. Donorbox costs $45/month for organizations that raise between $1,000 - $3,000 per month, and $150/month for organizations that raise up to $10,000/month.
Nonprofit software consists of applications intended to help automate day to day processes in a nonprofit setting. This includes tasks such as accounting, donor management and fundraising, volunteer management, and membership management.
For NPOs, using an industry-specific solution to account for donors and donations, fundraising operations, gifts, membership and other sources of funding is crucial to staying organized. It also lets you keep track on any and all personnel involved with your organization, whether it be members, volunteers, donors, or your own employees.
|Fundraising||Raise money, keep track of donations, connect with donors, and maximize outreach and marketing campaigns.|
|Campaign management||Execute highly targeted digital marketing plans. Enables the creation of custom campaigns to link together online donations and physical donations in a single system.|
|Campaign reporting||Put together custom reports to account for donations, grants, pledges and other sources of funding. Includes data-driven analysis to measure fundraising performance, donor retention, and historical fundraising campaign success.|
|Donation management||Tracks donations and pledges from donors and fundraising campaigns. Anticipate inbound donations, process recurring donations with ACH or credit card payments, organize corporate donations, matched gifts, and any other source of contributions.|
Nonprofit organizations will try to reduce or eliminate any business expenses, with the goal of spending more of their limited funds on the mission itself.
Realistically, you’ll be hard pressed to find a free nonprofit software solution that provides proper donation tracking or membership/volunteer management without downsides. Most “free” options that exist are just trials or basic versions of paid options, meant to bring customers in. However, a combination of these tools could let a nonprofit decide which tools are worth their paid counterparts.
Accounting software that is used in a nonprofit is used to manage funds and grants received by tracking how much money has been received and where that money needs to be allocated. It can also be used to help allocate donations received from fundraising campaigns.
Most nonprofit accounting software is created with the purpose of being easy to use, as many nonprofits may be using Excel and may not have a full-time accounting department on hand. Most don’t have the time or the luxury to be trained in a very complex system. Fund accounting software options exist with the purpose of furthering your organization’s mission by properly using available funds.
Fundraising software tracks the acquisition of donor contributions, manages donor relationships, and can be used for facilitating related communication and data management tasks.
In 2014 our Fundraising Technology Trends Survey found that 4 in 5 nonprofits knew technology was the key to success but only 1 in 3 had the tools needed to be effective. Flash forward to today, and Gen Z makes up over a quarter of the population and is expected to account for 40% of all consumers by 2020. This is a generation that prefers to consume online activity almost exclusively on mobile devices. Grabbing their attention will require engaging content through the social media channels they are already using, such as Instagram. Your organization should also ensure you have an appropriate mobile platform for donations.
Anything that helps your organization stay organized when it comes to people to people relationships will fall under a nonprofit database and membership software. One could think of these solutions as being nonprofit CRMs. That’s because nonprofits are primarily looking to track information on 3 distinct types of people:
Donors will need to be tracked in a database to analyze which campaigns they give to, manage communications between them and the organization, and provide the appropriate tax forms to them at year end.
Member databases act as a way to grow your membership programs. Similar to how memberships are managed in a professional association, membership databases provide constituent relationship management and track member information, communication efforts with members, help keep members engaged, and give members access to their account. Fees can be managed in a straight-forward manner and members can sign up for in-demand volunteer spots or help organize fundraising campaigns.
Volunteer databases should store information such as contact info, release forms, hours worked, availability, and past experiences. The goal of storing all this needed information will be to provide real-time reports to see which individuals are having the most level of success, or perhaps look at which events have drawn the most interest from volunteers, donors, or members.
A recent survey of nonprofit organizations in the market for software found the following bits of information pertaining to deployment preferences: