AmpliFund Handles the Transformation of Grant Reporting

Bewertet am 16.9.2019
Hudson H.
Founder and Principal
Staatsverwaltung, Selbstständig
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 2 Jahre
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5 / 5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5 / 5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5 / 5
Kundenbetreuung
5 / 5
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Vorteile: AmpliFund is the only truly purpose-built solution for grant management and reporting. This means only AmpliFund is capable of managing the data elements of grant management and reporting in an individual and granular fashion, rather than assuming that those data elements must be conveyed within a document-based forms. A federal pilot program using AmpliFund demonstrated that liberating the data elements of grant management and reporting from document-based forms reduces manual transcription, eliminates uncertainty, and reduces cost. As the federal government transforms federal grant reporting by mandating standardized data elements under the DATA Act, the GREAT Act, and the President's Management Agenda, AmpliFund can allow both grantor agencies and grantees to realize the benefits of data-driven insights and automation that all three of those policy changes envision.

Nachteile: The main drawback of a purpose-built solution is that it will have a steeper learning curve than solutions which simply duplicate the workflow of the paperwork that they replace. Users must start thinking in terms of data elements instead of forms.

Promised the moon and failed to deliver

Bewertet am 25.7.2019
Verifizierter Rezensent
Coordinated Mobility Grants Administrator
Transport/Güterfrachtverkehr/Schienenverkehr, 1.001-5.000 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 2 Jahre
Quelle des Nutzers 
1/5
Gesamt
1 / 5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
1 / 5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
2 / 5
Kundenbetreuung
1 / 5
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Kommentare: Tech support was not responsive. Their initial response was to always give you the instructions in their printed material even if you indicated that you had tried this solution and it had failed. Several time we described specific issues we had encountered and were told the software couldn't be doing what we were saying--deleting information on its own, changing currency values. However when we were finally able to do a screen share with their tech support and showed them what we were seeing they finally believed us. The tech support was slow to respond particularly when issues were elevated to a higher level. There was no progress reports on the issues and when they finally did get back to us more than a month later we would have to figure out which issue they were finally addressing. The company CEO, when we were finally able to communicate with him was very responsive and wanted to correct the situation but even after that the sales person still did not clearly comprehend how bad the product had been for us to use. I would not recommend this company or this product.

Vorteile: The only functional piece of this software that really helped our agency was the application process. We had been doing paper applications and Amplifund did allow us to make this process all online and much more streamlined. We had some issues with reviewers not having the right permissions and having to call several times to get this resolved but this was a beneficial feature.

Nachteile: First the proposal and the sales people assured our agency that the specific functionality the we were require the software to have--mainly being able to produce a report which would include subrecipient expenses being rolled up into the parent grant budget reports. This was never available and we were promised that we would have this 2.5 years ago. Next we were told that the application we were taking for subawards would automatically be connected to the parent grant so that information put into one system would be reflected in the other. Also this did not happen until the second round of applications. The first applications had to re-entered into the grant management system by hand. Finally the grant management module never worked for us. We were never able to create any of the reports that were suppose to be available. When we created reports according to their instructions no data was shown. When they made system upgrade information was lost or made inaccessible following the upgrade. Amplifund in general actually made it more difficult for us to manage our subrecipient awards that the excel spreadsheet we had been using. I would not recommend this product for managing subrecipients

Amplifund helped boost our grant success!

Bewertet am 30.9.2019
Edward C.
Grant Manager
Hochschulbildung, 201-500 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 2 Jahre
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5 / 5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5 / 5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5 / 5
Kundenbetreuung
5 / 5
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Kommentare: Amplifund was used to provide us with a centralized grant repository of information and materials for our highly decentralized organization!

Vorteile: AmpliFund has greatly enhanced our ability to research, pursue, and track grant documentation and details as an institution. In the past audit compliance was a challenge, with key documents and information scattered across an array of spreadsheets, emails, and individual file folders. With AmpliFund’s simple interface and great organizational tools it is all now housed in one central point, our auditors loved it!

Nachteile: The document management component could be clunky as an interface at times.

