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About James McKelvie

Hello, I am James McKelvie, a director with Carn Software Ltd. I founded the company in October 1994, mainly to serve the church and charity market, producing Covenant (now Gift Aid) software. With more than 30 years’ experience of working in this sector, I have helped most of the dioceses of Roman Catholic Church in the UK in reclaiming their Gift Aid.

In my youth I spent a number of years studying in Spain. My wife, a retired languages teacher, and I enjoy making frequent visits to Spain.  I also enjoy watching football – I have a season ticket for Motherwell – and reading. Furthermore, I also like walking when I have the time! A number of years ago completed a pilgrim walk of 1900km from Geneva, Switzerland to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

I am responsible for the day to day running of the company, and am still involved, too, with programming. I help with the Gift Aid and Hospice programmes, and am in daily touch with our clients, some of whom have been with us since the start of the company.

Gift Aid Software

Carn Software designed and produced GiftWise for Parishes specifically for parishes, to help them administer both old-style Covenants and the new Gift Aid payments.

GiftWise for Parishes is a very powerful, yet easy-to-use package, which streamlines the administration of Gift Aid payments and minimises the amount of time the parish needs to spend on paperwork.

Key features include:

  • Archiving of Data
  • Letter Writing
  • Easy Data Entry
  • Post Code Facility

I will be going through these features and others in more posts in future weeks.

Next Week

Neil Kelly introduces himself and gives us an overview of our LotteryMaster software, which was launched in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength for the fundraising sector.

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