Inspired Design meets Dynamic Technology

Inspired Design meets Dynamic Technology

Small Foundation Staff Makes a Big Impact with Integrated Technology

Over time, the operations and grantmaking of the McGregor Fund continually evolved until it outgrew the capacity of their database system. In order to increase efficiency and support a paperless grant process, a new technology solution was needed. After a thorough investigation of multiple software options, the McGregor Fund selected First and integrated grants management and application systems. Now, the McGregor staff happily utilizes the powerful and integrated workflow features of First to maximize staff output and increase efficiency. With, the application process is more streamlined and accurate. These features, coupled with the flexibility of First and, will support the changing needs of the McGregor Fund for years to come.

Technology That Meets High-Volume Scholarship Needs

Using an online application tool for scholarships is an improvement on a paper-based application. Adding on-line review to complete the process can save your foundation time and money. For the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, their challenge was finding a system that could both handle their high volume of scholarship applications and allow them to manage their scoring and review process. With 2200 annual applications, they needed a fast and reliable solution. They looked to Bromelkamp Company, who recommended a move to First for online review to complement their application. 

Improved Application Process Increases Student Scholarship Eligibility

Paper grant or scholarship application processes can be tedious and time consuming. In addition, the disqualification rate may increase due to complexity or because of missing information. For the Branch County Community Foundation, 40% of scholarship applications were disqualified, and administrators spent more than 120 hours processing them. They decided the best way to serve these students was to adopt a paperless application process.

Flexible Community Foundation Software to Manage Complex Processes

Completely Integrated Software for Community Foundations: Check!

When the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation began shopping for integrated software, they created a list of must haves. They knew that they wanted a solution that would streamline fund accounting and gift management.

Connected Data Improves Donor and Fund Management

The key to success is a reliable database.

When preparing to meet with donor or trustees you must rely on your database to provide up to the minute facts. If you find yourself improvising or piecing together different files and data points to provide the full story then your system is inefficiencies and increases the margin of error. By consolidating your data into one integrated system you can assure your stakeholders of a complete and accurate picture.