Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT vs. Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
Raiser's Edge NXT is cloud fundraising and constituent relationship management software from Blackbaud.N/A
Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
Score 6.0 out of 10
N/A
With Foundant GLM, users can create, launch and receive online applications and grant reports, manage online proposal reviews, and manage grants and information from a single, integrated solution from anywhere they have internet access.
$0
Per Organization, Per Every 2 Years
Pricing
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXTFoundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
Editions & Modules
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Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM)
Per Organization, Per Every 2 Years
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXTFoundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXTFoundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXTFoundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
Communications and Marketing
Comparison of Communications and Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
6.6
6 Ratings
29% above category average
Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
-
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Constituent engagement and marketing7.26 Ratings00 Ratings
Social listening7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Digital advocacy enablement5.73 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting and Analytics
Comparison of Reporting and Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
7.0
9 Ratings
14% above category average
Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
-
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Reporting and data visualization7.69 Ratings00 Ratings
Wealth screening6.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Fundraising and Events
Comparison of Fundraising and Events features of Product A and Product B
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
5.1
8 Ratings
16% above category average
Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
-
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Online donation options8.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Event registration and ticketing7.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Text and phone donations2.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Volunteer shift management2.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile event check-in6.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Security and Platform
Comparison of Security and Platform features of Product A and Product B
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
7.6
9 Ratings
18% above category average
Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
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Role-based user permissions8.99 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile access8.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrations6.07 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXTFoundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
7.5
(365 ratings)
3.0
(13 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.2
(32 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.1
(31 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(15 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
5.0
(46 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
10.0
(13 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
7.0
(194 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.4
(16 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
10.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.5
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
10.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXTFoundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
Blackbaud
I think this product is well-suited for educational institutions, both at the private high school level and the higher education level. It covers a lot of ground in terms of recording information, and you have a lot of ability to tailor the software to your needs. I think there's some room for growth in terms of recording DEI information. Organizations who have very small staff may not want to consider this product because they might not have the time to take advantage of all the capabilities NXT has.
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Foundant Technologies
From where I stand, GLM is well-suited for use by small-staffed charitable foundations who make more than thirty (30) grants a year and distribute more than $500,000 in funds to non-profits. The software is able to handle every step in the grant-making process from receipt of a request, to the evaluation and decision regarding the grant, to tracking the pay-out, and to closing the grant when the work or the year is completed.
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Pros
Blackbaud
  • Tracks history of gifts and makes it easy to see giving over time, also good at organizing and accessing complete constituent information around contact information, displaying gifts with date and designations, restrictions etc..
  • NXT provides easy access to analytics and reports to share for specific dates etc. to support decision making and planning
  • Display format and organization of analytical information is very intuitive and easy to navigate and helpful in developing reports for presentations.
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Foundant Technologies
  • Foundant provides a streamlined grants management solution for reasonable cost.
  • The company listens to its users, collecting ideas and making improvements. Updates to the software are rolled out several times a year. When something cannot be changed right away, the company gives context and forecasts when the change might be possible.
  • While the software is easy to use, it also offers more advanced features (such as merge templates) that allow more customization for the advanced user.
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Cons
Blackbaud
  • Reporting tools are not flexible enough to cover our needs
  • The import/update tools do not cover all data points (e.g. fund relationships)
  • If there isn't a way to do something in RE, you're forced to come up with your own solution - support does not help in this regard
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Foundant Technologies
  • Need a smother process for third party responses. Currently individuals recommending more than one student for scholarships have many emails to deal with to find the correct link to upload the correct student's letter.
  • Questions that would filter which applications the applicant would apply for.
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Likelihood to Renew
Blackbaud
We have a lot invested in NXT and it suits our needs perfectly. There would be no reason for us to consider a needless conversion to a new solution. I do not believe there is any other product on the market that would be worth considering.
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Foundant Technologies
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Usability
Blackbaud
NXT seems easy to learn on a relatively deep level. There are glitches, like with everything, but it is usually easy to see where they are, most of time. I like that Development staff can choose what they want to see and where they want to see it, and it doesn’t affect my screen.
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Foundant Technologies
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Reliability and Availability
Blackbaud
The only reason I cannot give a 10 is because like all web based products, internet connection is required and that is not something that can be counted on 100% of the time. When the internet connection is stable, I have had little to no issues using Raiser's Edge.
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Foundant Technologies
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Performance
Blackbaud
NXT itself is a pretty simple interface, and is great for front-line fundraisers to be able to look up info and run some simple "reports"/analysis. It's very quick and intuitive, but the back-end attached to it (RE 7.96) may have connectivity issues from time to time. NXT itself, though, is simple enough that issues are rare.
