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New Consumer Guide to Donor Management Systems

Idealware, in partnership with NTEN and nPower, have published a new Consumer Guide to Donor Management Systems. The guide provides summaries of 36 systems, an overview of what the systems do, recommendations based on particular needs, comparison charts, and detailed reviews of their top 11 choices: CiviCRM, DonorPerfect Online, DonorPro, eTapestry, GiftWorks, Little Green Light, NeonCRM, The Raiser’s Edge(i), Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack, SuiteDonor, and Talisma Fundraising.

Download the guide for free now. 


Technology needs? Check out GiveCamp 2013!

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals – from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists – donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations.  This year’s Grand Rapids GiveGamp will be held November 8-10th, 2013.

Why Your Agency Should Apply

  • Connection to local IT and Software companies
  • Get help with long-term planning and development ideas
  • Develop a social media strategies
  • Redesign your website with a new look or more interactivity
  • Learn to use your IT products better
  • Get help building and implementing a database or other system

To assess if this is a good fit for your organization, check out the Grand Rapids GiveCamp’s guide for nonprofits and learn more about how to apply.


Participate in nonprofit professional development survey

Dr. Heather Carpenter and Tera Qualls from Grand Valley State University are conducting a national study about the professional development needs and wants of nonprofit and philanthropic professionals.  This study is being co-sponsored by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.

This survey will inform future professional development programming in the United States. You will be asked questions about your involvement in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, the resources that you currently use to improve your skills in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, your wants and needs for doctoral level education in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, and participant demographics. This survey takes approximately fifteen minutes to complete. Data collected is protected under provisions of the Federal Human Subjects Protection Act of 1976. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact: Dr. Heather Carpenter at (616) 331-6579 or carpenth@gvsu.edu.

Click here to participate in the survey.


Fall NPTA Fund deadline

Don’t miss the next NPTA Fund deadline coming up on September 20, 2013. Decisions on the fall round of grants will be made at the end of October. If you have questions about the process or need help determining how to structure your application, don’t hesitate to contact Nicole Notario-Risk at info@nptafund.org or (616) 828-1112.


Download the new West Michigan Nonprofit Compensation and Benefit Survey

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy recently released the 2012 West Michigan Nonprofit Compensation and Benefit Survey. The information in this 2012 salary survey of 119 West Michigan nonprofits is presented with the hope it will assist directors and board members in developing compensation plans that will result in the successful recruitment and retention of employees. Download the free report from the Community Research Institute website today.


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