About Us

At Data Developments we have been writing and developing software for Churches and Charities for over 30 years. Our software has been specially created by experts to help people with little or no accounting, Gift Aid or administrative expertise to become competent with minimal effort. The software helps you to manage the organisation’s money, prepare useful reports to help the trustees and other interested people to understand what’s going on in the organisation and to plan for the future.

The software makes the organisation’s administration a lot easier, and they represent wonderful value for money. They are easy to use in real situations whilst also meeting the legal requirements of being a charity.

30 Years of Experience
The first software developed by Data Developments was produced in 1985 in response to a vicar with a need for a membership package. This first program, Rollcall, was a great success and was quickly followed by three financial packages: Cashcall, Covenant and Donate.

Interest in these four programs quickly grew prompting Alan Redmond (one of the Joint Managing Directors) to give up his other commitments and focus solely on Data Developments. Other staff joined the company and when Windows was launched all of the programs were re-written for this new operating system.

Work expanded as a wide range of customers, including Goodyear Tyre Company, Wolverhampton Race Course, and Refuges for abused women and homeless men in the midlands commissioned work.

In 1996 Stephen Ibbs (the other Joint Managing Director) joined full time after 22 years in further education. Following much discussion it was decided that Data Developments would focus on working exclusively with Churches and Charities.

In 2000 new Gift Aid legislation provided a need to produce a new package, one that combined the strengths of both Covenant and Donate with new ideas and compliance to the new regulations – this software package was called Gift.

As legislation has changed we have continued to work with statutory organisations to ensure that all of our software complies with new regulations and provides approved forms such as the R68(i) and the Statement of Financial Activities (SOFA)

Used by over 5000 Churches and Charities across the UK and recommended by:

  • Dioceses in the Church of England
  • Church of Scotland
  • Church of Ireland
  • Dioceses in the Roman Catholic Church
  • Presbyterian Church in Ireland
  • New Testament Church of God
  • Free Church of Scotland
  • Scottish Baptists

What’s different with Data Developments software?
Because of the unique nature of church and charity work and the way in which our programs will be used we don’t follow ‘normal’ software company limitations for example with our licensing.

Our Licensing
Once you have purchased our software the license allows you to install it on as many computers as you wish so long as it is only being used for that individual church or charity. So you can keep a ‘backup’ copy on another computer or if you are sharing the input of data with another person (through transfer of data) that’s no problem and there’s no extra charge!!

Specific Versions
Our accounting package Finance Co-ordinator includes specific sets of accounts and reports that have been designed in close contact with church/central organisations so their churches can set up quickly and use a consistent set of accounts when producing any of their standard reports.

Open Days
We hold free Open Days at various times across the country. This provides both new and existing users with the opportunity to see demonstrations of our software, play with the individual programs, ask questions and meet some of our Sales and Support teams.

Our training courses aim to help you get the most out of your time by getting the most out of our software. Each of our courses has been developed over a number of years by listening to our customers and evaluating each course individually. Courses are delivered by qualified and experienced trainers and attendees receive a training booklet containing details of everything covered during the course.

Our Listening Shows
We like to hear how good our software is and how much it has helped people but we also value those comments that help us improve our software further. As the world changes so too do our customers’ needs. Therefore our philosophy, over the last 30 years, has been to write software for real people in everyday situations. We constantly strive to improve the products and services we offer.

At Data Developments we don’t just produce software; we also take an active part in the roles that require our software. Amongst our directors we have a treasurer (for one of the largest churches in our area), a Gift Aid secretary and a DCC secretary plus others that take active roles in other areas of church and charity life.

We believe this enables us to offer a unique level of service together with the best products specifically designed for church and charity use. We continually develop our programs to ensure they always comply with current legislation and are easy to use.

We provide an annual printed newsletter and a monthly email newsletter to our customers to ensure that they remain up-to-date with all the latest software developments, training courses and open days from Data Developments. As well as other news from the church and charity market.

You can subscribe to our monthly online newsletter via our homepage.

And Finally…
Over the last two years staff at Data Developments have taken part in a variety of Sponsored Events, including Triathlons, Skydives, Cake Sales etc. to help raise money for various Charities across the UK. So far we have managed to raise over £6000 for Cancer Research, Christians Against Poverty, Help for Heroes, Promise Dreams, World Vision, Send A Cow and Sport Relief.

If you have any suggestions as to other events in which we should be involved, please let us know so that we can try to increase the total given to charities.