Latest Articles & Reports

  • April 2014
    A Quick Guide to Essential Software for your Organization For more than eight years, Idealware has researched the software that can help nonprofits more easily meet their missions.
  • By Chris Lane, Idealware,
    April 2014
    Increasingly, an online presence is not just important for nonprofits, but absolutely vital. It’s been clear for some time that your organization should have a website—and more and more constituents are looking to connect with you on social media. But what about blogs? 
  • March 2014
    A web presence is critical for almost every nonprofit, but creating websites can be daunting. It can take a lot of time, money and technical expertise, all of which are often in short supply. And even if you have a website up and running, that doesn’t mean your work is done—you still need to keep up with maintenance, updates, and desirable new features. This is where a Content Management System (CMS) can help.
  • By Laura S. Quinn,
    March 2014
    Collaboration is as integral to the work of foundations as it is to nonprofit organizations. But with staff, board members, and other collaborators spread out across multiple offices or geographic locations, it’s not as easy as sitting around a table in a conference room. The right software can not only bridge the distance and unite dispersed staff, but make it easy to present, review, and comment on information. 
  • February 2014
    Do you use Salesforce as a Constituent Relationship Management database at your organization, or are you considering it? Since it launched in 1999, more than 20,000 nonprofits have employed the cloud-based system, which is made available to them for free through the philanthropic Salesforce Foundation. What’s the catch? Making such a powerful system work for the particular needs of a nonprofit isn’t always straightforward.
  • By Laura S. Quinn and Elizabeth Pope,
    February 2014
    Is tax season a time of time of stress, chaos, and panic, or a relatively trouble-free period? Can you access the information you need in your accounting software, create reports, and track restricted funds, or does just logging on make you worry about crashing your computer? The accounting software you use will make or break this time of year for you, and can mean the difference between a painful tax season and an easy one. If you're struggling to create reports, track expenses and complete the necessary tasks, it may be time for a new system.
  • January 2014
    Nonprofits hoping to improve their programs’ services or reach must first understand their own effectiveness. Measurable numbers—how many meals served at a soup kitchen, how many students in a mentoring program graduate high school, what percentage of the target population does not have access to affordable housing—are critical data that can help organizations identify where they can improve their programs.
  • By Laura S. Quinn and Kyle Henri Andrei,
    January 2014
    Despite the increasing popularity of email, social media, and other online networking tools, organizations still depend on the telephone for a good portion of their communications. But technology has also brought dramatic changes to telephone service, and the options for purchasing a new voice communications system are more numerous than ever before—and more confusing. 
  • November 2013
    Idealware, the Technology Affinity Group (TAG), and the Grants Managers Network (GMN) are pleased to announce the release of the 2013 update of the popular Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems. This in-depth report has been expanded to look at the features and processes used by 28 grants management systems to help private foundations accept and review applications and track grants throughout their life cycles.
  • November 2013
    Your constituents support your organization's mission and share your goals. They want you to succeed. When supporters become donors, they become even more valuable, both for your nonprofit and your cause. But if you can succesfully mobilize them to become fundraisers through a peer-to-peer campaign that makes use of their own wide networks of personal and professional contacts, they can become a powerful source of fundraising.