Who Uses This Software?

FastFund Raising is designed for small to medium nonprofits that derive a majority of their income from donations. Users include social service, community service, arts, education and religious.


Average Ratings

23 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $35.00/month
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Araize
  • www.araize.com
  • Founded 1985
  • United States

About This Software

FastFund Raising is a comprehensive, eady to use donor management tool. Track personal and demogrohic information for constituents. Record cash, pledge and in-kind donations. Donations can be split to more than one gift designation, credit gifts to solicitors, record memorial gifts, send acknowledgment letters, print gift receipts and pledge receivable statements. FastFund Raising can be a standalone package or can be integrated with the FastFund Accounting. 90 days of free support.


Features Checklist

  • Campaign Management
  • Donation Tracking
  • Donor Database
  • Event Management
  • Gift Management
  • Grant Management
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Matching Donations
  • Mobile Donations
  • Online Donations
  • Pledge Management
  • Receipts / Statements
  • Recurring Donations
  • Volunteer Management

Product Reviews

ARAIZE'S FAST FUND: Understands the Non-Techy Technician

Nov 21, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use and connection with support

Cons: So much to learn to be proficient.

Overall: International Church Services, Inc. has been using Fast Fund for many years. Our organization was formed in the year 2,000 and we signed up with Joe not too long after that. Since we are an international organization of ex-patriates, our Board members may be scattered all over the world. Every year, I, as Ceo and really dense with electronics, make a call for help wth something. The response is 100% of the time very prompt and helpful. We have been able to connect with everyone we need to from Bangkok to Georgia. As well as having a great hands on package, Araize also offers regular on-line training classes at no cost to the client. I could not recommend a better program for use with my non-profit.

So glad we switched to FastFund

Nov 19, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Direct applicability to not-for-profit organizations and the customer support is the fabulous.

Cons: Knowledge base could be interactive and allow for specific questions to be asked directly. Would like a way to see the transaction I just created or reversed. A couple of times I've put something in wrong and wanted to back it out but couldn't figure out what I had done, nor how to back it out.

Overall: The customer support alone was worth the switch from the Off-the-shelf financial packages we had used in the past. Better still is the clear accounting processes needed to support not-for-profit organizations. Before FastFund I had to create workarounds to force fit a traditional business based accounting system (Quickbooks). With FastFund the accounting lines up with donations and funding income stream instead of a sales-based revenue stream.

The customer support is fabulous, any questions have been answered quickly and thoroughly. The system is built to handle any not-for-profit from a small ministry to a large global organization. We purchased FastFund 2 years ago and I've been impressed by the upgrades they are making to the system. Documentation is thorough and accurate. Araize should consider migrating to a more thorough and interactive knowledge base over time, but given all the customer support, I have not had any problem getting any question I have answered.

Recommendations to other buyers: You have to have a certain level of understanding of how the accounting should work to gain the most value from the system.

Vendor Response

by Araize on November 18, 2016

Joy: Thanks for the review. You can view transactions you just entered either in the Transaction History / Control Register, or by generating a report that is filtered on the creation date. Joe Scarano

FastFund exceeded my expectations!

Nov 18, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Online; cross-platform integration; great customer service; flexibility; designed with the non-profit in mind.

Cons: Some parts are not user-friendly (report generators); should be able to hide or disable features that are not being used but crowd the screen.

Overall: After trying other, more expensive products, I came across FastFund. Just what we needed for our growing non-profit organization! Joe and the team offer outstanding customer service, and have been very responsive to our needs. They continually listen to the customer, and add features that we need. We especially appreciate the cross-platform integration between Fundraising, Accounting, and Payroll. Best yet, it's all online! That's perfect for us, because we have people in several different countries who need to access the information. Good ideas turn into good organizations when you make good decisions, and using FastFund has been a great decision.

Recommendations to other buyers: Excellent value! If you are a non-profit organization, this is what you are looking for.

Non profit acctg made easy

Nov 18, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: No cons

Overall: The staff is fabulous when you have questions or issues. Smaller non profits really benefit from this software. It does so much more that our non profit needs but glad it's their as we grow.

Fastfund Raising is a great buy!

Nov 18, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: The software is great for the price. It is just enough for our small program. It is pretty easy to use and their customer service is outstanding.

A great product

Nov 18, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: We have no way to search for married couples. Our database lists the main donor and then only a line item for their spouse with limited ways to search for them.

Overall: I came into this role just after we started using araize so I was not part of the original setup. It didn't take long for me to catch on and find my way through the system. Customer Support has been there for me every time I reached out and really helped with the reporting tools.

Vendor Response

by Araize on November 18, 2016

Nicole: Thanks for the feedback. You can enter the marital status for donors and search for married. You can also generate a report with both spouses names for reference.

FastFund Raising has the best customer support!

Nov 10, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: FastFund Raising fits my needs, and I highly recommend it. Great customer support. Easy to use.

Almost the best software we haveused

Nov 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: It is truely a fund accounting software

Cons: No real user training. It comes in bit sand pieces and the manual is helpful is you are a trained finance person.

Overall: It would be great if there was a 1/2 day training on suing the software instead of 15-20 minute topics every now and then. Need to be immersed and able to ask lots of questions.

Vendor Response

by Araize on November 12, 2016

Carol, User training is available anytime over and above our free training webinars and support. One on one training can be scheduled at an hourly rate. Call to schedule additional training.

