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Kindful vs. Spreadsheets

If you're looking to transition away from using a donation spreadsheet to track your donors, you might be overwhelmed by all of the software options and unsure about what features will be most beneficial to you and your team. We put together this brief look at some of the benefits to using donor management software like Kindful and how it compares to using a donation spreadsheet with Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, or Numbers.

Dashboard yes See the health of your organization visualized in a way that makes sense as soon as you log in. no No centralized place to see your donor data and gauge your organization’s health.
Integrations yes Seamlessly connect the best-in-class nonprofit software tools. no No way to integrate your software tools, causing you to miss critical data on your contacts and donors.
Donor Relationships yes See all your donor data in one place so you know exactly how your supporters are engaging and what to do next. no Donor information is scattered across multiple spreadsheets, making it difficult to keep track of how to nurture your supporters.
Reporting yes Send reports instantly to those who need to be in-the-know. no Spend hours finding the donor information you need to send reports to your staff and board.

How does Kindful compare to using a donation spreadsheet?

See how Kindful allows your organization to better understand your donors, raise more funds, and do more good by eliminating the frustration of having your donor data spread across multiple spreadsheets.

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Beautiful, comprehensive dashboard

  • Visual and intuitive. See your donor data visualized in a way that makes sense.
  • No more forgotten tasks. See recommended actions as soon as you log in so you remember to do what matters most.
  • Quickly gauge your donors’ health. See the status of your supporters summarized with immediate donor acquisition, retention, and upgrade stats.
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Seamless integrations

  • Use best-in-class nonprofit software. Connect your favorite tools to your donor database like QuickBooks, Mailchimp, Classy, Eventbrite, and more.
  • No more importing and exporting or copying and pasting. Save time by automatically syncing your donor data with the other tools you use.
  • Centralize your donor data. See all of your data in one place so you don’t have to waste time manually checking all your apps.

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Streamlined donor relationships

  • See all your contact interactions, all in one place. With comprehensive contact records, you’ll see every event your contact has registered for, every email they’ve opened, and every call they’ve received.
  • Personalized relationship automation. Use acknowledgements to make sure every donor is thanked every time with an email, letter, call, or visit.
  • Keep track of every activity. With the activities feed, you’ll see every donation, non-cash gift, email, event registration, and more to help you understand your supporters’ engagement with your nonprofit.
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Instant reporting

  • Automatic updates. Schedule reports and Kindful will automatically send them to those who need to be in-the-know.
  • Ready-to-send donor data. Use any of Kindful’s 12 premade reports or create your own custom reports with just a few clicks.
  • Actionable insights. See the data you need most to improve your organization’s health.
It's much more than just an excel spreadsheet.

It's much more than just an excel spreadsheet. We have seen our donors increase and increase in amount as a result of using your product.

Paul F. View on G2
We have become much more organized

With many different channels and supporters, it was getting hard to keep track of everyone's personal information with Excel. Kindful has made it seamless for everyone's information to be set up in one place and easily accessible at all times.

Nick S, Campus Minister View on G2
Use Kindful if you want to be happy

Can I just tell you that I sometimes just look at my dashboard and let out a contented sigh? Look - there's that data RIGHT THERE when I used to have run a report for it. Awesome - that other report I wanted took two clicks instead of 20 minutes. Automated email thank yous? Of course! Beautiful design - yes indeedy. Why didn't I do this sooner?

Jen H, Nonprofit Professional View on G2
Modern, accommodating, dynamic, all-in-one, easy-to-use CRM for nonprofits!

We were looking for a DMS that could seamlessly integrate email communications, print communications, gift acknowledgments, events, and online giving. Best of all, this is super easy to use!

Shaelina H, Director of Development & Marketing View on G2
Incredible advancement since migrating to Kindful

I can look up all the necessary information about a donor in just seconds. We did not previously use a CRM and this has been life-changing in the amount of time it takes to pull reports.

Bridget S, Development & Communications Officer View on G2
Kindful was perfect for us!

It is lovely to have all my donor info in one space, easily accessible, and with helpful information. We were using spreadsheets before, and missed a lot of information about relationships between donors, and it was difficult to send mass emails/thank you notes, etc. Also, it was so easy to set it up!

Lysne T, Executive Director View on G2

Ready to learn more?

If you’re want to hear more about managing your donors with Kindful, our team would love to show you how your organization can seamlessly transition away from spreadsheets to save more time, raise more funds, and do more good. Schedule a demo today.

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