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DONATION

Donation management software for small to midsize churches

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Free for the feature-limited Lite version, $80 for the regular Standalone version, $150 for the multi-user Network version in the first year. Annual Renewal fees (half those amounts) allow you to continue your eligibility for support and upgrades in subsequent years, but are not required.

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Superb support - an email to the developer often brings a response in less than one hour. Excellent value for the price and very generous licensing.

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Built in reports are excellent and customizing the reports is quick and easy. User support has been excellent and annual costs are inexpensive.

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Great Software for the cost

Reviewed 20 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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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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You can't go wrong

Reviewed 3 years ago
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Donation is a very simple program to use. It will print out your receipts, thank you letters, and year-end tax statements for your donors. The learning curve is very short in all areas but one. Their tech support is quick. The cost is very reasonable. There are updates throughout the year and as long as you pay the yearly maintenance fee the problem will be always up to date.

Cons

Is can be difficult to set up your thank you letters. There are templates that you can edit, but it does not always follow correctly.

Vendor response

Thank you for this great review, Sue. In our experience, the only time mail-merge documents get seriously messed up is if you edit them in Microsoft Word, which can somehow make the merge fields not work. Other than that it's pretty much what you see is what you get. If you have further our outstanding problems with mail-merge letters don't hesitate to contact us for support.

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

Reviewed 5 years ago
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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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Donation Software - An amazing bargain

Reviewed 5 months ago
Pros

This program allows complete tracking of donors, donations and also allows creation of official receipts. We get a monthly remittance from head office and all 95 donations are added seamlessly with one command. Saves many hours and errors!

Cons

The modification of the existing templates for receipts and letters requires a little getting used to, but is not really a major hindrance

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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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Excellent and Affordable Product!

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall, my experience has been very positive. We have been using DONATION since 2012 and keep renewing!

Pros

DONATION is very easy to use, is affordable and has fantastic help files when you need them. Additionally, our administrative office houses two separate agencies and we are able to have two separate agencies in the same system for the same price. When entering a donation we simply have to choose the agency and the system does the rest.

Cons

In the beginning I had difficulty adding the electronic signature and logo, but I think they have improved these features.

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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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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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Software4Nonprofits

Reviewed 9 years ago

I have used this software for a number of years. It has steadily been improved and simplified. A quick call or email to Dan, is solve quickly and simply. The reports that are generated from the single entry screen are exceptionally useful and flexible. As a retired auditor as well as not for profit treasurer they are easy to use and provide all the info needed. The fact that one entry screen can provide all of this info has saved me many hours. Included is a letter to donors that can be modified to suit all purposes but is probably it's one week spot. It is still not intuitive to generate and use. In spite of this one weakness I do not hesitate to recommend it to all, especially at it's low cost.

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The mail-merge letters feature in DONATION is indeed its most complex feature. Unfortunately, mail-merge is just a complex concept, so it¿s hard to make it completely simple. I have asked the user whether he has any specific suggestions for improvements. There are several videos on the Demos and Samples page on the website demonstrating how to use the mail-merge features, which users seem to find quite helpful.

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Using Donation

Reviewed 2 years ago
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Easy to set up. Cost effective. Multiple users possible. Good support. Not too difficult for folks with little computer skills.

Cons

I cannot really say what I like least - I dislike technology and am not very tech savvy, so I have issues with all software, but his one is pretty easy to learn!

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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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Software 4 Nonprofits

Reviewed 9 years ago

This program is an excellent program, easy to use, generates useful reports, very affordable, and just recently I recommended my friend which enters the donations for the church she goes to and they also are very excited about this program. Previously our Non-profit organization along with the church my friend s attends, all entries were done manually. This program has saved hours of time and because...

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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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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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The PERFECT program for us!

Reviewed 9 years ago

I recommend DONATION to all of our family of churches!! ~It is easy to learn and easy to use ~There are many reports that can be generated ~Quick and easy tracking of financial donations ~Wonderful year-end system for income tax receipts (this used to take us days, now we can get it done in a couple hours) ~Very affordable even for small organizations ~Customer service is fast and friendly Con: The only thing we have difficulty with is creating some reports with the 'filter reports' feature. It takes some programming knowledge to create more complicated reports. For our purposes though, I have not had to use this feature much at all.

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Excellent Product

Reviewed 6 years ago

Easy to use. Low learning curve. Transferred information from another product with an easy import.

Pros

Ease of use and accuracy.

Cons

No complaints.

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Most functional church software ever!

Reviewed 9 years ago

Donation is the most affordable and functional software for churches or any non-profit organizations to keep track of donations. The software is so intuitive that any users with minimal computer knowledge can start using it without any instruction. This excellent program has helped us saved tons of time and effort every week, and, when it is time to print out the donation receipts. Customer service is top of the line as Dan, the programmer and owner, provide customized personal service at all time. He even let us knows when he is on vacation! God Bless you, Dan!

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Great Program

Reviewed 9 years ago

We tried several much more expensive programs. Donation meets our needs perfectly. It is very easy to use, very quick, doesn't crash like the others did. End of the year reports are a breeze. There may be fancier interfaces out there, but you pay for the pretty colors in speed and stability. Donation loads quickly and we have never had it crash on us. This is our 3rd year tracking all of our giving. We make thousands of entries each year. The customer service is personal and immediate. I cannot reccomend this program enough especially to churches.

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Great for Church Tithes

Reviewed 9 years ago

We love using Donation for our church tithes. The end of the year letters are worded just as CPA told me they should be. It's very simple to set up and use. Although we have had no problems with the software whatsoever, we have had great customer service with emails including updates that we needed to install. I just recently moved our program off an old computer that used Windows XP onto a new computer using Windows 8 with absolutely no problems whatsoever. The backup worked wonderfully! The pricing is exceptional also!

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DONATION

Reviewed 9 years ago

We have now used DONATION to track contributions to our scholarship fund for three years. We were looking for cost-effective system that would keep cumulative totals by donor over a period of more than 20+years. Dan Cooperstock has been exceedingly helpful to modify the basic program to accommodate our needs. Updates occur frequently, without additional charge. Documentation is thorough and support has been fantastic. Honestly, the only 'con' is that we didn't learn about the program sooner. We highly recommend DONATION.

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October 2013 - Massey Place Community Church

Reviewed 9 years ago

Our overall impression is that the program does what it is intended to do. Since we are a small organization the less complicated the better. We have not tried its' partner Accounts so do not know about the user friendliness of that aspect. Reports are easy though sometimes take a little reminding with the Help. Exporting to Excel is a major benefit. Cost is very reasonable and we have always found the Technical support timely. Even had our suggestions well received. We have not found any cons at this point

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Exactly what we needed for our size Church.

Reviewed 9 years ago

I was looking for software that was reasonably priced and easy to use. Donation is just that. I am not a computer pro and did not want something that takes all my time just to enter our churches' donations. This one is simple, covers all of the legal requirements and prints the end of year reports and receipts very well. Our last program kept getting more complicated and extremely expensive each time I had to up grade. Thank you, Dan for creating something for the average size Church. God Bless You

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Awesome Software

Reviewed 9 years ago

Pros: Extremely easy to learn and use. The ease of producing year end tax receipts is amazing and they are formatted to fit into a regular window envelope. Data entry is very straight forward and simple. Weekly, monthly and year end contribution reports are extremely easy to generate and read. This is by far the easiest and most productive software for us to use. It is also extremely low priced. The "Help" file has answered any and all questions we have had. Cons: I can't think of anything.

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