Software Transition

This page will provide updates on the software transition occurring at the Foundation.


We are excided to announce a change and major upgrade to the software platform used at the Community Foundation.  Since 1998 we have used software called FIMS, which has been used by most Community Foundations.  Beginning in July 2022 we will transition to Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge, along with additional tools from NPact.


While the outcome will be enhanced services for fund holders and greater efficiency for CFES operations, there will be a period of transition. For approximately two weeks, we anticipate a hold on issuing grant checks, recording donor gifts, and providing online access. Currently this period is scheduled for the last two weeks of July. Dates are subject to change. 

What does this mean for you?


Fund Holders – Please plan to make any requests for grant distribution prior to June 24th. Requests after this time may be delayed until August 2022. Access to fund information online will change as well – more information will be provided at a later date.  


Nonprofit Partners –If you receive a scheduled distribution each July, we anticipate issuing those distributions on our regular schedule. Please plan to make any additional requests for grant distributions prior to June 24th or after August 1st.


Donors – Contributions can be made to CFES at any time. Please note, if your contribution is received during the transition, your tax acknowledgment will be delayed. We will communicate and confirm receipt of your donation as soon as possible in August 2022.


Scholarship Recipients – Please submit your Scholarship Acceptance Form and/or Renewal Application prior to June 24th. Forms submitted after this date may be delayed until August 2022 which subsequently delays your scholarship check being sent to the college.

As we go through this important upgrade to our systems, please know that our commitment to you remains the same. We are dedicated to our role as your partner in philanthropy and maximizing the impact of your giving.  Should you have any questions about your statement or your fund, please do not hesitate to reach out.  

Questions?  Please contact David Plotts at dplotts@cfes.org or 410-742-9911.

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