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Comparison of Church Management Software
(also known as Donation Tracking Software or Donor Management Software)
  Roll Call
(has not been fully tested yet)
Faithful Steward™ Membership Plus® Standard Donarius® Church Management Software Software4Nonprofits.com DONATION Program
 Single User Cost:
     $US
     $CDN (@100¢US)



$129-$1959
$129-$1959
depends on
# of donors

$199.00
$199.00



$29-$119/month
$29-$119/month



$47.98 - $179.47
$50.98 - $192.97
depends on # of donors & modules
Free Lite version
$80 for full version
 
 Usable on a network
  concurrently:
Yes Yes Yes 1 user at
a time
Concurrent access will be added soon
Yes
 Multi-User cost:
    in $US
add $200 per 3 concurent users 2 for $398
5 for $597
2-4 for $299.95
5-9 for $399.95
10+ for $499.95
same as
single user
cost
$150 for up to
5 simultaneous
users
 Version #: 12 1.8.1 12 4.31 3.55
 Tracks:
    Membership Info
    Donations
    Pledges
    Attendance
    Group Membership

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Future
Yes

Yes
Yes
Single
No
Yes
 Transfers 
 donations to an
 accounting program:
? Yes Yes Future No
 Average time to
 enter a donation in:
     Random order
     Sequential order


?
?


13.0
13.0


9.4
9.4


6.9
4.6


7.3
4.3
The above times are in seconds.
Go to the bottom of this chart for a description of how each product was tested.
  Roll Call Faithful Steward™ Membership Plus® Standard Donarius® Church Management Software Software4Nonprofits.com DONATION Program
 Tax Receipts:
    Yearly
    1 per donation
    On blank paper
    Pre-printed forms
    Design your own receipts
    Gifts in Kind

Yes
?
Yes
?
?
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No

Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
See Comments
See Comments
Yes
 Print Bank Deposit: ? Yes Yes Yes No
 Instructions: Help File PDF Manual (400+ pages) Help File Help File Help File &
PDF Manual
 Technical Support 90 days-1 year 1 year free 30 days free then various plans 1 year free 1 year free
 Software will be changed
   as customer requests:
No No No During 1st Year No
 Imports:
   Donors
   Donations:


?
?


Yes
No


Yes
No


Yes
Yes


Yes
Yes

 Exports:
   Donors
   Donations:

?
?

Yes
Yes

Yes
w/o category

Yes
Yes

Yes
Yes
 Prints Envelope
  Box Labels:
Yes Using report creator Using report generator Yes Yes
 Automatically Re-assigns
   Envelope Numbers:
? No No Yes Yes
  Roll Call Faithful Steward™ Membership Plus® Standard Donarius® Church Management Software Software4Nonprofits.com DONATION Program
 Prints Mailing Address
 Directly on Envelopes:
? Using report creator Using report generator Yes Yes
 Mailing Labels: Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Uses Any Size Label: ? Using report creator Has 26 Avery label formats Yes No
 Re-uses partially
 used label sheets:
? No Yes Yes Yes
 Sorts by By
    Postal/Zip Code:
? Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Prints Church
  Directory:
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
 Prints Personalized
  Letters:
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Sends Personalized
  Emails:
Yes No Yes Yes No
 Customizable
  Donor Types:
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Macintosh Version: Yes Yes No No No
 Company: By the Book Diakonia ACS Technologies Nuverb Systems Inc. Software4Nonprofits.com
  Roll Call Faithful Steward™ Membership Plus® Standard Donarius® Church Management Software Software4Nonprofits.com DONATION Program
 Other features:  

• multiple passwords, each with customizable access to various activities

• report creator to make custom reports
• has a built-in word processor

• user-definable donor fields

• stores a donor's picture

• report generator to customize labels

• report generator to customize report sorting and filtering

• no actions required at year-end

• exports to PDA and 12 file formats

• sends DaySpring® E-Cards to donors
• envelope secretary and teller passwords

• donor comment field

• standard reports with a choice of several sorting and filter options

• checks for duplicate donors

• no actions required at year-end

• graphs the # of donors per donation range

• can use calendar or fiscal year for donations and pledges
• envelope secretary, teller and receipting passwords

• 3 user-definable donor fields & a comment field

• several standardized receipts for Canada, Quebec, USA and Australia

• checks for duplicate donors

• standard reports with sorting and filtering options

• can create custom reports using report generator or SQL

• separate databases for multiple organizations

• can do a mail-merge w/o exporting data
  Roll Call Faithful Steward™ Membership Plus® Standard Donarius® Church Management Software Software4Nonprofits.com DONATION Program
 Comments: Cost depends on the # of donors:
100 => $89 US
250 => $245
500 => $495
1,000 => $795
5,000 => $1095
>5,000 => $1695
• must start a new file at year-end

• max of 6 categories per donation

• does not check for duplicate envelope #'s

• cannot search for a person by envelope # when editing personal info
• teller can find a donor's name when they know envelope #

• Cost:
$63.97 US for the
  base version
$16.50 for each
  optional module
25% off for small
  churches

• up to 200
  donation
  categories

• up to 60 donor
  types and
  characteristics
• one annual pledge w/o a category

• Pre-printed or customized receipts can be done using mail merge features

• imports from TAB delimited files

 The time to enter a donation with each product was tested in a sample church setting,
 by selecting the approprate option to start entering donations then,
 entering 20 donations (using a donor's envelope #) in the following random order:
   envelope # 10 gave 25.00 to the General Fund
   envelope # 30 gave 20.00 to the General Fund
   envelope # 5 gave 50.00 to the General Fund
   envelope # 25 gave 40.00 to the General Fund and 40.00 to the Building Fund
   envelope # 16 gave 100.00 to the General Fund
 The above pattern was then repeated for envelope #'s:
   11, 31, 6, 26, 17,
   12, 32, 7, 27, 18,
   13, 33, 8, 28 & 19 then the donations were saved.
 The method of payment (cash, check, credit card, etc.) was not specified for each donation.
 The sequential order test was done by first sorting the envelope #'s in increasing order.
 Only 20 donors, having the above envelope #'s, were entered into the database.

 It was assumed that each of the following actions take one second:
  • pressing a key on the keyboard
  • moving your hand from the mouse to the keyboard
  • moving your hand from the keyboard to the mouse
  • clicking a button on the mouse
 The total time taken was then divided by the number of donations (i.e. 20) to get an average time.
 These times are given as a comparison only.
 They will vary depending on your experience and the actual donations to be entered.
We have tried to be as accurate as possible, but check out each product for yourself.
If you notice any errors or omissions, please contact us and we will correct them as soon as possible.
 
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  July 18, 2014


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