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Go deeper into donor management, with more advanced articles on donor management. These articles were primarily written for FundRaiser Select and Professional users, so discuss some software features not available in Basic. However, many of the donor management principles are the same between all the FundRaiser programs.

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FundRaiser Software - A Company Unlike Any Other

Nestled in downtown West Plains, in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, FundRaiser Software has grown from two computer desks in a basement to a thriving business with a worldwide user base. Founded by Gene Weinbeck in 1983 out of a desire to fill a then-vacant niche for the nonprofit sector, and to provide an enriching and fulfilling environment for others in our community, FundRaiser Software is a very special type of small business.

With more than 8,000 users around the globe, we have made quite an impression in the nonprofit world, while holding true to our core values. Our employees like their jobs and are happy to be here, and out of that  satisfaction grows a desire to better-serve our customers. We "I like being involved in a company that is helping others improve the world." -Sasha Daucus, Social Media Director successful only when three factors are met: our customer are fulfilled, our employees are satisfied, and our community benefits. You simply won't find another donor management software company like FundRaiser Software.

As important as employee and customer satisfaction is to us, equally important is the quality of our software. FundRaiser Basic was built and continues to be modified with direct input from its nonprofit users. As a result, you'll find Basic to be a stable, intuitive package that provides the basic features you need to get your organization on the right track with donor management.

We know that nonprofit organizations come in all shapes and sizes, and no single software package can fulfill everyone's unique needs. FundRaiser Basic was designed to fit the needs of small or brand new nonprofits. As your organization begins to grow and flourish as a result of good donor management, you'll be able to easily move into the next level of FundRaiser products to add even greater functionality to build strong, lasting relationships with your important donors.


A Brief History

Gene WeinbeckBy Gene Weinbeck, Founder and retired CEO, Lead Developer

Founded in 1983 as Professional Support Software, the company has grown and evolved from a local computer-consulting and custom-software firm into FundRaiser Software, "home of the FundRaiser Family of donor management software for nonprofit organizations", with clients and users around the world.

FundRaiser began as so many small businesses do: from sheer necessity and on a shoestring. My wife and I had moved from the eastern seaboard to a small town in south-central Missouri on the promise of a job, which came true, but then dissolved after a few months. A long job-hunt later, I decided to take matters into my own hands and find a niche which needed filling. Since personal computers were finally reaching even the middle of the country, and I had some experience in the field, that seemed to fit the bill.

The first two years were largely taken up with designing and writing one local client's custom software, and then I went on to other consulting and programming clients in an ever-widening geographical area. The program that eventually evolved into FundRaiser Professional was originally a custom program for a local politician's campaign fundraising efforts. In the first two decades after its birth, FundRaiser added two "sibling" programs, FundRaiser Select and FundRaiser Basic. In its third decade now, the family continues to grow with FundRaiser Spark, which nicely fits between Basic and Select, and Online versions of all four. We also have a Donor and Volunteer Portal for website integration with FundRaiser.

As the FundRaiser programs have gained users and gained in sophistication, the consulting and custom-programming efforts of the original company dwindled until about 1993 when the entire focus of the company became the FundRaiser programs: improving them, marketing them, and supporting them.

In 2010, I began to want to take a less active role in running the company, and I gladly passed FundRaiser to the capable hands of Autumn and Joshua Shirley. They continue the work my wife and I began, taking it farther, yet retaining the supportive environment we created for both our staff and our customers. I am still active as part of the software development team, and on a consulting basis for Autumn and Joshua.

It has always been my belief that prompt, friendly, and expert technical support is vital to the users of any software. It was my intention from the beginning to supply just that to my clients. When I retired from the position of CEO, one of my main objectives in choosing new leadership was to make sure that this continued. According to FundRaiser users, we have been successful in that endeavor. Most new clients are simply amazed by the patience and friendliness of our support staff.

FundRaiser has been growing for over two decades now, and we have big plans for the future, helping nonprofits with affordable donor management software that they can grow into, accessible and friendly tech support, and a continually improving family of affordable products.

FundRaiser Software is family-owned. While it's now more than just "Mom 'n' Pop", it's still a friendly group of people to do business with. Come join us. You'll find it an enjoyable experience.

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