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Bader Philanthropies

Bader Philanthropies had been using GIFTS for years. The system was static, slow and inflexible. GIFTS was not robust enough for them, and they were eager to move to an online system, so the team decided to look for an alternative and found SmartSimple. Not only was SmartSimple much more flexible, it could be accessed from practically anywhere. And, thanks to their pay-per-use pricing model, user fees dropped significantly. There was no limit to how many users could be in the system at a time, and the budgeting module made their program-related investments (PRI) amortization schedule easier to calculate and track.

Key Stats

Client Name: Bader Philanthropies

SmartSimple Client Since: 2014

Type of Giving: Grants

Dollars Granted: Approximately $16 million annually

Old System: GIFTS Classic






Key Pain Points: Software was inflexible, the system was getting expensive to maintain, no online access, only a limited number of users could be in the software at a time and uploading documents took too long

New System Must-Haves: A broader range of features, ability to grow with the organization, remote access, cloud-based, automated workflows and more flexible pricing options

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The SmartSimple team really listened to what we wanted and needed in a grants management system. They offered the flexibility and accessibility we were looking for and at a reasonable price. Our applicants also praise the system, finding that completing their applications is so much easier and involves a lot less work than with GIFTS.

Kim Thao, Operations Manager

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