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WizeHive

WizeHive is a cloud-based platform designed to collect, review and manage applications for grants, scholarships and other nonprofit programs. The system offers tailored workflows, reporting dashboards, automations and batch emailing. WizeHive... Read More
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Sage Intacct

Sage Intacct is a provider of cloud-based accounting software. Sage Intacct’s applications are suitable for small and midsize companies and can provide real-time financial and operational insights as well as the ability to automate... Read More
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AccuFund Accounting Suite

AccuFund is an online accounting and financial reporting solution designed specifically for the nonprofit industry. Integrated into one, AccuFund's Accounting suite helps nonprofit organizations and government agencies report funding... Read More
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Financial Edge by Blackbaud

Financial Edge NXT is a cloud accounting solution from Blackbaud that provides transparency across teams, security, compliance, and reduces the need for manual processes. The system is a fund accounting solution that provides a general... Read More
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Unit4 Business World

Unit4 Business World is a scalable ERP solution designed to address the unique demands service organizations face. It offers multi-lingual and multi-currency capabilities, and is a fit for higher education, nonprofits and NGOs, professional... Read More
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Salesforce.com

The Salesforce cloud is an on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) suite offering applications for small, midsize and enterprise organizations, with a focus on sales and support. The Salesforce app has capabilities that include... Read More
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Stratus365

Stratus365 is a web-based solution designed for mid-sized and enterprise-class non-profits. The fully integrated suite focuses on relationship management with features to support online and traditional fundraising, business intelligence,... Read More
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NetSuite

With NetSuite's unified business management solution, nonprofit organizations can manage their entire end-to-end operations with a single business application. It integrates accounting, fundraising, customer relationship management... Read More
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Salsa CRM

Salsa CRM is a cloud-based constituent relationship management platform that helps nonprofits track  supporter relationships, manage online and offline fundraising, and intelligently report on everything. Salsa CRM features include... Read More
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Raiser's Edge NXT

Raiser’s Edge NXT is an integrated, cloud-based fundraising and relationship management solution for nonprofits. Raiser's Edge NXT provide tools to streamline various activities of a nonprofit organization and provide a single view... Read More
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Sparkrock

Sparkrock is an all-in-one solution for large and midsize Nonprofit organizations. It offers Finance & Accounting, Workforce Management, Payroll, Employee Scheduling, Case Management and Donor Management. Each module can be purchased... Read More
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Virtuous

Virtuous is an integrated, cloud-based solution for small to large non-profit organizations. It assists with various aspects of a non-profit’s needs, from managing donors and fundraising, as well as marketing and outreach. It’s... Read More
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CyberGrants

CyberGrants is a cloud-based non-profit and grant management solution. It offers features such as automatically checking tax IDs, scanning data against watch lists, integrating with accounts payable systems, automating reporting tasks,... Read More
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Charityproud

Charityproud is a cloud-based nonprofit management solution suitable for small to midsize nonprofit organizations. Key features include constituent management, donation and pledge tracking, campaign and event management, email integration... Read More
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Serenic Navigator

From core fund accounting to advanced grant management, and budget monitoring, Serenic Software designs systems to help nonprofits focus on their organization’s key mission, gain efficiencies and offer transparency to constituents.... Read More
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The Raiser's Edge

As one of the nonprofit sector's most popular fundraising tools, The Raiser's Edge is a comprehensive system that helps nonprofits achieve their mission by getting the very most out of their existing fundraising strategies. With more... Read More
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Little Green Light

Little Green Light helps small and midsize nonprofits manage fundraising and development efforts by offering a cloud-based constituent relationship management database, as well as event planning, activity tracking, mail merges and... Read More
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ClearView CRM

ClearView CRM by Softrek is a software solution that gives nonprofits the tools they need to manage both their fundraising activities and their donor relationships. ClearView CRM includes a suite of applications that bring together... Read More
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Sumac

Sumac is a software system designed for small to midsize non-profits that need technology to manage fundraising and donor management, contact management, event management, marketing outreach and membership management. The solution... Read More
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The Databank

The Databank is a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) database and communication system designed for non-profits. The Databank helps users manage relationships with donors, volunteers, activistsa and members from a... Read More
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ResultsPlus Fundraising Software

ResultsPlus is a comprehensive Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) solution for smaller to mid-sized nonprofits that provide these organizations with a complete set of powerful tools to communicate with their constituents, whether... Read More
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Orange Leap On Demand

Orange Leap is a web-based fundraising, donor management and non-profit CRM (constituent relationship management) system designed for the small and midsize non-profit organizations. The solution can be used by all types of non-profits,... Read More
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FundRaiser

FundRaiser Software is a fundraising and donor management solution that meets the requirements of small to midsize nonprofits. The software is suitable for a range of nonprofits including churches, public broadcast, healthcare, animal... Read More
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NewOrg

