Who Uses This Software?

Small to mid-sized charities, churches and non-profits in the US or English-speaking countries. Typically for organizations with 500 donors or less but can also cater to larger organizations.


Average Ratings

228 Reviews
  • 5 / 5
    Overall
  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $80.00/one-time
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Software4Nonprofits
  • www.software4nonprofits.com
  • Founded 1999
  • Canada

About DONATION

DONATION is an easy to use and powerful installed Windows program for charities and churches to track their donors and donations and issue charitable receipts. It works correctly in both the U.S.A. and Canada, and has over 6,000 registered users. You can download and evaluate it for free, then if you decide the use it, there is a free feature limited Lite version, or pay $80 for the normal standalone version, which includes a year of support and updates.


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DONATION Features

  • Accounting Integration
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Built-in Accounting
  • Child Check-in
  • Event Management
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Multi-Site Management
  • Online Giving
  • Pledge Management
  • Small Group Management
  • Volunteer Management
  • 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
  • Alumni Management
  • Auction Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Contribution Tracking
  • CRM
  • Donor Management
  • Event Management
  • Grant Management
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Giving
  • Payment Processing
  • Planned Giving Management
  • Pledge Management
  • Prospect Management
  • Recurring Giving
  • Volunteer Management

DONATION Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Using a ledger and excel spreadsheet VERY time consuming and this has simplified everything

Dec 02, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: ease of data input the reports program they have kept it simple but with many programs within it at an affordable cost simple but detailed.

Cons: not sure if I have one could use more choices in date of input categories so you can run specific reports for those of us who can't do SQL set up.

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on December 06, 2017

Thank you for this review, Bill. I'm not sure I understand the listed Con - many built-in reports allow for selection on a range of dates, and optionally on a donation category. Further selection can be done with Filter expressions, a fairly simple feature that does not require SQL. In fact, writing SQL is only required for the most unusual situations, by far fewer than 1% of our users. If you would like to explain where you are finding limitations in report selection, I'm quite sure we could explain how to do what you want. (The Help topic Filtering Reports will be very helpful.) You can contact us further directly by email.

Donation Program from Software4Nonprofits

Oct 26, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 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, very good reports, excellent and very fast support from Dan Cooperstock who developed the software. You don't communicate with someone working at a distant call centre, it is either Dan Cooperstock or Kwame Barko who answer your questions.

Cons: There is nothing I do not like.

Overall: An exceedingly good program. I have been using it since 2014 and would not consider any other program. Excellent support! No flaws that I have encountered. Strongly recommended! There are many reports available within the program, probably all that anyone would need, but if you would like some other report it is not too difficult to create one and it can be memorized for future use. We are not currently using the Accounts program, because the church treasurer prefers to use QuickBooks, with which he is more familiar. I have used Accounts for several months and personally found it to be excellent. I would recommend both programs.

Recommendations to other buyers: No,

Perfect Fit

Oct 27, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: After searching ( and I do mean SEARCHING) the internet for an easy to use, to-the-point software for recording charitable giving, I ran across Donation software created by Dan Cooperstock. I wasn't looking for a membership program, and I didn't need to record everyone's birthdates, groups, and blood types. I also wasn't interested in paying an arm and a leg. Donation software has been a blessing. I'm a little disappointed in email options for reports. Unless something has changed since I purchased it, you can't email reports to multiple recipients without saving the document as a PD, attaching the document to an email, and sending it your separate email program. We have several people in our church who receive a summary of each deposit, and it sure would be handy if I could do that. I've gotten into my routine of saving the report and including it as an attachment, so it's not the end of the world. Additionally, so far I haven't figured out how to easily build a report for a single fund/donation category. There are committees in the church who need a report on only one fund from time to time (i.e. memorial, capital building campaign, etc.) Those things being said, I'd still highly recommend this program to anyone who asked, and I'm grateful someone saw the need to create it. There's one caveat, and it is that I haven't gone through a year end. However, if it's as seamless as the weekly recording/deposits, there'll be no problem.

