Which one should I choose? Well, it all depends.

Access Charity CRM (previously ThankQ) works with lots and lots of non-profit organisations. But how does it differ from Beacon? Let’s run through the key distinctions.

Why do charities choose Beacon over Access Charity CRM?

Genuinely easy to use
As a truly modern CRM, Beacon has been designed from the ground-up to be really simple to pick up and run with. No need for add-ons or complicated configurations, just get started right away.
“For the first time, we've got a full real-time view of the whole organisation. So we can see the benefits of what we're doing and it all comes together. It means everyone's looking at the same picture. Which is huge."
Customise to your needs
In Beacon you have fine-grained control to make it work specifically for you. No complex development processes or lengthy support enquiries needed, just customise and go.
"We could import data to our old CRM, but it took so long. And there were always lots of mistakes and errors. It wasn't like with Beacon, where you just set up the template once and then you’ve got a one-click process."
Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home
Simple website integration
At the heart of Beacon is its robust form builder that lets you easily add branded forms to your website to collect donations and just about any other sort of information you can imagine.
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What others are saying
The people who know for sure are Beacon and Access Charity CRM customers. See how the two compare along with the rest of your charity CRM options in Fundraising Magazine’s latest CRM survey.
Integration with website
Ease of use
Ability to customise
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Ease of use
Customer service
More reasons to choose Beacon, the top-rated charity CRM on the market
Modern, cloud-based infrastructure
Beacon has been built from the ground up to run securely in the cloud, using the most up-to-date technology available.
Top-rated customer support as standard
Your success is really, genuinely important to us. It’s why we do what we do. That’s why all Beacon plans come with dedicated customer support.
Flexible implementation options
When you choose Beacon you have plenty of integration options available to you, from a DIY approach to working alongside Beacon or one of our handpicked partners.  
Automated product updates
At Beacon we roll out minor product updates regularly. No disruption or cost to you, just an ever-improving CRM.
A CRM that grows alongside you
Thanks to Beacon’s cutting-edge technology, your CRM will work wonders for you whatever level you’re at. When you evolve, so does your database. 
No long-term contracts
We don’t hem our customers into hefty, long contracts. Pay monthly or annually for Beacon, and cancel any time you wish.
Innovative charities choose Beacon,
and stick with Beacon.
Kevin Hughes
Special Olympics Ireland
We used to have to process, match, and code each payment individually. With Beacon, you get all that information before the money has landed. You’ve already personally thanked them, allocated the funds, and analysed the results. Then the actual cash arrives and everything tallies up perfectly.
Ruth Simpson
What I really love is that Beacon aren’t just pushing for new customers. They’re really trying to make the best for the organisations that have already joined.
Gillian MacAulay
Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home
We’re now thinking about projects we wouldn’t have been able to dream about with our old CRM.
Denice Houslin
We’re working more cohesively because the whole organisation is on the same system. It’s saving so much time.
Joe Meehan
New Hope
Every time we speak with Beacon’s support team we are glad we chose Beacon rather than the alternative.
Paul Tilbury
Great Lakes Outreach
We previously had to reply to every single person, 100 donations in 2 hours – that’s probably a week’s work. Whereas, now it’s all automatic.
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