• Description

This is a full due diligence analysis of a number of integrated software and IT systems for community foundations. It was presented at the Council on Foundations 2005 Fall Conference for community foundations. The main finding was that there are no clear answers, and all of the platforms considered had strengths and all of them had weaknesses. However, the market has a lot of moving pieces and will continue to change over the next few years. A follow up study with an expanded list of participants is anticipated. The following systems were reviewed: BlackBaud, Kintera, MicroEdge FIMS, MicroEdge FoundationPower, and Stellar (NorthStar500 platform). The report was prepared by Barrington Partners, a premier venture capital and management consulting firm. It was commissioned by the Technology Steering Committee and co-sponsored by Community Foundations of America and the Council on Foundations.