Foundant Technologies

Foundant for Grantmakers


5 / 5
20 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Foundant for Grantmakers is designed for grantmaking organizations who aim to streamline their grant process from applicant to reviewer, and effectively manage data.


Average Ratings

20 Reviews

  • 5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Foundant Technologies
  • www.foundant.com
  • Founded 2006
  • United States

About Foundant for Grantmakers

Foundant Technologies leads the industry in solutions tailored specifically to support philanthropy. More than 1500 grantmakers use Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) - an intuitive platform suitable for users at any technological level. Specializing exclusively in the philanthropic sector, Foundant has dialed in what it means to provide exceptional customer service and support with Client Success Managers dedicated to and trained in client success.


Foundant for Grantmakers Features

  • Compliance Management
  • Contract Management
  • Grant Award Tracking
  • Grant Opportunity Search
  • Online Applications
  • Self-Registration

Foundant for Grantmakers Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Great Product for Managing Grants

Dec 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The pricing of this software compared to others is very reasonable, especially for a small nonprofit where cost is crucial. I would recommend that you already have your grant-making process pretty organized before starting to work with the system - though signing up and getting everything in the system definitely forced us to work everything out as far as process goes, which was helpful. The support that we received from our account manager as well as support staff via chat was extremely helpful, I used the chat almost daily in the beginning! The chat feature is really great because you rarely have to wait for assistance. We really love the reporting and customization options, especially being able to set up automatic emails for when reports are due, past due, assigned, etc. This system has helped us collect consistent data across various projects, which makes reporting much easier. There are a ton of reporting options available, though we have yet to use a lot of that section. Also love that we can have multiple people reviewing and giving feedback on applications. They are always making updates which are useful, I recommend reading the update highlights when they come out, I always learn something new! Overall this is a wonderful product that has exponentially improved our grant-making and management.

Cons: It did take us a little while to figure out how best to use the software, but I think this was because we also had to set up our processes. After a month or so of using it we were pretty comfortable. The only issue we run into is when we accept applications from organizations as well as individuals, because the system is really only designed for organizations to apply. We were able to work around it, but it would be nice if the system was designed to include both types already. We also have had a few issues with duplicate organizations being created, despite setting up a warning message to users, but deleting the duplicates are easy enough. It would also be helpful to be able to move grants between processes, right now you have to delete the entire application and re-enter it manually in another process. But overall, the pros far outweigh the cons.

Overall: Using Foundant has organized our grant-making process substantially. We are able to ensure accurate and up to date reporting and collect consistent and useful data. Setting up automation for reporting has taken a lot of work off our hands, and made everything much easier. It also allows us to have all important information and documents related to specific grants stored in the same place, which is easy for all users to access. Overall a really great product.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on January 09, 2019

Thanks for your thoughtful review, Beth! We appreciate your time leaving such thorough feedback about Grant Lifecycle Manager.

Outstanding grant software

Dec 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Great tool to manage grant data and streamline the overall grant process. We issue grants to multiple organizations in a year so this eases the process on both the reviewer and applicant side. Customer service is very responsive and helpful. Online applications and registration are user friendly and very helpful tools. Exceptional grant management software for any size company. Fairly easy base for learning and offers a pretty intuitive platform.

Cons: Report features and customer management tools need to be improved or implemented.

Overall: Overall our organization seems to be fully satisfied with this software to streamline our grant management process for over 5 years now. Training is always available and customer service is amazing.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on January 09, 2019

Thank you for your review! We appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts on Grant Lifecycle Manager. We'll share your thoughts on tools with our team, as we're always working to improve based on client feedback.

Outstanding. I highly recommend GLM for grant management at any volume.

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: GLM is a fairly intuitive tool for managing grant workflow. If you are having trouble, Foundant supplies a vast knowledge base to learn how to use the software step-by-step. Their customer service is outstanding. Foundant listens to user feedback and incorporates requested features into the software development pipeline. Recent improvements, such as track-able automatic emails, have resulted in increased efficiency in my workplace.

Cons: At it's core, GLM is a database and subject to certain restrictions. That said, there are very few elements that are 100% fixed in the system-- I have no complaints.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on February 07, 2018

We really appreciate your thoughtful review, Liz! Your feedback is always welcome as we continue to ensure we've built a system that enables grantmakers to work efficiently.

Working with Foundant has greatly improved what we do and how we do it.

Jan 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Foundant streamlines our grant cycle and database. It also allows our team to access applications remotely, which makes our work easier.

Cons: We still need CRM software. I'd love to see Foundant integrate CRM into their platform so that our left hand can better connect with our right hand, so to speak. We still have to do our CRM-type of work using a separate site and it gets clunky having two separate databases doing two different things.

