Donor Tools offers religious groups, non profit organizations and charities a list of helpful tools to simplify the donation process. Users can track information such as names and addresses and add notes to donor profiles. Tags are also available, making it very easy for even a novice computer user to track donations from many people. The organization has total control and can complete tasks and monitor information just by logging in to their Donor Tools account. Additional features allow users to compile comprehensive reports and accept online donations.
Donor Tools was founded in September of 2008. It was intended to provide a nonprofit fundraising database that was affordable and easy to use for anyone. Donor Tools has improved its offerings since then to include many functions that help non profit organizations and others monitor donators and keep a record of their information. A part of the Donor Tools manifesto mentions that the creators believe donor management software should be affordable. They seem to have stuck to this belief by offering many helpful features that are affordable for even a new organization just starting out.
Many internet applications offer organization tools for businesses; however Donor Tools focuses in on the realm of non profit organizations. By offering an affordable tool with all the functions an organization needs, Donor Tools serves its purpose well. Cost is usually a big concern for a non profit, which tries to run on little funds while earning money for the cause it supports. Donor Tools helps organizations do this so that more money can go to the group they are assisting.
Donor Tools offers a very professional, clean layout. The homepage includes color screenshots and a lot of information that is organized in an easy to read way. New visitors can quickly navigate the site and create their Donor Tools account. The account page and actual features are also neat and to the point. There is no excessive clutter to get in the way of monitoring data and accepting donations.
A new visitor can click the gold “Get Started” button found along the left hand side of the homepage. This takes the user to the plans and pricing chart, where they can choose their desired account type. After clicking the corresponding “Sign up Now” button, the user is taken to the registration form. The form asks for an organization name, first and last name of the user, email address, and desired Donor Tools URL. The user is also asked to enter their credit card information to complete the registration process.
Users are offered three paid membership options to choose from. Each membership comes with a two week free trial to get the user started. The least expensive is the Starter membership which runs about $5 per month and includes up to five funds and sources, five smart tags, unlimited tags, unlimited donors, and unlimited donations. The mid-range account is the Pro membership which runs about $30 and includes up to 30 funds, sources, and smart tags as well as QuickBooks support. The most expensive Donor Tools account is the Unlimited membership. This account costs about $90 per month and upgrades to unlimited everything.
Donor Tools is an affordable organizational resource for charities, non profits and church groups. The application is not entirely free, so the user should be somewhat serious about their organization. The three membership types make it easy to fit Donor Tools into a tight non profit budget.