Community Foundations


Community foundations provide a powerful yet personal approach to philanthropy for many individuals and organizations, by offering a range of philanthropic vehicles for multiple giving priorities. While community foundations are viewed by donors as a simple medium for philanthropy, managing a community foundation is anything but easy.

In order to make the greatest social impact, you need to develop many connections and maintain an extensive knowledge of the community’s needs. You need to effectively serve your donors and be responsible stewards of their donated assets and enable and support their philanthropic goals. You need to attract, retain and grow the assets available to support the community, and to channel those resources effectively into the community to help now, and in the future.

MicroEdge can help you address these challenges with proven, fully integrated solutions that help you:

  • Manage assets, gifts, and grants, accurately and equitably
  • Find, retain and grow your base of donors
  • Connect your donors with the causes they care about
  • Bring together a wealth of information into a centralized system
  • Evaluate and understand your impact in the community
  • Communicate your message, vision and results to your constituents
  • Cut down on the overwhelming amount of paper involved in your process
  • Keep up with changing regulations

MicroEdge understands the intricacies and issues of community foundations. It’s an understanding we have gained through successful partnerships with the vast majority of community foundations, who rely on MicroEdge’s open, customizable framework to improve their philanthropic process. Our solutions manage nearly 85% of the total assets of the community foundation market and support the full range of your requirements, including your communications, gifts, investments, grantmaking and financial management needs.

  • Donor-Advised FundsComplete turnkey solution or component-based donor-advised fund solutions
  • DonorCentralSecure, online access to fund and grantmaking information
  • FIMSIntegrated, comprehensive foundation information management
  • FIMS CompassPowerful reporting and business intelligence
  • FIMS CRMComprehensive constituent relationship management
  • FIMS Host*NetImprove your foundation management with a customizable, fully-hosted solution
  • FIMS ModulesSuite of modules that integrate seamlessly with FIMS
  • FIMS Online FundraisingExpand your reach, increase your profile and awareness
  • FoundationPowerFully customized, integrated foundation information management
  • IGAM for FIMSAllow grantseekers to apply for grants online and manage relationships with your grantees
  • IGAM ScholarshipsAllow students to apply for scholarships online
  • • Review foundation metrics; access foundation information online
  • • Make well-informed decisions quickly with the right inputs
Development Staff
  • • Create mass communications to donors/prospects with full-featured constituent relationship management tools
  • • Track prospect and donor information and activities
  • • Import and export donor and gift information
  • • Create and store electronic documents
  • • Manage donor-advised funds with ease
  • • Expand your reach; engage with donors and the community at large
  • • View online gift and grant history, fund information, balances and statements
  • • Monitor your organization’s progress with an executive dashboard that provides metrics, displays graphical benchmarking data and trajectory information
  • • Improve decision making with full reporting capabilities, presentation-quality graphics, and tools that allow you to glean insights at a glance
  • • Manage finances, plan and manage budgets, payments, and cash flow
  • • Make audits painless with powerful reporting
  • • Track financial information at the fund level, manage donor-advised funds, and easily reconcile bank accounts and investments
  • • Ensure smooth flow of data throughout your organization with seamless integration with other systems of record
  • • Provide your grantees with a simple, online process to apply for grants and scholarships online and receive application status
  • • Better collaboration and communication with grantees, helping you to form stronger relationships
Grants Managers
  • • Reduce data entry through online grant applications
  • • Streamline grant processing and workflow
Program Staff
  • • Better manage the many projects and priorities in your community
  • • Create a more efficient grant application, evaluation and recommendation process, with the ability to maintain full history
  • • Facilitate recurring grants and support grants that are funded from more than one fund over a period of time
  • • Easily produce your 990, with the help of a comprehensive system that centralizes information