Pros: Price is right. Easy to use. Intuitive. Report appearance is attractive.

Cons: Report options aren't extensive when it comes to single donation categories and emailing.

Donation Software Very Suitable

Jul 13, 2009
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: * This software is simple to install and get you started on data entry.
* It grows on you as you become more familiar with it's operation.
* It is versatile in that it can be used for several entities. i.e. we have a Mission Church in Toronto which is part of our ministry and the records for that ministry can be separated or integrated into our overall book-keeping.
* It has a quick data entry feature called "One date donation entry" which we use for data entry from weekly offerings.
* It has multiple report forms.
* Easy to migrate from year to year.
* Prints Donation receipts per Canada Revenue Agency specs.
* Restricted functions with Limited user access.
* Easy backup and restore feature.
* Pricing relative to size of your organization.
* If you have a good idea on a feature not included, notify the software writer and he is very willing to investigate implementation.

Cons: * I'm reluctant to give access to another operator as I have slight fear it may be hard to find errors in data entry. My motto is: If you want it done right, do it yourself.
* Reports require some programming knowledge to filter reports.

Overall: There are many features I have not investigated as they have not been my priority. If you think of one, it is probably already implemented.
I find it a good program for tracking our church's donations.

Directly addresses the exact needs of a church treasurer - without unneeded complications.

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: No doubt, ending year including receipting and starting next year. Or maybe correcting errors from year ended. Or maybe notifications and changes as required from changes to Revenue Canada. Or maybe the immediate response when needed.

Cons: Sometimes it opens with a dialogue that my subscription is not up to date. Knowing it is, I close and reopen and proceed....

Overall: Saves time and provides peace of mind.

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on February 08, 2018

Thanks for the lovely review, Kevin! If the program starts with a message that your subscription isn't up to date, but it is, that just means that you need to request an updated license key through the program, which will tell it that you are in fact up to date. We explain that in our email responses to payments.

Great-Easy to Use Program!

Feb 17, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use and understand

Cons: I really have not found one.

Overall: I love this program. I am the administrator for 3 non-profit businesses. This program is very user friendly. It has a great 'help' section. The program developer/administrator is very quick to respond to my questions and very easy to work with. I could not be happier with the program and their service.

Makes keeping track of Church donations easy.

Feb 26, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Able to enter donations based on date received as well as by donor. Produces report at end of financial year for treasurer and for tax reclaim. Able to import donations given directly to bank via editing a spreadsheet download from the bank.

Cons: As based in Canada and USA does not quite fit UK system, although accounting year is now possible based on UK fiscal calendar.

Overall: Provided a well designed database to replace a spreadsheet. Ease of data entry.

Simple & easy to use donor receipting program.

Apr 21, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Straightforward database program with some flexibility in producing receipts. Easy-to-use - effective to grow with your organization.

Cons: Some technical expertise is required for using mail merge & using your receipt formats. Older database type program that is only available on local computer or networked computer.

Overall: It is easy to learn & great for small nonprofits with limited resources. Can be used immediately for receipt.

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on April 24, 2018

Thank you for this review, Mark. I should also point out that our new Web Network Version allows you to have your database on our server, with the program still installed on your Windows computer, for easier sharing over the Internet.

Peter's Review

Jul 12, 2009
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Although I have used other software programs in the past that I considered to be good, I feel this program (DONATION) is first rate and easy to set up. It is also extremely easy to be able to add new names or categories without any hassle. Apparently our church never used a software program before I became treasurer and the comments that I received were all very positive, including the layout of the receipt.

Cons: Right now I also do a spread sheet format of the givings to the church. I have not been able to see how I can do this through the program. I now write everything down before converting to the spreadsheet. If there is no way of being able to do this quicker I may change my format for 2010.
Right now I am entering the amounts by envelope number and record on my spreadsheet alphabetically. So in 2010 I probably will change the spreadsheet to envelope numbers as well.

Overall: I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking to try a new program or have never used software to record their givings.

Have been using Donation for 5 years!

