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Score 7.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Sales Force Automation

    7.7

    Salesforce

    77%

    Raiser's Edge

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Customer data management / contact management

    8.1
    81%
    188 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Workflow management

    7.8
    78%
    180 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Territory management

    7.6
    76%
    149 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Opportunity management

    8.2
    82%
    184 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)

    7.5
    75%
    173 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Contract management

    7.6
    76%
    146 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Quote & order management

    7.4
    74%
    138 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Interaction tracking

    7.8
    78%
    159 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Channel / partner relationship management

    7.7
    77%
    131 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customer Service & Support

    8.6

    Salesforce

    86%

    Raiser's Edge

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Case management

    9.0
    90%
    56 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Call center management

    8.4
    84%
    42 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Help desk management

    8.3
    83%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Marketing Automation

    7.8

    Salesforce

    78%

    Raiser's Edge

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Lead management

    7.9
    79%
    171 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Email marketing

    7.7
    77%
    145 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    CRM Project Management

    7.4

    Salesforce

    74%

    Raiser's Edge

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Task management

    7.5
    75%
    163 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Billing and invoicing management

    6.7
    67%
    37 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting

    7.9
    79%
    127 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    CRM Reporting & Analytics

    7.9

    Salesforce

    79%

    Raiser's Edge

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Forecasting

    7.7
    77%
    160 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pipeline visualization

    7.9
    79%
    176 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customizable reports

    8.1
    81%
    184 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customization

    7.9

    Salesforce

    79%

    Raiser's Edge

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Custom fields

    8.0
    80%
    176 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Custom objects

    8.2
    82%
    168 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Scripting environment

    7.7
    77%
    128 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    API for custom integration

    7.8
    78%
    148 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Security

    8.3

    Salesforce

    83%

    Raiser's Edge

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Single sign-on capability

    8.3
    83%
    146 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Role-based user permissions

    8.4
    84%
    139 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Social CRM

    7.7

    Salesforce

    77%

    Raiser's Edge

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Social data

    7.6
    76%
    118 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Social engagement

    7.8
    78%
    115 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integrations with 3rd-party Software

    7.8

    Salesforce

    78%

    Raiser's Edge

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Marketing automation

    7.8
    78%
    152 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Compensation management

    7.7
    77%
    103 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Platform

    7.9

    Salesforce

    79%

    Raiser's Edge

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Salesforce.com ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Mobile access

    7.9
    79%
    161 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Salesforce.com is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Availability, Implementation Rating
    • Raiser's Edge is rated higher in 1 area: Usability
    • Salesforce.com and Raiser's Edge are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.7

    Salesforce

    77%
    305 Ratings
    7.2

    Raiser's Edge

    72%
    82 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.4

    Salesforce

    94%
    49 Ratings
    6.2

    Raiser's Edge

    62%
    27 Ratings

    Usability

    8.0

    Salesforce

    80%
    94 Ratings
    9.0

    Raiser's Edge

    90%
    10 Ratings

    Availability

    9.8

    Salesforce

    98%
    54 Ratings
    8.0

    Raiser's Edge

    80%
    6 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    Salesforce

    90%
    36 Ratings

    Raiser's Edge

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.6

    Salesforce

    76%
    121 Ratings
    7.6

    Raiser's Edge

    76%
    38 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    7.9

    Salesforce

    79%
    11 Ratings

    Raiser's Edge

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    9.1

    Salesforce

    91%
    15 Ratings

    Raiser's Edge

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.4

    Salesforce

    94%
    32 Ratings
    5.9

    Raiser's Edge

    59%
    10 Ratings

    Configurability

    10.0

    Salesforce

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Raiser's Edge

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Contract Terms and Pricing Model

    9.1

    Salesforce

    91%
    10 Ratings

    Raiser's Edge

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    Salesforce

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Raiser's Edge

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Professional Services

    9.3

    Salesforce

    93%
    8 Ratings

    Raiser's Edge

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Salesforce

    Ability to create dashboards. The project progress can be easily tracked. Tickets can be fed with all the right data and the same can be exported. You can customize the fields as per your usage. Can be used for multiple projects. The reports generated are accurate in nature and can be used for making important decisions and improvements.
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    Blackbaud

    Raisers Edge is outstanding for storing and reporting on constituent data and communications. There are many options for creating methods of tracking by different information included and also for creating personalized tracking methods.
    Raisers Edge is not very well suited for an organization that also has a gift shop and visitors center. Allowing membership admission and item sales is not practical.
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    Pros

