Capacity Building Org Management

A Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems

Donors are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations. You need them to survive. But how do you manage all the details about their giving along with all the personal details that are key to maintaining successful relationships without breaking your bank? This report looks at a number of low-cost donor management systems designed to do exactly that.

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A Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems

Nonprofit Explorer

Nonprofit Explorer offers a financial snapshot of local and national nonprofit organizations and foundations, including revenue & expenses and executive salaries.  Using this data you can discover

  • If your new board prospect is already serving on other boards
  • what boards local individuals serve on
  • the salaries of nonprofit executives

Quick and easy to use, the Nonprofit Explorer provides easy access to 990 & 990pf data from between 2012 and 2017 that has long been difficult to access and use.  The database includes almost 616,000 tax-exempt organizations.  Small organizations filing a Form 990N “e-Postcard” are not included.

Data Sources

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps ranks the health of nearly every US county.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to bring this program to cities, counties and states across the nation.

For nonprofits working with, or needing access to, data in the United States, Data USA, provides free, open source data that is already packaged into comprehensive visualizations.  The M.I.T. Media Lab with support from Deloitte, has accessed years of federal government, state and city data and is making it available free of charge at the DATA USA website.

Data Digest, DataArts’ e-newsletter, will provide you with periodic updates on the system, new tools and resources, as well as news and information on field research, national trends, and local success stories for data-driven management in the cultural sector.  Visit the DataArts website and sign up for their newsletter.

Free Management Library

The Free Management Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit).  This comprehensive resource, curated by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting, LLC,  is a large, well-organized collection of articles and resources covering all aspects of management.  The list below includes the most popular topics:

Action Learning
Advertising & Promotions
Benefits & Compensation
Boards of Directors
Business Development
Business Ethics
Business Planning
Capacity Bldg (Nonprofit)
Career Development
Chief Executive Role
Communications (Intrprsnl)
Communications (Writing)
Computers, Internet, Web
Cost Cutting (Sustainability)
Creativity and Innovation
Crisis Management
Customer Satisfaction
Customer Service
Decision Making
Employee Performance
Employee Wellness
Ethics/Social Respons.
Evaluations (all kinds)
Facilities Management
Finances (For-Profit)
Finances (Nonprofit)
Fundraising (For-Profit)
Fundraising (Nonprofit)
Group Performance
Group/Team Skills
Growing Organizations
Guiding Skills
Hiring Employees
Human Resources
Insurance (Business)
Interpersonal Skills
Interviewing (all kinds)
Leadership (Overview)
Leadership Development
Learning and Development
Legal Information
Management (Overview)
Management Development
Meeting Management
Motivating Self & Others
Operations Management
Organization Dev.(Field)
Organizational Alliances
Organizational Change
Organizational Communications
Organizational Performance
Organizational Sustainability
Organizations (Overview)
Pay and Benefits
Performance Management
Personal Development
Personal Productivity
Personal Wellness
Planning (many kinds)
Policies (Personnel)
Problem Solving/Decisions
Product Development
Project Management
Program Management
Public/Media Relations
Quality Management
Research Methods
Risk Management
Small Business
Social Enterprise
Social Networking/Media
Spirituality in Work
Start a Business
Start a Nonprofit
Strategic Planning
Stress Management
Supervision (Overview)
Supervisoral Development
Sustainable Development
Systems Thinking
Talent Management
Team Building
Time Management
Training/Learning & Development
Work-Life Balance
Writing (Business)

Essential Strategic Plan

The Essential Strategic Plan Online (ESP) is an online coaching experience for intact planning teams from small and mid-sized nonprofits that supports them in creating their own, complete strategic plan.

The Essential Strategic Plan is designed to be:

  • Affordable  – About a tenth of the price of hiring a live consultant;
  • Effective – 100% of participants surveyed would recommend this experience to a colleague;
  • Engaging – Participants describe the process as being productive and fun.