Oct 29, 2013
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Donation is a database program that manages donors and their donations to charities. I have found the program relatively easy to setup and train volunteers to use. It provides a professional look to tax receipts. Backups, corrections and updates are easily made.
Integration with other programs (mail merge) is a little more difficult and the search engine is very powerful but has a steep learning curve. The look of the interface is a little bland.
Our agency has been using Donations since its early days as freeware and we like it.

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on October 29, 2013

Just to be clear, the mail-merge features in the program are entirely within the program - no third-party programs, such as a word processor, are involved or required. I'm not sure exactly what Klaus is referring to as the "search engine". Basic searching by donors is very easy, with two levels of searching available. He may be thinking of the feature for filtering reports, to further restrict them beyond whatever limits they prompt for (like a date range for donations). That is admittedly a bit potentially complex, but there's a video on the web page http://www.software4nonprofits.com/demos.htm going over it, and a detailed help page about it.

The best small investment our church has ever made!

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have been using Donation since December 2009. As our new church treasurer, I was searching for ways to avoid hand-writing our tax receipts, which had taken our previous volunteers hours and hours each year. Donation is easy to learn (I've trained two other people in how to enter the Sunday's offering, both very novice computer users, and they've had no troubles), and we now have many pre-authorized donors and love the Excel import of our monthly donors. If we've ever had questions that we couldn't find out about with the excellent "help" files, Dan at Cooperstock is very responsive to any queries we've had, often answering within an hour, not days! Our annual tax receipting literally is now at a push of a button and waiting for the printer to finish! We can create envelope labels, box labels, mid-year donor statements, and mail merges for appeal letters, all with ease. I can run various analysis reports, to see trends in our donor patterns, who hasn't given this year, etc. I even got my Dad, a treasurer at his small church in Eastern Canada, to use it and he is a true fan as well! Just an outstanding program, easy to use, and the customer service is top notch.

Excellent Program, Simple to Use, Meets all Donation Tracking needs of almost any Ministry

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Overall:
I have been using DONATION for at least 6 years, with a number of different ministries, after using several other donations/church membership packages. This is by far the simplest, most straight forward program for donation tracking/receipting since the days of the old DOS program "ChurchMouse".

Pros:
1. It is simple and uncomplicated, doing only what it is designed to do - track and receipt donations. It is not cluttered by the often confusing features of combination church management packages or accounting packages.
2. Superb support - an email to the developer often brings a response in less than one hour!
3. Excellent value for the price and very generous licensing. You can run multiple company/organization databases for the same low fee.
4. Very powerful SQL-query-based reporting for the experienced user, in addition to a large array of pre-configured reports. It is very easy to customize your Income Tax Receipts.
5. Import-export features: Excel, pdf, etc.
6. Too many other features to mention here - the review by Robert Vanderhill covers many of my points also.

Cons:
I haven't found any.

Software4Nonprofits

Oct 27, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have used this software for a number of years. It has steadily been improved and simplified.
A quick call or email to Dan, is solve quickly and simply. The reports that are generated from the single entry screen are exceptionally useful and flexible.
As a retired auditor as well as not for profit treasurer they are easy to use and provide all the info needed. The fact that one entry screen can provide all of this info has saved me many hours.
Included is a letter to donors that can be modified to suit all purposes but is probably it's one week spot.
It is still not intuitive to generate and use. In spite of this one weakness I do not hesitate to recommend it to all, especially at it's low cost.

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on October 28, 2013

The mail-merge letters feature in DONATION is indeed its most complex feature. Unfortunately, mail-merge is just a complex concept, so it¿s hard to make it completely simple. I have asked the user whether he has any specific suggestions for improvements. There are several videos on the Demos and Samples page on the website demonstrating how to use the mail-merge features, which users seem to find quite helpful.

I've used DONATION for almost ten years, and have been VERY pleased in every respect.

Dec 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
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Pros: Contribution entry is amazingly efficient - quick and easy. Support is great, and personal! Reports and receipts are simple to produce, and various methods are available for customizing both.

Overall: Quick, easy entry and tracking of donations, with ample reports and good annual receipt production.

