Last August, the company behind the software was taken over by FrontStream, a payment processor of all things. The first thing they did was change pricing from fixed to perpetual subscription. In October, they issued a termination of support notice for all but the 2013 releases of GiftWorks. A bit quick, given that the prior release is only 2 years older, but so things go.
The nasty came in a little later when they apparently used the auto update to insert a time-bomb: the local installations will cease functioning on March 31. No recourse. AFAIK, this is a first. Even Adobe did not have the balls to turn off existing CS installations when they went to their current subscription only model.
And then they have the gall to put this on their website...
Likewise, as a responsible corporate citizen, FrontStream has a vested interest in the expansion of social good and we have significantly expanded our suite of charitable solutions through the FrontStream NonProfit Sector which consists of leading brands in the nonprofit space; the current family of brands includes FirstGivingTM, GiftWorks and Artez Interactive.
Here's hoping this wonderful example does not get any following :-(