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AcademicWorks

AcademicWorks is well suited for large university campuses that have various scholarships across different departments. AcademicWorks can streamline the application, reviewing and awarding processes for these large universities. It is less appropriate for smaller colleges that have fewer scholarships and who choose award recipients manually.
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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

  • 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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  • 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

  • Customer Service - Has slipped in the last year, since merging with Blackbaud. Not as responsive or knowledgeable overall.
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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

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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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

  • 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.
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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
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TeamRaiser

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