Great Product!

Jan 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 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. Frequent updates. Tech support (Help/videos/personalized support)

Cons: None

Overall: Easy to get up and running. Creating tax receipts is a breeze. Our Fundraising Committee also uses the software to create mail merges as Donation also serves as our database. Support is excellent through the Help section and videos. Amazing how fast customer service replies to questions that I have directed to him. We don't use the Account software as I am familiar with QuickBooks.

A recent user's review

Oct 24, 2013
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This is not a comprehensive review. I'm a recent user and still exploring the possibilities. But the use I have had so far is outstanding. The program can be tailored to be area specific e.g. English and French in Canada and adaptable to print different tax receipts for different types of donations as required by Canada Revenue Agency (IRS to folks below the 49th).

The receipts , mailing labels and addressed envelopes all look very professional. Issuer logo can be inserted.

The upside is that the printed results are excellent, the capability that I have experienced to date is great. I've every confidence that the lists and reports will be of the same quality. The assistance from Dan is accurate and timely - no endless waiting. Dell and Microsoft please note.

The online instruction manual covers everything that I can imagine. The only downside is that the program has such a multitude of possibilities that mastering it takes a lot of dedication and patience

Software4Nonprofits.com

Oct 24, 2013
5/5
Overall

Comments: Comments from our Volunteer on the Donations program: I sure have liked working with this program. The program that I used when I first started looking after Prayer Canada's donations was on a floppy disk. When the computers were upgraded, it would no longer work, as they didn¿t upgrade their program. We came up with another program that was not that easy to use. We looked around a lot for a program that was not too complicated and that was financially within Prayer Canada¿s means. It seemed next to impossible to come up with a good program that was easy to use, without being some kind of an accountant, but then someone recommended this program. When we tried it, we were able to figure out the things we needed quickly, and anytime there was something we couldn¿t understand, the techs were quick with a reply. I highly recommend this to any church or organization that is looking for something that is easy for an ordinary person to use. - Ruth Yurkshat

DONATION and ACCOUNTS

Oct 24, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have nothing but positive comments to make on the Donations program re: Software4profits.cm. I began using the program in January 2012. I have found this program to be the most "user-friendly" program I have ever used. I did not learn to use a computer until after I retired 18 years ago. This program does all the things I need to keep track of all the donations made to the organization [church] that I am Financial Secretary for. At year end, I can print off labels for addresses which are all loaded in the program for all the donors as well receipts for income tax purposes. The donation program has everything you could possibly want in keeping accurate records for donations and donors. The program also has features to guard against making errors. This is good for me. If I am slow on finding my way I can always send an email to Mr.Cooperstock and I always get a "quick" response.

Small Church Experience

Jul 13, 2009
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Very easy to use. Weekly information entry is very easy. Annual tax deductible contribution statements are easy to produce and are formatted to fit a window envelope.

Cons: Quarterly contribution statements supported only if you build your own using mail merge. This is not difficult, however.

Overall: The program meets our needs very well. It handles the basics of tax deductible contributions without being overburdened with
"Membership Management" like a lot of the integrated packages. It is perfect for small organizations on a limited budget.

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on July 15, 2009

Just to clarify, there is a built-in report for periodic "statements", such as quarterly reports, for the donor. What caused this reviewer to create his own version using the mail merge is that he wanted the donor's address to be printed as part of the report, which isn't included in the built-in report.

Review of DONATION

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We are a relatively small (150 donors), local charity working in international development. DONATION is perfect for me to track donations and donors as well as to generate useful reports, email notices and mailing labels. The whole data base is accessible for customizing reports or generating special lists. Although these take some time to create, the Help section provides abundant instructions and examples to get the job done.

Updates are available frequently and individual help if necessary is available. I have found Dan to be prompt and helpful when questions have arisen.

The price is right.

The only "con" I can think of is the lack of ability to directly do some stats on the data base. This is not a problem because the data can be easily downloaded into Excel for analysis and graphing.

I am very happy with this product.

