R I Arlington - Vendor Links
Following are links to some of the system vendors that serve the non-profit world. These
are specific vendors with whom I have worked along with my clients. Several vendors
themselves have also hired me for focus groups, business or systems planning, or market
assessment. Based on specific client needs, I would (and have) recommended each of these
There is no best system - even though the vendors would like you to believe that theirs
is it. They are listed below in alphabetical order by vendor.
Drop by this page periodically. The players and their products change
|Feb. 26, 2003 -- Best Software today announced the acquisition of KTS Group Inc. (KTS), a
leading developer of fundraising solutions for United Ways, Jewish Federations
and other philanthropic organizations across North America. This adds the GT Pro package
to the Millennium and Paradigm packages already available from MIP/Best Software.
|June 27, 2002 -- Best Software announced the
acquisition of JSI Fundraising Systems, Inc., a leading developer of
fundraising solutions for small to mid-sized nonprofit, education and health
care organizations. The deal further strengthens Best's nonprofit market
leadership and builds on the brand recognition of its Micro Information
Products (MIP) family of fund accounting solutions. |
|Changes/acquisitions include the RuffaloCODY acquisition of
Ascend in December, 2001 and the January 2002 SCT acquisitions of the Exeter
System from Sallie Mae and the ABT PowerCAMPUS system (along with ABT.) |
There were other interesting comings & goings in the market during 2001-03 (see
Donor Database Systems
|Blackbaud - Blackbaud offers the Raiser's Edge for
Blackbaud also has admissions, student records, and financial systems for schools. I have
worked with Blackbaud at Haverford School, Woodlynde School, Malvern Prep,
Westminster Choir College, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic among others.
It should be noted that Blackbaud provides RE:Win and other of their products using
both the ORACLE or Sybase (SQL-Anywhere) databases. This provides support for much larger
constituent bases. They have recently introduced a major upgrade in their
accounting systems called the "Financial Edge."|
|Business Systems Resources - SungardBSR offers the Advance
line of development systems. They support Advance on a variety of mainframe and
minicomputer (IBM, DEC, and other) platforms with a variety of databases. Most recently
they are delivering their Client/Server (C/S) version running either Sybase or Oracle on the
server and Powersoft tools on the client PC's/MAC's. Oracle seems to be the platform of choice at
this point. BSR also supports Web access to much of their data. I have worked with clients using BSR software at University of Virginia,
the University System of Maryland, Creighton Univ., and other institutions.
(Note that Sungard Bi-Tech also acquired Software Resources Northwest or SRN
with their fundraising products in 2001.)|
|Campagne Associates - GiftMaker Pro and EventMaker Pro
were initially introduced for the MacIntosh. Campagne Associates have ported these programs to
Windows. My clients, Easter Seals and the Pennsylvania Foundation of Independent Colleges, have
implemented the Mac version of the product. Campagne has recently introduced its Alchemy product
which offers many of the tools found in much more expensive systems, but at a
lower price. Campagne also offers an entry-level GiftMaker package. |
|Datatel - Benefactor is their system for
fund-raising. Datatel also offers the full Colleague system for Colleges and Universities.
These systems currently use the UNIDATA database; Datatel is porting the systems to
ORACLE. I have worked with Benefactor at F&M College, Oberlin College,
Bryant College, Ryder Univ. and Univ. of Dayton among others.|
Memory - The product is Gifted
Memory which is a standalone Prospect Management system that runs on both PC's and
MAC's. Lake Forest College, Jersey City State University, and other of my clients have successfully used
Gifted Memory. In 2001, Marts & Lundy acquired Institutional Memory; the
Gifted Memory product is still available through them.|
- MIP acquired JSI
Fundraising as of 6/27/02 and will continue to offer the Millennium
System as a browser-based version as well as their Windows for PC networks product. The browser version
can support both Windows-PC and Mac-based clients. I have worked with Millennium at Binghamton University,
Hood College, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
(MIP also offers the Paradigm packages for institutions
with lesser requirements.) In Feb 2003, MIP/Best Software acquired the GT Pro system and KTS Software to fit in between
Millennium and Paradigm; to date, I've had no experience with GT Pro. |
|RuffaloCODY offers both database solutions and
phonathon/telemarketing solutions (see Phonathon below).
|Summit - One of their database solutions is Summit which operates on mainframes with DB2 or other
robust databases. This product addresses both fund-raising and foundation accounting, including
endowment investment management, and is in place a numerous public universities. They are also introducing
Summit for the Web with links
to PDA's and other remote tools for fund-raisers. My client experience with Summit was with their
mainframe version at Illinois State.|
|Ascend - is an AS/400 based product in use at a number
of major universities and other large non-profits. This product addresses both fund-raising
and foundation accounting, including endowment investment management. I have worked with Ascend
at University of Georgia, University of Arkansas Foundation, and other locations.
Ascend Technologies was acquired by RuffaloCODY in December 2001. |
|SofterWare - The product from SofterWare is
DonorPerfect which is a PC based product build on FoxPro. I have worked with the
DonorPerfect product at the Westminster Theological Seminary, the National Hemophilia
Foundation, and the Montgomery County Foundation. DonorPerfect is now offered in an ASP version.|
Systems & Computer Technologies
(SCT) - SCT offers both Banner and I/A Plus product lines for full college and
university operations. Banner is Oracle based and I/A Plus is DB2 based.
