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  • 1.  AwardSpring?

    Posted 06-26-2021 06:30 PM
    One month ago, I sent the below email asking if anyone had compared AwardSpring and Blackbaud's Award Management.  I received a total of zero responses.  Well, at least to the specific question.  Many of you wrote saying you are using Award Management (also known as AcademicWorks before the Blackbaud acquisition).  But there was nary a peep regarding AwardSpring.

    Maybe that tells me something.

    But, rather than ask specifically whether any of you have compared the two products, I thought I would ask a different question:

    Are any of you using AwardSpring?  Or, did you once use AwardSpring but dropped it in favor of something else?  Or, another question might work:  If you are using a different Scholarship Management product (that's not homegrown or a module of your CRM) from these two, what might that be?

    Inquiring minds want to know!


    John H. Taylor
    John H. Taylor Consulting, LLC
    2604 Sevier St.
    Durham, NC   27705
    919.816.5903 (cell/text)

    Serving the Advancement Community Since 1987

    ---------- Forwarded message ---------
    From: John Taylor <>
    Date: Fri, May 21, 2021 at 9:54 AM
    Subject: AwardSpring & Award Management (aka AcademicWorks) Comparison?
    To: FundSvcs <>

    Has anyone conducted a side-by-side comparison of these two scholarship management tools?  Or have you gone from one to the other and can share the pros and cons of either or both?


    John H. Taylor
    John H. Taylor Consulting, LLC
    2604 Sevier St.
    Durham, NC   27705
    919.816.5903 (cell/text)

    Serving the Advancement Community Since 1987

  • 2.  RE: AwardSpring?

    Posted 06-27-2021 11:45 AM

    My institution uses AwardSpring but I was not involved in the selection of it nor the implementation. Our scholarship team has complete responsibility for it. I've heard from them that it doesn't necessarily meet all of their needs. As far as I know the Foundation does not use it for donor stewardship.

    I did get to sit in on a demo of Award Management recently though and our scholarship team did think that product would better meet their needs. For instance, I think Award Management allows up to ten security roles with different levels of access while AwardSpring only has two or three security roles. That becomes an issue when you need to control how much faculty can do in the system. AwardSpring seems to be all or in between. And once again, the scholarship team is looking at it from an awarding perspective and not a donor stewardship perspective.

    I do not know if my institution will end up changing products. I think it comes down to budget.

    Andrea L. Daub
    Information Systems Manager
    USI Foundation

    University of Southern Indiana
    8600 University Boulevard
    Evansville, IN 47712
    812-465-1641 |

  • 3.  RE: AwardSpring?

    Posted 06-28-2021 08:10 AM

    Hi, John.  I don't have experience or knowledge of AwardSpring.  I can tell you that JWU has been looking for a software solution for over 5-years.  My colleagues attempted Awards Management, but there wasn't much buy-in or convincing to do the awarding in the program.  Awarding at JWU is very fluid, and the existing process is cumbersome but people are comfortable with it.   This meant a number of nightly feeds, imports and exports.  During testing, we found that data was not coming in correctly leaving too much room for error.  Also, Awards Management isn't that "flexible".  It seems to work for other schools, however.


    We are now in the process of negotiating for Stewardship Management. This product was suggested by the project lead at Blackbaud.  I'm coming to the table late on this product, but I feel what I am expecting is very simple.  This is what I shared with Blackbaud most recently:


    JWU is looking for a user-friendly solution that will assist with storing real-time and historical scholarship award data as well as the current funds available for awarding. Data will be easily extracted from Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge and Financial Edge products, and imported into the potential solution. The solution will have the ability to accept an accurate data feed from the university's student database.  Finally, JWU would prefer the ability to produce accurate stewardship reports directly from the solution and have the ability to modify the report template.


    Good luck, John.


    Best regards,