It is important for every community group to make the most of the best free and cheap computer software available.
The ability to lower your IT costs without compromising on quality means you will have more money to spend on other parts of your mission and operations.
Our Community has compiled a list of free or very cheap software that can be used by groups in the sector. In addition, there are a number of sector-specific software packages listed below which your group might be interested in investigating further.
Most commercial software packages aimed at fundraisers are specialist database packages, focused on donor relations management, powerful, expensive ($500-$20,000), complex and American or British. And many of the things they do can be achieved with free or cheaper
software - though this will probably involve more work, more
difficulty, and more time. Start with Techsoup's guide
to selecting software.
Some of the software available includes:
Note - some of these, while themselves free, are in fact modules that work with commercial databases such as MS Access and Filemaker.
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