Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager vs. MIP Fund Accounting

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager
Score 3.0 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
MIP Fund Accounting
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
MIP Fund Accounting™ is a configurable fund accounting solution. The solution includes functionality for fund accounting, procurement, budgeting, payroll, human resources, timekeeping, fixed asset management, grant management, and dashboards for nonprofits and government agencies.
$249
per month
Pricing
Foundant Grant Lifecycle ManagerMIP Fund Accounting
Editions & Modules
Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM)
Per Organization, Per Every 2 Years
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Foundant Grant Lifecycle ManagerMIP Fund Accounting
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Foundant Grant Lifecycle ManagerMIP Fund Accounting
Top Pros
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User Ratings
Foundant Grant Lifecycle ManagerMIP Fund Accounting
Likelihood to Recommend
3.0
(13 ratings)
8.5
(404 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(92 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.4
(93 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(13 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(55 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.4
(125 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(7 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.8
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.8
(44 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(6 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(8 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(8 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(8 ratings)
User Testimonials
Foundant Grant Lifecycle ManagerMIP Fund Accounting
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Community Brands
I tried a couple of other funds accounting software, and we had staff that was familiar with MIP. I then chose MIP for both companies. I know we get accurate information out of MIP as long as the information put in is good. MIP is a little clumsy for AR billing, but maybe it would be easier to use if it was available in the cloud module (or if it is, I haven't been able to see it).
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Pros
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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Community Brands
  • General Ledger processing, including journal entries and reports
  • Ability to download all reports directly to Excel and PDF formats
  • Use of Grant codes to enable grant reporting by month/quarter/year
  • Ability to have multiple departments and consolidate into groups for reporting
  • Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable cannot be out of balance
  • Multiple ways to use the product including Cloud and Classic options, Visual menu or Standard (Top of screen) menus to select processes, many options we are not using in our simple organization
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Cons
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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Community Brands
  • My #1 request would have a report that can pull from all modules. There are some reports that I have to run in separate areas to compile the data I want. If there were a one-stop-shop report center, that would be fantastic.
  • I would love to have an option to make text size bigger in all parts of the system.
  • We are in CA; I would like to see call center coverage to account for the time change to Texas.
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Likelihood to Renew
Foundant Technologies
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Community Brands
We have been using MIP for over 25 years. In the '90s, we used the MS-Dos version and subsequently changed to the Windows version in the 2000s. Our organization is still relatively small in terms of staffing and even transaction volume; however, over the years, the number of projects has increased and is projected to increase drastically in the next year or two. With the increase in projects along with the ability of MIP to cater easily to large organizations, it makes perfect sense for us to renew when that time comes.
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Usability
Foundant Technologies
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Community Brands
I don't know what it would be like in the for-profit arena, but for the non-profit arena, it is an excellent product. I love how you don't actually have to close years and are able to get information that spans over the year-end. And the grant tracking is excellent too. It is just an excellent accounting system.
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Reliability and Availability
Foundant Technologies
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Community Brands
Mostly its available when I need it. I do get kicked out of the cloud while entering data at times. But I do not lose data and can often just open up the classic version to continue doing what I was doing. Only rarely is there no availability and when that happens, its a very short amount of time.
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Performance
Foundant Technologies
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Community Brands
I feel that reporting is difficult to use. Copying existing reports for a new fiscal year is easy but often the data you want to display is not selected, even filtering for the correct data. We routinely have to call support for assistance with reports and most of the issues cannot be resolved during a phone call, a ticket has to be placed for more in-depth examination of the issue. Multiple users cannot run the same report at the same time; so if two people are trying to run an expanded GL, you will have to copy the report and save it with a new name in order to use it at the same time. This results in lots of unnecessary reports in the list. In addition, once you have been using the system for a while you wind up with hundreds of reports in your list of options; there may be a way to archive reports but we have not found that yet so we currently have reports in our list from accounts that are over 10 years old.
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Support Rating
Foundant Technologies
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Community Brands
I have not reached out to MIP for technical support; however, their website offers great help resources so I can solve an issue on my own. Another team member reached out to MIP for support and was helped quickly. The transition process took longer than expected due to a lag in communication.
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In-Person Training
Foundant Technologies
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Community Brands
There are no specifics on what happens if you make one choice or another to know which is the best selection. This is true for JVs and AP. In training we were not given specifics of what happens when one possibility is selected over another.
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Online Training
Foundant Technologies
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Community Brands
Denise O'Malley provided training for the HR module when we added it to our system. Denise also gave us a demo of the EWS module which we were able to see that it would not meet our needs. She was very kind about and understanding regarding the functions we needed with a time clock system.
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Implementation Rating
Foundant Technologies
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Community Brands
Don't waste your time with MIP. There are plenty of other softwares out there that will do the job better. Do your homework. Get references from actual users. Make sure that what you choose will truly integrate. Make sure that there is local support. Get training. You will be glad that you passed this one by. Trust me.
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Alternatives Considered
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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Community Brands
This is the first time I've worked in the non-profit world. Accounting is somewhat different so I am very glad to be using a product designed specifically for non-profits. Many accounting processes are similar of course, but it is nice to have them tailored to fit the requirements of a non-profit organization.
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Scalability
Foundant Technologies
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Community Brands
Not real sure what you mean by scalability. It seems to be able to handle all of the funds we are currently working with. If you mean the looks of it, some things are small and it would be nice to increase the size according to the user.
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Return on Investment
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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Community Brands
  • The Accounting and HR teams have been able to eliminate double entry, and therefore free up a lot of time.
  • With the budgeting module, we have been able to obtain a firm grasp on our grants and utilize those funds in the best way possible.
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