Avoid this product

Bewertet am 5.9.2019
Robert L.
Finance Director
Psychische Gesundheitsfürsorge, 2-10 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 1 Jahr
Quelle des Nutzers 
2/5
Gesamt
2 / 5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
2 / 5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
2 / 5
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Kommentare: Not good.

Vorteile: It works in Windows. That's the best I can say about it.

Nachteile: The governmental entity that is our grantor (for 2 grants) required us to adopt this product for submission of reimbursement requests and actual expense v budget tracking. We were using Excel previously to submit our data and that worked just fine. I believe Amplifund was intended to make it easier for the grantor to combine expense data from different grantees but that never proved to be the case for them. They had other problems to which I cannot speak but they have just recently dropped Amplifund. We'll go back to using Excel for a while but then we'll probably have to learn some other software. Our problems included the grantor not being able to "see" the supporting documents we'd send. That would cause the grantor to think we hadn't submitted them and, accordingly, reject our reimbursement request. From a cash flow perspective, we are often running on fumes. Delayed payments had us scrambling! As to learning it, Amplifund is not intuitive in the least. I've been working with PCs ever since 1982 so this ain't my first rodeo. When you work with good software, you get used to superior functionality. Amplifund doesn't provide that.

Terrible software that gets worse with every update

Bewertet am 14.8.2019
Verifizierter Rezensent
Grant Specialist
Transport/Güterfrachtverkehr/Schienenverkehr, 1.001-5.000 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 1 Jahr
Quelle des Nutzers 
2/5
Gesamt
1 / 5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
1 / 5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
1 / 5
Kundenbetreuung
3 / 5
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Kommentare: This software did not do what was promised and continues to disappoint. Every update makes it more complicated to use, and their servers are too slow. I use other Grant Management software that function much faster and have customer support to solve your problems immediately, where as amplifund will have multiple tickets open that never get resolved, or will call me for a phone consultation, see the problem, tell me they will work on it and then I never hear from them again. They are cocky in their sales pitches and will try to sell you on what their program can do when it actually can not do anything. their messaging system does not work, their calendar feature does not work, exporting reports and documents constantly has errors, budget numbers will suddenly change or disappear completely.

Vorteile: It has a good look to it, colors and fonts

Nachteile: functionality, customer support, lag times, over promised expectations, not user friendly, crashes

Found the Amplifund Software easy to use and set up. The training is Outstanding!

Bewertet am 2.9.2015
Ann W.
Grants Program Manager
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5 / 5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5 / 5
Kundenbetreuung
Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis

Kommentare: In my opinion the best part of my experience so far is our Product Trainer Christy Pellegrino! She is responsive to questions and has provided training specialized to the different users that our organization will have using the system. All trainings were recorded so that I could provide the recordings to any users that could not attend the "live" training session. I found that we are moving in a direction that I control not Amplifund........they let me call the shots. Great customer service which is hard to find in today's fast moving web based world. This system is to manage grants........from start to finish. It includes the Grantfinder system that is invaluable in finding funding for our organization. If you are looking for a system I would recommend this system for managing your every need for your grants. Aloha!

Streamlink & U.S. federal grant management

Bewertet am 26.8.2019
Bruce L.
VP, Consulting Services
Informationstechnologie & -dienste, 10.001+ Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: 1-5 Monate
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5 / 5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5 / 5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5 / 5
Kundenbetreuung
5 / 5
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Kommentare: See above - it was a very easy & constructive working relationship with the Streamlink team.

Vorteile: I had the pleasure of working with the Streamlink team a few years ago on a pilot program with the U.S. Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. We needed to collect information on existing grant programs with non-profits, and Streamlink provided access to the exact audience we needed. The software was easily configurable to meet our needs, and the Streamlink team could not have been easier to work with.

Nachteile: No comments - everything was successful.

A great way to get all of your grants tracked

Bewertet am 3.9.2015
Dawn M.
Grants Coordiantor
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
4 / 5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5 / 5
Kundenbetreuung
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Kommentare: Prior to Amplifund we were trying to track all of our grants via shared Excel spreadsheets. Amplifund far outweighs that antiquated method and is a great way for Sr. Leaders in our organization to check in and run reports as well as for all of us writers to be in the know on the life cycle of grants