Inside Foundant – the Blog

How One Community Foundation Quadrupled Their Activity without Increasing Staff

Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) is located in a small, but very active community in the northwest corner of Washington State. In 2011, with assets of $4 million spread across 70+ funds, they had outgrown their “off the shelf” bookkeeping software. Over half their limited staff time was spent on accounting, but they struggled with finding a technology solution that was the right fit. Existing …     Continue Reading »

Outcomes: Making Future Grantmaking Better

Defining success in grantmaking has been a topic of discussion in nonprofit circles for many years. Recently, it has become the hot topic in philanthropic circles. While most grantmakers can agree that helping grantees achieve success with their projects is a key objective, the biggest obstacle is often open communication about results is often limited. Learning from both failures and successes is important to improving …     Continue Reading »

Good Happening in Real-Time

By Kristin Laird, Foundant Marketing Communications Manager Last month, Nick Combs and I had the opportunity to attend the Humanities Montana Fall 2015 Board Meeting. I must admit, I had no idea what to expect when heading off on this Foundant Field Trip. First of all, what is a humanities foundation? I had some vague idea that they support “the human experience.” But what exactly …     Continue Reading »

Let Us Serve

By Weston Paul, Foundant Client Success Manager (CSM) In April we reached out to our clients and asked them if they would be interested in hosting a Foundant Field Trip. This field trip was designed to help us better understand the way in which a foundation operates. Here at Foundant, we felt that this would be a way to better serve our clients. If we …     Continue Reading »

Foundant Meet Ups: Adventures in Minnesota

We held our first Foundant Meet Up in Minnesota on June 23rd. Six of us gathered after work in Saint Paul where we connected over our use of the Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) system. It was nice to see some familiar faces and to meet a few new users. With such an intimate group, it was easy for all of us to engage in …     Continue Reading »