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Overview

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Realm by ACS Technologies is a church management system with an emphasis on online community

Elexio Community is cloud-enabled church management software that is simple, easy to use, and integrated, for whole church...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

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  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

35.13

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.4

269

5

4

3

2

1

148

96

18

4

3

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
93%
would recommend this app

4.2

121

5

4

3

2

1

54

43

19

2

3

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
93%
would recommend this app

Pros

Our overall experience with Realm has been great, we truly enjoy using this product; our senior members love using the Realm app for their giving and enjoy the accounting module.
Probably the best part might be the database end. It's pretty good at keeping all the information for our people, and creates a nice directory.
The directory is helpful, and the customer support is good. My favorite part about Realm is the annual conference.

Pros

I feel more confident that there will be less or no glitches in reprots. The customer service is excellent and the training has been very helpful.
In the best ways possible, I feel like I'm contributing to their success as they endeavor to ensure mine in support of the mission of my congregation.
I feel that the way the software helps with communication is great. I like that I am able to send emails as well as text messages to everyone in the database help with time management.

Cons

As a former IT/programmer this software is the worst... very frustrating to use... slow.
I am constantly calling Realm to see if there is a solution to one problem or another, and every time I am basically told "we don't do that" and "we have no plans to do that.
Sometimes confusing for users when it comes to privacy management and notifications.

Cons

The layout of the software is terrible, and everyone required multiple trainings on how to do the simplest tasks such as workflows, new entries, and more.
There has been an error with the Elexio Checkscanner utility and print-driver for the Canon CR-50 check scanner that I brought up 16 months ago, and it still has not been fixed.
Still a little trouble navigating the database and doing the things I need to do for my job but learning things all the time.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review3 months ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review2 years ago

Key features

  • Total features39
  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Built-in Accounting
  • Child Check-in
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Donation Management
  • Donation Tracking
  • Donor Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Forms Management
  • Fund Accounting
  • Fund Management
  • General Ledger
  • Member Communication
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Giving
  • Payroll Management
  • Pledge Management
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SMS Messaging
  • Small Group Management
  • Social Media Integration
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Management
  • Worship Planning
  • Total features48
  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Built-in Accounting
  • Child Check-in
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Donation Management
  • Donation Tracking
  • Donor Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Religious Organizations
  • Forms Management
  • Fund Accounting
  • Fund Management
  • General Ledger
  • Member Communication
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Giving
  • Payroll Management
  • Pledge Management
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SMS Messaging
  • Small Group Management
  • Social Media Integration
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Volunteer Management
  • Website Management
  • Worship Planning

Integrations

  • Total integrations2
  • Blackbaud CRM
  • Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
  • Bloomerang
  • ChMS
  • Constant Contact
  • DonorHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • Planning Center
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Salesforce.org Nonprofit Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Twilio
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations5
  • Blackbaud CRM
  • Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
  • Bloomerang
  • ChMS
  • Constant Contact
  • DonorHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • Planning Center
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Salesforce.org Nonprofit Cloud
  • Stripe
  • Twilio
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

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Amy L.

11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Realm

Great Possibilities

Reviewed 8 years ago

With many church members used to theCity, apps, and other programs our communications staff has been disappointed in the current options for formatting and sending communications. It has great possibilities but we are waiting patiently for more functionality to be available.

Pros

Multi-dimensional and ultimately customizable. So many ways you could use this software its brilliant.

Cons

Difficult to train staff and communicate possibilities throughout our church community.

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Tom Z.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Realm

We love Realm!

Reviewed 8 years ago

Realm has helped us build an online church community and strengthen our communications throughout the church.

Pros

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Cons

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Bill J.

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Realm

Very user friendly an customer support is top notch.

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Ease of Use; Cust. Support; Not just a church office software, but a church community software. ; Best feature is the continual improvement of the software based on comments from users.

Cons

Connect App is unstable. The registration process too hard for some of our members. Software fails to recognize if user is already registered and results in duplicate users.

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Doug B.

Religious Institutions, 51-200 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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Realm

Super Slow on the Web

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Intuitive. A step up from the City in features. Easy to use. Solid offering for the price but it does not function well on the web.

Cons

Several critical errors. The website version of Realm is divided into two platforms: backend admin and community. Backend stays persistent and responsive even when you navigate away or do not use it for a while. The Community side dies if you move away and takes minutes, if ever, to load pages upon your return. You will notice this on Messages and Events (Community side) but not on Groups and Giving...

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josh F.

Used monthly for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Realm

I think realm is a great tool for churches to create an accessible community.

Reviewed 7 years ago

Quick, effective communication

Pros

I think realm is a great resource for churches to create their own iunique social network or space. Through multi-level communication, community building, and announcements, realm is a neat experiment in tailored social, online connections for churches.

Cons

In creating a social network, it can at times become just another social media platform, or another news feed you feel you have to keep track of or maintain to some extent. In other words, it can become a bit more like a newsletter service than anything else depending on the culture of the church and buy in.

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Felipe M.

Health, Wellness and Fitness, self-employed

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Realm is really easy to use from a user's standpoint and comprehensive.

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I like the updates I get easily on my phone through the app and how easy it is to respond to a post through email. I like the marketplace section as well as the ability to chat through the app with people in the community.

Cons

There really isn't anything I have encountered that I haven't liked about this app.

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Louis P.

Religious Institutions, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best Solution (and value) for Church Administrative Software

Reviewed 6 years ago

Realm provides us with one place to track biographical information, engagement in our community, pledging, as well as information on our vendors, tools to generate reports and harvest data; all in one intuitive platform that I can access equally well from my desktop or my cell phone.

Pros

Realm is simple, intuitive, and powerful

Cons

. . . . nothing. I cannot think of anything about Realm or Realm customer service that I would change.

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Religious Institutions, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Perfect for small or large churches

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

For the past few years I have been attending a small community church. Just recently our church began using this for gathering information and tithing. There are many mornings that it is hard to get to the church on time with three teenagers, this app is great to donate to the church directly from my phone. I can get seated and during announcements make a payment without worrying about bringing the check book.

Cons

It took me a minute to get acquainted with the layout. I am afraid that inexperienced church members may not want to use this technology just because its an app but they just need to get past that!

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Judy J.

Religious Institutions, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Realm - Excellent Church Software

Reviewed 5 years ago

Realm has facilitated communication in the church and is extremely versatile given its use on a computer or mobile device. By enabling parishioners to directly engage with each other, with their own profile and church groups they are in - it not only provides the staff with a powerful software tool, but enables the entire church to engage and connect. This is probably the greatest strength of Realm: its function as a staff tool (database management and financial accounting) as well as ability to create engagement, connection and community within the parish. All in one place.

Pros

Realm is exceptionally easy to learn and use - and it's relevant to how a church operates its ministries as well as how a church manages its finances and its people database. Developers solicit input from users for program enhancements and continue to release new functionality that just makes the software better and better. Both the database management component (how we manage the people in our church) as well as the financial accounting component are exceptional. The bonus is how the functionality also supports how we operate our ministries (managing volunteers, coordinating education opportunities, communication and engagement)

Cons

Not sure I've found anything I don't like. At this point, Realm continues to amaze me.