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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Foundation Directory Online (FDO) and iWave are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.1

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

81%
3 Ratings
7.6

iWave

76%
13 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

100%
2 Ratings
10.0

iWave

100%
8 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

Beyond any pros or cons, the simple fact is that FDO is the industry standard for grant prospecting databases. Others like GrantStation, GrantSearch, and more can offer some other functionalities or different UX/UI, but ultimately I've never found something that other search platforms had that FDO did not. If you are a non-profit organization, you need a subscription to FDO if you have any serious interest in prospecting (and getting) institutional funding.
David S. Levine, CFRE | TrustRadius Reviewer

iWave

iWave is well suite for gathering a better idea of who you should focus on for major giving efforts. While it gives you a lot of good information, some of that information feels not very important and therefore, clogs up the data you actually need. iWave should not be used for something like direct mail list making. iWave seems to really be focused on the major donor aspect and it is not a tool to be used to help with regular annual giving
Amy Melton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

  • Summarizing foundation information (contact info, funding priorities, geographic priorities, etc.) in a user-friendly format
  • Recommending similar foundations based on certain criteria, this is helpful when looking for new funding opportunities
  • Being able to search through organization's 990s using crtl + F
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iWave

  • The 360search allows you to do a comprehensive search across the multiple data sources at the same time.
  • You can stay organized during your research with the user-friendly and customizable Profiles and Labels.
  • The PROscreen ranking system allows you to get a quick snapshot of the alignment of a particular donor with your mission in an easy to read format that can be exported for another colleague with little extra explanation needed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

  • As this platform grows, more data will be available and I'm looking forward to even further narrowed search results.
Abby Landmeier | TrustRadius Reviewer

iWave

  • It's honestly tough to say what needs to be improved on a platform that I am a big fan of. The only time I am ever frustrated has more to do with the fact that some individuals are very adept at masking their charitable activities from public databases, and given that iWave can only show you what is publicly documented information I wouldn't consider that a liability of the product... rather it's a challenge of the field.
  • Some areas of improvement could include more online filtering and searching of Foundation grant histories. My current workaround is to download the entire grant history as a CSV (another good feature of iWave), and use Excel to sort and filter my results.
Dave Archuletta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

General

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

Starting Price

iWave

General

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

Starting Price

Support Rating

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Any question is answered within 24-48 hours, professionally. If one person can't answer right away, they will seek answers within their support group and find the answer for you.
David S. Levine, CFRE | TrustRadius Reviewer

iWave

iWave 10.0
Based on 8 answers
iWave customer support is more responsive than most software platforms I currently use. My requests are always handled promptly, and support is incredibly responsive, friendly, and patient. Plus, I can always get someone on the phone immediately if I need a problem resolved right then and there. In addition to the live and personal support, the iWave knowledge base is frequently update with new content, including video webinars that help you become a more powerful user of the software.
Dave Archuletta | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

I have also used Grant Station and GuideStar for foundation research and have found Foundation Directory Online to be the most user-friendly, provide the most detailed information about foundations, and to have the best search features in order to find the funders that I am looking for as well as to discover new funders
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iWave

iWave is affordable, offers current data, and is continually adding new data sources. They are the only product that offers international prospect information, which is helpful as our institution borders Canada. I was impressed when our sale representative went out of his way to teach me about how I could screen Canadian prospects in a way that helped us calculate an estimated real estate value for our prospects. We had no other way of getting this information as Canada does not provide the information publicly like tax assessor offices do in the United States.
Shannon Richardson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

  • We don't apply for many grants, however; we use look for resources to direct nonprofit when looking for additional funding outside of our funding process.
Abby Landmeier | TrustRadius Reviewer

iWave

  • We have consistently been able to increase our annual donations year over year since using iWave. There was an 11% increase just between our last fiscal year and the previous fiscal year.
  • Time spent on researching donors has decreased since all of the information needed is on one website rather than searching all over the internet for the information needed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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