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How Fundraising Software Can Improve Donor Relations

Streamline Processes

Nonprofits can use fundraising software to organize all of their campaigns, track essential donor data, and analyze the results of previous campaigns to improve future ones. Additionally, fundraising software can help your nonprofit automate processes like inputting information directly into your donor profiles.

All the fields — email, address, donor name, etc. — that are captured on your donation forms can be transferred to your donor database. Since team members won’t have to manually enter information, they’ll have more time to cultivate long-lasting relationships with donors.

Track Donor Interactions

From thanking supporters after they give or attend an event to regularly updating them on your nonprofit’s mission, a lot goes into managing donor relationships. Maintaining an up-to-date record of donor interactions can ensure that donors don’t receive repeat information.

Fundraising software can help your staff keep track of when you reached out to donors and what information was discussed. Information on your nonprofit’s donor interactions can be accessed by everyone on the team so communications can be personalized and relevant to all your supporters.

Evaluate Fundraising Data

Nonprofits can use fundraising software to track the progress of campaigns and events. With information about average donation size, event attendance, and so much more, your team can analyze the results to see which strategies worked and which ones can be improved or replaced with a different approach.

A deeper look into your fundraising analytics may reveal ways you can boost your campaigns before they end.For instance, if you see an online fundraising campaign isn’t on track to reach its goal, it might be beneficial to generate more excitement via social media and email marketing.

 

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Donor Management

  • Rich Donor Profiles
  • Donation Tracking
  • Direct Mail Fundraising
  • Reporting
  • More Features and Integrations!
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Digital Marketing

  • Marketing Automation
  • Email Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Drag + Drop Sign Up Forms
  • Marketing Dashboard Analytics
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Online Fundraising

  • Online Donation Forms
  • Automated Gift Acknowledgments
  • Online Event Registration
  • Secure Payment Processing
  • Fundraising Dashboard Analytics
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Online Advocacy

  • Online Petitions
  • Targeted Actions
  • Social Advocacy
  • Click to Call Advocacy
  • Advocacy Dashboard Analytics
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Peer to Peer Fundraising

  • Custom Event Pages
  • Personal/Team Fundraising Pages
  • Built-in Fundraiser Coaching
  • Free P2P Mobile Fundraiser App
  • P2P Dashboard Analytics
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What is fundraising software?

Fundraising software refers to any software solution that was built specifically to facilitate nonprofits’ fundraising efforts. These platforms make the fundraising process more successful by enabling nonprofits to build individualized donor stewardship strategies and by optimizing the donation process, data management, marketing and communications, and other efforts.

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How will fundraising software help my nonprofit?

Ideally, your fundraising platform should be helping your organization reach your goals faster and more effectively. Look towards the future and think about what you hope to achieve with your software. You’ll want to buy a solution that can not only help you meet your current goals, but can also grow with you. Learn 7 tips to convince your board to invest in fundraising software >

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How do I choose the right fundraising platform?

Choosing the right fundraising platform starts with asking the right questions to determine and prioritize your requirements, thoroughly researching and taking demonstrations of software platforms, then choosing the right system that meets your needs, requirements, and budget. Get the clear and complete guide to fundraising software >

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How is Salsa's fundraising platform for nonprofits different?

Salsa brings online and offline fundraising and data management together on one unified platform that was purpose-built for nonprofit teams. Learn more about why Salsa is different >

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What features does Salsa's fundraising software offer?

Salsa's fundraising software for nonprofits is comprehensive. From standard donation forms, to peer to peer fundraising, to online advocacy, Salsa's suite provides nonprofits with everything they need for online fundraising. Plus, with donor management and marketing software, nonprofits can do far more than simply collect donations.

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Is Salsa's fundraising platform mobile-friendly?

Yes! There's no denying that your donors are mobile, which is why Salsa's online fundraising platforms are optimized for mobile and tablet devices. Plus, your nonprofit can take Salsa's tools on the go for real-time fundraising and data updates in the field. Learn more about mobile fundraising >

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Can nonprofit fundraising software increase donor retention?

Salsa's fundraising software doesn't end with a donation. Automated messaging and comprehensive donor management tools will help you thank, acknowledge, and stay in touch with donors. With events and advocacy tools, you can engage your donors in a multitude of ways. Learn more about donor retention >

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Do I need both Salsa Engage and Salsa CRM?

It depends on you organizational needs. Salsa Engage is strictly for online fundraising, marketing, and advocacy. Salsa CRM is a centralized database for heavy development work. It includes robust reporting, donor and donation management, offline fundraising such as major gift cultivation, and direct mail fundraising.

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How much does Salsa's fundraising software cost?

