First

The Most Important Thing About a Fundraising System…

is that it is NOT donor management software.

Your Fundraising System is more complex, interactive, and impactful than just donor management software. It is a type of Information System that has been adapted specifically for fundraising, and like all Information Systems, it is contains four components that work together to collect, move, and deliver information through out the entire system:

People: The department’s human resources. We assess people’s performance more… 

StructuresHow people organize around specific workflows. Structures are like  more… 

Processes : series of tasks that collect, process, export, or apply data more… 

Data: Both the individual bits of information and the collective whole more… 

Like other information systems, your Fundraising System is comprised of three sub-systems. Your Fundraising System is built like a pyramid with the Transactional System as the base, the Management System as the middle, and the Strategic System on top. This model illustrates how the three subsystems are hierarchical and how the bottom level must be relatively stable in order to support the middle and top levels.