Information Technology

A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Software

Publication date: 
05/2016
Completely updated in 2013, this free in-depth guide looks at the features and processes used by 28 grants management systems to help private foundations accept and review applications and track grants throughout their life cycles. It compares the strengths and weaknesses of the different grants management packages, showing how they stack up against 19 high-level categories, and then detailing the functionality of each for more than 180 specific criteria.

Harnessing Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better

Publication date: 
11/2013
This report helps funders learn about the different phases of collaboration and online tools that can help them advance all types of sharing, coordination, and cooperation. The research included an extensive literature review on collaboration in philanthropy, detailed analyses of trends from a Foundation Center survey of the largest U.S. foundations, interviews with 37 leading philanthropy professionals and technology experts, and a review of more than 170 online tools. A companion “interactive tool finder” aids the search for technology solutions.

Making IT Decisions

Publication date: 
12/2012
Administrative professionals routinely intersect with their organization’s technology infrastructure. Whether you outsource or insource your foundation’s technology needs, it is critical to understand how to approach projects so you make decisions that fit your specific organization needs and capacity and maximize your return on investment. Guli Basu, Information Services Operations Manager at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, guided members through key elements to making smart IT decisions.

Working with Vendors

Publication date: 
03/2012
Foundation administrators work with all types of vendors from facilities to IT to benefits to legal counsel to staffing. At this FAN meeting, we shared peer-to-peer advice on the three phases of a vendor relationship.
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Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies

Publication date: 
03/2011
This report analyzes how the humanitarian community and the emerging volunteer and technical communities worked together in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and recommends ways to improve coordination and strengthen collaboration between the humanitarian and technology communities during future emergencies.
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