I have worked with the Banner Alumni & Development module at George Washington
University, Baylor, and Univ. of Montana Foundation and with the I/A ADS module at Abilene
Christian University and Texas Wesleyan. SCT acquired Applied Business
Technologies (ABT) in January of 2002 to expand their offerings to a MS-SQL
Server platform called PowerCAMPUS. |
|Target Software - Target offers Team Approach, a
system for large membership organizations (i.e., several hundred thousand records). The
system was initially developed for public broadcasting, but has now been implemented by Nature Conservancy
and other large general membership organizations. I worked with this system in
conjunction with my work with The Wilderness Society.|
On the R I Arlington - Experience page is a more complete
list of vendors with whom I have experience. Some that I have had some detailed experience
with just don't have their own web page, so they are not included above. For many others
that I did not list above, I have only participated in demonstrations or briefly reviewed
them during the course of client audits.
A few other products that bear mentioning because of their presence/absence in the market are
SofTrek's Pledgemaker and Viking. SofTrek offers an Oracle
based product available on PC's and a variety of platforms. They have also recently introduced
an ASP offering. On the other hand, Viking Systems was a PC-based product that was around for a number of years;
as of the end of 2001 neither their web site nor their 800 could be accessed. The demise of Viking,
Fund-Master, and many other products of the past highlights the importance of not only evaluating
products but also the underlying company.
Phonathon and Calling Program Systems
- Formerly offered by the Pacific
Group (along with on-site telemarketing support), BSR acquired the Smart Call product from
the Pacific Group in 1999 and now offers it for many major colleges and universities.|
|RuffaloCODY - RuffaloCODY offers the CAMPUSCALL system as well as on-site and remote telemarketing support for colleges and
universities. I worked with UVA to select them to establish their in-house
phonathon program and system. I have also worked with RuffaloCODY at Abilene
Christian University. |
|MoonFire - MoonFire offers the DialVision
product that has been installed at a number of colleges and universities. |
Special Purpose/Industry Specific Software
As I work with certain clients with needs beyond fund-raising and membership packages,
I have an opportunity to view/evaluate certain special purpose packages. I thought it might be
useful to note some of these here. These are listed "FYI" without any specific recommendation.
That is, I may have only seen a demo or had limited client experience.
Generally my sense
is that these packages do not offer as complete a fund-raising solution, and particularly a major
gifts fund-raising solution as the "Donor Database Systems" noted above. Often the challenge in these
special purpose situations is finding the optimum solution with a single vendor solution or figuring
how to interface two vendor packages to meet the full development needs.
|Ticketing Systems -
Paciolan are two that I have run across. Numerous of my
university clients have used Paciolan for their athletic ticketing. Note
that ticketing systems are typically oriented toward families while
fund-raising may need to be individual oriented.|
|Association Management -
Advanced Solutions International offers
the iMIS system and Morant Information Systems
Association Management Package or AMPAC.|
|Policital Organizations and PAC Management -
handles PAC contributions and FEC reporting in addition to many of the association membership capabilities
of the systems immediately above.
Gnossos Software offers the
"Keep in Touch" package with similar capabilities.|
|Radio Ministries -
KMA Interactive and
DonorDirect are two packages which handle the media reporting
for radio ministries along with publication inventory/sales and magazine subscriptions.
Planned Giving Software
Planned giving and planned giving systems are not specific areas of my expertise, but I
wanted to note a couple of popular and well-known products.
|PG Calc - PC-Calc is in use by many of my clients.
|Crescendo is in use by some of the same
clients that use PG Calc as well as some others.|
Application Service Providers
Rather than buying an application and running it on your own computers, certain vendors are now
supplying their software over the Internet as Application Service Providers (ASP). Some of the pros
and cons of this approach are provided on my White Papers & Articles page.
Some of the vendors who already offer application software also offer their wares via the online ASP
approach as noted earlier.
These vendors seem to do a very good job of taking advantage of the Internet within their applications.
The good news is that they do e-mail contact particularly well; the bad news is that they don't
necessarily handle personal contacts as well. They seem to be focused on the 90% of donors that give
10% of gift dollars; there is much less functionality to handle those 10% of the donors that give 90%
of the dollars. Ask yourself, what percent of my major donors will I solicit on-line? But if you are
just getting started, this may be a great way to go. And time will tell about their success! Check out:
|eTapestry- was introduced in September, 1999 and now has
1,200 customers. It was founded by some of the folks who developed Fund-Master. It's worth a look-see.|
|Kintera - was initially introduced in 1999 for web marketing
focusing on events. The modules
or "spheres" support web site design, events, "thons", e-mail marketing and more.
|Convio - also started in 1999 highlights relationship leveraging
and marketing through their product. |
I have not yet had any clients pursue this approach. Is is me or the approach? Don't know yet!
Less Expensive Packages
The following table lists some less expensive packages that I see often advertised or mentioned
in the non-profit press. I have little or no experience with them, but for smaller non-profits, you may
wish to check them out. I'd welcome your feedback on
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