NewOrg is a configurable cloud-based solution designed to help small and midsize nonprofits manage donors, volunteers, marketing efforts, events and grant management in an integrated suite. It's suitable for veteran organizations,... Read More
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DonorPro

DonorPro CRM is an cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) system that helps users identify, segment and track their constituents. The solution includes donor management, volunteer organizing, employee utilization and program... Read More
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Fundly CRM

Fundly CRM, powered by NonProfitEasy, is built around several integrated core modules that manage interactions, donors, memberships, volunteers, events, communication, and programs. The volunteer management module is broken out to... Read More
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Apricot

Community TechKnowledge (CTK) was founded in 1999 by a former nonprofit and United Way executive. The goal was to create simple, user-friendly products specifically for nonprofit and public sector agencies. Apricot, their all-in-one... Read More
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GMS Accounting and Financial Management/Reporting System

Created specifically for non-profit and public organizations, Grant Management Systems (GMS) Non-Profit Accounting and Financial Management software meets industry requirements to account for grants, contracts and activities. With... Read More
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AMO

AMO is a cloud-based membership management solution designed for organizations in search of an online and mobile-ready solution that can help them organize and manage their memberships. With AMO, organizations can manage their website... Read More
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OneNFP Financials

For growing nonprofits seeking a scalable, friendly solution to better manage their fundraising and fund accounting, OneNFP (offered as Financials Standard or Financials Lite) is a great option to evaluate. This nimble, web-based system... Read More
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CiviCRM

CiviCRM is a cloud-based, open source constituent relationship management (CRM) system developed specifically to address the needs of nonprofit, civic sector and association-based organizations. Because CiviCRM is open-source, it’s... Read More
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Causecast Community Impact Platform

Causecast’s Community Impact Platform is corporate philanthropy software developed for businesses interested in engaging employees through workplace giving and volunteering programs. Its tools enable businesses to manage and track... Read More
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Good Done Great

Good Done Great is a complete suite of Web-based corporate social responsibility tools. Its core functionality supports grant management, workplace giving and volunteering programs for corporations and philanthropic organizations. Good... Read More
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VolunteerMatters

Founded in 2003, Closerware is a developer of Web-based nonprofit management software. Its flagship product, VolunteerMatters, is used by corporations, schools, governments, member-based organizations and nonprofits to recruit, coordinate... Read More
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Exceed

Telosa Software’s Exceed products support the most common nonprofit management tasks, including fundraising, donor and contact management, event planning, volunteer coordination, constituent communications and reporting. The Exceed... Read More
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Abila netFORUM

Abila netFORUM is a web-based association management system from Abila (formerly Sage) and is used by associations, nonprofits, and government agencies. The system includes modules for managing events, member profiles, membership... Read More
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Acumatica

Acumatica Financial Management Suite is a web-based accounting and financial management system for non-profits. Within the suite, they also offer integrated donor management, grant management, and eCommerce.  Each application includes... Read More
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Dashboard

Dashboard is a cloud-based association management system offering a full range of capabilities that support association operations, including membership tracking, event planning, accounting, board and committee management and more. The... Read More
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Optimy

Optimy is a cloud-based project management software solution specializing in sponsor and partner management for non-profit organizations. Key features include project management, budgeting, document management, project collaboration,... Read More
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MicroEdge GIFTS

MicroEdge GIFTS is a cloud-based grant management solution. It caters to community, education and faith-based foundations, corporations, financial services providers, government agencies and philanthropic advisors of all sizes. Primary... Read More
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Fluxx

Fluxx is a cloud-based grant management solution. It caters to small, midsize and large nonprofit agencies, government agencies and corporations. Primary features include grant and application management, budget and finance management,... Read More
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GrantHub

GrantHub is a cloud-based grant management solution designed for nonprofit organizations. Primary features include grant opportunity management, pipeline management, task and deadline management, proposal creation and reporting. GrantHub... Read More
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ePhilanthrAppeal

ePhilanthrAppeal is a cloud-based nonprofit software that caters to health services, human services, animal services, senior services, memberships, associations, education and politics. Primary features include donation management,... Read More
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HandsOn Connect

HandsOn Connect is a cloud-based nonprofit management solution for donation management, fundraisers and volunteer management. The solution helps nonprofit professionals organize charity events, send marketing communication, accept... Read More
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CommunitySuite

CommunitySuite is a cloud-based non-profit management solution designed for small and midsize companies. Key features include fund accounting, a donor portal, online donation management, scholarship management and event management. Accounting... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

Go to Grants.gov, and you’ll find over 1,000 different federal grant programs that award more than $500 billion annually. Add to that the numerous foundational grants offered by corporations and other independent organizations, and you’re looking at a sizeable source of needed funding if your nonprofit wants to claim it.

If you can claim it, that is.

