2020 Edition of Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems

Jan 28, 2021

The new edition of A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems is now available! 

March 12, 2020 With four years since the last edition, the new release of A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems reflects significant changes in the marketplace for grants management systems. Funded by PEAK Grantmaking, Grantbook, and TechImpact, the 2020 release reviews the current landscape of systems as well as new functionality added since the 2017 Consumers Guide. 

“Increasingly, grantmakers want good data to measure impact, to make more strategic decisions, and to support learning for the philanthropic and nonprofit sector as a whole” says Nikki Barrett from Grantbook and Melissa Sines from PEAK Grantmaking. “These strategic imperatives have pushed many of these systems—and the people who use them—far beyond basic administrative functions. We hope this guide provides an invaluable resource as you weigh your options.”

The full report, in both its digital and PDF format, is available from Tech Impact’s Idealware at https://guides.techimpact.org/grants-management-systems/.

The first edition of A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems was released in 2008, with subsequent major revisions in 2011, 2013, and 2017.


Tech Impact’s Idealware is the authoritative source for independent, thoroughly-researched technology resources for the social sector. Our publications, assessments, and training can save you time and money by providing impartial guidance that gives you the knowledge and confidence you need to decide what’s best for your organization.  Learn more about Tech Impact:  https://www.idealware.org. 

Grantbook is a technology consulting firm exclusively for grantmaking organizations. Their team of thinker and “tinker-ers” have helped hundreds of grantmakers reach the full potential of their people, process, and technology. Learn more about Grantbook: https://www.grantbook.org

PEAK Grantmaking strives to advance grantmaking so grantmakers and grantseekers can best achieve their missions. They connect members of the grantmaking profession, offer educational opportunities for grants management professionals at all levels, and guide grantmakers in strengthening practices—improving outcomes for grantmakers and grantseekers alike. Learn more about PEAK Grantmaking: https://www.peakgrantmaking.org

About the Technology Association of Grantmakers

TAG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization that promotes the strategic, innovative, and equitable use of technology in philanthropy to solve problems and improve lives. With over 2000 members in 300 foundations throughout North America and beyond, TAG is the voice of technology in the philanthropic sector, providing technology professionals, tech funders, and “accidental techies” with knowledge, networks, mentoring, and educational opportunities.

Since 2008, the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) has built a global community, conducted groundbreaking research, and become an advocate for investment in tech infrastructure throughout the charitable sector. For more information, visit tagtech.org.