    Salesforce

    • Salesforce.com is extremely customizable. I would not consider it an out-of-the-box solution, although its standard fields allow for fundamental CRM activities and reporting.
    • Salesforce.com is able to integrate with 100s of third-party softwares—often times creating efficiencies in processes.
    • Reports within Salesforce.com have the ability to be simple as a standard Account report, or you can get very granular with your report filtering to segment a very specific result, eg. Accounts in California who are active clients and fall within the pharmaceutical industry and have a specified market capitalization.
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    Blackbaud

    • Raiser's Edge is good in allowing detailed categorizations for donations - Funds/Campaigns/Appeals/Packages
    • Raiser's Edge has good query functioning and is helpful in pulling lists and segments of constituents and donations
    • The variety of detail across sections (Gifts/Bios/Actions) is helpful for recording and archiving constituent information
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    Cons

    Salesforce

    • Would like easier integration of Einstein data in Salesforce Dashboards so we do not have to navigate to the Analytics Studio.
    • Quicker adoption of custom objects into new offerings like the Pipeline Navigator.
    • Continued expansion of Salesforce Surveys for more features and flexibility.
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    Blackbaud

    • Data posting to Financial Edge (FE) is limited and complicated to understand (took us time to adjust). The posting report does not have enough info: Appeal, campaign and who posted to FE. In genereral, RE/FE integration is not explained by Blackbaud properly, we had to figure out everything on the go.
    • Volunteer module is a bit cumbersome; some fields have duplicate fields in the event module; the identical information ends up being recorded in two different places.
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    Pricing Details

    Salesforce

    Starting Price

    $25 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Salesforce editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Essentials$25.001
    Professional$75.002
    Enterprise$150.003
    Unlimited$300.004

    Footnotes

    1. Per User/Per Month
    2. Per User/Per Month
    3. Per User/Per Month
    4. Per user/Per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Raiser's Edge

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Raiser's Edge editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Salesforce

      While it's not perfect and can be overly complicated at times, there is not another solution out there that can do what it does. To get the same functionality you would need numerous disparate tools to match the amount of functionality Salesforce has. Having it all aggregated on one platform makes the complicated parts far more bearable
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      Blackbaud

      There are many CRM tools on the market however Raisers Edge especially with NXT offers everything you need in one database. It’s a little pricey however Blackbaud support is super helpful and they offer so many tools and add ins.
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      Usability

      Salesforce

      Compared to the Salesforce Classic layout, the Lightning Experience is very user-friendly. Customize your top navigation bar to include quick links to your most frequently used records, objects, or reports. There are free online courses from Salesforce called "Trail Heads" to help new users get acquainted with the CRM. As a whole, it's a well-designed and user-friendly website. All is well, and there have been no problems so far.
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      Blackbaud

      it does lots of things well (prospect tracking and event management), some things FANTASTIC (gift records and donations and relationships). It is rigid enough for the database administrator to maintain good clean data, but flexible enought for customization across organizations so specific data can be kept as needed for YOUR specific organization needs.
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      Reliability and Availability

      Salesforce

      Salesforce is always available securely from any internet-capable device anywhere in the world, UNLESS you choose to set security measures so that ONLY trusted IP ranges may access the system at certain times of the day. It's all about choice and flexibility with Salesforce products.
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      Blackbaud

      Since the software is expensive to use, only so many people are able to active users at once. There are times when I may have to wait or ask another user to log out so that I may log in.
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      Performance

      Salesforce

      Salesforce performance in general is excellent. "The cloud infrastructure beneath Force.com has been fine-tuned over the past 10 years. It powers nearly 100,000+ businesses running more than 185,000 applications that 3 million users count on every day."
      Points per Salesforce -
      1) Multitenant kernel - With a multitenant platform, each business that uses the app doesn’t have its own copy. Instead, all businesses share a single copy and then customize it for their specific needs.
      2) ISO 27001 certified security - You can’t compromise when it comes to enterprise-level security. Force.com is road-tested and trusted by nearly 100,000+ companies, including many of the world’s most security-conscious organizations, such as banks and health care providers.
      3) Proven reliability - All Force.com apps run on world-class data centers with backup, failover, and disaster-recovery facilities. Force.com has had a proven 99.9 percent uptime record for years.
      4) Proven, real-time scalability - Force.com is used by many of the world's largest enterprises, including Cisco, Japan Post Network, and Symantec. Applications can automatically scale from a few users to millions of page views, as needed.
      5) Real-time query optimizer - You need fast access to your data. The Force.com query optimizer delivers under 300ms response time, at a massive scale.
      6) Real-time transparent system status - You can always see real-time system performance, availability, and security information at trust.salesforce.com.
      7) Real-time upgrades - Unlike traditional software platforms, our upgrades never break your customizations, code, or integrations. We upgrade the platform for you 3 to 4 times each year. As a result, you’re always on the latest version, with access to the latest features, performance, and security enhancements.
      8) Real-time sandbox environments - With a single click, you can create copies of your applications, configuration, and data in separate environments for development, testing, and training.
      9) Three global production data centers and disaster recovery - Force.com runs on three geographically dispersed, mirrored data centers with built-in replication, disaster recovery, a redundant network backbone, and no single points of failure
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      Blackbaud

