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DONATION

Donation management software for small to midsize churches

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DONATION Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.3

/5

243

Total features

5

3 categories

DONATION features

Contribution Tracking
Donation Management
Donor Management
Membership Management
Pledge Management

Common features of Fundraising software

ACH Payment Processing
API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Alumni Management
Auction Management

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80

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Functionality

4.3

/5

243

Price starts from

80

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Total Features

5

Unique features

  • Contribution Tracking

  • Donor Management

  • Donation Management

Functionality

4.5

/5

1.8K

Price starts from

399

One-time payment

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Total Features

50

Features in Common

0

Unique features

  • Third Party Integrations

  • Customizable Templates

  • Drag & Drop

  • Chord Chart Management

Functionality

4.5

/5

1K

Price starts from

14

Per month

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Total Features

30

Features in Common

2

Unique features

  • Third Party Integrations

  • Contact Management

  • Activity Dashboard

  • Member Portal

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great program

Reviewed 3 years ago

It gives us a place to combine our info about all of our donations, donor base and allows us to group them as to the type of resource - be it a church, a business, individual, and even lets us categorize the types of payment.

Pros

The program is easy to use, mostly self-explanatory and logical. If help is needed the help is there in short order. Very comprehensive program.

Cons

I can't complain about anything so I don't have an entry for this section.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Great Software for the cost

Reviewed 23 days ago

As a church this software was used to log and monitor tax exempt giving .

Pros

At the time the Software was the least expensive option for the needs of the church. For simple giving and donation reporting it works well.

Cons

As a standalone donation software its very adequate however, there are limits to the capabilities.

Vendor response

Thank you for this review, Gregory. Our intention with the software is to keep it as simple as possible, yet have some powerful features, to work for both churches and charities. It's not trying to be a full-featured church management program, or a full-featured fundraising program.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Great for Small Charities

Reviewed 3 years ago

Easily tracks donations and produces tax receipts

Pros

Easy to use with some flexibility. CRA compliant. Inexpensive.

Cons

Not cloud based. Better reporting and report options

Vendor response

We are a bit surprised at how low some of these ratings are and have written to the user for clarification. In particular we have never received any tech support inquiries from them for assistance with reporting, which is really quite comprehensive and flexible according to most of our users. We also have a partly cloud-based version, with the program installed but your data on our server.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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User friendly, intuitive software

Reviewed 3 months ago

100% happy with this product. Every feature it offers is reliable, updates are smooth. Outstanding customer service and support.

Pros

Donation is a user friendly, intuitive DMS. I have used a variety of DMS and have never wished Donation had a feature I needed. In fact, I enjoy that it is basic without a bunch of complicated stuff I don't need. It has all the reporting features I need and comes with outstanding customer support. I have already recommended Donation to another non-profit, which they ultimately transitioned to.

Cons

Maybe just add some auto formatting in the Postal Code and Phone number fields but not a big deal.

Vendor response

Thanks for this great review! That is a good idea about the formatting of postal codes - we will try to incorporate it soon. There is already auto-reformatting of phone numbers when saving donors. For instance, any of "123-456-7890", "123 456 7890" or even "1234567890" are reformatted to "(123) 456-7890".

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great way to start

Reviewed 2 years ago

As a long term minister who worked as a missionary, I am often approached by people starting out. Cost at that point is critical - donation lite allows up to 100 donors free. This "buys time" as the ministry tries to establish itself. The software is easy and intuitive - on the other hand, support is $20 a year if needed. I never did, not have others I have helped.

Pros

It's simple, you can be up, running and inputting data in less than an hour. There is a trial/free version for small non-profits.

Cons

The free version has many useful features disabled. None the less it has enough for a small mission or unipersonal ministry to start.

Vendor response

Thanks William. Just to clarify, in addition to the entirely free Lite version (unless you need support after the first month), there is also a free 60-day evaluation period for all of the other full-featured versions.

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Using a ledger and excel spreadsheet VERY time consuming and this has simplified everything

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

ease of data input the reports program they have kept it simple but with many programs within it at an affordable cost simple but detailed.

Cons

not sure if I have one could use more choices in date of input categories so you can run specific reports for those of us who can't do SQL set up.

Vendor response

Thank you for this review, Bill. I'm not sure I understand the listed Con - many built-in reports allow for selection on a range of dates, and optionally on a donation category. Further selection can be done with Filter expressions, a fairly simple feature that does not require SQL. In fact, writing SQL is only required for the most unusual situations, by far fewer than 1% of our users. If you would like to explain where you are finding limitations in report selection, I'm quite sure we could explain how to do what you want. (The Help topic Filtering Reports will be very helpful.) You can contact us further directly by email.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Makes keeping track of Church donations easy.

