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Consumers Guide to Integrated Systems for Community Foundations

Monday, October 30, 2017  

Community foundations have different needs than private or corporate foundations. The software to meet them is different, too. But because those needs are so wide-ranging—not just making grants, but soliciting donations, managing investments, awarding scholarships, and protecting donors’ funds—it’s difficult to find one system that does everything.

Many of the solutions on the market instead focus on integrating with other tools—either their own, or those sold by other vendors. These “component” solutions can go a long way toward meeting your needs, but the nature of the piecemeal systems can make it harder to understand what they’re capable of, much less which is right for you.


Once again, we’ve partnered with PEAK Grantmaking and Idealware to update our 2012 publication, Consumers Guide to Integrated Systems for Community Foundations. In this edition, we review eight software packages to see how they meet the specific needs of community foundations and compare each system across five broad categories of functionality: Grant and Application Management, Financial Management, Donor Management, Relationship and Communication Management, and Technical Considerations.


  • Download the full report here.
  • Current TAG members may watch this webinar which discusses the report in detail. 


The Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization that promotes the power of technology to advance the goals of the philanthropic sector.