Is CiviCRM suitable for a tiny nonprofit?
December 20, 2013 2:42 PM Subscribe
I am involved with a tiny nonprofit -- we have a few hundred donors, volunteers and clients, and no paid staff. Some of our volunteers have been frustrated with our recordkeeping system (shared Google docs), and one of our volunteers is suggesting CiviCRM. I think this is overkill.
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Our volunteer who wants to use CiviCRM has already been working on integrating it into our Drupal-based website, whose content is currently all static pages. Other volunteers are excited at the prospect of new tools. In particular, event and volunteer management will be very helpful for us.
I am concerned that because there's no one else in the organization who is even remotely technical, we will be relying on a single volunteer for anything other than data entry and running canned reports. Besides that, my own research into CRMs suggests to me that this tool is really designed for much larger organizations, and that although it can be customized for tiny organizations like ours, there's a lot that still adds into the total cost of ownership.
Based on our current growth trends, it will be years before our volunteer or membership database would contain more than a thousand people.