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I am new ED for a tiny non-profit in Northern California. It's been around for four years - but the former ED never gathered data or outcomes. The non-profit I worked for before - we had one built for us at a cost. Anyone have some inexpensive suggestions for software I could purchase to input data for outcomes for grant writing? We will need donor info but that's not pressing right now..I am thinking MS Access might be the least expensive - I'll just have to create the data sets.... but wanted to know if anyone else had any ideas..
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Hi Annie. Welcome to TechSoup!
This article from the National Council of Nonprofits on outcomes tracking and measurement has lots of great resources, and this article from the Madison Community Foundation has a few.
As far as which tool to use, your capacity to build and support a database -- or to pay someone to do it -- is a big factor to consider. I don't see an Access template, so I think you'd have to start from scratch if you use Access. A simpler option might be starting with Excel. The Michigan Council of Foundations has a free grant tracking form here. Another option -- but one that could require money and consulting help -- would be the Salesforce grant management solution. The Grant Professionals Association might have more suggestions.
Please let us know what you settle on and why.
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I just finished developing an outcomes database with MS Access for Turning Point a drug and rehab facility. If you would like I would be glad to meet with you online via GoToMeeting to show you what I created for then to help you clarify your thoughts and explore what is possible with MS Access.
Please send me an email at email@example.com
I just worked on a project to look at this issue, where the organization was looking to replace Social Solutions ETO- I won't go into that. and found one that I thought that was most cost effective is called charity tracker. It definitely does NOT do it all, and it does stuff that I felt was extraneous, but it was a simple, cost effective way of measuring outcomes. YOu may wan tto take a look at it.
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