Overall: Foundant has changed the work we do for the better!

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on February 01, 2018

Thank you so much for your review, Jennifer! Your feedback is appreciated. We look forward to chatting with you further to learn more about the CRM capabilities you'd like to see in GLM.

Great software and customer service

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Customer service is great with quick response times to questions from the support team. customer service agent does an amazing job for us to educate and suggest best practices/processes for our unique family foundations. We review with him annually, but can easily email him anytime for other assistance.

Cons: Reporting features are much improved, but since we only use a few times a year, I often have to ask for assistance to customize.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on February 08, 2018

Thank you so much for your review, Dana! We shared your kind words with Andy. Your feedback on reporting is helpful as we continue to make updates that meet the needs of our clients.

Once you set up the product, it works well. The challenge-for good or ill-is the constant updating.

Jan 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: You customize the entire process for your own needs/issues. So it can be simple or very complex. You can have several "processes" which means various forms/levels of detail, etc., depending on what you need to learn from prospective grantees. After a grant is awarded, tracking payments, progress, etc. is quite good. Outstanding customer service.

Cons: If one is not a "heavy" user of the product, the constant updates, which are great for organizations that use the product constantly, can sometimes be a bit much. Another learning curve has to be conquered! However, customer service is outstanding--any issues or questions are usually dealt with/answered within minutes.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on January 29, 2018

Thank you so much for your review, Art! We pride ourselves on our customer support. Our team continuously listens for feedback from clients such as yourself, and make updates accordingly. We're happy to hear support helps you effectively navigate and stay up to speed.

I adore this product

Dec 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: If you have a grant that your organization gives our every year, thus is definitely for you. Everything is in one place and it makes everything you ma have to do so much easier. You send out applications through the software and everyone completes them online. You can track how many applications you have and how much you have that are completed. Reviewers can look and receive applications online, and you can assign any follow ups. the best thing is that all of their organizations information is now on the site, so it also is a library for anyone who has ever applied for your grant/application. And an additional perk is that you can email people from the site and you don't have to connect to your outlook/email to do so.

*Great support!

Cons: If an applicant wants to change their organization information, they have to contact you and you have to do it on the back-end, this goes for resetting/changing applicants passwords as well. It sometimes gets a bit annoying that they can't change simple tings like the address or telephone number an you have to do it.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on March 05, 2019

Thank you for your time providing feedback on Foundant's Grants Management solution!

Exceptional customer service and support from the very beginning. I feel heard and supported.

May 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The flexibility. It's not a "one and done" software as it is ever evolving and expanding with new updates regularly. The community of Foundant GLM users are heard. Feedback is encouraged and incorporated into each update.

My company utilizes the Foundant GLM software for several different funding programs, and it meets the specific/individual needs of each one without compromising the quality of the software or the value to our applicants and evaluators.

Cons: There's still some features I'd like to see considered/added to a future update, but they're not deal breakers. Overall, it's hard to find any "cons" to this software.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on May 29, 2018

Thank you for your review of Grant Lifecycle Manager! We appreciate your time sharing this information for others who are doing research on grants management software.

Outstanding customer service!

May 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software is very easy to use. We use committees of volunteers and they can learn how to use the system with very little effort.

Cons: The reporting function is not as intuitive as it could be. I always need to ask the admin for help and I wish I could figure it out on my own or remember it more easily.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on May 29, 2018

Thank you for your review of Grant Lifecycle Manager! Your time leaving these comments is greatly appreciated.

Customer support is very helpful and available. I find the program easy to use.

Feb 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It makes sense the way it is laid out and is very user-friendly. Customer support is there when we need them.

Cons: The reporting tool takes a little getting used to but is relatively easy once you get the hang of it. As always, support is there to help us navigate if we run into issues.

Overall: Since it is laid out so well, I don't have to spend a lot of wasted time manuevering around the software. Saves us time, and keeps us organized.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on February 15, 2018

Thanks so much for your time writing this review, Sheila!

We love Foundant's easy interface & flexibility and the super helpful staff!

Feb 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We like how easy it is to make changes to the application and evaluation forms, how helpful the customer support staff has been, and the flexibility of the reporting functions.

Overall: Time saved, more precise data, and better reporting

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on February 06, 2018

Thanks so much taking the time to write a review, Paul! It's great to hear Grant Lifecycle Manager has enabled you to save time and track better data, while being easy to use. We appreciate your review, which will help others in their search for a grants management solution!

Very user-friendly and easy to compile reports

May 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Access to reports, organization information, follow up information at the click of a button - literally. I also appreciate that it is connected to GuideStar!

