The 2014 Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits

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. We’ve interviewed countless nonprofit staff members on hundreds of different topics to gather the impartial information that organizations need to make better decisions, and spent thousands of hours analyzing it to create easy-to-understand overviews. The Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits is the culmination of our work, summarizing all that information into a handy, easy-to-use publication--and we've just updated it for 2014. 
Through straightforward overviews, it helps nonprofits pinpoint the types of software that might be useful for their needs and provides user-friendly summaries to de-mystify the possible options. 
Idealware has grown, and so has the Field Guide. In this annual update, our fifth edition, we’ve carefully updated all the information included in the previous versions and added a number of new emerging tools, technologies, and practices and specific aspects of nonprofit software. We also talk you through the sometimes daunting process of choosing and implementing software. 
Purchase the 220-page paperback book through Amazon for $25.00. Buy the book now. Interested in distributing the Field Guide to a group of nonprofits, like your members, grantees, or affiliates? It’s available for licensing and customization for very attractive rates. View more info about group licensing.
Inside, you'll find information on every type of software that your nonprofit could want. In each section, you'll get an overview of what tools are useful for, what options are widely used, and guidance on where to go for more information. If you're just starting a nonprofit, or are part of a growing organization, The Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits is sure to give you a leg up on your search for helpful technology solutions. Some of the topics covered in our 2014 edition include:
Back Office and Productivity
Accounting Systems
Credit Card Processing
Data Backup
Digital Asset Management
Document Management Systems
Email and Calendar Software
HR and Office Management
Multimedia Editing
Office Software
Page Layout
Photo Editing
Point Of Sales Systems
Virus Protection
Listening and Measuring
Analyzing Paper Data
Custom Reporting Tools
Maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Measuring Social Media
Online Listening
Online Surveys
Program Evaluation
Statistical Analysis Tools
Web Analytics
Board Support Software
Collaborative Documents
File Sharing
Intranets and Portals
Learning Management Systems
Online Chat
Online Conferencing
Project Management
Screenshots and Screencasting
Constituent Management
Association Management Software
Case Management Software
Constituent Relationship Management
Donor Management
Integrated Online Systems
Volunteer Management Software
Specialized Constituent Management Systems
Library and Collection Management Systems
Fundraising and Events
Event and Auction Management
Event Registration
Foundation Grant Research
Online Auctions
Online Donations
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
One-Way Communications
Broadcast Email
Charts, Diagrams, and Infographics
Mobile Apps
Mobile Text Messaging
Mobile Websites
Online Advertising
QR Codes
Search Engine Optimization
Web Content Management Systems
Two-Way Communications
Custom Online Communities
Email Discussion Lists
Geolocation Applications
Niche Social Networking Sites
Petitions and Pledges
Photo Sharing Websites
Social Content Websites
Video Sharing and Streaming
Choosing and Implementing Software
Case Study: Implementing Software
Defining Your Software Needs
Creating a Software Shortlist
Evaluating Software
Open Source vs. Proprietary Software
Installed vs. Cloud Based Software
Choosing a Consultant
Evaluating Software Contracts
Migrating Data
Training and Supporting Staff
Caring for Your Data