Even if your nonprofit manages to find the perfect grant opportunity, meets the grant’s rigorous requirements and turns in every needed form and figure before the deadline, there’s still no guarantee of success. According to nonprofit software vendor Blackbaud, only 37 percent of all grant applications were approved in 2016.

It’s an exhausting process to go through when you have limited resources, which is why, if you’re tired of handling the rigors of grant management manually, your nonprofit should consider investing in a dedicated grant management system.

If you’ve never researched grant management software before, that’s OK. The Buyer’s Guide below answers common questions and offers more information about this type of software to aid in your vendor vetting and give you more confidence in your final purchase decision.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is a Grant Management System?
What Are Common Features of Grant Management Software?
What Benefits Do Grant Management Systems Offer?
How Much Does Grant Management Software Cost?
Next Steps

What Is a Grant Management System?

Grant management systems are software applications designed to assist nonprofits with each facet of the grant fundraising process, from grant discovery and application through regulatory compliance and financial tracking.

Grant management systems can be purchased on a stand-alone basis (e.g., WizeHive) or as part of a more comprehensive nonprofit fundraising software suite (e.g., Raiser’s Edge NXT).

 

Grant pipeline management in WizeHive

Grant pipeline management in WizeHive

 

Software can be deployed either on-premise (where the software lives on your own servers) or, as has become more popular, through the cloud (where the software lives on the vendor’s servers and is accessed by clients through a web browser).

What Are Common Features of Grant Management Software?

Grant management software systems can include any or all of the following functions to assist users:

Grant discovery Automatically searches grant sources and alerts users when applicable grant opportunities appear.
Proposal creation Maintain a library of common responses and attachments to use in grant applications.
Pipeline management Submit grant proposals and track their progress.
Document management Store all of your proposals and forms digitally in a central and searchable repository.
Compliance management Monitor nonprofit compliance with ongoing grant requirements.
Task/deadline reminders Assign grant-related tasks to individual users and receive notifications for upcoming deadlines.
Financial reporting Analyze your grant win percentage and how much funding your nonprofit receives from grants.

What Benefits Do Grant Management Systems Offer?

Many nonprofits rely on emails, spreadsheets, constituent relationship management (CRM) software or plain old pen and paper to manage all of their grant processes. Dedicated grant management systems offer a number of benefits over these nondedicated methods, including:

  • Finding more grant opportunities. You don’t have to spend any time manually searching the web for new grant opportunities; the software will find them for you.
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  • Spending less time on applications. If you don’t have a dedicated grant writer or the 80 to 200 hours needed to complete a grant application from scratch, grant management software can streamline the whole process by storing templates, documents and assets for users to reuse and adjust as needed.
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  • Missing fewer deadlines. It can be hard to stay on top of the many deadlines associated with grant applications manually. Software can alert you of upcoming submission dates.
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  • Improved team communication. Project management-like functionality allows users to assign tasks that are part of the grant management process to different individuals.
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  • Increasing the likelihood of success. Grant management software can identify which elements of your proposals are succeeding and which ones should be revised or thrown out.

How Much Does Grant Management Software Cost?

Figuring out how much a certain grant management system is going to cost is a tricky endeavor, as many software vendors don’t list all of their pricing information outright on their websites. The ownership cost can range anywhere from less than $1,000 a year up to $200,000 a year or more depending on the capabilities of the system and its intended audience.

Your payment schedule is also going to differ depending on whether the grant management system is sold with perpetual or subscription licensing.

A perpetual license involves paying one large fee upfront to use the software indefinitely. Subscription licensing, on the other hand, involves paying smaller recurring fees on a monthly or annual basis. Though the cost of each license type tends to equal out over time, it’s important to know what to expect, so you can budget accordingly.

You must also account for any additional charges for things such as implementation, training and support.

If you’re not sure how much money to set aside for a system like this, Nonprofit Technology Network’s annual survey reveals that the median technology budget for nonprofits in 2015 was:

  • $6,485 for small organizations (total budget is less than $1 million)
  • $40,050 for medium organizations (total budget is between $1 and $5 million)
  • $143,500 for large organizations (total budget is between $5 and $10 million)
  • $180,900 for very large organizations (total budget is more than $10 million)

Next Steps

If your nonprofit has decided to pull the trigger on a grant management system, here are some next steps you can take to aid your research and find the exact right platform for your needs:

  • Read our fundraising management software user report. In it, we survey current nonprofit software users to understand what functionality they use the most, what challenges they have using their system and how investing in dedicated software has impacted core fundraising activities and processes.
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  • Jump over to our product listings on this page. Read real user reviews and compare grant management functionality between vendors. You can even filter results by organization size, budget, operating system, deployment preference and more.
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  • Talk to one of our nonprofit software experts. Give us a call at (844) 852-3639, and we’ll actually do all of the work for you. Our nonprofit software experts will ask a few questions about your organization and send you a shortlist of highly-rated products to consider. The service is quick and completely free.