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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

There are more robust tools on the market, but Salesforce for Nonprofits is the perfect starting ground for those who do not have a CRM already in place. It takes your team to next level and allows you to know what is going on in the organization at any given time.
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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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  • Keeps track of notes.
  • Helps build a pipeline of potential donors.
  • Makes sure no information is lost during transitions.
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Cons

  • 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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  • Was quite hard to put in place.
  • Had some trouble training new staff.
  • Vocabulary and terms varied from our old CRM solution.
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Alternatives Considered

We used Award Spring and Smarter Select in the past.
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I believe Salesforce for Nonprofits far exceeds expectations compared to these other tools. It has more free add-ons and a cleaner user experience.
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Return on Investment

  • We had a 24% increase in applications received after the first year
  • We had a 10% increase in scholarship dollars awarded
  • We had an increase in scholarship funds opened, including companies we weren't able to accommodate before.
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  • Salesforce has increased our revenue drastically as it has provided simple tools to be sure we are staying in touch with our monthly donors.
  • Salesforce for Nonprofits also allows us to track all donor/customer interactions so that everyone is on the same page with our donors.
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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