Free trials of fundraising websites offered by online fundraising software companies allow for a hands-on experience with one of the most important tools of any fundraising campaign. For most nonprofit organizations fundraising websites are a financial investment and the key to a successful fundraiser. Software companies who offer a free trial period wish to make sure that you have the best tool on the market to meet your needs.
One great benefit of testing a software solution is that the work your organization puts into a free trial website is saved with regard to most online software companies. This means your time is well spent if you decide to purchase your website when the trial period ends. If you add photos, text and configure your online registration much of your work is done as you move forward in going live with your fundraising campaign. Organizations may easily customize a website banner and edit the homepage of their fundraising website to mirror the look and feel of their brand.
Making sure that a fundraising website will do what you need it to for your event before purchasing it is very important. Considering important details such as payment processing, team and individual registrations, easy customization and configuration for your specific needs are crucial in making your fundraising event a success. New Avenues for Youth Scoop-a-thon recently trialed DoJiggy’s pledge software. They created several test teams to make sure their participants will be able to easily manage their team and personal fundraising pages and registrations for their pledge fundraising event. They made test donations to ensure that their donors will be able to securely and seamlessly give to their cause.
Experiencing the customer support during a software trial period is another key to your success. Find out what tools are available for your participants to easily use online, and investigate what tools are available for technical support and how you can get your questions answered. Ask if there online user manuals, video tutorials and if you’reable to use a live chat feature and talk with the support team to make sure that you receive clear and friendly responses. And be sure to ask if the customer support is included with your purchase (often companies charge more for technical support)