4 Steps to a Strategically Aligned Technology Plan

By Aaron Lester on 12/01/2016

tech_planning_blog.jpgGrantmaking organizations manage billions of dollars of funding every year. The importance of maximizing the power of technology can’t be underestimated. Remarkably, most foundations lack a strategic technology plan that aligns with their mission, initiatives, and foundationwide strategy — even though it’s vital to reaching their goals.

In fact, according to a 2014 Technology Affinity Group (TAG) survey, a mere 23 percent of respondents said they have a technology plan that has been updated within the past two years. An additional 15 percent said they have a plan, but it hasn’t been updated, which means it isn’t keeping up with rapidly advancing technology. The most troubling statistic is the 62 percent of respondents who don't have a technology plan at all.

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How Foundations Can Empower Grantseekers and Reduce Grantee Burden

By Aaron Lester on 10/24/2016

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Many nonprofits struggle under the weight of grantee burden. Any unnecessary hoops that grantees are forced to jump through only serve to stifle the impact that they (and their funders) seek to achieve. As a funder, any time you can minimize the  amount of time, effort, and money that nonprofits spend seeking and receiving grants, you increase their capacity to focus on what they do best – their mission-related work.

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How To Become Your Foundation's Data Expert

By Aaron Lester on 09/19/2016

data_expert_blog.jpgThe role of grants manager has evolved in recent years from primarily executing the foundation’s overall grant efforts to managing critical data that have the power to make a much broader impact across the organization.

But are you – a grants manager – ready to be your foundation’s data expert?

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The Future of Impact: How Technology is Changing the Game

By Jason Ricci on 09/14/2016

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Whether you call it “all hands on deck” or “all oars in the water,” it has always made sense to me that we employ all the tools at our disposal to stanch the flow of intractable problems we face as a society.

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3 Reasons Your Foundation is Not Too Small for Grants Management Software

By Aaron Lester on 08/24/2016

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If you think your foundation is too small to warrant a grants management solution, think again.

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Why Are Grantmakers Rushing to Adopt Grants Management Software?

By Aaron Lester on 07/27/2016

GM_Software_Guide_Blog_2016.jpgMore grantmakers are using grants management software than ever before. In fact, the number of users has grown 66 percent since 2013, according to Idealware’s 2016 Consumer’s Guide to Grants Management Systems.

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What is the Return on Investment for Grants Management Software?

By Aaron Lester on 05/12/2016

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Grants management software is an investment, no doubt about it. But like all good investments, you should expect positive returns.

And we’re here to tell you: Adopting grants management software is one of the smartest investments you’ll make for your foundation.

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Grantmakers: 3 Reasons Foundations Should Adopt New Technology Now

By Eliza Smith on 03/15/2016

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Measurement and Evaluation: How Do You Know You’re Making an Impact?

By Jason Ricci on 03/11/2016

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How do you know you’re making an impact?

This has become one of the most frequently asked questions by philanthropic leaders in recent years. Perhaps the question gets asked so often because a simple answer is elusive. There is no silver bullet. But answer the question we must.

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Big Ideas in Philanthropy for 2016 and Beyond

By Kerrin Mitchell on 03/02/2016

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Now that we’ve had some time to settle into 2016, it’s time to look ahead ­– to the big ideas and trends that are likely to dominate the conversation in the philanthropic sector for the next 12 months and beyond. From billionaire tech tycoon philanthropy to the smallest crowdfunded community initiative, the year in philanthropy promises to test big ideas and, as always, refine the everyday hard work of grantmaking. Here is our, by no means exhaustive, list. Enjoy.

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