Latest Access thankQ release includes fundraising for sponsorship causes

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Business software provider Access Group has released the latest addition to its thankQ CRM solution (“thankQ 8.6”), enabling fundraising for projects and sponsorship causes. The new release features come as standard, one of the reasons why over 90% of customers choose to stay with thankQ when renewing their CRM solution - in fact, from the original 10 thankQ customers, eight are still actively using the software.

“Our focus has been on designing a solution that is very flexible and capable of handling charitable projects as varied as the sponsorship of children or animals, the construction or refurbishment of a building or the creation of a well,” said Rob Barr, divisional director of NFP at Access Group.

“A cause can be matched to a single donor or larger projects can be crowdfunded, an area which is growing as a popular method for raising funds. The functionality is integrated throughout thankQ; it provides clear visibility of income against donor and includes numerous template letters and reports to help the teams manage their activity and outcomes.”

thankQ, which is used by many organisations in the education sector, can now also import pupil records from iSAMS. This makes it very simple to upload and update student and parent information, enabling targeted fundraising campaigns to be easily created.

These new additions to thankQ form part of the continuously expanding software portfolio provided by Access Group’s dedicated NFP division, in addition to ensuring that it complies with the latest legislation. This includes changes to the tax relief for charitable donations in the Republic of Ireland for donations received since 1st January 2013.

“Organisations can reclaim tax on these donations, using either the CHY3 or CHY4 tax certificates, at a blended rate of 31%, by submitting their claim via the revenues portal. With thankQ we’ve made it straightforward for organisations to manage their donations much more effectively and it is part of our overall efforts to ensure our portfolio remains relevant to our marketplace,” concluded Rob.

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About Access Group:

Access is a leading author of integrated business management software. The portfolio spans solutions for ERP, finance, HR, Payroll, warehousing, business intelligence, professional service automation and manufacturing. More than 5,000 UK businesses and not-for-profit organisations use Access solutions to improve their performance, profitability and drive growth, unlocking their business potential through improved business insight.

Vertical focus and industry-specific solutions differentiate Access in the market and templated solutions make for rapid and easy deployments. Using Access software to automate operations, streamline processes and share real-time business information anytime, anywhere, businesses can benefit from significant performance improvements.

Access is one of the top five fastest growing UK software developers in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 2012 and featured in last year’s Profit Track 100. On-going commitment to excellence, customers and employees has also placed the company among the UK’s top employers in The Sunday Times’ 100 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ 2014.

Accreditations and memberships:

  • Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Business Application Software Developers Association (BASDA)
  • Access’ software is recognised by HM Revenue & Customs


  • Inclusion in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list for mid-market companies 2014
  • Inclusion in The London Stock Exchange 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain
  • The Innovation Award finalist at the National Business Awards 2013
  • Software Product of the Year finalist at the British Accountancy Awards 2013
  • ICT in Manufacturing finalist at the Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2013
  • Inclusion in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 list (47th)
  • Inclusion in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 list (63rd)

Media information:

Helen Carpenter
Senior PR Consultant
Access Group
T: +44 (0) 1206 322575 
F: +44 (0) 1206 322956

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With thankQ we’ve made it straightforward for organisations to manage their donations much more effectively and it is part of our overall efforts to ensure our portfolio remains relevant to our marketplace.
Rob Barr, Divisional Director of NFP, Access Group