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Choosing a Database by Mind Map: Choosing a Database
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Choosing a Database

Database Types

Donor Databases

Giftworks

Donor Perfect

Client Databases

Social Solutions

Community TechKnowledge Apricot

Food Pantry Manager

Integrated Databases

WildApricot

BlackBaud, Raiser's Edge + Financial Edge

NetSuite

CiviCRM

Social CRM Databases

Salesforce + Chatter, Groundwire's Volunteers for Salesforce, ClickAndPledge.com

DonorDrive

NeonCRM

NationBuilder.com

Volunteer Databases

HandsOn Network

VolunteerMatch

Process

List functional requirements

The system must...

It would be nice if...

Business Process Mapping

Identify options

Spreadsheet vs. Database, "Excel Is Not a Donor Management System" by Tal Frankfurt (2010), "Back Away From That Spreadsheet: Why Excel Isn't a Donor Database" by Robert L. Weiner (2009), "Spreadsheet Does Not = Database" by Helen Bradley (2004)

Three platforms, Android, iOS, Web

Build vs. Buy

Discuss alternatives; narrow options

Check Twitter

Check blog

Get product details

Versions & Features

Pricing, Pricing Models, Version (basic / advanced), Number of users / records, Core + Modules, Hosted / Installed, Data Migration / Conversion, Training, Support

Maintenance

Company Context, People, Customers, Size, Business Model

Vendor demos

Calls to real users

User visits

Decision

Working with multiple databases...

Connect

Export / Import

Sync

Consolidate

Program Data

Donor Data

Financial Data

Communication Data, Website, Social Media

Web-enable

Simplify

@LukeW

Classy.org post

@westrochlil, Process, Types

Resources

Idealware.org

Robert L. Weiner Consulting: Fundraising Technology Resources

Wes Trochlil's Effective Database Management

Hosted or On-site?