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AcademicWorks

9 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

Grant Lifecycle Manager

16 Ratings
Score 10 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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Grant Lifecycle Manager

Cost of the product is primarily subscription based, which is better for being able to budget for. Add a new administrator user? No extra cost.It is web based, and accessible to grant applicants, students, counselors and committee members.The vendor provides competent support and implementation specialists. Data is able to be uploaded to the enterprise system to create checks for the awardees.
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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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  • With GLM we are able to customize our application exactly as we want it to be. This ensures that we receive the precise information we want and need in order to make the best decisions for the community.
  • I also particularly like that we can automatically send reminders to grantees when reports are due, confirmations that applications and LOIs have been received and instant notifications to me that things have been submitted.
  • With GLM the process to scan and upload documents is seamless. Our auditors like to see signed grant contracts and board minutes confirming the terms of a grant. We upload these and it serves as our virtual filing cabinet - we are striving to go paperless and GLM has greatly assisted in the endeavor.
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Cons

  • Some users may like a bit more customization
  • If it's not currently a thing, an "if, then" algorithm for the general application would be helpful
  • Easier searching in their client resource portal
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  • I would like to see enhanced ability for email merging to do customized mass emails.
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Alternatives Considered

At the time that we made the switch, NextGen was not able to offer the option that committee reviewers could rank a student and that their ranking could carry over into multiple scholarships. We already had over 70 committee reviewers and the process to review some of the more general scholarship applicants was taking more than 10 hours. The AcademicWorks System allows each applicant to be ranked by a number of committee reviewers (you set the number of reviewers) one time and the score can be propagated across multiple scholarships. This is an efficient use of the reviewers time and keeps the time commitment manageable.
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I have not used other online grantmaking products or evaluated others. I used to use MicroEdge Gifts, but not the online application version. It was a stand alone management system. This is hands-down better, easier to use and a more complete system
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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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  • Increased employee efficiency (do not have to spend a lot time chasing down grant agreements or outcome reports)
  • Shortened notification and payment time
  • Improved customer service/transparency - grant partners able to access their grant documents, view payments, reports, etc.
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Pricing Details

AcademicWorks

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
AcademicWorks Editions & Modules
AcademicWorks
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Grant Lifecycle Manager

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Grant Lifecycle Manager Editions & Modules
Grant Lifecycle Manager
Edition
Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM)
1
1. Per Organization, Per Every 2 Years
Additional Pricing Details
Foundant Connect is an optional, add-on product linking data from GuideStar, Foundation Center, and GreatNonprofits into Foundant GLM„the organizations leading the industry in the data revolution. Connect allows users to quickly access and share data to make the grantmaking process easier and more efficient for everyone involved.