God Send

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have struggled with other record keeping programs over the years. This is one program that I have not had to struggle with. It set up easily and transferred all my files over from my former church management program Membership Plus. The deposit records transfer quickly into Quickbooks, once the categories where set up to match Quickbooks. This is something that I could not get Membership Plus to do. I just have to enter the donations once and my deposit is set up and then I can transfer the information to the accounting program. It is very easy to print the giving reports. You can then print them to be mailed or e-mail them to the members. If there is something that you cannot figure out they have help files and great support. The only thing that it does not do is track attendance., but for a small church it really does not matter.

Software4Nonprofits

Oct 29, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I AM VERY HAPPY TO WRITE A REVIEW FOR THIS SOFTWARE. I WAS LOOKING FOR THIS TYPE OF PRODUCT FOR SOME TIME. IT IS VERY EASY TO USE AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, DAN COOPERSTOCK THE AUTHOR PROVIDES VERY RESPONSIVE SOLUTIONS. THE SOFTWARE HAS MANY TOOLS FOR MANAGING DONATION REPORTING BOTH TO DONORS AND GOVERNMENT. BEING ABLE TO TRACK SEVERAL DONATION CATEGORIES IS PARTICULARLY USEFUL FOR CHURCHES. ANOTHER USEFUL TOOL IS THE BANKING RECONCILIATION THAT MAKES MONTHLY BANK RECONCILIATION EASIER.

I HAVE BEING PROMOTING THIS S/W WHENEVER I TALK TO PEOPLE WITHIN ORGANIZATIONS WHO COULD USE IT. I PROMOTED IT TO OUR CHURCH DENOMINATION WHO IN TURN WERE MAKING CHURCH TREASURERS AWARE OF ITS AVAILABILITY.

IF YOU HAVE NEED OF THIS SOFTWARE--BUY IT!!. YOU WON'T BE SORRY!! I STILL HAVE NOT YET FOUND ANY CON'S.

Software 4 Nonprofits

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This program is an excellent program, easy to use, generates useful reports, very affordable, and just recently I recommended my friend which enters the donations for the church she goes to and they also are very excited about this program. Previously our Non-profit organization along with the church my friend s attends, all entries were done manually. This program has saved hours of time and because you can choose to send out official tax receipts once a year the cost savings for envelopes and stamp is amazing. The program writer, Dan Cooperstock is very helpful by email or phone if you have any questions regarding the program, he is a wonderful fellow. I would recommend this program for any non-profit organization that needs to generate official tax receipts. Overall this program is a 10 out of 10.

Donations

Oct 24, 2013
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have been very pleased with Donation. It is simple and works well for us.
We are a small non-profit, but have grown considerably, thus using the Donation
program more than when purchased. We work overseas for extended periods
of time, and have been successful at transferring the program to someone else's computer so they could keep up donations while we are gone.
I would like to tweek the receipt just a little to make it even better!

I recommend this program to any non profit organization.

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on October 24, 2013

There are a number of options for ¿tweaking¿ the receipt, including various options on the Maintenance -> Receipt Options window for changing the built-in report-style receipt, or switching to the mail-merge version of the receipts, and then editing in whatever changes you want.

Best solution for our non-profit.

Oct 24, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have used several accounting systems over the past 25 years....from things like Quicken, Quicken Books, Money Counts, and Membership Plus. Personally I prefer Donation over all of them because its simple and unencumbered. It is what it is. Fast....Reliable....And did I say Simple. I'm not an accountant I'm a pastor who once ran his own commercial business. This is the program for me.

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on October 24, 2013

Just to be clear, DONATION is not a full accounting system - it only tracks donors and donations. Of course, you are "using the right tool for the right job", as the saying goes, by tracking your donations with a specialized program like mine, rather than trying to do that with an accounting program. (The biggest win comes when you need to send out the year-end charitable receipts!)

A Church Treasurer's Best Friend

Oct 23, 2013
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The program made it all very easy. Batch entries by day, deposit prep, export ability to accounting programs, this program had it all for a very small price. The free version, with limited features, assisted us in deciding that this was the program we wanted to use.

