Hello again DONATION advisors. (For those of you who are also beta testers, my apologies for two posts in one day!)
I have found four products or services that I feel could be useful to at least some of my users, or someone else within your organizations, and am working towards an email to all users in the USA to recommend these products. (I’m restricting it to users in the USA, at this point, because two of the services only work there.)
The products and services are:
- CauseVox, at www.causevox.com, an affordable online fundraising platform with social-network-like features available. (USA only for now.)
- PerfectTablePlan, at www.perfecttableplan.com, a simple and affordable Windows program for doing table planning for any form of seated event with tables, such as formal fundraising dinners.
- PayrollCentral USA, at http://www.payrollcentralusa.com, an affordable and very easy to use online payroll processing system. (USA only.)
- NetMinistry, www.netministry.com, a relatively inexpensive service for designing and hosting an attractive website, with a content management system that you can use to maintain the site yourself, for churches or other organizations.
The last three of these are already listed on the Links page on the Software4Nonprofits website.
I would appreciate your comments, about the products themselves, and about the appropriateness of doing something like this. I would not intend to email users about companion products in this way more than once a year.
One final question relates to the fact that in all of the cases, I will be receiving some form of commission for sales that come from my users. This forms another revenue stream for my business. However, I would not be recommending any of these products and services if I had not checked them out thoroughly, including checking references, and did not feel they would be of good use to at least some of my users. At least two of the products/services will also be offered with some discount to my users. (N.B. I am still waiting to receive and check references for NetMinistry, and I know the author of PerfectTablePlan so do not feel a need for references.)
One very specific question I have though, is an ethical one. I’m not clear whether or not I should mention in the email to my users that offers these products that I will be receiving commissions on the sales made to my users. I sort of think I should, but am not 100% clear on this point. Any opinions?
As always, thank you in advance for any comments you post, or email replies.