Busy, busy, busy today, but enough about my problems, let’s talk about yours. Specifically, your needs, or rather, the needs of your church and/or charitable organization. Specifically your information technology (IT) needs.
It should be little or no surprise to anyone that churches and charities have needs, automation needs. Needs to raise revenue (e.g. dontations). Needs to actually collect the revenue. Needs to tell people about how great your organization is so they’ll give you their revenue. Needs to allocate the revenue against existing projects/ministries(needs). Needs to track and/or account for the allocation of resources.
That said, we don’t want to get ourselves in a situation where we’re expending so much on automated forms of revenue collection, allocation, acccounting, etc… that the organization merely exists to … well feed the automation needs.
This means keeping the costs down if and when feasible, especially if you’re a small to medium size organization; such as a church.
While I have in the past talked about saving some bucks by using OpenOffice over MS Word, Linux over MS Windows, etc … I recently discovered this page that offers a far more comprehensive the Top 10 Free Software Applications for Charities: 2002.”
In order of need (application type), this site offers some automation alternatives you may not have considered.