July 25, 2023
Nonprofit Technology & Fundraising Blog
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This month’s DonorPerfect release is different. We’ve always been strong advocates of client feedback and incorporating it into our product ideas via our Suggest and Vote program. This month, we’re kicking off a series of releases that focus on you, our amazing clients, even more. At the end of this post, check out how you can get involved, but first, let’s see what’s new. There are lots of time-saving improvements this month that show how we’re listening to your feedback and what you need to be better fundraisers.
We converted seven of our most popular reports to use the same reporting engine that our Easy Reports do. These reports were all upgraded for this release and include some of our most suggested improvements:
Do you spend time each day, week or month running the same report? Do you wish DonorPerfect would share reports with your stakeholders for you? You’re not alone. Others felt that way too! Now, you can select to schedule and run the seven upgraded reports at a later time and date. DonorPerfect will email your selected report to you (or someone you choose) on a schedule or immediately. Receive progress on your campaign, status updates, or giving trends without having to log into DonorPerfect! Any member of your team can wake up with the information they need to start their day already in their inbox. Even better, the reports have a modern updated look and feel that you’ll be proud to share with others.
Our newly upgraded reports now have the same report output options and consistent export formatting as Easy Reports that clients like you requested here and here. There’s no need to scroll down to the bottom of the report now to export. Save time by hovering over the down arrow next to Run Report to export your report to Excel (.XLS), MS Word, as a PDF file or export to excel as a .CSV file using an export template. You can even edit your export template to add or remove fields before exporting. As a bonus, currency fields now export as numbers for your favorite excel functions.
Clients involved in testing the migration of these seven reports to the new format noted one time-saving feature that they absolutely loved. Now you can open a donor record from the report hyperlinks in a new tab without having to leave the report. They also liked being able to view donors as anonymous – an idea suggested here.
We added fields to some reports when we converted them over to the new format. These came from clients’ suggestions to add these fields or additional data to improve the reports’ usefulness. The Gifts by Date report now includes the Solicitation Field to give you better insight into the campaigns that generate your gifts. The Daily Log report includes the description of a Flag (Board Member), instead of using the Flag’s code (BD).
Reports were not the only DonorPerfect usability improvement in this month’s release. This release is packed with lots of other time-saving tweaks and enhancements suggested by our amazing clients. These include how to access the Dashboard, changes to simplify the Receipting screen and some updates to the navigation menus.
Now you can access the Dashboard from the same area you access all your other reporting data. Click Dashboard off the Reports menu. (Thanks for the great idea!)
We simplified the screen filtering options on the Receipts screen by removing the Batch Entry ID checkbox. Your feedback told us that this function was very confusing and did not generate accurate results.
You told us (here and here) that you wanted clearer items on DonorPerfect’s navigation menus. We’ve updated the titles of some navigation menu options so that they better represent the actions taken. All menus are now sorted alphabetically by name for consistency.
These changes are only the beginning but we’re planning so much more! We need your help to decide what to work on next. Do you have ideas for how to improve DonorPerfect? We’d love to have you join us. Click the yellow JOIN GROUP button for the Usability Testing Group in DP Community to participate. You’ll get a sneak peek at all the new changes and have a chance to weigh in on what’s coming next.
DonorPerfect usability improvements are not the only updates in this release. Read about all of the enhancements in the DonorPerfect 2020.02 Release Notes in the Knowledgebase in DP Community.