Posts tagged to 'Using technology'

Technology Implementation: Steps for Success

Posted by Foundant Technologies on May 11, 2017

The best software solution in the world won’t walk in the door and magically make you and your board use it.

Do you have suggestions for web-based tools we can use to help manage our board meetings and communicate with board members?

Posted by Rachel Ogorek on September 28, 2016

This is a great question! By nature, board meetings require a lot of time and preparation. It can be challenging to ensure all board members have the correct information at the correct time. Thankfully, over the years, different platforms have emerged to help your board be better prepared and engaged.

Transparency in family foundations: The strength of glass pockets

Posted on May 28, 2014

Family foundations, by their very nature, are complex. With significant involvement of family members on the board and sometimes in operations as well, there can be layers of generations, widely divergent views and the need to preserve positive family relationships.  This complexity is a challenge but...

How do you choose grants management software?

Posted by Laura Quinn on March 24, 2014

Grantmaking programs are complicated to manage. Even the relatively small programs can involve tracking dozens of applications, reviewers, requirements, and payments. But grants management software applications can help by saving grantmakers time, making their processes more effective and transparent, and even transforming the way they do business. Grantmakers’ choices are growing each year…So how can foundations choose the right grants management system from this growing selection?

How can my family foundation use data visualization to better tell our story?

Posted by Ann K. Emery on February 15, 2014

Memos and metrics, emails and texts, newsletters and reports: Is your organization suffering from information overload? We consume 34 gigabytes, or 100,500 words, of information every day. Our brains are overwhelmed and struggling to keep up. Data visualization–or dataviz–is one of the strongest...

How can we conduct an effective board meeting by telephone?

Posted by Jan Masaoka on December 15, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article addresses a strategy which an increasing number of geographically dispersed family foundations have been forced to rely upon in recent years – conducting the occasional board meeting by telephone. It is reprinted with permission from Blue Avocado, a practical and readable...

Philanthropy Meets the "Always On" Generation

Posted by Susan Crites Price on October 15, 2013

Family and community foundations that want to engage youth in grantmaking need to adapt to  a new generation of kids, many of whom have already gone digital with their philanthropy. Dubbed the “Always On” Generation, today’s young people have discovered they can do good in the world without going...

Who should we follow as we get started on twitter?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on August 15, 2013

We’ve heard a lot about the potential value of Twitter for keeping connected with nonprofits and fellow grantmakers in our community. Do you have suggestions for specific Twitter feeds that our foundation staff and board member may choose to follow as we get started? New to the world of Twitter?...

#Family #Philanthropy and social media: A conversation with @KateWolford, president of @McKnightFdn

Posted by Kate Wolford on August 15, 2013

Thinking about entering the world of Twitter, but not sure whether it’s a good use of your time? Not sure what to tweet about, who to follow, or how to measure and maximize the value of your time spent on social media? In this month’s edition of Family Giving News, we’re delighted to share the...

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