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AcademicWorks

AcademicWorks is well suited for large university campuses that have various scholarships across different departments. AcademicWorks can streamline the application, reviewing and awarding processes for these large universities. It is less appropriate for smaller colleges that have fewer scholarships and who choose award recipients manually.
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Grant Lifecycle Manager

From where I stand, GLM is well-suited for use by small-staffed charitable foundations who make more than thirty (30) grants a year and distribute more than $500,000 in funds to non-profits. The software is able to handle every step in the grant-making process from receipt of a request, to the evaluation and decision regarding the grant, to tracking the pay-out, and to closing the grant when the work or the year is completed.
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Pros

  • Ease of set-up of the scholarship applications every year.
  • The report functionality allows us to be able to sort through the applicants easily.
  • The review functionality is user-friendly that anyone new to the system can easily learn it.
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  • Customer Service: Foundant is always super helpful and speedy in their responses to my questions, whether it's an email or call.
  • Connections to other users: There's a great online community that's willing to share what works for their organizations.
  • Company Response/Development: Foundant is continually updating (where it needs to) to make their product the best it can be, and is willing (and does) take comments and suggestions from clients for how the software could be improved.
  • Training: A variety of training options- ranging from in person conferences to web-based tutorials. Very helpful, and updated as the product is.
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Cons

  • There could be improvement when attaching documents. Students sometimes get errors on uploading documents due to file names with certain characters.
  • Room for improvement could be mobile functionality.
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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

  • Time saving.
  • Easier for reviewers to score applications.
  • Easier for references to submit their recommendations.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

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.