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Calgary Folk Music Festival

The Calgary Folk Music Festival is a non-profit charitable organization that produces music and cultural events all year: a summer festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival since 1980; a winter festival, Block Heater since 2016; educational programming, such as our annual Boot Camp; and concerts at our own venue, Festival Hall in Inglewood, as well as partner venues across Calgary.


Calgary Folk Music Festival was on the hunt for an easy-to-use donor database. Gillian Emerson, a Summer Student with the organization, was tasked with helping in the search for a reliable donor management system.


The team at Calgary Folk Music Festival soon turned their eyes to Bloomerang as an appropriate solution to their donor database problem. While Gillian may not have made the final decision in purchasing the software, she has certainly come to appreciate Bloomerang’s ease of use and intuitiveness. “I have found it very easy to use.”

On top of the general ease of use, Gillian has found that Bloomerang makes keeping track of donors a breeze, and makes it easy for her to “get in touch with donors/sponsors.”


Since implementing Bloomerang, Calgary Folk Music Festival has seen improvements with several fundraising pain points through Bloomerang’s robust constituent profile and summary feature. “We appreciate the ability to have a database of donors which is easy to access and to have a profile of each donor/sponsor.”

Gillian and the team at Calgary Folk Music Festival have not been disappointed with their decision to switch to Bloomerang, and have spoken favorably about their experience. Gillian would have this to say about Bloomerang to other nonprofits:

“Bloomerang allows you to create profiles for both donors and sponsors. The software allows you to have a profile with their contact information, their donation history, and their engagement status which is really helpful in maintaining donor/sponsor relations.

It’s amazing what a donor database that’s easy to use and customize can do for the growth of an organization such as the Calgary Folk Music Festival. “I wouldn’t change anything, it is very easy to use.