Most Active Stories
- Montgomery may ban smoking, Sirius-XM settlement
- Governor Bentley Challenges Legislators to Lead on Budget Crisis
- Alabama GOP Chief: "No Third term," Airbus is hiring
- Tough State Budget Choices, and an Eating detector for the holidays?
- High School Graduation rate improves, Montgomery "no smoking" ban
Science & Health
Wed December 25, 2013
Alabama software tracks charitable giving
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Charities nationwide are using a tool developed in northwest Alabama because of the fallout from Hurricane Katrina. Community groups had a problem after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005: They didn't know how to keep track of thousands of people who were seeking help far from their homes. A collaboration between aid agencies and computer programmers resulted in software called CharityTracker. It keeps track of thousands of charity recipients in about 680 cities nationwide this Christmas season. The software was developed by Simon Solutions Inc. in Florence. It's one of about 30 software tools used by U.S. nonprofits to keep up with the thousands of needy people who seek assistance daily. Simon Solutions President Mike Simon says CharityTracker is successful partly because it's so simple to use.