Convio Luminate (discontinued) vs. Salsa CRM

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Convio Luminate (discontinued)
Score 6.0 out of 10
N/A
Convio Luminate was a nonprofit CRM option acquired by Blackbaud that is currently discontinued, and no longer available.N/A
Salsa CRM
Score 6.1 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Salsa CRM (Formerly DonorPro CRM) is a donor and constituent management system that helps nonprofits build donor profiles, track every interaction, cultivate major gifts, and report on all development activities. The platform includes mobile-ready digital marketing tools for email, social, and online donation forms. Additional features include donor cultivation, donation processing of all gift types, direct mail, built in word processing, mail merge, powerful query tool,…N/A
Pricing
Convio Luminate (discontinued)Salsa CRM
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Convio Luminate (discontinued)Salsa CRM
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Convio Luminate (discontinued)Salsa CRM
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Convio Luminate (discontinued)Salsa CRM
Small Businesses
Bloomerang
Bloomerang
Score 9.1 out of 10
Bloomerang
Bloomerang
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Bloomerang
Bloomerang
Score 9.1 out of 10
Bloomerang
Bloomerang
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
Blackbaud CRM
Blackbaud CRM
Score 7.4 out of 10
Blackbaud CRM
Blackbaud CRM
Score 7.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Convio Luminate (discontinued)Salsa CRM
Likelihood to Recommend
5.0
(2 ratings)
3.0
(8 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Convio Luminate (discontinued)Salsa CRM
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
It does great with donor cultivation processes and the workflow feature is top-notch for automating processes. Where it does a less than stellar job is getting it to work more specifically for your organization. Often times building that kind of special feature costs a significant time and money investment and it is something that is hard to transfer when it's time to move to a new database.
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Bonterra
Well suited for sending mass emails or emails to certain groups, sending automated emails, collecting donations, and peer-to-peer communication. They have a good support team. I'm still figuring out how to best manage supporters, it's not as intuitive as I would like. I used to just manage all donor information on Google Sheets, and I still prefer Google Sheets.
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Pros
Discontinued Products
  • Luminate takes some of the legwork out of setting up NSPS for nonprofit use of salesforce.
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Bonterra
  • User-Friendly. As a user, it is an intuitive product. When you are working, it is easy to navigate.
  • Fundraising Pages: Salsa Engage allows you to easily and quickly make fundraising pages that can be pushed out to your community of donors.
  • CRM: Easy to manage the constituents. When someone signs up for our fundraising pages, the software captures the demographics and either matches up to the existing donor or creates a new constituent.
  • Salsa CRM listens to their customers and works well with the user base. Most ideas are listened to and can see that requests are pushed out in updates.
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Cons
Discontinued Products
  • Big Investment
  • It's a sales program with a donation management overlay so it has some troubles around reporting.
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Bonterra
  • When we started with Salsa, not every option was available online, some were desktop specific. As it has been some time since I worked with Salsa these have probably been resolved.
  • The ability to communicate between Salsa CRM and other Salsa software options. Sometimes the crossover was not as efficient as was needed.
  • Tagging and setting up rules for particular donors was somewhat confusing - meaning, therefore, that the amount of training needed to implement the software was somewhat intensive.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
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Bonterra
It suits all of our needs.
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Usability
Discontinued Products
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Bonterra
You do not have to be a tech-savvy person to be able to use the CRM. Reporting is easy to do.
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Support Rating
Discontinued Products
Support for the product is horrible; often support will have you bouncing between Blackbaud support and Salesforce support and it's very rare either are able to find simple solutions. Most of the time the solutions almost always cost money and hiring consultants which, for a smaller organization, means not being able to achieve proper solutions.
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Bonterra
Their tech support is very good and I am very pleased with it. They speak in non-techie lingo for my non-techie staff just as easily as they speak techie to me (a techie). I appreciate their quick turn around in time to answer our questions and the follow up to make sure their answer(s) helped.
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
Of the databases I have used, Luminate CRM is my least favorite. However, it is powerful and large enough to function adequately for a large nonprofit; I couldn't say the same for some of Blackbaud's smaller products. We definitely need the full Luminate Suite (Luminate Online, Team Raiser, etc.,) to make it work, though - and we're constantly disappointed by the clumsiness of the way all the pieces interact.
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Bonterra
I have reviewed Salsa Engage and perhaps after our transition has taken place it might be a viable option versus using Constant Contact for internal and external correspondence.
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Return on Investment
Discontinued Products
  • Uncertain; we have not collected data on this. Our Luminate package is quite expensive, though.
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Bonterra
  • Has helped increase our donor retention as we are able to track all communications with donors ensuring that they remain connected.
  • The improved emailing (with fewer bounce rate) has helped increase our website and donation page visibility.
  • We've sold more tickets to our fundraising events with an improved event management system.
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ScreenShots

Salsa CRM Screenshots

Screenshot of Development DashboardScreenshot of Donor Detail Report showing donation historyScreenshot of Donor Cultivation for Major GiftsScreenshot of Mail Merge and Direct Mail FundraisingScreenshot of Donor Profile with unlimited custom fields