We are able to get reports throughout the year, print receipts for tax purposes that meet all the requirements of Canada Revenue Agency. You even have the option of printing all the collection detail if needed as well as the type of funds received.

Even past years were available if needed to reprint receipts.

The only downside relates to the set up of categories (for our various cause collections) which we had to do a couple of times. Online help as there but was not clear enough.

Just what is required!

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Donation is a software program that is used in my own church on a weekly basis and maintains the records extremely well. I have also recommended the program for use in a number of client churches.
Donation is designed for the recording and maintaining of periodic donations and the production of reports as required. This process is done very well without a lot of extra features that are never used.
The moving from one year's data set to the next is about as easy as it can be made. By keeping backup copies you can also maintain a number of years of data.
The facility of carrying over the name and address for donors to the new year is a major time saver.
This program is worth every nickel (no more pennies in Canada) you pay for it and a whole lot more.

Donation

Oct 27, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I don't usually write reviews for programmes/products etc. but feel that Donation deserves a very strong recommendation. I am very thankful that I was fortunate enough to learn of its existence. It is a very manageable programme and quite easy to use. I did have questions when I first installed it but Mr. Cooperstock was always very prompt and helpful. I would certainly recommend Donation to anyone looking for a simple and comprehensive accounting programme.

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on October 27, 2013

Just to be clear, DONATION is not meant to be a full accounting program - it primarily tracks donors and donations, does reports, and issues charitable receipts. For the rest of your accounting, you can use my ACCOUNTS program, or other traditional programs like QuickBooks etc.

Love this Software

Oct 25, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Donation software by Dan Cooperstock is really just what I needed to handle both my ministry and charity accounting. It is so easy to use and reports can be generated very quickly and accurately! If there is a problem Dan responds very quickly, which I really appreciate!

This program is definitely for me, plus I enjoy telling others about it!

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on October 25, 2013

Just to be clear, DONATION is not a full accounting program - it tracks donors and donations, and issues receipts. Most organizations would also have a bookkeeping / accounting program, such as my ACCOUNTS fund accounting program, QuickBooks etc. DONATION can export a bank deposit transaction for importing into ACCOUNTS or QuickBooks, so no double-entry is required.

The Easy Way to Prepare Tax Receipts

Dec 25, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This program includes easy to use ways to track personal information about donors, donations. It prints receipts that have all the information from the church on them that you need and prompts you to do everything properly including a second printing to keep a record for your files in case you ever needed it. It allows you to make all sorts of reports over any time period you want. It is easy to do backups. And Dan Cooperstock provides frequent updates with a good description of what the update will do for you in language that is easy to understand. He is always available if you have a problem that the program can't solve for you. We have been using it as Knox Church and would be lost without it.

DONATIONfor church use

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: It's a snap to enter donations each week, enter new donors, add and delete categories of giving, contact information and switch from this year to past years for comparative purposes. This week I wanted to send out quarterly statements to our contributors. Thanks to the Custom Report feature I was able to give our Treasurer the data she needed to help decide what information she wanted included in the letter and to whom it should be sent. Once that was decided, I modified one of the letter templates and literally within minutes the printer was buzzing. Add to that the low initial cost and the fantastic customer service, and this is a product that can't be topped for our medium-sized church.

Great software!!

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I am a CGA and recently volunteered my time as the treasurer for a local soup kitchen. When I took on this position, I found that the donor income tax receipts, and the thank you letters to the donors were being done manually. I needed to find a software that was reasonably priced that could automate the preparation of CRA approved income tax receipts for donations to a charitable organization. I found DONATIONS software and downloaded the trial version. It is easy to use, the customer support was exceptional and not only did it prepare the donor income tax receipts but it also prepares the donor thank you letters and the bank deposit slip. This software comes highly recommended!!!

