We take the risk and anxiety out of system selection

You’ve done your homework—asked your peers, watched a few demos, read countless on-line software reviews, posted questions in a couple of forums—but you’re still struggling to make sense of all the grants management software options out there.

Selecting a new GMS is a major investment. How can you be sure you’re making the right move?
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Our signature solution comparison methodology has helped grantmakers around the world step confidently into their digital futures.

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Avoid overwhelm

Over hundreds of projects we’ve learned the ins and outs of grants management tech. We get you to a few viable paths forward and offer you a clear rubric to help you make a confident decision between them. Imagine that!

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Seize this chance

A major shift in your technology is always an opportunity to reimagine and re-envision. We help you grab this moment to truly align your strategy, people, processes and tech to make the very most of this major investment.


Come out ahead

Are you sure you won’t just be trading one set of headaches for another? We’ll equip you with the mindset and tools to ensure your new solution gets you ahead. After all, you’re hardly in this to protect the status quo.

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Grantbook was a phenomenal partner for our vendor selection project. I loved working with the genuinely kind, super smart, authentic humans that staffed our project and I was impressed by their holistic, thoughtful process to vendor selection. They didn’t just dive in and start talking about features…they encouraged us to take a step back and envision what we wanted our system to help us become as an organization. We really enjoyed every step of our journey with them.
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Knowledge and Grants Manager
The Libra Foundation
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You’re about to place a big bet on your digital future.

Partnering with Grantbook will not only allow you to feel confident in the path you choose but will also set you up for success once you embark on your actual implementation.

Grantbook is a proud sponsor of the 2020 Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems. The marketplace for grants management systems has undergone a lot of changes. This edition reviews fewer systems (acquisitions!) but many of them have increased functionality and have improved overall to respond to the many stakeholders, both inside and outside of a grantmaking institution, who interact with these online systems.

Know What You Don’t Know

With so many options and combinations of options out there how can you possibly know about all of them? We’ll illuminate your blind spots and ensure you’re considering all your options.

Tap into Best Practices

Haven’t you ever wanted to know what your peers are up to? How are other foundations leveraging technology to make greater impact? We thrive on sharing the wealth of approaches we’ve gathered across all of our projects.

Compare Apples to Apples

We help you compare fairly across solutions or solutions sets, helping you see beyond the hype and lofty promises to fully understand the tradeoffs in taking one path over another. Check out a quick primer on how to compare GMS pricing on our blog.

Have Fun Deciding

Our human-centred approach to defining and designing for requirements means we get to know your team and the way you work first, long before we talk tools. Yes, we’re surprisingly fun for a bunch of techies.

How we work together

Depending on the size and complexity of your grantmaking organization, your Grantbook team will be with you typically anywhere from three to six months, to get you to a confident, triumphant decision. 

As Grantbook works with grantmakers all over the world, we have become extremely practiced at making virtual work really work! As tech evangelists we continue to explore the full possibilities of remote collaboration to ensure working with us remains as enjoyable, human, and fun as possible.

Here are just a few activities that help us guide you to your selection:

Digital Values Workshop

Any software is just one piece of a wider system. We ensure that the tool you pick fits your people, processes, and existing technology.

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SErvice Blueprinting

We map out your entire technology infrastructure to ensure that all your tools work together and help you achieve your goals.

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Process Mapping

We create process maps to help everyone get a better understanding of how grantmaking works and how software tools can help.

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Customized Demos

Based on our work with you, we work with vendors to personalize demonstrations so that they are relevant to your unique contexts.

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Facilitated decision-making

We personalize our suite of decision-making tools, guidelines, and techniques, to help you judge different tools based on your unique needs.

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Let's decide!



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