Trail Blazer PAC Manager Features

Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Cloud-based political action committee (PAC) manager

4.35/5 (50 reviews)

Trail Blazer PAC Manager Feature Summary

  • Accounting
  • Log management
  • Run ad-hoc queries
  • Campaign management
  • Compliance management
  • Credit card integration
  • Store documents in online gallery
  • Generate over 50 reports
  • Import/export data
  • Collecting expense and receipt information
  • Track expenditure
  • Goal setting
  • FEC compliance reporting
  • Track donor history
  • Invoices
  • PCI compliant
  • Quarterly, monthly and weekly reports
  • Receipts
  • Collect donations on Facebook page
  • Website integration

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Trail Blazer PAC Manager Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Trail Blazer PAC Manager's features:

Tracey Van Hook

Wonderful Product

2018-11-02

I am a raving fan and I have used Blackbaud, DonorPerfect and many other fundraising or donor tracking software.

Pros

It is easy peasy to export the data you need.

Cons

You need to be willing to learn some coding to make the features work really well. The mobile piece needs to allow you to open a record and read notes etc.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Jesse Antin

Little-known standout product!

2018-11-09

The downsides--remote Mac access, ugly interface, manual importing--are a hassle, but we're used to it.

Pros

The right level of features for my fundraising program--all the functionality I need, but not too much to clutter my dashboard or brain.

Cons

(Cybersource/Secure Acceptance) That means donations aren't entered automatically, but rather we have to import them manually.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Riley Gillard

Good product, great support

2014-06-12

Pros

It is always easy to get in touch with them, and they've developed an extremely helpful online bank with screenshot photos to easily walk you through the process.

Cons

Additionally, it would be very helpful if the notification feature could send an email to the responsible party and not just notify their Trail Blazer account.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Likelihood to recommend

6/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Participate in free trials, previews, or guided tours of the software to get a feel if it's right for you. Check to see if your accounting software will be compatible with it.

Source: Software Advice
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Response from Dan


Trail Blazer has addressed this email building concern. In October of 2014, Trail Blazer added an entirely new mass email editor called CK Editor. Now, it’s far easier for customers to create their own mass emails than before. It has been well received by our customers.

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Joanne Helperin

Trailblazer - it's the tech support that makes it work.

2013-11-05

And while it may not have one or two third-party APIs I might like, it does work seamlessly with our credit card processing company, so that donations go right into our database.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Joanne Helperin

Help Desk Excellence - Trail Blazer Campaign Software

2015-05-06

Pros

Seamless integration with FEC for super easy electronic filing.

Cons

YouTube videos are helpful, but they, along with the knowledge base, don't make it easy to find what you need.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Make sure you get trained on the software as much as possible. Having HTML background would be really helpful, as would SQL. This is not an accounting program, so make sure you have either another program like Quicken or an accountant as well. Similarly, while it has some strong email blast and measurement qualities, it will not have the ease of use of a Constant Contact or a MailChimp. It's strength is in its record-keeping for campaigns and for filing. I barely scratched the surface of what this software can do. It is not as customizable as, say, Salesforce, but you'll save a ton of money by not having to hire consultants to customize.

Source: Software Advice
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Dustin Ventura

Trailblazer

2018-11-02

I love TrailBlazer! It is the best single decision I've made for my non-profit in the past 10 years! The customer services is outstanding, and I love the system.

Pros

Everything we do can be exported to an Excel form, it tracks people, finances, events, emails, relationships and so much more.

Cons

The email creation tool could be easier to use for those not skilled in HTML.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Nonprofit Organization Management company, 1-10 employees)

Could be more user-friendly

2018-11-02

Donor management and email blasts.

Pros

The mobile app and the support from the staff.

Cons

It feels "clunky" and probably was not the best software choice for our industry application since it was created for political campaigns. I'd also like to be able to categorize people into "donors", "adopters", "media", etc.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Trail Blazer Campaign Services


In regards to your need to categorize custom lists/contact types, that's one of our main specialties. You can utilize the attribute tree to create unlimited "tags" or sub-groups, which are easily searchable. This article walks through the steps (but please call us if you need a hand): https://trailblz.com/kb/?action=view&kb=182&cat=0&qq=attribute

You can also customize many labels throughout the system, so if something is political in nature by default, you may very well be able to change it as needed: https://trailblz.com/kb/?action=view&kb=60&cat=0&qq=label

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Felecia Maxfield-Barrett

A solution for nonprofits

2018-11-02

We have zero regrets working with Trail Blazer.

Pros

We also use Trail Blazer to house detailed and complex data to pull for reports.

Cons

Because Trail Blazer was originally created for elections, you have to be creative on how you categorize and define certain data points.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rebecca Weitz

Good product for the money

2014-09-17

Pros

The price is great. The customer service is very prompt and generally helpful.

Cons

It can be very time consuming to maintain data integrity.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Trail Blazer is certainly geared more towards political organizations. We're a non-profit theatre and in many ways have had to shoehorn our data in ways that doesn't make a ton of sense. We don't sell our own tickets to most productions. If we did, there's no way we could use Trail Blazer. But for the money, and as long as you've got someone who can be dedicated and is data savvy, this can work for you.

Source: Software Advice
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Linda Henderson

While we are still learning the various functions and tweaking our data in Trail Blazer we have high hopes that this platform will serve us well.

2017-04-28

Pros

That we can have all of our information on one data base which will make it much easier in tracking potential donors.

