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AcademicWorks

9 Ratings

TeamRaiser

1 Ratings

AcademicWorks

9 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

TeamRaiser

1 Ratings
Score 7 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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TeamRaiser

I can only speak from a DIY fundraising perspective, but TeamRaiser is definitely a beast. It has a lot of capability, but if you are short on time, money, and expertise, it may be overwhelming and/or not a right fit for a campaign. It's important to have an initial design team to build a campaign and to make a check-list for each campaign set up, as one wrong setting can break the entire thing.But, it is also a powerful tool that can be used to raise a lot of money with the right marketing plan behind it.
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Pros

  • Reporting - pulling reports in AcademicWorks is so simple and quick. Whether I am putting together a report of applicants for a donor, or the pulling the applicants from a specific school or major, I can do it by the click of a button.
  • Support - if I ever have questions or need help problem solving, the support desk is readily available.
  • Flexibility - we can customize pretty much every aspect of how the user experiences AcademicWorks
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  • Offers the ability to really customize a campaign on TeamRaiser.
  • Provides milestones/badges that can be earned for participants.
  • Provides custom pages that can be easily linked to a campaign.
  • Gives the ability to send coaching emails to participants and for participants to send emails through the TeamRaiser system.
  • Has a big support community.
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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.
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  • Has a difficult learning curve to make campaigns customizable.
  • Does not offer any drag and drop interfaces.
  • A lot of details and settings that can be confusing.
  • No automatic recognition for returning participants.
  • When copying from a previous campaign, everything is a manual update.
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Alternatives Considered

We used Award Spring and Smarter Select in the past.
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While everydayheroPro and CrowdRise are easy to set up, already mobile friendly, have great interfaces, and are customizable, they lack some base capabilities that come with TeamRaiser, such as the ability to control the donation form, email capability, database syncing, badges/milestones, and custom pages. The everydayheroPro system has great potential, and we use it for our smaller DIY campaigns, but its support knowledge bank and customization is still so limited and can be frustrating to use because of it.
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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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  • Introduced our constituents to DIY fundraising.
  • Provided another revenue stream that provides nearly $100,000 extra a year.
  • Gets our constituents involved in the cause in another way.
  • We've found a niche by using TeamRaiser in companies.
  • Has provided more donor interaction for lower-tier giving groups that might otherwise receive little communication and stewardship from us.
  • Seen returning participants raise more money year-after-year.
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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

TeamRaiser

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