Food Banks + Bloomerang Donor Management Software
Bloomerang understands the unique fundraising challenges of food banks. There’s no reason for technology to get in the way of making a difference for those battling hunger. That’s why numerous food banks nationwide have chosen Bloomerang’s donor database solution.
Below are just a few thoughts and success stories from organizations just like yours.
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida has partnered with more than 150 agencies that provide direct services to those in need, including church food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, disaster relief agencies and more.
Harry Chapin Food Bank spent several years looking for the appropriate, cost-effective donor management system to replace their old volunteer and donor systems.
“We spent several years looking for the appropriate system. They were all too expensive or promised to do much more than what we needed. We heard from one person about Bloomerang, vetted the product and spoke with the CEO of the company before deciding to use it,” said Miriam Pereira, Development Director at Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.
Harry Chapin Food Bank has finally found a user friendly system to help with reports and email acknowledgements. “Our staff likes using Bloomerang because it’s user-friendly and the unlimited fields help us add more information. We now use the system for credit card donations, email acknowledgements and daily reports.”
The user-friendliness and functionality of the system are what originally drew Harry Chapin Food Bank to Bloomerang. “It’s user friendly, it offers real-time information, it’s in the cloud, and the costs are reasonable.”
Not only that, but by going with Bloomerang, Harry Chapin Food Bank was able to get rid of multiple software for volunteers, donors and grant tracking. They now have a system that could consolidate all the data they needed to track, as well as finally being able to record constituent relationships.
Miriam and her team have benefited from simplified reporting and donor communication acknowledgements.
“Electronic acknowledgement is better.”
Harry Chapin Food Bank has seen improvements in electronic acknowledgements, reporting, and notations and interaction features. And they now have insight into their donor retention statistics.
Miriam and her team have also been able to alleviate the pain point of not having custom fields for more robust constituent information and reporting.
“It’s a good product for the cost. It provides real-time information and let’s you know who are your most engaged donors.”
Food Bank of Lincoln aspires to be completely accountable to their community, clients, donors, volunteers, staff and Board to do their best to alleviate hunger in Southeast Nebraska.
Food Bank of Lincoln was looking for an intuitive donor database to replace DonorPerfect that would ideally save them some cash, too.
More precisely, they said exactly this:
“We were looking for a cost effective, user friendly database that provided necessary reports and securely stored donor information,” said Marcia Schlegelmilch, Development Assistant at Food Bank of Lincoln.
The simplicity of the system drew Food Bank of Lincoln to Bloomerang. Specifically citing its “user friendly characteristics such as the ease with which a new account is set up, and records are searched and maintained.” Marcia also knows that the free customer support has been a big help along the way.
“This system allows for accurate record keeping and a simple method of providing donors with their giving histories. And we’re able to access records and custom make reports as needed to provide focus for our development planning.”
Who ever said your donor database shouldn’t be a critical component of your fundraising strategy?
Marcia and her team have benefited from simplified reporting and record keeping. Not to mention the improvements they’ve since seen in the quality and impact of the data presented through Bloomerang.
“Our donor retention is slightly above the national average; we appreciate the part Bloomerang plays in the acknowledgement process and believe this plays into retention in a big way.”
Food Bank of Lincoln has also seen improvements in how easy record maintenance is with Bloomerang, especially in regards to updating addresses and inactive and deceased donors. Pulling up necessary donor information such as notes, addresses and email addresses is also a breeze.
It’s amazing what a user-friendly, uncomplicated tool can do for the growth of an organization such as the Food Bank of Lincoln.
“The interface is very user-friendly and is geared towards retention, which is particularly helpful in our organization. Because of the ease of use, we’ve probably used Bloomerang more in the past 30 days than we used our old database over four years. This is a good product because the layout is very user-friendly without being too simple. Bloomerang is designed in a way that makes me want to use it.”