Trail Blazer PAC Manager Features

Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Cloud-based political action committee (PAC) manager

4.45/5 (37 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:

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Ease of use
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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Source: Capterra
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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

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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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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

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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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

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Source: Capterra
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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

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Ease of use
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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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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.

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Source: Software Advice
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Jesse Antin

Good experience with Trail Blazer product and team

2015-01-08

Pros

And their solutions have nearly always been positive -- almost never a "Sorry we can't do that" or "It doesn't work that way" or "We don't have that feature."

Cons

It was not clear to me before I signed on -- and I can't say whether it should have been clear -- that as a Mac user, Trail Blazer is "non-native" in the sense that I have to use Microsoft Remote Connection to access the Trailblazer server and then use a Windows interface. It's reasonably fast.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

I recommend the product itself highly, and it seems to me that it would meet the needs of small and large non-profits alike. One thing to be aware of is that TrailBlazer is designed for political campaign use equally as much as non-profit fundraising. There are customized versions for each -- for example, the non-profit version will call individual records "donors" rather than "voters" -- but there are definitely unavoidable intersections, for example record fields that are clearly contemplated as having political and campaign purposes. And all the support (e.g. the ample videos) refers to "voters" as much as "donors", so it can't be entirely avoided. The issue (for me anyway) is that I find political fundraising and campaigning pretty distasteful. The whole reason I'm in the non-profit sector is to do things I think are more socially important than winning elections and supporting politicians.

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Sam Ronicker

2013-01-17

Before purchasing Trail Blazer, we used several different programs to track donations, maintain mailing lists and communicate with our supporters.

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Source: Software Advice
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Miranda Day

Trail Blazer is GREAT!

2017-05-02

I love this product!

Pros

- The interface is simple, clean, and pretty easy to use after a few tutorials/instructions.

Cons

- It's not cloud based, but do your really need it? Only consider a cloud system if you REALLY need it. Otherwise you paying for something you barely use.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Response from Dan


Trail Blazer is a cloud based client-server software package. Your donor data is stored securely in the cloud on our servers. You access your data using the Trail Blazer client application that runs on your PC. If you are using a non-Windows machine (i.e. phone, tablet, Mac) our application is served using Remote Desktop Connection. Plus, Trail Blazer gives you a web app that allows you to access portions of the database from any devices connected to the internet.

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April Berg

Great service and company!

2014-12-24

Pros

The customer service is awesome, and there is always someone available to help.

Cons

The system has a pretty steep learning curve if you aren't used to databases, and the basic word processor to create a physical letter or receipt for donors is pretty limited.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
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Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

I think the initial summaries are helpful, but honestly, a month trial would have been more useful to see the working system and what your needs are. This is a great priced database and customer service, but again, it has been a process to learn and continue.

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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

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Source: Capterra
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Scott Fearing

Useful, affordable, flexible and improving

2015-08-07

Pros

With the software itself, my favorite feature is how easy it is to have multiple log-ins all of staff can use and update the contacts with no access to financial and other confidential information.

Cons

While improved and improving, I still find some of the backend items a challenge-- some HTML and SQL knowledge remains helpful.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Biggest mistake we made: we did not have a person dedicated to the transition from old database. Proper setup of any database is important and I feel a single person dedicated to overseeing the process is important.

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Susan Musgrove

Much more user-friendly than eTap!

2014-12-23

Pros

The customer support is flawless. These folks really want to ensure the best experience possible.

Cons

It isn't as easy to set up as we'd hoped, and we are not able to set up class registration very well.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Be clear on what you need and ask lots of questions. Do as many demos as possible so you can see which software fits your needs and your skills best.

Source: Software Advice
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Response from Dan


It was true that in December 2014 Trail Blazer’s software did not offer reserved seating functions. However in September 2015 reserved seating functions were added on the desktop version, and on the mobile phone. Attendees can reserve the seat(s) they want and the price bracket (i.e. child, adult, senior, non-member, member, etc.) easily from their smartphone or our free web forms

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Jeri Jones

Best customer service

2017-01-11

It is easy to use and if you are stuck on something there are many tutorials and FAQ pages to help you out, and if that fails the customer service will get you on track. Great company to work with.

Rating breakdown

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Source: Capterra
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Chris Sherertz

Traiblazer rocks!

2014-09-18

Pros

Also, the Thank You letter mass printing option is a big time saver. Coming from Salsa to Trailblazer, I am very happy with the upgraded database and tools, and for a fraction of the price!

Cons

For Mac, the remote desktop is a little slow at times, and saving files to the local computer takes a few extra steps. It's not a major problem though.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Do as many trials and demonstrations as you can! There are a lot of CRM programs out there, and getting your hands dirty playing with them is how you figure out what you really need.

Source: Software Advice
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Charity Susnick

Trail Blazer was a perfect choice for my non-profit

2015-02-11

Pros

We are a small staff, and I am the only one with any experience (limited) with software like Trail Blazer. Trail Blazer is intuitive to use, and if I get stuck, I have software support at my fingertips through the support team at Trail Blazer, but also through step-by-step instructions on the site. The staff has been very helpful, and they get back to me right away, so I'm never stuck for long.

Cons

We have not yet rolled out all the functionality (web and event modules), but that is primarily because we are taking our time in learning one part of the software before moving to the next.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Trail Blazer PAC Manager

Take time for your data conversion. Much of our data was outdated, so we took extra time as a staff to clean up bad addresses and other information. In fact, we even hired a temp to assist me in reformatting the data based on Trail Blazer's recommended format. When our data was converted, it was seamless. I have come across a few duplicates, but they are very easy to rectify. As a staff, we evaluated three software options fully with demonstrations, asking many questions and talking with references. In the end, Trail Blazer rose to the top for the ease of use, the support structure, and the fact that we could make the transition without hidden costs or additional fees.

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