Pricing for Salsa Engage and Salsa CRM depends on the size of your contact database. You can request a custom pricing quote here >

Unify Your Online & Offline Fundraising with
Salsa Engage + Salsa CRM

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Unify Your Online & Offline Fundraising with
Salsa Engage + Salsa CRM

  • Marketing Automation
  • Online Fundraising
  • Peer to Peer Fundraising
  • Online Event Registration
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  • Rich Donor Profiles
  • Donation Tracking
  • Direct Mail Fundraising
  • Performance Dashboard
By switching to Salsa Engage and Salsa CRM, we've been able to fully integrate our P2P Fundraising and our online fundraising with our database. This is a huge time saver. We've also been able to take advantage of features like honor/memorial giving and event management that we were unable to do before.
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Debra Norman, Development Associate
Northwood Foundation - Fundraising Software User

Loved By Over 10,000 Nonprofit Users

The software is a great comprehensive marketing and CRM software solution designed for the smallest nonprofit or the largest. You can truly customize everything to fit a simple or complex process. We love Salsa and look forward to all the advancements coming! Fundraising Software Review
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Salsa's Fundraising Software Helps Manage Donor Relationships at Every Stage

Building and maintaining donor relationships is essential for the growth and prosperity of any organization. Luckily for you, fundraising software can play a huge part in establishing relationships with donors. We’ll look at 4 stages of donor relationships and the many ways fundraising software can assist you through each phase in the process:


1. Donor Identification

Before you interact with a donor, you need to plan your approach. Your plan should involve collecting and recording personal information about your donor, identifying the type of donor, and looking at the donor’s past interactions with your organization.

Because fundraising software houses all of your donor data under one system, you can easily gather and record this information via the donor’s constituent profile.

Be sure to make note of any communication preferences, interests and hobbies, and connections to your organization. The more information you have, the more personalized and tailored your outreach will be.

2. Donor Engagement

Once you’ve gathered all the information and created a plan, it’s time to reach out to your donors. Your initial outreach should consist of informational content that helps the donor understand your mission.

Use fundraising software to segment your donors based on factors like location, average gift size, interests, and age to ensure that donors receive relevant information.

Segmentation allows for personalization. And when you personalize your messages, you greatly increase the chance of a donor reading or hearing something that interests them. Proving you’re a source of valuable information makes it easy to solicit donations.

3. Donor Conversion

You’ve identified the donors you want to reach out to, and you’ve engaged them with information they find valuable. Now it’s time to make your ask! The best way to ensure donations is by making the giving process quick and easy.

Fundraising software allows nonprofits to set up multiple donation pages for different campaigns that might draw in donors with specific interests, as well as mobile-friendly options that make on-the-go giving convenient.

When asking for donations, include multiple ways to give (think: a link to your online donation form or instructions on how to give via text message) so that donors can choose the option that’s most convenient for them.

4. Donor Stewardship and Retention

Getting donors to give once is only half the battle. Your plan should also include ways to encourage donors to give again, volunteer, or attend an event. Your staff will learn more about a donor’s passions and interests when they’re engaged in your nonprofit’s activities.

Tracking all your donor interactions via your fundraising software can help you discover trends in their giving behaviors, which can influence your personalized outreach.

For instance, you may find that a donor has given $10 to your organization over the last few months. Since their gifts are becoming more regular, this might be the perfect opportunity to suggest recurring gift options

Next Steps to Purchasing Fundraising Software

Fundraising software can help organizations boost their donor relations and increase their fundraising potential. So if you’re interested in purchasing fundraising software, you’re probably wondering where to start. We’ll show you our step-by-step guide to finding and buying software:


1. Determine Your Fundraising Software Needs

Not all fundraising software is created equal; some tools will have wide-ranging capabilities, while others may be intended for a specific type of nonprofit. Your organization needs to evaluate what features matter most. Create a list of your must-haves and start researching vendors that meet those requirements.

2. Contact the Software Vendor

Once you’ve found a couple vendors that cover your needs, reach out to them via phone or email. The initial contact is a great opportunity to ask questions about areas that weren’t clear from their marketing materials and to explain what your nonprofit is looking for in a fundraising software.

3. View a Demo of the Fundraising Platform

If the first call goes well, the next step is to request a demo. While you’ve probably done a lot of research on the software’s capabilities, the best way to see if a tool will be a good fit is to test it out! Most vendors offer free demos or a trial period, allowing you to try some of the features for yourself.

4. Research the Software Online

The last step you should take before picking a vendor is to look at reviews online or ask other nonprofits about their experience with the software and the vendor. In addition to the software’s capabilities, you also should find out if the vendor has good customer service and if they help with data migration and integrating the software with your existing tools.

5. Select Your Software Vendor

Now it’s time to pick your provider! Once you’ve selected the vendor you want to work with, they’ll create a contract that outlines the terms of purchase. Use this time to ask any additional questions about how they’ll help you set up, like providing manuals or training videos. After you sign the contract, you’re ready to start using your new software.

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