DONATION

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have been using Donation for 3 years and find it very user friendly . I can recommend it for anyone who is elderly and is hesitating because of that. I am 76 years old and had no trouble starting . When I didn't understand how something was done, eg. income tax receipts, I simply sent an email to Dan and received an easily understood answer the same day.
In fact that has been a big plus for me as usually you receive an answer to a question about software within a week. With Dan it is the same day and no question seems inconsequential to him. You can even transfer it to another computer if someone else has to take over for you. Actually I can't find anything against the program.

Donation Software

Oct 25, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This is the best software I've ever used for donations. Easy to use , produces great tax receipts and has great support from its producers .
Only negative is that it stands alone , no connection to my QuickBooks .

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on October 25, 2013

There actually is a connection available from DONATION to QuickBooks (or my ACCOUNTS program), through the Bank Deposits feature, released in version 3.44, in October 2012. It allows you to define the connection between your donation categories and your income accounts in the accounting program, define which donations make up one bank deposit, and then export a summary bank deposit transaction from DONATION, for importing into the accounting program.

Every Charity should use this.

Oct 23, 2013
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I am the Treasurer of a non-profit community theatre group which has patrons, corporate donors and members, all of whom qualify for a tax receipt for their annual dues. I have used "DONATION" in one form or another for three years now and I have found that it makes the task of keeping track of these different types of donations very simple. The issue of receipts at Tax Return time is done automatically and that, for me is a great "plus". If I have any criticism, it is that one has to change the year through the "Maintenance" tab in order to list previous donations. There might be an easier way of doing that. Support from Dan has always been rapid and helpful.

The PERFECT program for us!

Oct 24, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I recommend DONATION to all of our family of churches!!
~It is easy to learn and easy to use
~There are many reports that can be generated
~Quick and easy tracking of financial donations
~Wonderful year-end system for income tax receipts (this used to take us days, now we can get it done in a couple hours)
~Very affordable even for small organizations
~Customer service is fast and friendly

Con: The only thing we have difficulty with is creating some reports with the 'filter reports' feature. It takes some programming knowledge to create more complicated reports. For our purposes though, I have not had to use this feature much at all.

Excellent Product

Jun 28, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 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 accuracy.

Cons: No complaints.

Overall: Easy to use. Low learning curve. Transferred information from another product with an easy import.

Donation works great!

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Our ministry has used the Donation software since 2000. We have been through the trials and errors of the developement and improvement. This has been a wonderful program for us and has saved us many hours and dollars when compared to some of the other programs out there. Mr. Cooperstock, the developer, is very prompt to answer questions or handle problems. We especially like the way it generates receipts, and while many organizations only generate them at the end of the year our ministry has always generated them each week. Overall we have been very happy with the program and would highly recommend it especially to smaller ministries.

Great and simple software

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Our Church have been struggling to issue receipts every month using spread sheets until we came to know DONATION in google search. It really improves our efficiency and able to keep proper record of each Church member. The support and service is fast and can answer our questions in very short time.

The only thing I would like to see it improves is that the pledge can be carried forward to next year. Currently we can only manage pledges for the same year. If we start the pledge period, say from October, we cannot manage it until next October.

Overall I really like the software and looking forward to many years of using it.

Easy as Pie

Oct 25, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: As the Treasurer of a small not-for-profit library that exists due to the donations of those who believe operating a library in our small village is crucial, I produce over 200 receipts annually. Doing this by hand would be onerous and "Donation" greatly reduces the time factor and allows me to be prompt and accurate in producing receipts for income tax purpose. I learned about "Donation" from our Church's envelope secretary and started using the programme soon after that. I have since recommended "Donation" to many similar organizations who, like me, find it a reasonably priced solution to the problem of issueing receipts.

DONATION SOFTWARE

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: DONATION Software is just what it says it is - very user friendly and tracks your donors and issues receipts. I had been looking for something that I would be able to simply be able to issue receipts and be able to use as a data base for my mailing list and DONATION did it.
I had a couple questions early on and needed some help in finding out what the problem was and boy did I get answers fast from the DONATION "help desk". I have never had such quick response from a "help desk" as I did from DONATION. It is simple to use and instructions are given in very simple terms, so that anyone could understand them.