Five Stars

Nov 07, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: user friendly, great technical support

Overall: Very pleased with the Functions offered and technical support FastFund provides us. I have used several other fundraising software programs in previous employment positions, and for me, FastFund has been very user friendly and reliable. I would strongly recommend to anyone.

Experience with Fast Funding

Nov 07, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It flows easily together.

Cons: Can't delete a perwson who no longer donates to us.

Overall: I basicly taught myself how to navigate around FastFund back in 2009. Since then it has became a daily thing to use it with ease. When I first started it was not on-line based but my company finally let us update 2 years ago for the on-line version and it is so easy to use. I really enjoy using it compared to any other software for accounting we tried peachtree but it was not for a nonprofit based company eventhough they said it was there was no seperating restricted from non restricted fund I was going to have to make spreadsheet for that and it was to much hassel.

Vendor Response

by Araize on November 12, 2016

Jennifer, You can't delete a person who has donated because you would lose their donor history. You can mark them as inactive.

FastFund Raising

Nov 07, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Campaign and donor organization

Overall: We have benefited from having the FastFund Raising program as it organizes our different campaigns with ease and is helpful with donor acknowledgements. It is easy to use and the reporting is very helpful.

Good software, great support

Nov 05, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Araize FastFund Raising is designed for non-profit use. It is fairly straightforward and intuitive to learn and use. The customer support offered is excellent. There are frequent webinars to explain components of the system to new or inexperienced users, which I still find helpful as a two-year user. Phone and email inquiries are answered promptly, and the team goes out of their way to be helpful to users. Araize offers a free trial of their software for prospective users through their website. Check it out and see for yourself!

Fundraising and Accounting system by Araize

Oct 31, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Araise was our first true database program. Our selection, at first, was that they offered what we were looking for, specializing in non-profit work, and we could actually afford them. Adding accounting later turned out to be a great decision as well. If I could give customer support ten stars I would gladly. They are wonderful, always available and always solve my problem.

Foundation Fundraising

Oct 30, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: FastFund is my first experience with a nonprofit database. I really like the reporting capability. I can usually configure a report the way I need it, but if I ever have questions, the customer support team is very responsive. If we can't work through it quickly, they will always work on the issue or question quickly and call back with a solution. I really value the webinar trainings they offer too. They are always looking for ways to improve the customer experience.

OTAN review

Oct 30, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Comments: Fast Fund online has been a great help to the Organization. It has features that the in house model did not have. Now an individual is able to have a query showing them the donation and name of donor. This saves time for the office staff not having to manually create for them.

Good software - amazing support!

Oct 30, 2016
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Clear, easy to use, comprehensive, and great support

Cons: There are some limitations which our staff find limiting. Some features could be automated, and searching for specific names could be easier.

Overall: I am director of a non-profit org which has 2500 customers in the database. We have been working with Araize for several years. The software does the job, but the support we receive from the staff is amazing! I have never had such responsive and personal tech support..... ever! They will get on the phone with you and walk you through things patiently, answering your questions.

Joshua Ritchie

Oct 30, 2016
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: FastFund has been a game changer in my bookkeeping work! From day one, I have found FastFund to be easy to learn, simple to navigate, and quick to balance with. It has consolidated my accounting efforts, allowing more time for other projects and better customer service. I especially appreciate the friendly support that is usually fast-responding and just a click or call away.

Personal service a welcome "net" for first-time users

Oct 30, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The filters that allow me to pull up specific information.
The User Guide, which is usually helpful.

Cons: Not having a direct way to upload donations from our virtual credit card terminals. Instead, having to download them to the computer, select recurring transaction constituents, individually update references and log new donors before they can be deposited. Maybe that is available and I just haven't learned how to do it yet...

Overall: Started with my non-profit 10 months ago after working 20+ years with an oil company. Software pretty easy to use, but what I was most surprised about was the personal, timely service Joe gives, the answers to questions, the "fixes" he and his staff are able to do for my mistakes, and the free webinars.

Review and feedback

Oct 30, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Araize is overall a good software but there needs to be drastic improvements to payroll and payroll tax reporting as we should have the ability to efile reports and make tax deposits online. If those abilities don't come down soon, I will be stopping our use of your payroll.

Vendor Response

by Araize on October 27, 2016

We are adding electronic filing of payroll tax payments and forms in early 2017, if not before.

Good software program

Oct 30, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Its user friendly

Cons: Building the reports can be a challenge

Overall: It is a user friendly software that I had to basically teach myself how to use. The online help is very useful when I need immediate help. As is the CEO of the software. Whenever I've had a question; he has been there to answer.

Great add-on to our accounting system!

Oct 30, 2016
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: It has changed the way we track our fundraising and donations! I couldn't go back to the old system!

Affordable, Efficient and Effective

Oct 30, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I've been using FastFund for the past four years. As a non profit organization, I find their product to be affordable, efficient and effective. Whenever I have a technical support question, their team is always responsive.

Controller

Oct 30, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to use!

Cons: Like most software for this purpose, this software is designed for fund raising and accounting is more secondary.

Overall: I like the fund raising, but it and the payroll could use more reports. Other that that, I'm happy with it.

Recommendations to other buyers: It would be lovely if it would interface with TimeTrax.