February 28, 2020
Score 8 out of 10
Realm is the membership database and financial tracking tool used at Maple Grove United Methodist Church. All office employees and many church members use Realm. Realm allows the staff users to run reports, keep track of tithing, business expenses, attendance, groups, contact information, and more. It also provides communication among individual users, among groups, and church-wide.
- Tracking attendance
- Running reports, both financial and membership-related
- Nursery check-in
- At the time of my departure from employment at Maple Grove UMC, there was no way to run a report with children's names listed on the same row (excel sheet) as parents. This made it difficult when we needed to do a merge letter that includes both parents/guardians and children.
- The process to "roll up" grade levels each year was tedious.
Read Eve Hathaway's full review
Realm is a user-friendly, intuitive web-based database manager, great for church membership and financial information. Transitioning was easy--even our 90-year old attendance volunteer made the switch with ease. The customer service staff at Realm is fantastic. As I mentioned before, my one big complaint is the inability to pull a report with children outputted on the same row in excel as their parents.