The ongoing push to release ContaxCRM Version 3, two large ongoing (but thankfully just completing) custom developments and the need to occasionally sleep and eat, have meant it’s been full on for us recently.
What I want to announce today is a niche market that we are catering for with ContaxCRM. That niche market is Charities / Voluntary and Non Profit organisations.
We have spent the last few months, on and off, working with several organisations learning how they work and what they want and need from a system to help them stay on top of their members, trustees, events, mailings, donations etc.
It has been a real eye opener for me. Some of the Charity and Non Profits that I have seen so far have been running abysmal, cobbled together software and paying an arm and a leg for it.
I’ll discuss that more in a future post but suffice to say that there are some unsavoury companies out there who are making money off the back of donations that you and I are making because we want to help starving children in Africa or flood victims in Pakistan, or whatever your charity of choice is.
It’s not illegal, but it also isn’t ethical.
Our offering which will be available with Version 3 (Coming Soon – I promise !) will firstly be 30% cheaper for a Charity, Voluntary or Non Profit organisation to purchase. In addition all support service costs will be reduced. Finally consultancy advice will given free of charge as regards additional hardware or service purchases. ie what to buy – what do they actually need – and where they should buy it. That’s a promise.
That’s all well and good but we need to ensure our software handles the tasks that are unique, or closely tied, to charities.
One of these areas is Donations. The screenshot below shows a sneak preview of our Donation Transaction Overview window which also shows Totals for each currency and Totals for Gift Aid in each currency.
This is just a taster of what Charity specific functionality is to come in Version 3 which has many functions built-in to enable it to be utilised by Charities and similar organisations. If you aren’t a Charity or Non Profit – then you don’t have to see those options, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied will all the other new features of Version 3.
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