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Foundant Technologies
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Support Rating
Blackbaud
The support hat Blackbaud can be iffy at times. When they are busy they must hire on a large temporary worker pool to help support and often times they are not capable of answering the right questions and delaying the process for your solution to be complete. When it is not the busy time, most things get answered in a normal rate.
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Foundant Technologies
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In-Person Training
Blackbaud
When you get a good, knowledgeable person for in-person training, you can't beat it! Hands on, real time, questions answered on the spot. And they want to make sure you get what you needed before leaving. To also have dedicated time without other distractions is very important to the learning process in my opinion.
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Foundant Technologies
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Online Training
Blackbaud
For the most part, the instructors who teach the online courses are very knowledgeable and personable. I will say that the instructor-led classes, which are the only actually helpful form of online training offered by Blackbaud, are likely prohibitively expensive for many, especially if you have multiple team members who need to be trained. One-off classes do not necessarily provide the best return on investment as you may not have selected the best class for the training that you're looking for, or you may sign up for a class that is taught by a poor instructor (which is rare) and you'll find yourself needing or wanting to take it again. The only other option is to sign a multi-year contract which is, again, expensive, and may be more than you need. There are definite gaps in some of the course offerings as Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT is relatively new. Most of the classes also require a time commitment of one and a half to three hours, which could be more than your staff can spare.
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Foundant Technologies
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Implementation Rating
Blackbaud
Blackbaud was with us every step of the way during the migration of our data to the newer version of the software. They made it as easy as possible, and the huge task that it was was made much easier with their help.
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Foundant Technologies
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Alternatives Considered
Blackbaud
There just is no system as robust and capable as Raiser's Edge NXT. It's ability to track anything you'd like, give you space to create custom fields (attributes) and utilize fields in different ways than intended give it the extra advatage that we hadn't seen in other products. It's got a vast network of plug ins that help automation features as well.
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Foundant Technologies
I have not used other online grantmaking products or evaluated others. I used to use MicroEdge Gifts, but not the online application version. It was a stand alone management system. This is hands-down better, easier to use and a more complete system
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Blackbaud
Pricing really seems to be all over the place, and everything else you need is an extra add-on cost. The biggest issue is training. Options are limited unless you subscribe and pay for it across your contract.
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Foundant Technologies
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Scalability
Blackbaud
New features are constantly being added to Raiser's Edge NXT that expand its capabilities. Features such as constituent mapping and easily accessible actions allow for more in-depth analysis of existing constituents. The future ability to manipulate soft-credits and customize reporting dashboards will make NXT even more attractive to our fundraisers and executives. It's great to see that the software is evolving.
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Foundant Technologies
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Return on Investment
Blackbaud
  • Time management, saved time with data, resulting in a cost savings of 20%
  • Made reporting easy with processing donor gifts and recording them approximately
  • Improved fundraising as the preferred platform and increased donations by 15%
  • Attained a holistic approach to identifying prospective donors
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Foundant Technologies
  • Positive customer service--fairly easy to use for applicants.
  • Positive--easy to run reports you have already set up, so [it] saves time.
  • Negative--limited question types makes it harder to gather the data we want to track.
  • Negative--our budget is more complex than can be tracked in Foundant, so we have to use a separate program.
  • Negative--we have to track potential grantee conversations in a separate program.
  • Negative--getting data ready to display in a dashboard takes a lot of time to manipulate in Excel.
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ScreenShots

Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT Screenshots

Screenshot of Benchmarking in Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT helps users understand fundraising performance by comparing their organizations against other organizations within a specific vertical or mission, or organizations of a similar size. The reports also quantify the revenue potential associated with improving, and surface actionable insight. Metrics include retention rate, recapture rate, acquisition rate, total revenue, revenue per donor, and current donors.Screenshot of Integrated analytics in Raiser’s Edge NXT help organizations identify their constituents’ gift capacity and recommends whom solicitors should be targeting for maximum major gifts. Simple & reliable ratings appear on constituents’ profiles, and lists include a ranking of all screened constituents from highest to lowest wealth.Screenshot of Work Centers enable management of a portfolio with a cohesive, clearly-defined process for all fundraising activities. They are designed to instill a deeper understanding of constituents and drive action. Action-triggering insights reveal areas that should be focused on, actions completed, constituents who need attention, proposals in progress, gifts received, and progress towards goals.Screenshot of Out of the box dashboards and reports display how an organization is performing at all times. Dashboards can be customized based on what’s important, to achieve a clear view of the organization’s performance.Screenshot of Online giving pages.Screenshot of Constituent records are designed to surface everything needed to know about a supporter in a single place. Tiles containing important supporter information such as contact information, giving history, and wealth ratings can be collapsed and organized according to each user’s preferences.