Okay, we know there is an overwhelming number of software options available to nonprofit organizations. New technology might seem intimidating, but software programs often help bolster and improve an organization’s operations. According to a 2018 survey by NetChange, only 11% of nonprofit organizations view their approach to digital technologies and efforts as highly effective. So what’s the solution to building up that 11% to 100%? Many programs reinforce the management of data and resources specifically built for nonprofits. Not only that, but there are free professional resources for organizations to use to the same effect. Building technological literacy through software can help nonprofits gain confidence in their approach to digital technologies and make things easier in the long run.
To assist you in this process, CIM provides technology services for nonprofits, helping to evaluate and select software that best suits a nonprofit’s needs, and providing several other resources for nonprofits. We know that you’re doing important work, and we tailor our approach individually to help each nonprofit meet their unique mission.
Nonprofit software serves as tools for organizations to manage their day-to-day operations. They provide the ability to fundraise, communicate, and manage programs. It’s important for nonprofits to use software to help streamline the day-to-day operations of their programs, take care of constituents, connects with donors, and manage administrative functions.
So how do nonprofits use software? Some software helps NPOs run their human resources and project management, while others help organize databases. Database software focuses on the needs of nonprofits in accounting, scheduling, fundraising, and Constituent Relationship Management (CRM). Essentially these programs help nonprofits run smoothly!
Now that we know what nonprofit software is, what software should you use? There are several options of software available that all serve a different purpose. Though the cost may be a primary concern, there is also free software for nonprofit organizations. Resources like TechSoup, can help NPOs find programs at a discount (and here at CIM, we can help you set up an account with TechSoup and navigate their offerings). Ultimately, the most important question is: what is the best nonprofit software for your needs?
Paid and free database software for nonprofits helps organizations store and maintain data electronically. It makes it easier to compile all information from donors to accounting records through data entry and editing, communication, and reporting. Here are a few free database programs that you can use:
ScheduleBase makes scheduling and communicating with your employees a breeze. With one click, you can
post a schedule with notes, and your team can see it instantly on a computer or the mobile app, even when they’re not in the office. ScheduleBase uses a freemium model for a free one-month-long trial and is available for purchase once the trial has ended. But! You only pay based on the number of employees you have as low as ten dollars a month for a team of 1-20.
Tracking and managing relationships with constituents is an important part of running a nonprofit. While other programs might integrate this feature, like Bloomerang, Auctria, and BiddingOwl, you might want software dedicated solely to CRM.
While most accounting software for nonprofits might not be completely free, there are several freemium or budget-friendly options available.
We know we just threw a lot of different programs at you. Keep in mind, free software has its limitations. At Computers in Ministry, we can help you find what works best for your organization. With more than fifteen experts on our team, CIM has served over 100 ministries for over twenty-five years. We offer nonprofits services with certified expertise, including strategy and consulting, security and risk management, technology services, and user services. We can help you achieve your mission as an extension of your team! Contact us today!