Church Financial Secretary

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have been using Dan Cooperstock's Donation Program for years and love it. It makes my job as Financial Secretary of our church so much easier. Before using this program, everything was done by hand. I print out everyone's giving at the 6 month mark and, of course, at the end of the year, the total year's giving for everyone to report to the IRS. I back up the program every week on a flash drive. If I ever have any questions, I e-mail Dan and he gets back to me very quickly. I would recommend this program to any church large or small. Dan has definitely made my job much easier!

Most functional church software ever!

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Donation is the most affordable and functional software for churches or any non-profit organizations to keep track of donations. The software is so intuitive that any users with minimal computer knowledge can start using it without any instruction.

This excellent program has helped us saved tons of time and effort every week, and, when it is time to print out the donation receipts.

Customer service is top of the line as Dan, the programmer and owner, provide customized personal service at all time. He even let us knows when he is on vacation!

God Bless you, Dan!

Pastor and Church Treasurer

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I am William W. Woods, pastor of Desert Hope Wesleyan Church in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been using the Donation program for the last several months and have found it to be the easiest, most efficient program that I have ever used to keep track of our people's giving and other important information such as addresses, phone numbers, and things that a Church needs to keep track of for their records.

I have recommended this program to others and would highly recommend it to anyone who needs to stay on top of important information concerning membership and giving records.

Great Program

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We tried several much more expensive programs. Donation meets our needs perfectly. It is very easy to use, very quick, doesn't crash like the others did. End of the year reports are a breeze.

There may be fancier interfaces out there, but you pay for the pretty colors in speed and stability. Donation loads quickly and we have never had it crash on us. This is our 3rd year tracking all of our giving. We make thousands of entries each year.

The customer service is personal and immediate. I cannot reccomend this program enough especially to churches.

Best Donation Software for Churches and Non-Profits

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have been using Donation for contributions to my church for several years. I truly believe it is the most user friendly program available. I have recommended it to several church treasurer friends and also to some non-profit organizations. It is easy to set up donation categories so each account can be tracked. Completing yearly donation letters is a breeze (almost effortless). I can even print mailing labels. Nothing could be any easier. Dan Cooperstock provides wonder customer service. I love Donation and recommend it to all churches and non-profits.

Software4Nonprofits

Nov 09, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have been using Dan Cooperstock's product for some years now and we find it excellent for our church needs. If we need help with anything we can get it from him in less than an hour. We are satisfied with it.

Vendor Response

by Software4Nonprofits on November 09, 2013

To be honest, I can't always answer emails or phone calls within one hour, because I'm not always in the office! But when I'm in, emails are always a top priority over other elements of my work. And except for unusual circumstances like vacations (when I still check emails at least twice a day) it is seldom the case that a reply will take over 6 hours.

Ease of Use and Customer Service

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have been using donation for six years due to the affordability for non-profit sector and allows for simple use for those of us who require just the basics. Extracting reports from system is laid out for easy use, with more extensive features for those pursuing fund raising campaign donor information. Would highly recommend for any small non-profits, where data input volunteers or officers may change frequently. There are not too many software programs where your help questions are answered by the program developer. Responses are always quick and thorough.

Fantastic

Oct 23, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: DONATION has been fantastic for our organization. I've used it for many years and recommended it to a fellow treasurer at another charitable organization. It simplifies the charity receipts process at year end and saves quite a bit of time. I love that there can be customization and tracking of giving streams.

It's intuitive and also provides many prompts and instructions which was very helpful. I've appreciated that the updates keep coming through and that there is confidence that we are onside with government requirements for our charitable receipts.

100% satisfied

Oct 24, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: When I took over the role of donation tracking in our church I was a little skeptical when this software was suggested, but I must say within 1 week I had a changed attitude. I have had nothing but exceptional service and support. It amazes me how much energy the developer puts into improving and upgrading the software because I feel like it is already so exceptional. Every time I've thought to myself, "oh it would be nice if I could..." after 10 minutes of looking I always find that that function is already built in. The program is just about dummy-proof.