What does Linseed do?
In an era when so many excellent and affordable online services and tools are available, it is easy for your data to become scattered throughout many different platforms. Linseed provides a powerful user-friendly holistic general-purpose database for your community and the programs you offer - in such a way that you won't need to turn to other software for your daily tasks. Features & modules include: People • Households • Organizations • Family Relationships • Programs • Events • Memberships • Registration • Attendance • Images • Payments • Donations • Invoicing • Online Product Sales • Bank Deposits & Reconciliation • Credit Card Transactions • Notes & Tags • Email Templates • Surveys • Website integration • Online Forms • Farming Harvest & Distribution
How much does it cost to use Linseed?
The costs of developing and operating Linseed are shared by multiple non-profit organizations on a sliding-scale basis. Participating organizations sign an annual contract for services each December, at which point the monthly Linseed fee for the coming year is calculated based on each organization's annual gross income from revenue and donations. How is the annual income calculated? Typically it is the largest number from one of these reports: (a) a board-approved annual budget (b) the most recent accountant-prepared financial statements (c) the most recent available IRS form 990.
What is included in the monthly fee?
TRAINING & TECH-SUPPORT:ONE HOUR PER MONTH (Not accumulated: use it or lose it!)
What is not included?
CREDIT CARD FEES:via STRIPEIf you wish to process revenue and donations from credit cards directly within Linseed via the Stripe Platform, you will pay transaction fees to Stripe. Credit card fees will not exceed (3.50%) (+ 30 cents) per transaction, and typically average around (3.00%) (+ 30 cents) per transaction.
INITIAL DATA CONVERSION:$50 per hourIf your data is scattered across mutiple spreadsheets and applications) it may take some significant effort to consolidate it into Linseed during your initial installation. Want to do your own data-entry or importing? No problem, no fees!
GETTING STARTED / ONBOARDING:$50 per hourIf your organization is new to Linseed, we ask that you pay for five (5) hours per lead year-round staff member for enough training for you to take full advantage of all the features during your initial few months of adopting Linseed. In addition, we ask that you commit to one full hour of initial "onboarding" remote training (via Zoom/Skype/Google) for each new year-round employee who will be using Linseed (this does not apply for seasonal teaching or farming staff).
$50 per hourOnboarding many new staff? Expanding into new program initiatives? Launching a new fundraising campaign? It will be worth your while to get training and tech support in how to best use Linseed...
CUSTOM FEATURE DEVELOPMENT:$50 per hourIf you have special needs that are unique to your organization..
Why should we pay for Linseed
when we could use Salesforce for free?
Salesforce is currently the industry leader in CRM software. They offer many useful features as well as some free user licenses for non-profit organizations. Check out their non-profit offerings here. If your fundraising or revenue stream involves sending 5000+ emails each month or if your constituency is primarily virtual (interacting mostly through emails, websites, and social media), Salesforce would likely be a good option for you.

However, if:

  • your work is locally based with deep long-term relationships,
  • you work with young people or families from diverse backgrounds,
  • you personally know or want to recognize most of the people and families within your constituency,
  • you have seasonal teachers, program leaders, or farming staff who need limited but user-friendly access to your data
  • you have staff who are not highly technical computer users,
then Linseed would be an ideal choice for you, and definitely worth the cost. As with so many things in the world today, price can be an indicator of both quality and sustainability. Quality products that are produced with care from locally sourced and sustainably harvested materials will likely cost more than mass-produced mass-marketed off-the-shelf products.