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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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Network for Good

We use it for donations (with an option to sign up for emails). We do not have a robust online giving program at this time, but feel that Network for Good is and will be the best option for us. The form that a donor is required to fill out is lengthy, but I have not had any donor that has given online want to say that this was a deal breaker for them. I would still like to see an easier option down the road if possible.
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Pros

AcademicWorks

  • 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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Network for Good

  • The customer service team is excellent -- from set-up to problem shooting. Very responsive.
  • The set-up process is relatively easy.
  • Analytics are excellent and reporting is user-friendly.
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Cons

AcademicWorks

  • Our school is unique in that we require a minimum of two references to be completed per applicant and they must be the right references. One must be a teacher/instructor if the applicant has been a student in the last 5 years and the others must be professional level references. To date there is no way for the system to identify and qualify students based on their references, so this process falls to us.
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Network for Good

  • The donor form can be a bit complicated/lengthy, though I realize you need to capture information.
  • There are limitations on the number of characters allowed on your giving page.
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Alternatives Considered

AcademicWorks

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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Network for Good

NFG is better suited for our size of organization. We are a small office with a database of a few hundred donors.
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Return on Investment

AcademicWorks

  • There are many factors that go into an ROI and it is hard to determine the impact that the AcademicWorks System alone has had. However, I can say that the scholarship committee reviewers that used to help evaluate students using our previous system much prefer the ease of doing the reviews in the AcademicWorks System. This is good because at times some of the committee reviewers have transitioned to become scholarship donors.
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Network for Good

  • Network for Good has streamlined and automated our donor relations and management processes and is compatible with our budget.
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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

Network for Good

General

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

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