Reviewed 4 years ago

Provided a well designed database to replace a spreadsheet. Ease of data entry.

Pros

Able to enter donations based on date received as well as by donor. Produces report at end of financial year for treasurer and for tax reclaim. Able to import donations given directly to bank via editing a spreadsheet download from the bank.

Cons

As based in Canada and USA does not quite fit UK system, although accounting year is now possible based on UK fiscal calendar.

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Perfect Fit

Reviewed 9 years ago

After searching ( and I do mean SEARCHING) the internet for an easy to use, to-the-point software for recording charitable giving, I ran across Donation software created by Dan Cooperstock. I wasn't looking for a membership program, and I didn't need to record everyone's birthdates, groups, and blood types. I also wasn't interested in paying an arm and a leg. Donation software has been a blessing....

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Donation Software Very Suitable

Reviewed 13 years ago

There are many features I have not investigated as they have not been my priority. If you think of one, it is probably already implemented. I find it a good program for tracking our church's donations.

Pros

* This software is simple to install and get you started on data entry. * It grows on you as you become more familiar with it's operation. * It is versatile in that it can be used for several entities. i.e. we have a Mission Church in Toronto which is part of our ministry and the records for that ministry can be separated or integrated into our overall book-keeping. * It has a quick data entry feature...

Cons

* I'm reluctant to give access to another operator as I have slight fear it may be hard to find errors in data entry. My motto is: If you want it done right, do it yourself. * Reports require some programming knowledge to filter reports.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Directly addresses the exact needs of a church treasurer - without unneeded complications.

Reviewed 4 years ago

Saves time and provides peace of mind.

Pros

No doubt, ending year including receipting and starting next year. Or maybe correcting errors from year ended. Or maybe notifications and changes as required from changes to Revenue Canada. Or maybe the immediate response when needed.

Cons

Sometimes it opens with a dialogue that my subscription is not up to date. Knowing it is, I close and reopen and proceed....

Vendor response

Thanks for the lovely review, Kevin! If the program starts with a message that your subscription isn't up to date, but it is, that just means that you need to request an updated license key through the program, which will tell it that you are in fact up to date. We explain that in our email responses to payments.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Simple & easy to use donor receipting program.

Reviewed 4 years ago

It is easy to learn & great for small nonprofits with limited resources. Can be used immediately for receipt.

Pros

Straightforward database program with some flexibility in producing receipts. Easy-to-use - effective to grow with your organization.

Cons

Some technical expertise is required for using mail merge & using your receipt formats. Older database type program that is only available on local computer or networked computer.

Vendor response

Thank you for this review, Mark. I should also point out that our new Web Network Version allows you to have your database on our server, with the program still installed on your Windows computer, for easier sharing over the Internet.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Simply Fantastic!

Reviewed a year ago

This software is a timesaver!

Pros

This software is so easy to use making recording and reporting tithes and offerings so quick and accurate! I've used other software in the past which was expensive and cumbersome. Donation makes my job much easier.

Cons

I can't think of anything that I don't like about this software.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Donation Must Have

Reviewed 2 years ago

Sending out Donor receipts and year end statements is less time consuming. Having the proper IRS statement for charitable deductions is a critical step for Donors.

Pros

Having an easy template for Donor receipts and year end statements is wonderful. Being able to print mailing labels saves time each reporting period. I use this program for all of my non-profit clients.

Cons

My first year was a learning curve obviously. I did have a bit of problem adding the Entity logos to the template. One client's template came out better than another. Operator error most likely.

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The best small investment our church has ever made!

Reviewed 9 years ago

We have been using Donation since December 2009. As our new church treasurer, I was searching for ways to avoid hand-writing our tax receipts, which had taken our previous volunteers hours and hours each year. Donation is easy to learn (I've trained two other people in how to enter the Sunday's offering, both very novice computer users, and they've had no troubles), and we now have many pre-authorized...

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Excellent Program, Simple to Use, Meets all Donation Tracking needs of almost any Ministry

Reviewed 9 years ago

Overall: I have been using DONATION for at least 6 years, with a number of different ministries, after using several other donations/church membership packages. This is by far the simplest, most straight forward program for donation tracking/receipting since the days of the old DOS program "ChurchMouse". Pros: 1. It is simple and uncomplicated, doing only what it is designed to do - track and...

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A recent user's review

Reviewed 9 years ago

This is not a comprehensive review. I'm a recent user and still exploring the possibilities. But the use I have had so far is outstanding. The program can be tailored to be area specific e.g. English and French in Canada and adaptable to print different tax receipts for different types of donations as required by Canada Revenue Agency (IRS to folks below the 49th). The receipts , mailing labels...

