GrantBook invests 20% of our time and resources for ongoing testing of software applications and related technology. We have developed a comprehensive solutions comparison specific to grant application intake and review plus related productivity applications. The focus of the testing is for grant application intake, review, administration and reporting. GrantBook is particularly interested in how impact can be shared amongst funders and grantees alike.

On average the Grantmakers we work with use over 20 different software applications to run their operations and programming. GrantBook has a growing understanding where certain technologies work well for a range of grantmaking activities. To stay ahead of the trends, we have developed specific criteria for a range of software categories. We rank software using a three star system so that you receive recommendations that are verified and right sized.

SOFTWARE CATEGORIES

Each category has its own customized evaluation criteria, unique key features and known limitations — especially in terms of how it relates to integrating with other software applications. GrantBook works closely with vendors on defining use-cases and business requirements whenever it’s possible and cost-effective.

Analytics
Accounting
Content Management
Collaboration Software
Contact & Grants Management
Donation Management
File Sharing
Email Campaign
Event Registration
Evaluation & Survey
E-Signatures
Mapping & Visualization
Office Productivity

KEY FEATURES

  • The software excels at getting the job done
  • Areas where it out-performs other options
  • Other users have great things to say

KNOWN LIMITATIONS

  • Areas where the software has reached its limit
  • Aspects that do not meet user-requirements
  • Too cost or time-prohibitive to justify deployment

EVALUATION CRITERIA

 

APP MARKET PLACE

The software application is available on more than THREE browsers and/or mobile app stores with high ratings.

 

AUDITING TRAIL

Keep track of who has logged into the software and made changes to files or data.

 

BILLING

You can immediately upgrade/downgrade pricing plans PLUS have access to historical invoices and billing.

 

COST PER USER

The software is reasonably priced for the functionality that it provides to the users who need it.

 

CUSTOMER SUPPORT & KNOWLEDGE BASE

The customer support team responds fast and timely and/or has a self-serve knowledge base.

 

IMPORT AND EXPORT FEATURES

System administrators can add or remove large amounts data within FIVE MINUTES of a request being made.

 

INTEROPERABILITY

A fancy was of saying how well one particular technology talks to another.

 

SERVICE AGREEMENTS | TERMS OF SERVICE | PRIVACY POLICIES

The vendor does a great job keeping your data safe, secure and private plus the system is reliable for when you need it.

 

CUSTOMIZATION & CONFIGURATION

Workflow, brand customization and user interfaces can be modified in under 1 HOUR and without much external expertise.

 

USER EXPERIENCE

A user can be trained on a system quickly. An administrator can add or delete a user equally as fast.

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