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AcademicWorks

9 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

Salesforce for Nonprofits

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Score 8.8 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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Salesforce for Nonprofits

Salesforce for Nonprofits is well suited for nonprofits who want to have the ability to deeply customize how their data is entered and how it is used. Because it's Salesforce, you have a ton of native functionality to work off of, but also can connect with a vast network of developers who can help customize it. Salesforce for Nonprofits wouldn't be ideal for a small nonprofit that wants a turnkey database / fundraising solution, as it requires other applications to be installed and some customization.
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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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  • Visibility, we can see at what point any of our projects are at and we can see what was done and when leveraging chatter.
  • Ease of flow, our environment was created to streamline our work flow and it does it. Once one process is completed the system moves the project to the next group/phase.
  • Ease of use. the system is intuitive and we find that the learning curve for new employees is very straight forward. The system walks you through your processes.
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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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  • Complex reporting often times out
  • Many features still require developers to build out - would like to see Salesforce create simpler interfaces for non-technical users
  • Limited storage - Salesforce requires you to pay for more storage, which gets very costly
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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 reviewed all the mid-level options before we chose Salesforce. All the other options we looked at were eater very undefined and we woud be building from scratch or they were very defined and woud require our processes to change to match the system. Salesforce was the sweet spot that had existing functionality that helped us improve but had the ability to create objects the way we work.
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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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  • We get amazing power and functionality for a very low cost due to the foundation pricing.
  • We have experienced efficiencies in having all our work in one place. We have not assigned an ROI to this but work flow and a calmer work force has occurred.
  • The organization has grown through this time and the system has kept up and always been capable of supporting us in out increased work flow.
  • Salesforce consulting time is expensive and if not controlled it can get out of had very quickly. Again you need a plan and you need to stick to it.
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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

Salesforce for Nonprofits

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