8 Ratings
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Score 6 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

It is a very robust system and with the various modules you can accomplish much of what is needed for traditional transaction US-based grantmaking. If you have more complicated grantmaking, deal with foreign currencies or want to have tighter alignment of finance and budget numbers, GIFTS may not meet your needs. Additionally, some of their core projects have limited accessibility in terms of various mobile devices or access from outside the organization's network.
Meridian Napoli | TrustRadius Reviewer

GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G)

For any grant request for which you are using an online form to submit (for example, GrantRequest, Fluxx, CyberGrants), the G4G plugin is super helpful in skipping wasted time entering administrative fields into the form. Obviously this is not available for paper grants, but it can be used with fillable fields that you then print out
David S. Levine, CFRE | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

  • Simple layout
  • Duplication reports
  • Lots of fields for organization-specific information
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G)

  • Autofill
  • Plugin - ease of data transfer
David S. Levine, CFRE | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

  • While GIFTS Classic is the most barren interfaces of all MicroEdge products, there are some simple capabilities I wish GIFTS could still perform such as better email integration from outlook to a GIFTS request, more efficient requirement reminders, and a wider use of Microsoft Office and other external product integration (GuideStar).
  • It's disappointing that you have to purchase an additional "Customizer Module" or "Budget Module" in order to access basic functions of a GMS. This seems like a basic system function that MicroEdge takes advantage of, unfortunately.
  • The online application module (IGAM) is still quite antiquated and you have to be knowledgeable of basic HTML in order to really customize your organization's online application. More flexibility and design functions would be greatly appreciated with the online application function, especially since this is a public document and represents your organization.
Margie O'Connor | TrustRadius Reviewer

GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G)

  • None - Very happy with current iteration
David S. Levine, CFRE | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
I typically receive a response to an inquiry within an hour or two, if not sooner. Most tech support people are knowledgeable about our problems, and if not, they will escalate to the proper person.
JoAnn Tiefau | TrustRadius Reviewer

GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G)

GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G) 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Haven't used any live support but the online help sections were useful and concise
David S. Levine, CFRE | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

It is really a matter of priority. I can see situations where GIFTS Classic is a very strong option! Once an organization determines its priorities then it should definitely consider GIFTS to see how well it compares with mission critical functionality.
Meridian Napoli | TrustRadius Reviewer

GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G)

No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

  • Reporting was difficult on GIFTS - often we had to place data into Excel by hand since we could not create simple customized reports. This increased time spent on tasks GIFTS was supposed to streamline.
  • GIFTS did not alert us to duplicated organization records, so often it was difficult to reflect an organization's full grant history to our Board of Directors, leading to employees spending time searching through paper records to make sure all information was properly reported.
  • GIFTS created duplicate contact records, meaning it was difficult to find out which contact was related to which organization and cluttered our data. This caused decreased processing and response time to "new" contacts who turned out to be previous contacts or contacts whose information was tied to previous organizations. Even when contact information was updated for a new organization, sometimes the program would revert to the first organization contact information, several times leading to checks cashed to incorrect organizations---the very worst consequence of using GIFTS to our organization. Thankfully, the money was recovered upon the few times that error occurred, but it led to me and other employees reading through out 800+ checks before issue to make sure the correct organization was in fact being rewarded.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G)

  • Positive time-to-benefit ratio on grant applications
  • Allows for greater number of grants to send out
David S. Levine, CFRE | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

General

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

GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G)

General

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

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