I can highly recommend Devman. It’s a real advantage having a comprehensive donor management system that provides the tools to administer and manage the database effectively. Not only is it extremely easy to use and affordable; it makes extracting marketing reports, tracking donor gifts, nurturing donors, contacts and prospects a pleasure. The Devman team are simply delightful. Always friendly, extremely professional and respond promptly to all requests. It’s a privilege working with a team who understand the fundraising environment.
Lynette Brady - Direct Marketing Solutions
At SOS Childrens Villages, we thoroughly enjoy working with the Devman team. They are always willing to assist us with queries and planning new and improved ways to go forward. The product suits our needs really well.
Yvonne Stiglingh - Head Fund Development and Communications at SOS Childrens Villages SA.
In 2003, the Fundraising Office was set-up, but with no resources and no system. Donor data was kept in MS-Word, Excel and Outlook and soon became difficult to maintain. A copy of ACT! Was donated to the office, but since it was a standalone copy it was inadequate for data sharing.
In 2006 the office went for an open-source customizable CRM package. It enabled us to maintain the information in one place, track the fundraising cycle (activities), track the proposal development and stages and email communication. The system, however, did not provide for recording donations and pledges, robust communication platform, alumni management and reporting. Upgrades were a big problem as we had to redo the customizations. Since this took us way from our core business i.e. fundraising and alumni relations management, we decided to look for a specific fundraising application to help us do a better job connecting with our donors.
Heather Regenass, then of Wits Development Office recommended Devman from Kidz Africa in South Africa. The cloud-based Devman is mature, richly endowed with features and much of the customization is done from the frontend. Kidz have a thorough knowledge of the fund-raising business in an African context. Most of the time taken to setup is concentrated in getting good data from the disparate legacy systems we had. So far, we are happy with the software and continue with migrating data and customization.
Strathmore University is a leading outcome-driven entrepreneurial university. Through our commitment and reputation for excellence, we provide deserving students from all backgrounds access to a rigorous, all-round, market-oriented education in an atmosphere of freedom and responsibility that promotes ethics, personal development and service to society.
Eric Saulo - Advancement Manager at Strathmore University
I've had the privilege of experiencing DevMan in three organisations. It is comprehensive in its capture and its management and search capabilities make for an utterly professional database. Not only is it nearly infinitely customisable, but the DevMan team have always been willing to tailor the system to individual wants and needs. Certainly a worthy alternative to such high-priced packages like DonorPerfect. Peter N. Thuynsma - Managing Partner at Thuynsma & Associates.
Thuynsma Consulting is a firm specializing in developing fund and organizational resources for not-for-profit organizations - engineering their sustainability. For more information about Dr Thuynsma’s services go to www.thuynsmaconsulting.com .
I can confirm that DevMan is undoubtedly the best local Advancement database. Having worked with the system for over 10 years, I have seen it develop and adapt to suit industry needs and usability requirements. The KidzAfrica team is dedicated to excellent customer service and always available to assist with queries and training when needed. I cannot imagine managing our Advancement Office without DevMan to assist us in keeping track of all alumni and fundraising relationship and financial records.
Linda van Wyk - Deputy Director: Advancement at University of Pretoria
What particularly impresses me is about DevMan is how it continually adapts to changing needs and trends. I keep thinking that it already has everything until the next update provides something new to inspire me. I also have to mention that in the 7 years I have used DevMan the Kidz Africa team has never disappointed me they have consistently proved to be highly skilled, knowledgeable and approachable.
Natasha Lowe - Researcher at University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Devman is great. I've used similar software in the legal world but Devman is streets ahead in terms of functionality. Its user-friendly, customisable and one can see that the developers took the time and trouble to consult before writing the programme. They don't try to make us all "the same", different institutions have different needs and Devman accommodates that.
Cindy Deutschmann - Data Services Co-Ordinator at Rhodes University.