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AcademicWorks

9 Ratings

Bloomerang

Top Rated
121 Ratings

AcademicWorks

9 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

Bloomerang

Top Rated
121 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

AcademicWorks

This is an excellent system for any college/university or scholarship provider that offers a large volume of scholarships to a high number of applicants. The price point might be a little high for a smaller school/provider and may not be worthwhile if their numbers are lower.
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Bloomerang

For smaller organizations without complex data fields this is a great tool. For larger organizations with more data fields that are already defined in another database this tool is not quite as robust as some of the higher priced, older programs. It would also be more difficult to migrate that data without technical assistance
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Pros

  • All colleges and universities have differences in the way scholarships are awarded at their schools. AcademicWorks listens to the individual needs of each college/university/scholarship provider and will either add system enhancements or help users to find ways to best utilize the system to meet their needs/requirements.
  • The AcademicWorks help desk is very good about support. They are timely in contact and work to resolve issues quickly and effectively.
  • AcademicWorks has worked closely with our IT Department to ensure that the imports and the system will work efficiently despite changes and updates.
  • Students need to only complete one application to be automatically matched to hundreds of scholarship opportunities. This is a very efficient use of the applicant's time and efforts to apply for scholarships.
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  • Their report building tool is great. I can find pretty much any information or report that I need. If, on the rare occasion, I am having trouble getting the report I need, their tech support is a great help and generally quick to respond.
  • We have benefited from their website tools which allow us to accept donations and memberships online. We can use their basic forms, or forms can be customized to our exact needs.
  • Bloomerang has added a number of great improvements in the 3+ years we have be using the database. Their current report building tool, for example is less than a year old. The report function was good, but it is excellent now. Bloomerang seems really open to suggestions about how features can be added or improved, too.
  • They offer a number of great webinars at no cost. Some of the sessions deal directly with Bloomerang and its features, but many of them are on a range of non-profit related topics.
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Cons

  • Customer Service - Has slipped in the last year, since merging with Blackbaud. Not as responsive or knowledgeable overall.
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  • As a member based, non-profit organization, it would be great to see a membership option.
  • That said, using Bloomerang's custom fields, we have been able to create most of what we need in our membership tracking and reporting.
  • I believe Bloomerang's online donation forms only work with a couple credit card processors. At the time we were deciding on Bloomerang, we were also looking for a new processor, so the timing worked for us, however the limited processors also means we are limited on any changes we may wish to make in the future.
  • As great as the report building feature is, I could see how it could quickly be overwhelming, especially for new users. I definitely recommend watching some of the online tutorials.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Bloomerang9.1
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It is a terrific too, for small nonprofits. Once they have their database loaded it's easy to maintain
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Usability

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Bloomerang8.4
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It is clearly the most usable of all products I have used or evaluated.
Here is an example. I created an online event registration form (the first form I ever created on Bloomerang), linked it to a new Stripe account for credit card processing, embedded it in my website, processed test transactions using "dummy" account numbers provided by Stripe, went "live, and made a registration with my credit card - IN ONLY 1 HOUR. And everything worked flawlessly including automatically entering my info in my existing Bloomerang constituent account and notifying me via email.
While I am not a rookie, I am not an IT person. This was EASY!!!!!
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Support

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Bloomerang8.6
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Any time i had a problem or question it has been easy to find an answer or tutorial. When I cannot find an answer, it is easy to email or live chat with support and they resolve my problems very quickly.
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Alternatives Considered

We used Award Spring and Smarter Select in the past.
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We used Constant Contact for newsletters before we got Bloomerang. I appreciate being able to use the same program to communicate and track constituents.
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Return on Investment

  • We had a 24% increase in applications received after the first year
  • We had a 10% increase in scholarship dollars awarded
  • We had an increase in scholarship funds opened, including companies we weren't able to accommodate before.
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  • My organization has used Bloomerang since before my start date and has definitely seen increases in income with more organized information on Bloomerang. Since my start date it has been easy to track our 20% increase in donor retention.
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Pricing Details

AcademicWorks

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Bloomerang

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details