Database Speed Dating

Database Speed Dating

Micaela Fitch Room, Arts Court
Ticket price: $20
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Is your organization struggling to find the right database? Are you unhappy with your current system? Do you want more specific information than your initial research can give?

This session will focus on database systems that are being used by nonprofit arts organizations in our community. Salesforce, Sumac, & Wild Apricot will each give short presentations followed by a Q&A. The group will then have the opportunity to chat with our community members who currently use these systems. Don’t miss the chance to speed date your database!

Before this session:

1. Do you know what you need? 

- Have you done a needs assessment to determine exactly how you plan on using the system? 
- Do you know what questions to ask when doing your needs assessment?

The “databank” is a great online resource to find this information. Here are some links that could help you assess your needs:


2. Check out the providers who will present at the session:

is a Canadian company providing CRM (contact relationship management) through a user-friendly interface. It is customizable, with a basic plan and add-ons, and its target users are nonprofits.


Techsoup also has a very informative “summary” page about Sumac.


is a cloud computing CRM. Based in San Francisco, this company is one of the largest CRM providers in the world. The Salesforce foundation can help nonprofit organizations with the cost of the Salesforce system through their “Power of Us” program.



According to Wild Apricot’s website, “Wild Apricot is web-based software for small associations and non-profits to help manage membership, website, events and other activities. It is "cloud" software, meaning it runs through a web browser without needing to install anything on your local computer. Since our focus is small organizations, we've designed Wild Apricot to be both powerful and affordable, with pricing plans starting at just $25 per month.”



3. Gather your questions to maximize your opportunity! 

Make sure you come prepared. Do your research in advance so that you can ask relevant and specific questions to get the most out of this session.


Documents from the session:

Notes from the session

A Consumer's Guide to Donor Management Systems