Reports: How to Choose Software

Our thoroughly-researched reports compare products and give recommendations to help you make smart software decisions. Idealware’s reports typically start with a high-level overview of the software landscape for a specific purpose, and then detail the benefits and drawbacks of specific software vendors for your organization’s needs. And don’t worry, our funding model (and integrity) ensures that our reports remain unbiased. 

Reports: How to Choose Software

  • June 2016
    Drupal is a powerful open source CMS. But is it right for your organization? In this first-of-its-kind report, we combine our first-hand research of Drupal’s evolving functionality with the expertise and experience of 12 consultants, developers, nonprofit staffers, and Drupal pros to help you decide.
  • May 2016
    Updated May 31 Even relatively small grants programs can involve tracking dozens of applications, reviewers, requirements, and payments. Grants management software can save grantmakers time, making their processes more effective and transparent and transforming the way they do business.
  • April 2016
    A board of directors requires a lot of collaboration, and a breed of tools has been designed specifically for the board environment. There are several distinct classes available, each suited to boards of different sizes and with different needs.
  • November 2015
    Over the past few years, many people in the nonprofit sector have adopted the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) approach—the all-in-one database strategy pioneered by the corporate sector. The ability to easily see how all your constituents interact with your organization, and with each other, makes for an ideal vision.
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  • November 2014
  • July 2014
    You're implementing a new Cloud software solution, maybe a new database or an online file share, and there's a lot to consider. What do the implementation schedule and budget look like? How will you support your staff? How does this change affect their work, and who will need to be trained on the new system? Will you need the help of a consultant or consultants?
  • May 2014
    Once upon a time, all software had to be directly installed onto computers—but more and more, vendors are hosting software that users access via the Cloud. Maybe you use Google Drive or Dropbox, Office 365, or a Cloud-based database. Maybe you're interested in what such hosted services offer but are worried about the security risks. Moving to the Cloud is not for everyone--how do you know if it's right for your organization?
  • April 2014
    A Quick Guide to Essential Software for your Organization For more than eight years, Idealware has researched the software that can help nonprofits more easily meet their missions.
  • January 2014
    Nonprofits hoping to improve their programs’ services or reach must first understand their own effectiveness. Measurable numbers—how many meals served at a soup kitchen, how many students in a mentoring program graduate high school, what percentage of the target population does not have access to affordable housing—are critical data that can help organizations identify where they can improve their programs.
  • November 2013
    Idealware, the Technology Affinity Group (TAG), and the Grants Managers Network (GMN) are pleased to announce the release of the 2013 update of the popular Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems. 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.
  • August 2013
    In our increasingly data-driven world, nonprofits need more than ever to be able to measure and monitor the effectiveness of their programs. It’s difficult to improve program services or reach without first measuring current effectiveness.
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  • December 2007
    How can you assess the features that a software package offers to provide access to your data? In this report, Paul Hagen and Laura Quinn provide an evaluation framework that will help weigh the advantages and trade-offs of the data integration features across different applications.This Idealware report was written in partnership with NTEN, and with generous sponorship by Beaconfireand Jacobson Consulting Applications.

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