It’s all well and good if your fundraising software addresses your organization’s needs, falls into your price range, and supports the necessary expansions and integrations.
The hope is that your new software will update your organization’s current operations and better them in some way. But at the same time, if it doesn’t complement into your organization’s current practices, it’s probably not the one.
Think of it this way: buying a software is like hiring a new staff member. As a key player in your efforts, you want it to complement your organization’s unique culture.
Consider how your nonprofit presently handles its major operations, especially your data management.
Then, answer the following two questions:
- Will the software accommodate all of the data we need?
- Does the way the software collects and manages data mirror our current practices to some extent, or will we have to alter them significantly?
Although the goal is that software will simplify the data management process, it will only become more complicated if you have to drastically change the way your organization runs to use it.
Learning how to use a new platform is already a big adjustment. Make it easier on yourself by finding one that shapes to fit you, not shapes you to fit it.