What tools does every non-profit need?

The day-to-day operations of non-profit organizations are often very involved and time-consuming. While these operations are essential to the organization and its success, there must be some ways to expedite the process, in order to increase impact.

Fortunately, there are a couple of types of tools to help you do this! Accounting and financial software, a CRM, and finally a database. These tools can transform your organization from average to impactful.

Here is our list of three general operational tools that every non-profit could benefit from implementing.

Powerful Accounting and Financial Software

The first type of tool on our list is accounting and financial software. This, for most of you, should be a given. With employees to pay and money to track from expenditures and funders, bookkeeping and financial records are a must for any organization.

With that being said, having the right software and tools for your organization is paramount. Using something simple such as an excel sheet, word document, or even pen and paper, is time-expensive and just not cutting it anymore. With modern accounting tools and software you can minimize time and data loss, and increase impact.

In many cases financial or accounting software, when specifically crafted for non-profits can aid with annual financial reporting.

If you are looking for accounting and financial software, or need some suggestions, check out our list of our top 5 best accounting tools for NPOs.

A Customizable CRM and Communications Tool

Next up, on our list, is a CRM.

A CRM is an essential tool for any non-profit. They integrate the communications element of email with powerful analysis and metrics of contact data. With a CRM you can create more effective outreach and communication with funders and volunteers alike.

A CRM allows you to communicate with distinct groups and individuals based on demographics.

Using a CRM that meets your organizational needs can allow you to communicate more effectively with clients, funders, and volunteers to increase impact.

Still confused about what a CRM does and how it can help you? Check out our other post explaining why non-profits benefit from CRMs.

An Adaptive and Insight Inspiring Database:

screenshot of a pie graph taken from a datatbase management software for nonprofits

At this point you may be asking yourself, “Why do I need a database? Aren’t the first two tools enough?”

All three of the tools we have suggested in the blog are distinct and necessary. A database is no different. Even though a CRM has database like functions, it is inherently a communication tool. A dedicated database is intended for organization and data management.

With a database you can record and track all onboarding client or participant and volunteer forms and information. You can simplify data processing and management while simultaneously analyzing data and generating organizational insights.

Having powerful database software is not only a nice bonus but an organizational necessity. Data management and a database for non-profits offer transformational tools, which allow users to understand more intimately, their NPOs impact and where more attention needs to be placed.

Having software that not only meets your current needs but can also adapt to accommodate future will not only make the growth transition easier but also expedite the process. Start using the right software for your organization today.

If you need help deciding which software is best for you, contact us today! Want to learn more about how ABCD can grow and propel your non-profit into a stage of greater impact? Read more about our software to see if ABCD is right for you!