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Likelihood to Recommend

Apricot by Social Solutions

I believe that Apricot is awesome to use if you are attempting to track or log client data. This system has the ability to be tailored to the needs of your program, and possibly going paperless. I do not think that it would be beneficial to use apricot to track/log financials that are not attached to clients.
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The Raisers Edge

The Raisers Edge is great for basic functionalities such as tracking and looking up information about donors and gifts. It is also great for people who will not need the database for more than basic tracking or do not have time or capacity for an extended training. For a situation that requires more in-depth analysis or for someone who will spend a lot of time with the system on a daily basis, I might recommend looking elsewhere.
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Pros

Apricot by Social Solutions

  • Incredibly intuitive design that is very easy to use and understand even to non-techy people
  • Very easy to create your own forms to best fit your actual need
  • Very easy to pull data and reporting for funders and monthly updates to the team
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The Raisers Edge

  • Running reports and queries is user friendly and intuitive. It could get complicated to run detailed donor reports however they offer some already created reports you may customize.
  • Blackbaud support is available daily to assist in screen sharing , reports, queries.
  • Raisers' dashboard makes it easy to track new donors, lapsed donors and you could customize what you are looking for in the results.
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Cons

Apricot by Social Solutions

  • We believe Apricot could offer secure web forms beyond the restricted 'Tier 1' allowance. In other words, currently, secure web forms are only available as options for Tier 1 records. This means we cannot have live registration for Tier 2 records, which is very restrictive, seeing as we would like to capture data as clients sign in at events or trainings we have.
  • We would like to see a feature similar to what TurboTax presents on its site that prompts you with questions to better generate the next step. In an Apricot case, it would generate these prompts to help us build our reports. We have the criteria we're looking to fulfill, we just need to better reproduce it in the sections on the Apricot report and this type of functionality would help.
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The Raisers Edge

  • The UX is very old and outdated looking.
  • There are several usability issues like you can't copy certain fields like the ID since it isn't text. You also can't use some of the standard keyboard shortcuts like Ctr+A to select all. These small things can really slow you down when you are working.
  • In order to search you have to select what you are searching for gift, fund, constituent. In other more modern databases like Salesforce you can search across all objects at once which is very helpful. Furthermore, when you are searching certain data can’t be searched on. For example you can’t search on an email address if the individual is logged as a relationship of an organization record
  • When you are querying RE it will often pull duplicate results. If a certain gift or constituent meets more than one criterion it will appear in the query twice. As such, in order to get deduped results you have to run a query through an export or a report so most data sets that you need have to be found in a two step process.
  • You can't add custom fields to RE. Instead you have to rely on attributes in order to add additional information. This works relatively well but it keeps the data segregated onto the attributes tab rather than appearing immediately where you need the information.
  • It is annoying that you can't upload documents and attachments to gifts. Instead, you have to put gift backup onto the media area of the constituent record. This makes it much harder to identify the correct backup document(s) for gifts.
  • This database is extremely expensive. As a nonprofit it's hard to justify the costs.
  • The old versions are not hosted so you have to host them yourself which can be costly and updates are not rolled out automatically. Instead you have to manually update the tool. If there are compatibility issues with the data you have to fix that before upgrading.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 9.9
Based on 2 answers
I went to the Summit a few weeks ago to learn about the future expansion and vision of Social Solutions. I already been with Apricot for 5 years and researched other products I still come back to Apricot and where it can grow with us.
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The Raisers Edge

The Raisers Edge 8.0
Based on 25 answers
I only wish that Raisers Edge would sync better with Mac products. It's still mostly for Windows, and requires a lot of maintenance in order to make it easier for Mac. The search engines can be a little easier to navigate as well. There should also be some information already in place, when searching for records.
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Usability

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Very well design, almost anyone can use
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The Raisers Edge

The Raisers Edge 8.0
Based on 9 answers
it does lots of things well (prospect tracking and event management), some things FANTASTIC (gift records and donations and relationships). It is rigid enough for the database administrator to maintain good clean data, but flexible enought for customization across organizations so specific data can be kept as needed for YOUR specific organization needs.
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Support

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Every time we have a problem it is resolved
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The Raisers Edge

The Raisers Edge 5.5
Based on 8 answers
Basic support is great. But when I have an issue where I've searched the Knowledgebase and asked other users, it's not helpful to send me to a Knowledgebase article I've already read and realized it doesn't solve my issue.
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Implementation

Apricot by Social Solutions

Apricot by Social Solutions 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Take the time to learn apricot and all the functions before implementation. Know what the end results are before designing forms
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The Raisers Edge

The Raisers Edge 4.7
Based on 3 answers
We had good success with the our implementation of The Raiser's Edge. The user guides, online resources, and Blackbaud support were all very helpful
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Alternatives Considered

Apricot by Social Solutions

I was not personally involved in choosing Apricot but know that our ED spent 2 years researching, comparing, and trying other software before choosing Apricot. I have used Cap60 in the past and did not feel that it was able to meet the needs of every program operated under that particular Community Action Agency's umbrella of services.
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The Raisers Edge

Tessitura has a fully integrated ticketing system and the ability to be notified when a donor walks into your space. It is much better at predicting donor behavior because it is able to track full engagement with your organization not just donor-specific engagement such as events and donations. However, Raisers Edge is a better fundraising database and is more nuanced in its ability to track donor specific information.
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Return on Investment

Apricot by Social Solutions

  • Apricot by Social Solutions has streamlined communication within our organization. Within the system you can set up emails to be sent when certain conditions are met. We use these email alerts to tell our case managers when they have been assigned a client, to tell supervisors when documents need to be signed, to let our finance department know when clients under specific grants have entered or left a program, etc. In 9 months of partial implementation, over 6,000 emails have been sent through Apricot.
  • Apricot by Social Solutions has given us a real picture of how clients interact with our programs. For example, we thought that our Clothing & Household Goods program primarily served the same clients who come for breakfast or lunch. We've discovered that is not the case, and we meet unique clients through that program.
  • Apricot by Social Solutions has improved our follow up with clients. For example, in our Employment Program, we should be following up with clients 30, 60, and 90 days after they are placed in a job. We have set up a report through Apricot that tells staff which clients have hit the 30, 60, and 90 days with their contact information right in the report.
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The Raisers Edge

  • Increased ability to segment direct mail pieces and report on specific appeal response.
  • Ability to provide detailed donor reporting to development staff on new, lapsed, and upgraded donors so they can focus their fundraising efforts.
  • Management of a large quantity of membership renewals.
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Pricing Details

Apricot by Social Solutions

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Apricot by Social Solutions Editions & Modules

Edition
Apricot Essentials$0
Apricot$0
    Additional Pricing Details
    Pricing for Apricot is driven by individual usage and needs of your nonprofit. Your organization isn't one-size fits all, so neither is our pricing.

    The Raisers Edge

    General

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

    The Raisers Edge Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

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