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AcademicWorks

We manage over 200 applications online, and could definitely take on more. If you only manage a low number - this would still be great software, but you may not need this. Also, if you have very specific applications, this might not be the best fit. However, if most of your applications are the same and just vary with some specific questions - this is perfect!
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Greater Giving

For our organization, Greater Giving is the best option because of the credit card swiping, the ease of the registration, and the tax receipts alone. I do wish that it would allow us to pass on the credit card fees to the purchaser, but for that reason, we don't use it for registration.For an organization NOT needing to swipe credit cards at the event for on-site purchases or using their tax receipt software, I do think that there are more affordable options.
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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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  • Credit card swiping at registration is important to us. It allows our attendees to have the option to make a contribution during our special appeal, purchase silent auction items, etc... without having to make a payment each time.
  • The day-of-event registration is so easy. As long as our host has provided us the name of the attendee registration is a breeze.
  • The ability to send out post-event tax receipts
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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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  • My main issue with Greater Giving is that they do not allow us to pass on the fees to the purchasers, which is why we do not use them for pre-event admission and sponsorship sales.
  • I wish that the event registration webpage could be modified more so that it can be brand compliant and look like it belongs on our website.
  • It is slightly more expensive than some of the other options - but for the reasons I stated in the pros section, we find that it is worth the extra cost for our event-related needs.
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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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We currently use Eventbrite for our pre-event ticket and sponsorship sales as they have a much more streamlined webpage that is customizable, they allow us to pass on the fees to our purchasers, AND they do not charge an annual fee on top of the processing fees.However, they do not have the ability to let you swipe a credit card in advance - you need a membership to Bidding for Good to do so. We tried using Eventbrite and Bidding for Good for only 1 event before we switched back to Greater Giving. Neither platform allowed you to send out tax receipts and the on-site event management was subpar compared to the ease of Greater Giving.
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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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  • We have had our attendees say that our check in/check out process is really well done, which I think leads to additional purchases not having to worry about paying each time you make a purchase/contribution. Since we don't have any pre-event Greater Giving numbers to compare it to it is hard to compare.
  • I do struggle with the cost as we are a small nonprofit and the annual fee + the processing fees are higher than other event-related software companies I have spoken to, but Greater Giving is the only one that can meet our needs at this price point. The other software companies that can meet our needs are more expensive.
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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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Greater Giving

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