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A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems 2016

May 1, 2016

This report has been released by Grants Managers Network (GMN) and Technology Affinity Group (TAG), with research conducted by Idealware. The report compares 29 grants management systems across 174 requirements criteria, looks at what each system does, and compares the strengths and weaknesses of each system available to grantmakers. The report looks at how they stack up against high-level categories and details the functionality of each system against specific criteria important to the grant-making community.

The Reality of Measuring Human Service Programs: Results of a Survey

January 28, 2014

In the summer of 2013, Idealware created and distributed a survey to learn how human service organizations from their own mailing list are actually using technology to measure and evaluate the outcomes of their programs. The suvey looked at a general overview of outcomes measurement and program evaluation topics, from how frequently they look at data and how much time they spend doing so to what types of metrics the organizations were tracking. To further understand the realities of measuring program effectiveness, Idealware conducted a site visit and interview of three human service organizations in Portland, Maine. The results clearly show that the respondents are struggling to measure their programs.

A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems

November 11, 2013

This in-depth report has been expanded to look at the features and processes used by 28 grants management systems to help private foundations accept and review applications and track grants throughout their life cycles. This report compares the strengths and weaknesses of these different grants management packages to see how they stack up against 19 high-level categories and details the functionality of each against more than 180 specific criteria. For the first time, this edition also includes survey data collected from nonprofit and foundation staff members who use these systems regarding their experience with the training, support, and implementation services offered by the vendors.The grants management software marketplace has never had a better set of options to support efficient and effective grantmaking, and we designed this report to help grantmakers understand how all these options compare.Download the report for free from any of the three partners websites: (, (, or ( edition reviews the following systems: Altum Easygrants, Altum proposalCENTRAL, Bromelkamp, Bromelkamp First Pearl, Closerware GrantMaker, Cybergrants, DonationXchange, Dulles Technology Partners WebGrants, Foundant Grant Lifecyle Manager, FluidReview, FusionLabs GE/Spectrum, Good Done Great Grant Management System, GrantStream GrantRight™, JK Group EasyMatch, MicroEdge GIFTS, MicroEdge GIFTS Alta, MicroEdge, GIFTS Online, MOSAIC GEMS, NPower FoundationConnect, Oceanpeak Inc., Common Grant Application, PhilanTech PhilanTrack, PowerOFFICE Software Systems Inc.PowerOffice, SmartSimple GMS360°, Solpath Fluxx, Versaic Grants, WESTAF GrantsOnline™, Wizehive, and ZoomGrants.

Understanding Software for Program Evaluation

August 30, 2013

This best practice outlines the aspects of successful program management and evaluation, with a focus on the types of software that can facilitate them. It breaks program evaluation data collection, use, and reporting down into five discrete elements (central program data hub, auxiliary data systems, proactive data gathering, existing data gathering, and reporting/visualization) and delves into the tools used by various organization types for each category.

A Consumers Guide to Software for Volunteer Management

May 1, 2011

Volunteer-based organizations have to keep track of a lot of data—for example, contact info, schedules, time sheets and job sites—and the right software can help, freeing time for managing volunteers. There are a number of products out there, but it's surprisingly hard to find information about them.We hope this report remedies that. We designed it to serve as an introduction to volunteer management software: what's out there, what to expect and how the different solutions compare.