FIMS Reviews & Product Details


What is FIMS?

FIMS is an integrated fund accounting solution tool that also includes grant management and constituent management modules.

Write a Review

FIMS Profile Details

FIMS Profile Details

Vendor
Blackbaud
Description
Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions.
Company Website
Year Founded
1981
Total Revenue (USD mm)
730
HQ Location
Charleston, SC
Phone
+1.843.216.6200
Ownership
NASDAQ: BLKB
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
Employees on LinkedIn®
3,416
Twitter
@blackbaud
Twitter Followers
35,998
Show moreShow fewer

FIMS Reviews

Filter Reviews
Filter Reviews
Sort by
Ratings
Company Size
User Role
For Category
All Industries
Write a Review
1-8 of 8 total FIMS reviews

FIMS Reviews

Write a Review
Filter By
Connections
Show reviews that mention
1-8 of 8 total FIMS reviews
Copy Review URL
A
Small-Business
(11-50 employees)
Validated Reviewer
Review Source
Copy Review URL

"A Must-Have for Efficient Community Foundations"

What do you like best?

FIMS allows our Community Foundation staff to efficiently manage funds, payments, grants, and donations in one easy-to-navigate platform. You can easily create your own coding based off your organization's policies, rather than fitting your own into another system, and it's incredibly unlikely that you will 'grow out' of the system. One of the most useful tools for onboarding is the Test and Learn database where you can login and practice using the software without making permanent changes, which is helpful when learning how to open funds, add gifts or grants, and see how the coding works. You are also able to import information via Excel spreadsheets or CSV files, which is helpful when updating grant information, contacts, or donor info.

What do you dislike?

FIMS has the appearance and operating feel of a software that hasn't been updated in decades, and getting quick and effective tech support for this product has been inconsistent quality as of late. The cost per license can be quite an investment, however the services provided are unavailable in any other product at the level FIMS provides currently.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are considering FIMS, know that there are many nuances in learning how to properly use the software. Recognize that you will need to spend a lot of time and resources to train your staff and develop your own coding systems.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a one-stop-shop for each crucial department of our organization. All of our financial, grantee, vendor, and donor information is kept in this one system that is able to combine the data in easily-read reports. When your entire staff is using only one software to manage the information that FIMS does, there's an added benefit of efficiency. We don't seem to be wasting time hopping from one system to another, or trying to combine two conflicting systems.

Copy Review URL
A
Small-Business
(2-10 employees)
Validated Reviewer
Review Source
Copy Review URL

"great software "

What do you like best?

i like that this is a complete management system. it lets you handle accounting, gifts, scholarships and grants with just one software and all modules "speak" to each other. this software allows easy financial reports creation and design. add ons such a donor central make it soo convenient even for donors to have real time information on their funds.

What do you dislike?

system takes training and lots of experience to fully know. it is a complex system.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

maintain accountability of over 360 funds and not have to do it thru excel or other programs which would take forever. facts module allows for investment gains and losses to be allocated and not have to be done manually thru calculations. the system does it for you.

Copy Review URL
Donor & Community Engagement
Philanthropy
Small-Business
(11-50 employees)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review Source
Copy Review URL

"Excellent use for Community Foundations"

What do you like best?

I like that all operations are easily integrated and that staff can access information from various departments rather seemlessly.

What do you dislike?

If I had to say anything negative, it would be related to functionality. Microedge can become easily bogged down in excessive information, it's a double-edge sword.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A thorough training for new staff will save time over the long run. MicroEdge has a multitude of uses but it can be daunting for a first timer.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving problems related to coordination of reports. Microedge makes it easy for us to run cross-department reports. We have seen benefits related to speed and more efficient allocation of staff time and resources.

Copy Review URL
UP
Small-Business
(11-50 employees)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review Source
Copy Review URL

"Feels old school, but works for nonprofit use"

What do you like best?

It's easy to learn, and simple to teach others how to use. The "how-to" descriptions are very thorough and well-explained.

What do you dislike?

It's this ancient module with a MS-DOS kind of feeling to it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ask questions about the new versions that are coming out, and how it fits with where your organization is going. It's tough to purchase software for today, and tomorrow everything changes.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows us to tie together and track all facets of our organization, from donor engagement to financials to end-user reporting.

Copy Review URL
Chief Financial Officer
Mid-Market
(51-200 employees)
Validated Reviewer
Review Source
Copy Review URL

"FIMS Review"

What do you like best?

The ability to manage my GL, A/P and trust management in one solution.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the look of the interface. Looks like it's running on Windows 4.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Wait until it's fully integrated into Blackbaud FE NXT. Do not purchase FIMS right now!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Problems solved are the integration of my GL and trust accounting. Benefits are time saved and errors reduced.

Copy Review URL
UN
Small-Business
(2-10 employees)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review Source
Copy Review URL

"FIMS is useful, but clunky."

What do you like best?

It is the industry recognized leader in Foundation management systems so finding other organizations who use it is relatively easy.

What do you dislike?

The upgrades, without fail, cause the program to lose some level of functionality that our organization found useful. It is not particularly user friendly, for instance the Inter-Fund module is clunky and seems like an afterthought.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Discuss with other Foundations how they are using the program and what they like/dislike. It is fine for simple, straightforward grantmaking but becomes difficult to use when you begin to look at interfund or special grantmaking.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FIMS allows us to house our grants, scholarships, donors, and accounting.

Copy Review URL
UP
Small-Business
(2-10 employees)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review Source
Copy Review URL

"Useful, but could be better"

What do you like best?

The ease of use in terms of searching through the profiles for history.

What do you dislike?

While it isn't difficult to run a report, it is difficult to obtain the information needed. One must go through several steps in order to reach the data. This could be simplified.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None.

Copy Review URL
UN
Small-Business
(2-10 employees)
Validated Reviewer
Review Source
Copy Review URL

"Multi level data management "

What do you like best?

Multiple different areas can be used. Grant, funds, etc with tons of report options

What do you dislike?

Sometimes reports are tricky to run or don't run properly

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keep track of data, contacts, and history

FIMS User Ratings

6.9
Ease of Use
Average: 8.1*
6.9
Quality of Support
Average: 8.0*
3.9
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.1*
* Grant Management Category
Do you work for FIMS?