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AcademicWorks

9 Ratings

eTapestry

48 Ratings

AcademicWorks

9 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

eTapestry

48 Ratings
Score 6.2 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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eTapestry

eTapestry is well suited to very large orgs which have money to spend and don't mind wasting some money on people who don't open emails, etc. It is less appropriate for smaller scale organizations, I think, since they usually have less money and won't necessarily be using the fundraising functionality very much
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Pros

  • Reporting - pulling reports in AcademicWorks is so simple and quick. Whether I am putting together a report of applicants for a donor, or the pulling the applicants from a specific school or major, I can do it by the click of a button.
  • Support - if I ever have questions or need help problem solving, the support desk is readily available.
  • Flexibility - we can customize pretty much every aspect of how the user experiences AcademicWorks
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  • eTapestry provides great training for all levels of users. There is an easily searchable User Manual and Knowledgebase that are available at any time. In addition, eTapestry provides recorded training and live webinars with instructors that walk you through certain features.
  • The DIY Forms are extremely user friendly. Even if you do not have any computer coding experience, they are self-explanatory and easy to implement onto your website.
  • The diversity and amount of reports that are available are extremely helpful. The system already has recommended reports for general fundraising purposes, but additional reports can be customized for your specific needs.
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Cons

  • Ability to personalize applications - we serve many companies, and we get requests all the time to use their logo, but we can't do that in AcademicWorks.
  • Selective reviews - some review committees don't want to review specific parts of applications, but we can't pick and choose which questions are reviewable for specific opportunities.
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  • Not intuitive or user friendly
  • Extremely difficult to create and run reports
  • Clunky interface that is difficult to navigate
  • Very slow
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Likelihood to Renew

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eTapestry3.8
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Due to all of the things described in this review, we just decided not to renew eTapestry. Users were rebelling, which led to duplicative records and mass emails that go to the same people twice. It became a real problem for us in terms of staff satisfaction with the tools available to them and in terms of maintaining good database hygiene. We couldn't afford to stay because of these factors
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Usability

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eTapestry8.9
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Was not a great fit for the organization.
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Reliability and Availability

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eTapestry7.8
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eTapestry is not software supported so it can be accessed anywhere. Just be sure to have the access key because you cannot login on a different computer for security reasons without an administrator approving it.
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Performance

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eTapestry6.0
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The product does what it is supposed to, although there are downsides. There are positive and negatives for every product. This is less expensive alternative for a small organization tracking minimum information.
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Support

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eTapestry9.9
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I've had nothing but great experience when reaching out for support on this program. The team has always been supportive and polite when answering questions. They have a lot of knowledge to share and provide good insight into the product. It helps to have their perspective on certain issues
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In-Person Training

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eTapestry8.0
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In person training is always helpful for a new product however I think that the online tutorials would do just fine.
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Online Training

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eTapestry8.0
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The online tutorials were easy to follow and explained in detail steps. I was able to put together an organization SOP for best practices in case I was not in the office or no longer there.
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Implementation

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eTapestry8.0
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The organization as fairly happy with the implementation in that the data was all in the right places. However as they continued to grow, they outgrew eTapestry's functions.
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Alternatives Considered

We used Award Spring and Smarter Select in the past.
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Ages ago I built several donor databases in Access. I've been a system and data administrator (among other things) for many years, but have never worked with a competitive product. I inherited my eTapestry system when I joined the organization and spent five years working with it.
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Scalability

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eTapestry1.0
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The product overall is not too bad but I would not suggest for a large nonprofit organization.
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Return on Investment

  • Increase in new scholarship fund holders
  • Streamlined qualification of applications
  • Faster processing of awards
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  • It was aligned with our fundraising model (though that is no longer the case), which directly supported and guided our fundraising efforts, to great success.
  • It significantly reduced the amount of time spent laboring over grant reports that sometimes ask for very complicated financial updates.
  • Its mass update tools allowed us to clean our data ourselves, instead of paying for extra data services from eTap/Blackbaud.
  • Its mass communication tools allowed us to save money and consolidate our data.
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Pricing Details

AcademicWorks

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

eTapestry

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