The Adoption of our new project management IT system, Development Manager (DevMan), will be completed in 2013. The use of this custom-designed software will continue to result in improved efficiency and a decrease in funding turnaround time and, crucially will provide us with tighter controls through robust security features.
Chief Executive Tracey Henry - In the 2012 Report to Society
As a DevMan user for over 15 years in the NGO and higher education sectors, I have been responsible for its implementation and rollout in numerous organisations. The system needs in each were quite different but DevMan was the perfect choice for all, adapting to the requirements of the organisations’ and their outputs. DevMan is an affordable system that integrates into and talks to your organisations existing financial and administrative systems, keeping you connected to your current and historical data. No system is ever finished and the DevMan team keep abreast with upcoming technological developments to ensure their system is the best it can be for their clients.
Camilla Thorogood – Independent Consultant (former Advancement professional forUCT’s Development & Alumni Department, UWC’s Department of Institutional Advancement, Children’s Hospital Trust and Orbis Africa)
What can we say about DevMan? We've been with DevMan from the very beginning and we cannot contemplate not having it. Being one of the most important NGOs whose sole mandate is grant - making. DevMan is crucial for our daily operation. The DevMan team know their product thoroughly, respond quickly when there are problems and are patient and very supportive.
Zaid Israel - Director of Finance and Human Resources
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.
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.
Eric Saulo - Advancement Manager at Strathmore University
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
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.
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
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.
Peter N. Thuynsma - Managing Partner at Thuynsma & Associates.
At SOS Children’s 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 Children’s Villages SA.
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