Cons: Application process - to complete/approve applications is a little tricky. I am only a year into utilizing the software for reporting. Being that applicants have been approved and I listed them under approved, I am still not so sure why they are showing up as complete or in the same spot... I still have some learning to do.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on May 29, 2018

Thank you for your review of GLM! We hope you'll find our resources and support useful as you continue to learn the system.

I love the system. And I love the Foundant staff. My CSM and the Cust Supp staff are all great!

Feb 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I like that everything is there in one place. And what did not start out as intuitive was easy to learn with the help of the wonderful support staff. Foundant works to meet the needs of its customers!

Overall: Ease of use for an online grant application system. It's not always as intuitive to ME...but I'm probably not the most tech savvy customer. For the most part, I really do like the software. And I like Foundant's dedication to improving and making things better by taking customer needs and desires into account.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on February 07, 2018

Thanks for your review, Laura! We are proud of our support staff and CSM's, so it's wonderful to hear they have been so helpful for you.

Foundant provides a simple grant management interface

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Foundant for Grantmakers is easy to navigate and use. It is also very clean and naturalistic. The level of functionality is also impressive. Reporting tools are easy. Proposals can be easily reviewed and scored using the interface.

Cons: High volume foundations or community foundations may struggle with the ability to process all their grants.

Overall: Foundant for Grantmakers allows the streamlining of processes. From proposal to grant, Foundant for Grantmakers simplifies the process in an orderly way.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on March 20, 2018

Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate your time sharing your feedback, to support others who are researching grants management solutions.

Highly Recommend Grant Lifecycle Manager from Foundant

Jul 10, 2015
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have used the Grant Lifecycle Manager for over two years now, and have found the technology to be extremely intuitive and user-friendly. It has helped us organize our grantmaking process, from streamlining LOIs, and reviewing and organizing grant proposals, to recording and tracking outcomes. Being able to sort, manipulate, and export data has also made it easy to share information with our team in real-time. Most importantly, the Foundant team is always highly responsive and great to work with. We would highly recommend Foundant and their Grant Lifecycle Manager technology to anyone in the philanthropic space who seeks an effective tool for elevating their grantmaking process.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on July 14, 2015

Hi Jay, and thanks for taking the time to tell others about your experience. It's wonderful to hear that you've had such a good outcome from our product! We appreciate your review, which will help others in their search for a grants management solution!

It's Ok at best.

Aug 15, 2017
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that applicants have to create accounts in order to apply, and that I can include descriptions for various kinds of applications.

Cons: I don't like that applicants can create duplicate submissions for one application. This makes reviewing applications difficult and creates more work for our staff on the back end. I don't like that once you "close" an application you can't "hide" it also. This makes managing the program on the back end overwhelming.

Implimentor and administrator since May 2011, our foundation is very pleased with all aspects.

Jul 02, 2015
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Based on a subscription cost that doesn't increase with the number of grantees or evaluators; GLM allows administrator's access to create and edit forms and email templates and is easy to use for both administrators, applicants and reviewers. Web based SAS, all GLM clients receive updates at the same time. Upgrades are well planned, implemented into demo sites for clients to test and implemented to the live systems seamlessly. Very little downtime and strong client support makes this company shine.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on July 06, 2015

Sally, we're so happy the Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) system is working so well for you. We work hard at client services and support, so thank you for letting us know that you've had good experiences with our service team. We appreciate your review, which will help others in their search for a grants management solution!

Foundant understands how a grant cycle REALLY works!

Jan 14, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I am not sure how I could manage my grant and scholarship programs without Foundant GLM. Foundant is the most user-friendly (for applicants and administrators) and intuitive product on the market. Most people do not understand how labor-intensive grant and scholarship management is - Foundant gets it!

Foundant is extremely powerful; but moreover, it's very simple to use. Little to no training is needed to use all the functionality. I cannot stress enough how intuitive the work flow is, and how client-centered ALL the Foundant staff works! Updates and improvements to the program are prioritized according to our (Foundant client) needs. Love, love, love this work solution.

Great product

Jul 14, 2015
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: GLM works great for us. It is relatively easy to use and is a complete grants management product. The cost, customer service, technical assistance and capacity are its best features. Cons include some challenges with contact management and detailed reporting tool.

Vendor Response

by Foundant Technologies on July 15, 2015

Thanks for providing a review Erin! Our hope is that these will help others in deciding which grants management software is right for them.

Foundant is a must for grant makers

Feb 10, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Comments: This has been a tremendous asset to our grant-making department. The interface with our financial software has been amazing and tracking of grants in our system