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      Salesforce

      Account managers are awesome for the most part but change every year. So just as they are getting to know your business they usually switch accounts. We have premier success now which gives us 24/7 access to support, which has been helpful as we deal with integration issues with APIs and across Salesforce products.
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      Blackbaud

      For most users, only chat support is available. There is a phone number, but it is very labor-intensive to get someone on the phone, and the chat does not include an easy way to screen share. Those sessions need to be scheduled in advance and almost begged for; the chat line always has a long wait time, and sometimes it seems their support personnel is chatting with more than one client at a time.
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      In-Person Training

      Salesforce

      I attended two training sessions. I would rate them a 4 as an advanced user. It was very basic – great for someone new – would give 8+ for new person.

      I had 3 years of experience at the time. I skipped basic and went onto advanced and still not helpful. A lot of it was best practices that didn’t feel relevant for our business
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      Blackbaud

      No answers on this topic

      Online Training

      Salesforce

      I have gone through multiple. The content that’s delivered is quite basic – I wish they had more advanced training.

      We are grandfathered into premium support plus training. We get unlimited access to instructor led and online training for free. We have taken advantage of this
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      Blackbaud

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      Salesforce

      Just from an organizational standpoint - we standardized our data prior to moving to Salesforce. But we essentially standardized it wrong. That's created a big disgusting mess for us know that I'll have to deal with as the Admin. Be sure you think through use cases prior to doing something like that - seek outside opinions on how the data will work best, especially depending on what else you're going to integrate with Salesforce.
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      Blackbaud

      It's critically important to consider where you are taking your fundraising efforts and strategy, and to collaborate closely with other departments who will also use RE. I would strongly recommend that you investigate best practices -both from Blackbaud (theory) and with other organizations (practice) - to create a user manual and guide for RE within your organization
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      Alternatives Considered

      Salesforce

      When evaluating a CRM solution for our company we had a fairly simple decision process. We had to decide to buy vs build an internal solution - which we found for the cost Salesforce would save from development / IT perspective and provide a more robust solution. The closest out of the box competitor we looked at was the Microsoft Dynamics CRM product -and again, we found Salesforce to be a more robust / cost effective solution.
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      Blackbaud

      Salesforce has a more modern feel and I felt that it was easier to perform functions beyond the basics, such as running reports for analysis, on Salesforce. But The Raisers Edge already existed at my company and given that I only needed it for basic functions and did not need much training to do those, I decided to use The Raisers Edge.
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      Contract Terms and Pricing Model

      Salesforce

      The contract process was arduous. Some of that was because of the purchasing issues with our university, but as mentioned previously, we got a quote for a package and then they also recommended add-on fees. These were things we did not end up going with because we had budgeted based on the originally quoted amount. This has slowed down our implementation phase and meant we were paying for two CRM software for longer than I would have liked.
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      Blackbaud

      No answers on this topic

      Scalability

      Salesforce

      I've worked with Salesforce since 2001 in companies ranging from 4 to hundreds of sales people and the system has been able to scale and perhaps more importantly expand (functionally) to the needs of larger organizations. In fact in my previous company, as a provider of a solution that integrated with Salesforce, we had customers that had thousands of sales people using Salesforce.
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      Blackbaud

      No answers on this topic

      Professional Services

      Salesforce

      Using Salesforce.com has made my daily routines more efficient and simplified the manual tasks I had to perform independently. I can now access data from any device, online or offline, and provide better guidance to my team about the forecasts provided by the built-in artificial intelligence (AI). A chat with a Salesforce support specialist would be great. The knowledge base has a community forum where Salesforce users can ask questions and learn more about the product.
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      Blackbaud

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      Salesforce

      • Companies that either hire consulting expertise or have in-house experts will benefit the most. It can be a powerful tool. Manage it correctly and there will be great benefits.
      • Conversely, if companies don't implement Salesforce.com with a plan, there will be frustration and small if any ROI realized.
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      Blackbaud

      • It takes longer than necessary to do things so that makes it cost more staff time to complete the work we need. One example is with online gifts since you can't import these into a batch we have to manually add all of the online gifts which is time consuming.
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