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Software4Nonprofits.com

Reviewed 9 years ago

Comments from our Volunteer on the Donations program: I sure have liked working with this program. The program that I used when I first started looking after Prayer Canada's donations was on a floppy disk. When the computers were upgraded, it would no longer work, as they didn't upgrade their program. We came up with another program that was not that easy to use. We looked around a lot for a program...

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Small Church Experience

Reviewed 13 years ago

The program meets our needs very well. It handles the basics of tax deductible contributions without being overburdened with "Membership Management" like a lot of the integrated packages. It is perfect for small organizations on a limited budget.

Pros

Very easy to use. Weekly information entry is very easy. Annual tax deductible contribution statements are easy to produce and are formatted to fit a window envelope.

Cons

Quarterly contribution statements supported only if you build your own using mail merge. This is not difficult, however.

Vendor response

Just to clarify, there is a built-in report for periodic "statements", such as quarterly reports, for the donor. What caused this reviewer to create his own version using the mail merge is that he wanted the donor's address to be printed as part of the report, which isn't included in the built-in report.

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Review of DONATION

Reviewed 9 years ago

We are a relatively small (150 donors), local charity working in international development. DONATION is perfect for me to track donations and donors as well as to generate useful reports, email notices and mailing labels. The whole data base is accessible for customizing reports or generating special lists. Although these take some time to create, the Help section provides abundant instructions and...

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God Send

Reviewed 9 years ago

I have struggled with other record keeping programs over the years. This is one program that I have not had to struggle with. It set up easily and transferred all my files over from my former church management program Membership Plus. The deposit records transfer quickly into Quickbooks, once the categories where set up to match Quickbooks. This is something that I could not get Membership Plus to...

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Software4Nonprofits

Reviewed 9 years ago

I AM VERY HAPPY TO WRITE A REVIEW FOR THIS SOFTWARE. I WAS LOOKING FOR THIS TYPE OF PRODUCT FOR SOME TIME. IT IS VERY EASY TO USE AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, DAN COOPERSTOCK THE AUTHOR PROVIDES VERY RESPONSIVE SOLUTIONS. THE SOFTWARE HAS MANY TOOLS FOR MANAGING DONATION REPORTING BOTH TO DONORS AND GOVERNMENT. BEING ABLE TO TRACK SEVERAL DONATION CATEGORIES IS PARTICULARLY USEFUL...

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Best solution for our non-profit.

Reviewed 9 years ago

We have used several accounting systems over the past 25 years....from things like Quicken, Quicken Books, Money Counts, and Membership Plus. Personally I prefer Donation over all of them because its simple and unencumbered. It is what it is. Fast....Reliable....And did I say Simple. I'm not an accountant I'm a pastor who once ran his own commercial business. This is the program for me.

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Just to be clear, DONATION is not a full accounting system - it only tracks donors and donations. Of course, you are "using the right tool for the right job", as the saying goes, by tracking your donations with a specialized program like mine, rather than trying to do that with an accounting program. (The biggest win comes when you need to send out the year-end charitable receipts!)

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A Church Treasurer's Best Friend

Reviewed 9 years ago

The program made it all very easy. Batch entries by day, deposit prep, export ability to accounting programs, this program had it all for a very small price. The free version, with limited features, assisted us in deciding that this was the program we wanted to use. We are able to get reports throughout the year, print receipts for tax purposes that meet all the requirements of Canada Revenue Agency. You even have the option of printing all the collection detail if needed as well as the type of funds received. Even past years were available if needed to reprint receipts. The only downside relates to the set up of categories (for our various cause collections) which we had to do a couple of times. Online help as there but was not clear enough.

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Just what is required!

Reviewed 9 years ago

Donation is a software program that is used in my own church on a weekly basis and maintains the records extremely well. I have also recommended the program for use in a number of client churches. Donation is designed for the recording and maintaining of periodic donations and the production of reports as required. This process is done very well without a lot of extra features that are never used. The moving from one year's data set to the next is about as easy as it can be made. By keeping backup copies you can also maintain a number of years of data. The facility of carrying over the name and address for donors to the new year is a major time saver. This program is worth every nickel (no more pennies in Canada) you pay for it and a whole lot more.

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DONATIONfor church use

Reviewed 9 years ago

It's a snap to enter donations each week, enter new donors, add and delete categories of giving, contact information and switch from this year to past years for comparative purposes. This week I wanted to send out quarterly statements to our contributors. Thanks to the Custom Report feature I was able to give our Treasurer the data she needed to help decide what information she wanted included in the letter and to whom it should be sent. Once that was decided, I modified one of the letter templates and literally within minutes the printer was buzzing. Add to that the low initial cost and the fantastic customer service, and this is a product that can't be topped for our medium-sized church.

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