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Score 7 out of 100
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Score 5.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackbaud CRM

If you want a "catch all" program that offers a little bit of everything, [Blackbaud CRM is] considered "affordable" by some market standards that offers a little bit of everything. That being said, none of the tools it offers are perfect (or even generally user friendly). The backend is notoriously challenging for admin who have to do a lot of workarounds for basic functions like list management and campaigns. Blackbaud bought up several other companies to combine their services, but few products work well. They've slowly been letting some services go to focus on the main CRM options but in all the years we used it this has been a struggle compared to competitors who offered one aspect of the [Blackbaud CRM] and did it better.
Rose Grant | TrustRadius Reviewer

Luminate CRM and Analytics

It does great with donor cultivation processes and the workflow feature is top-notch for automating processes. Where it does a less than stellar job is getting it to work more specifically for your organization. Often times building that kind of special feature costs a significant time and money investment and it is something that is hard to transfer when it's time to move to a new database.
Dustin Alexander | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Blackbaud CRM

  • It is incredibly user-friendly! From the first time I opened a constituent profile, I could easily navigate between tabs and find the information I need in a timely fashion without confusion.
  • It allows personalization! Depending on what information is most relevant to me, I can organize the widgets that are shown first. I typically look at the same few pieces of information on every profile, so I don't have to dig for it!
Ashley Milton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Luminate CRM and Analytics

  • Multiple tools on one platform. It saves time and lowers chances of error since we don't have to switch between a lot of platforms. Many less tech savy admins appreciate one login for everything.
  • We use our events calendar for many things, and the tools are fairly specialized for a more modern and easy to browse web calendar (having mobile optimized wrappers make all the difference).
  • Email campaigns can be segmented and more carefully targeted, both through ab testing and their reports.
Rose Grant | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Blackbaud CRM

  • The marriage of event registration (on-line) and CRM needs some work.
  • Challenges to adapt to organization culture surrounding things like "naming conventions", specialized reporting needs, some bugs in roll-up reporting on couples or families.
  • Tribute giving tracking/reporting is awkward.
  • Better shared language of function between BBCRM and other BB products like Netcommunity and Raiser's Edge. Can cause some errors in the implementation process.
  • Netcommunity functionality pushing data to CRM is messy and fraught with challenges.
Wendy Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Luminate CRM and Analytics

  • In my experience, the Blackbaud team is a nightmare to work with, and customization of Luminate CRM (or basic updates) will cost an arm and a leg.
  • Luminate imperfectly lays over the Salesforce platform, so if you use certain Salesforce functions you can really compromise the integrity of your data.
  • The layout and user experience is pretty subpar. The reporting feature is also not as robust as other databases.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Blackbaud CRM

Blackbaud CRM 6.4
Based on 7 answers
We've covered a lot, but mostly because we are happy with the system overall. There are a few kinks, and sometimes it takes a minute to figure out the right wording to pull a report or the best way to code a new category that we want to track. But Blackbaud is always there to help us, and once things are figured out - they are super simple to replicate. It wouldn't be worth it to switch to a new system and lose of all our information and time put in to mastering the system
Rebecca Armstrong | TrustRadius Reviewer

Luminate CRM and Analytics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Blackbaud CRM

Blackbaud CRM 6.5
Based on 15 answers
It is purely dependant on who you reach and speak to. You can call twice in an hour period and get two completely different answers. You can get people who are willing to help, people who just tell you no, or people who have no idea what to do. They need to work harder on training their support people. The chat function works very well for simple questions and is my preferred go-to when seeking help.
Stephanie Wollenburg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Luminate CRM and Analytics

Luminate CRM and Analytics 1.0
Based on 1 answer
Support for the product is horrible; often support will have you bouncing between Blackbaud support and Salesforce support and it's very rare either are able to find simple solutions. Most of the time the solutions almost always cost money and hiring consultants which, for a smaller organization, means not being able to achieve proper solutions.
Dustin Alexander | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Blackbaud CRM

In comparing Blackbaud CRM to Raiser's Edge, there is more room to configure, customize and seems more refined. In terms of more refined, I am referring to the user interface, the capturing of data, ability to perform simple or complex marketing processes.
Salvador Orochena | TrustRadius Reviewer

Luminate CRM and Analytics

Both MailChimp and Salesforce were sleeker and had a better admin experience (as well as constituent experience on the end) but both programs were more expensive than we could afford when we put all the digital tools we needed together. We ended up valuing LO more because it could do everything in one.
Rose Grant | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Blackbaud CRM

  • If you go with Blackbaud purchase the extended training package. Your staff will thank you.
  • The mantra is "If it isn't in Blackbaud it doesn't exist" is a contradiction because best practice with Blackbaud is to not use attachments which means we had to archive copies of donor letters or membership in a completely separate system. Really? What is the point? Or pay more and more and more...
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Luminate CRM and Analytics

  • Uncertain; we have not collected data on this. Our Luminate package is quite expensive, though.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Blackbaud CRM

General

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

Blackbaud CRM Editions & Modules

Edition
BlackBaud CRM$99.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Luminate CRM and Analytics

General

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

Luminate CRM and Analytics Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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