What users are saying about

AcademicWorks

9 Ratings

NationBuilder

6 Ratings

AcademicWorks

9 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

NationBuilder

6 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

Add comparison

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.
Rhonda Seyfried profile photo

NationBuilder

Excellent for local and state level political campaigns. Also has worked very well for some of our non-profit clients. We do not currently use the platform outside of these scenarios.
No photo available

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.
Rhonda Seyfried profile photo
  • Great platform for managing website, social media, and donations in a single dashboard.
  • Some particularly helpful features includes turf maps for walking door to door.
  • I really appreciate the included voter files.
No photo available

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.
Rosisella Blakney profile photo
  • Some of the native integrations are limited.
  • Advanced plugin support, similar to Wordpress, would make this a very powerful competitor.
  • Admin navigation and functionality is not the most intuitive.
No photo available

Alternatives Considered

We used Award Spring and Smarter Select in the past.
Rosisella Blakney profile photo
NationBuilder is a much more capable platform, at basically the same price point.
No photo available

Return on Investment

  • It has provided a positive ROI in our scholarship management, without having to outsource this function in our department.
  • The help we get from the support team is phenomenal that yearly set up can be done with a few days.
  • For what we get done with it, it is a good investment.
Yma-Richel Nabong, MBA profile photo
  • The NationBuilder ecosystem is a well-connected, supportive bunch and it has been great to be a part of that
  • Most inquiring clients are already aware of NationBuilder's benefits and know what they want to accomplish. This saves time during the on-boarding process
  • NationBuilder's sales team is undereducated about the platform and I have received feedback from clients that they are sharks/difficult to work with. This is a big problem and I have lost business from it
No photo available

Pricing Details

AcademicWorks

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

NationBuilder

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