Cons

There are a few features that we would still like to have for our education departments and events and we have spent hours cleaning up the data base once it was transferred over to match with the Trail Blazer system while meeting our needs.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Matt Carter

Trail Blazer: great product and great customer service

2015-09-15

Pros

It is affordable donor management.

Cons

But this had more to do with our data and needs than it did with Trail Blazer.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Software Advice listened to my specific needs and suggested three vendors to try. The agent listened carefully and took a creative path since nothing did exactly what I wanted it to do. I looked at all the options and chose the one that met our needs. Software Advice did a lot of the homework and saved me time and money.

Source: Software Advice
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Sally Nungesser

Awesome Product

2009-10-23

highly recommend for anyone working in political campaigns.

Pros

easy to use and allows unlimited data to be stored.

Cons

none that i can think of. if i could, they'd fix it.

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
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Response from Trail Blazer Campaign Services


Thanks!!

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Lynn Watkins

Treasurer

2011-03-02

But the most outstanding feature is the customer support; no question is too small, or even strange.

Pros

The ease of use. The customer support.

Cons

Some processes seemed redundant

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
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Kathy Maynard

good donor management, but needs improvement on function

2018-11-02

One issue I found this year that I reported and it was addressed/corrected soon after.

Pros

All the Attribute options to pull reports & labels and group for mass emails.

Cons

Still waiting for spell check icon/option to function in letter templates and mass emails. In letter templates can't wrap text around pictures; so there's wasted space around pictures.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Mary Larkin

Trail Blazer review

2018-11-12

Also, I haven't had time to really learn the program, so I end up forgetting how to use the software between sessions.

Pros

I would like it to perform as our donor management tool, but we haven't gotten to that point yet.

Cons

I have had a hard time using the features because of that.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Monica Trevino

Awesome company

2011-12-19

I highly recommend Trail Blazer to any non-profit! The capabilities of the system are incredible and the support from the staff/team is unbeatable.

Pros

Trailblazer can do just about any data tracking you need.

Cons

Not always the easiest system to use. Thank God for the support team. Everyone is helpful and goes above and beyond to help and answer questions.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Bekka Bloom

Totally satisfied - Outstanding customer service

2018-11-02

Simply put this is a perfect data base system.

Pros

While this database doesn't come with lots of pretty buttons to click, the staff at Trail Blazer walks you through every step of set up and is there for you - ongoing - within 2 rings of the phone and email response within the hour - every time. The system is robust.

Cons

There is nothing we dislike about this software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Tomm Herbert

Definitely Recommend it

2013-10-03

The software is extremely simple to use, versatile to different needs, and is easy to integrate to the internet.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Source: Capterra
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Ryan Catchpole

Awesome product

2016-10-09

It seems to specifically target non profit organizations and assist them with accounting stuff that the average Joe can't understand.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Mildred Rothschild

Used it for two years

2015-05-21

Pros

It's easy to find all the data

Cons

that it doesn't have a connection to a general ledger

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Try it out to see if it does what you need. Test it out with some sample data .

Source: Software Advice
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Julie DeLong

TrailBlazer Review

2014-09-09

Pros

It's easy to connect to online activities.

Cons

I would prefer to have online access to the system but have to be at my desk at work to access it at this time.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Check out a couple systems, and make the best decision for you, but get a database no matter what!

Source: Software Advice
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Miranda Day

Trail Blazer is intimate and helpful

2018-03-21

This is a solid product, and they are constantly upgrading the software to look neater, work faster, and become more customizable.

Pros

Their customer support picks up every time I call and they are incredible helpful no matter what question I ask.

Cons

The platform is not cloud-based, but this is fine for small organizations. We loved the customization that is available, though some of the features are not very intuitive and taking longer than anticipated to setup.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Response from Dan, Trail Blazer Campaign Services


Trail Blazer is a cloud-based client-server software package. Your donor data is stored securely in the cloud on our dual mirrored servers. You access your data using the Trail Blazer client application that runs on your PC. If you are using a Mac, our application is served up using Remote Desktop Connection. Plus, Trail Blazer provides a free app called Mobile Base Camp that allows you to access portions of the database from any iPhone or Android phone.

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Michele Evans

Trailblazer for Our Pro Life Nonprofit

2018-11-02

Now that I've been using it for a while, I'm able to get things done very quickly and efficiently. I greatly appreciate the ability to sort donors into super specific groupings. Trailblazer has allowed me to segment my donor base with amazing flexibility, with just a few clicks.

Pros

After trying two other donor management softwares that offered little or no help, Trailblazer's amazing service is a welcomed benefit.

Cons

The learning curve for Trailblazer is long. Therefore, whenever I wanted to do something new, I'd run into a wall. It seems like the first six months - at least - were pretty frustrating because there was always a glitch and I could never just get something done quickly. The glitch was in the training, not the software. I'd like to see a series of training videos that we could have our staff watch, in order, so that a general level of proficiency could be attained up front.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Chris Sherertz

You guys rock! No nonsense powerful software and great support = You guys rock!

2015-06-09

While the interface has a steeper learning curve some other programs, it allows for much more customization and analysis than the other programs I have played with.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Jen Zarth

2011-12-12

We are able to efficiently manage donors and contributions, run reports and queries, send e-blasts and generate other correspondence, track contacts, while sorting contacts into groups.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support
Source: Software Advice
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