Inside Foundant – the Blog

Welcome Kris Thorson to Client Services

I am new to client services and am looking forward to working with the great customers at Foundant, existing and future. My path to the software industry has been an interesting one.  After graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University I spent many years in the construction and manufacturing industries.  This work consisted of building various products and helping overcome obstacles. …     Continue Reading »

Writing Code; Making a Difference

Growing up, I never envisioned I’d be working with computers every day. There were only a few of them in my high school, and the idea of sitting at one all day was not appealing. I grew up working on my family’s ranch (see photos below), and having spent a lot of time outdoors, I was more interested in work that kept me out of …     Continue Reading »

The Meaning of Community

The new Foundant online community is a “go-to place” for our clients, our partners and our employees to work together for the good of everyone. I’m very excited to participate as well as observe the organic growth sure to happen quickly. The word “community” has many meanings when you check www.dictionary.com  – The one that caught my eye and seemed applicable for the Foundant community is …     Continue Reading »

Grantmaking in the 90’s

OK, I realize I am dating myself – but the things that technology can do these days continue to astound me. You see, twenty years ago I began my career as a development director for a non-profit. I remember, all too well, when submitting a single grant proposal was a monumental effort for a fledging non-profit.  It often entailed: –          Calling a foundation to request …     Continue Reading »

Learning from One Another

I’m confident the new online community can benefit both Foundant clients and Foundant staff. Because managing grant and/or scholarship cycles online is a relatively new approach to grantmaking, there will be new ideas and experiences to learn from. Having a communication channel for all of our clients to learn from should allow for improved workflows and ultimately improved results. Improvements can be as simple as …     Continue Reading »