DonorSearch vs. Blackbaud Luminate Online

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DonorSearch
Score 8.2 out of 10
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DonorSearch is an online database of donors and prospects providing intelligence on donor wealth and capacity for giving, from the company of the same name in Marriotsville.N/A
Blackbaud Luminate Online
Score 5.7 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Luminate Online aims to help non-profits engage more effectively with supporters and raise more money by enabling integrated campaigns for digital, social and mobile channels. According to the vendor, Luminate Online helps non-profits: Better understand online supporters Make the right ask at the right time Launch creative fundraising campaigns Automated campaigns stimulate engagement and action through targeted welcome messages with personalized…N/A
Pricing
DonorSearchBlackbaud Luminate Online
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DonorSearchBlackbaud Luminate Online
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional DetailsLuminate Online is priced based on the number of email addresses on file, modules used and service plan. Our peer to peer offering, TeamRaiser, has a transactional, shared success pricing model.
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User Ratings
DonorSearchBlackbaud Luminate Online
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.5
(85 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(21 ratings)
Usability
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6.0
(26 ratings)
Availability
-
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10.0
(3 ratings)
Performance
-
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9.2
(9 ratings)
Support Rating
-
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5.0
(32 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
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7.3
(14 ratings)
Implementation Rating
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3.0
(4 ratings)
Configurability
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6.6
(9 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
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6.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
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9.8
(11 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
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9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
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5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
DonorSearchBlackbaud Luminate Online
Likelihood to Recommend
DonorSearch
I would say DonorSearch is well suited as you set out to build donor profiles. I think there are excellent background information on spouses, addresses, real estate holdings, giving priorities, etc. I also like it for grant research - you can find funders who may be interested in your philanthropic priorities and occasionally what those timelines are. I would not suggest using this for absolute strangers to your organization - too much to work through.
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Blackbaud
Blackbaud Luminate Online is an excellent solution for online giving, providing a wealth of tools for producing donation forms. It also is outstanding for peer-to-peer fundraising, such as event-based efforts like walks, cycling tours, and so forth. The Email module is outstanding if you need an internal solution for communicating with your donors and supporters. It provides a wealth of tools for crafting emails, and for reporting on the results.
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Pros
DonorSearch
  • Broad inclusion of information
  • Prior giving records
  • Address information
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Blackbaud
  • House Donor Information. Easy report pulling. Queries and lists.
  • I like how everything is housed on one platform. Webpages, emails and donor profiles. User friendly.
  • It works nicely with other blackbaud products such as Raiser's Edge. Easy importing and exporting options.
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Cons
DonorSearch
  • Too many names included even when the correct address has been provided for the initial query
  • Not providing total clarity about DonorSearch specific definitions
  • Providing too much info from low-quality profiles
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Blackbaud
  • Reporting needs some work, this is being worked on in their new BETA program.
  • The eCommerce module needs some work. It would be great to have more ability to customize parts of it without having to rewrite the code.
  • The Events module could use some improvements as well.
  • The Personal Fundraising module needs a lot of work. It really cannot work as needed right now. We started using TeamRaiser to handle this, but it could be great.
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Likelihood to Renew
DonorSearch
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Blackbaud
We’ve decided to leave Luminate and are moving to a system that better caters to our and our users needs. Luminate has proven difficult to use and has limited abilities when it comes to data management, events, and peer-to-peer functionality. Reporting is also very complicated and requires a great deal of time to utilize properly.
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Usability
DonorSearch
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Blackbaud
You have to be very tech savvy to use Luminate to its fullest potential. You can get buy with the training, but there is a steep learning curve and you almost need 6 months to 1 year of in-person training to really be able to anything substantial. The online training lessons are not going to cut it while learning this program.
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Reliability and Availability
DonorSearch
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Blackbaud
It's a very rare occurrence if the system isn't available when I want it. I can easily log in from home after hours if need be, and the security is enforced, but simple when you're legit! They are very good about sending email reminders and updates when system maintenance will be performed, and it's always during middle of the night hours when you likely wouldn't be using it anyways
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Performance
DonorSearch
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Blackbaud
Pages load fast and 98% of the reports do run in a matter of secons/minutes. There is this one report I have that can take hours to run, but this is due to the amount of transactions being requested for one of our biggest online fundraising events (Transaction report)
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Support Rating
DonorSearch
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Blackbaud
Support staff are usually incredibly helpful and responsive. There are several ways to contact them (chat, logging a ticket, phone) which makes it easy to get help when you need it. Once in a while I get a support staff member who isn't quite as helpful, which is why I gave it a 9 instead of a 10, but that is rare and if I follow up with someone else, I get what I need.
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In-Person Training
DonorSearch
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Blackbaud
Initial training was great and the instructor was very patient and helpful during the set up process. Blackbaud has a variety on online self-paced classes that supplement the training you receive. The only downfall is after training is complete. I've found the support for Luminate to be a tad lackluster. We often encounter issues that aren't on Luminate's development road map and have had a series of cases be opened.
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Online Training
DonorSearch
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Blackbaud
When I used the training, I had actually been using Luminate Online but figured it might help me learn to use the tools more effectively. And it did. The sessions were helpful and even as a current user I felt like I learned how to use the tools more effectively.
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Implementation Rating
DonorSearch
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Blackbaud
Implementation of Luminate itself was rather smooth, but the process involved for TeamRaiser was very difficult. Even after implementation we relied on support to help with various aspects of TeamRaiser from page design to reporting and front end user issues. The support offered for issues with Luminate was very good, but again TeamRaiser support was lacking.
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Alternatives Considered
DonorSearch
D&B Hoovers seems much more oriented towards a business looking to sell to clients - to increase their sales pitch opportunities. We had heard good things but the company does not seem oriented toward nonprofit success. I cannot find anything about the D&B Hoovers pricing available online but our DonorSearch subscription is worth it.
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Blackbaud
The only other product I have used for this type of fundraising work is NetCommunity and it hasn't been as scalable or versatile. It doesn't really offer the peer to peer fundraising of Luminate or the constituent management, web page development and considered donation forms. NetCommunity didn't even come close which is why we replaced it with Luminate.
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Scalability
DonorSearch
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Blackbaud
Luminate Online is a great scalable product as it provides various price points dependent on your quantity of email addresses. This allows both small and large organizations to utilize the product, which has strong email capabilities. It also means smaller organizations aren't forced to pay astronomical fees in order to have access to a quality product.
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Return on Investment
DonorSearch
  • There has not been a negative impact
  • We have been able to get a jumpstart on many leads
  • We are able to see whose giving aligns with our organization
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Blackbaud
  • We've increased our online giving +200% although this is due in part to our focus on the channel and not entirely on the product.
  • We've been able to increase employee efficiency by selecting email lists per message within Luminate Online. With our prior solution we needed to request data be pulled from our database for event email.
  • We've really done a great job of growing our online tribute and memorial giving through the use of custom links and the pre-populated information has really helped with the back end processing.
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ScreenShots

Blackbaud Luminate Online Screenshots

Screenshot of Email Overview DashboardScreenshot of Luminate allows you to enable multiple types of giving - from recurring to matching and everything between.Screenshot of Luminate enables you to reach out to supporters in multiple waysScreenshot of Luminate Peer to Peer fundraising with DIY events, also enables your supporters to fundraising on their behalf.