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Top Tips for Selecting Your Database

Top Tips for Selecting Your Database

Last week, Nonprofit Connect hosted a Database Expo focused on donor and volunteer management software. Representatives from over 40 local nonprofits had the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with ten database vendors from around the country.

These database vendors work with nonprofits every day to find solutions to their biggest technology problems, so we tapped into their experience and knowledge to find out what nonprofits should consider when making database change.

What is your #1 tip for nonprofits when looking for software?

“Look for something simple enough to use, but can grow with you over time.”
  -  Akubo non-profit CRM

“Look at the product support available and who provides it, as well as the software.”
  -  Better Impact

“Talk to other users of the systems you're considering.”
  -  Bloomerang

“Request a personal demo to ensure the software meets the unique requirements of your organization.”​
  -  DonorView

“Think of the organization you want to be and plan for growth!”
  -  Funraise

“Have a tool that can meet the various needs you have, as well as needs you may not have thought of yet. Take the time to make sure that you’re choosing software that is flexible.”
  -  Kindful

“Get a demo account and enter a few records, such as your own, to get a feel for it.”
  -  Little Green Light

“Understand your fundraising needs, ask questions, and make sure that you understand the total cost for the solution.”
  -  ResultsPlus Fundraising Solution from Metafile

“Select the correct implementation partner.”
  -  Salesforce partner Value Stream Consulting

“Understand what the software does NOT do.”
  -  Trail Blazer

Ultimately it's important to go into your software search armed with the right information. To dig even deeper into nonprofit software considerations, check out CRM and Beyond, a Nonprofit Connect blog post from guest author Kim Foster.

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