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Score 6 out of 100
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Score 8.5 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

Salesforce for Nonprofits

We used several other nonprofit CRM packages before going to Salesforce. We weren't ready before then. It helps to have an understanding of databases and what it is you want to record and report on. Having data just to have data doesn't do anybody any good. Using other software, I knew what functionalities were missing for what we needed and we were able to customize Salesforce to get where we needed to go. We used the volunteer management software for a couple of projects a few years ago but found it a bit clunky. It's been a couple of years so we will probably try it again to see if the user interface feels like a better fit for us.
Karen Mellendorf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

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

Salesforce for Nonprofits

  • Lots of connection points. I can associate a contact with an organization, an event and a donation, easily bouncing between them and pulling reports accordingly. Love this!
  • This system has many more features than we will ever actually use but I love that because when we have a new idea or want to try something out we don't have to switch systems, we just have to dig a little deeper into salesforce and they probably have a solution waiting for us already.
  • Salesforce is great at training! I love their trailhead and have used it a lot, especially when I was just getting to know the system. It is easy, fun, informative, and always there to teach me something new. I can also go at my own pace instead of many people's models of training through webinars that are almost always at inconvenient times.
Anonymous | 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

Salesforce for Nonprofits

  • Learning curve - very powerful, but takes time to learn
  • Batch processing - takes time and advanced skills to reach efficiency for data entry and certain operations which you want to do in batch
  • Mass email is extremely limited - must choose a third party tool which adds complexity and cost to the system
Samantha Shain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

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Salesforce for Nonprofits

Salesforce for Nonprofits 10.0
Based on 1 answer
There is really no other tool to compare and especially since Salesforce for Nonprofits is free!!
Edward Phillips | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

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Salesforce for Nonprofits

Salesforce for Nonprofits 8.0
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I think Salesforce has so much functionality that it makes it difficult in terms of overall usability. Once you can figure it out, it's a 10/10, it's just getting there. If you're willing to do the work to figure it out then you're golden. For what it's worth, I don't know if you're going to find something with this level of functionality that's easier to figure out
Jared Lyda | 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

Salesforce for Nonprofits

Salesforce for Nonprofits 8.3
Based on 11 answers
I would say the support for Salesforce for Nonprofits is overall pretty great, as they offer many avenues to find the information you need and offer nonprofits the ability to work with Salesforce-trained volunteers or professional for free, which is useful especially during the customization process. I will say that I have often encountered situations where I needed to figure out certain information that I could not find even amongst the vast network of knowledge they provide.
Tierra Bishop | 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

Salesforce for Nonprofits

As a cloud native organization with no previous Microsoft infrastructure, Salesforce was a more logical and effective option for us. The suite of products was also far more comprehensive and required less customization. We were able to adopt a "configure not code" approach to our development of systems to support our mission that lowered the cost of upgrades.
Simon Sharkey Woods | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Salesforce for Nonprofits

  • We get amazing power and functionality for a very low cost due to the foundation pricing.
  • We have experienced efficiencies in having all our work in one place. We have not assigned an ROI to this but work flow and a calmer work force has occurred.
  • The organization has grown through this time and the system has kept up and always been capable of supporting us in out increased work flow.
  • Salesforce consulting time is expensive and if not controlled it can get out of had very quickly. Again you need a plan and you need to stick to it.
Jeff Govert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Blackbaud FIMS (formerly MicroEdge)

General

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

Salesforce for Nonprofits

General

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

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