Fundraising Databases in the UK

I’m regularly asked to comment on fundraising databases and what I would recommend. Naturally, it depends on your organisational circumstance. Whilst I like The Raiser’s Edge, the huge outlay in cost may not make sense for a very small charitable organisation.

I was clearing out my online cupboards over christmas and I came across this article which was a review of fundraising databases used in the not for profit sector. So I thought I would post it up here for others to have a look at.

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Hope it helps with any decision processes you are going through.

Whilst Salesforce is a growing market and offers a great licensing agreement, please remember that you will still need to invest a lot of time for customisations to make it fit with your organisations requirements.

Cut time admin time – apply for a JustGiving data grant

We know that processing donor and fundraiser data is a headache experienced by many charities. That’s why we’ve got together with Anthony Fawkes from Actually Data.

Read on for all the details, and apply today by filling in this simple form: http://just.ly/datagrant

via Cut time admin time – apply for a data grant « JustGiving blog.

Gift aid for CiviCRM released

I’ve always been a great fan of Civicrm and their latest release (3.3) has some great news for CivICRM users in the UK.

CiviCRM now comes with ‘out of the box’ support for Gift Aid. The code is freely available for download, installation instructions here and use on your site.Gift Aid makes use of two new features that we’ve added to core CiviCRM in 3.3, and as such you will need to upgrade your site to 3.3 to make use of this functionality. And what better way to be a part of the 3.3. release cycle!The module comprises a couple of custom data sets to hold all Gift Aid data, a profile to use on contribution forms to collect this data, a task to batch ‘gift-aidable’ contributions and a report to submit batches to HMRC Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in case any of you are wondering. Nice! The two things we’ve added to core because we think they will be generally useful in other situations are the ability to insert tasks into component task lists, and the concept of batches, which allows you to put any of CiviCRM’s entities into batches.

The module currently works with Drupal but Joomla integration thanks to Joomkit for their sponsorship should follow within the month.

via Gift aid for CiviCRM released | CiviCRM Community Site.

The site also details agencies that may be able to help you with your Civicrm installation.