Peak Conference Recap and Five Key Takeaways

By Sam Caplan, Senior Director of Insights & Engagement on 03/26/2018

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2018 Peak Grantmaking conference just wrapped up, and what a fantastic time we had connecting with old friends and making new ones. So many members of the Fluxx family come to Peak every year in search of new skills, ideas, and fellowship, and this year was highly successful on all fronts.

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Grants Management Software: How To Get Buy-In Before You Buy

By Aaron Lester on 01/18/2018

iStock-825151062-494407-edited.jpgFor foundations big and small, grants management software not only streamlines your operations, but can also give you a new perspective on your organization's work. From revealing insights through data to automating processes to improving operational transparency, the right software can be a critical component to achieving your mission.

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4 Big Myths About Cloud-Based Grants Management Software, Debunked

By Aaron Lester on 10/12/2017

iStock-646860750-588132-edited.jpgFor foundations, cloud-based grants management software has evolved rapidly since its relatively recent introduction. Cloud-based systems have quickly become more common than local server systems, providing both casual and tech-savvy users with increased access to the data they need.

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5 Tips for a Seamless Grants Management Software Implementation

By Aaron Lester on 06/27/2017

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Foundations: 5 Ways To Get the Most Out of Your Tech Consultant

By Eliza Smith on 05/24/2017

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Undoubtedly, your foundation is equipped with the staff, tools, and expertise to make strategic grants, and maximize your impact. However, sometimes it really helps to bring in some outside assistance – especially when it comes to technology. Maybe you need help with selection and implementation, cloud computing and security, or CRM customization. Hiring a tech consultant allows you to get ahead of your tech to-do list and free up your time to work toward your mission.

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3 Ways to Ensure Capacity Building Grants Help Nonprofits Become More Tech Savvy

By Eliza Smith on 05/10/2017

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Nonprofits are often forced into a “grantseekers dilemma.” For example, sometimes an organization applies for a grant that requires a certain kind of capacity, knowing they don’t have it, but hoping that with funding they can obtain it. It’s a lose-lose, for both funder and grantseeker, and reveals the critical importance of capacity building grants for effective nonprofits.

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Grants Management Software Implementation? Don't Stress. You've got this!

By Aaron Lester on 05/10/2016

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When you bring up the idea of implementing new technology at your organization, you can be met with skepticism from your team. They might say, “Yes, the technology sounds great, but the implementation will take too long and is difficult," or, "We simply aren’t ready for the change.”

This is a normal response, if not based on myth. Don’t worry. We can help get your team on board, and we can help you prepare for your implementation.

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4 Reasons Grants Managers Should Never Fear The Cloud

By Eliza Smith on 02/23/2016

Dont_Fear_the_Cloud.jpgCloud computing is everywhere, and it’s here to stay. “[Cloud] technology is no longer novel. In fact it has become the dominant paradigm in IT,” says Jim Lynch, of TechSoup. But despite its pervasive use, 39 percent of all foundations maintain their software and infrastructure in-house, according to a 2014 report co-written by the Technology Affinity Group (TAG) and the Grants Managers Network (GMN).

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Your Grants Management Software Buyer's Guide Checklist

By Aaron Lester on 12/21/2015

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Grantmaking can be a complex and time consuming venture, even for relatively small or mid-sized grantmakers, to say nothing of the foundations paying out grants in the millions or even billions of dollars. Managing the entire process – tracking scores of applications, reviewers, requirements, and payments all simultaneously – takes serious planning, foresight, and a good grants management software solution.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Best Practices for a Successful Grants Management Software Implementation

By Michelle Wohl on 10/13/2015

Sloan_Implement_blogAnne McKissick, the director of grants management and information services at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is well-known in the philanthropic community, having spent decades successfully managing grant operations and information services for private foundations. She inherited GIFTS, the grants management platform, when she joined Sloan but she knew that it wouldn’t provide the features that she needed.

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